An inspired by true events movie that was shot locally, based on a true story and starring John Schneider of Dukes of Hazzard fame will open in select theaters on Friday, September 7 and has a special message to share.

The story is inspired by true events based on a car accident from local resident Luke Bernard, who nearly died from a traumatic brain injury from a car accident in Los Angeles. After much prayer from his parents, Luke amazed his surgeons and therapists by going home in less than two months. During his recovery, he was inspired to write a screenplay about two brothers each seeking to be their father’s favorite son.

The story is of one distanced and agitated son, hurt by what he perceives as favoritism given to his younger brother, who vents his anger through Mixed Martial Arts fighting. MMA is brought to life with UFC’s Welterweight Champion, Tyron Woodley and Fighter Uriah Hall, as supporting roles in the movie.  The dad and lead in The Favorite is John Schneider who we remember as the star of the legendary hit show, Dukes of Hazard.  Schneider was delighted to have been part of making someone else’s dream come true.  

Executive Producer and father of Luke, Daniel Bernard, founder of Somebody Cares Tampa Bay shared, “We believe that Luke’s recovery and the film inspired by his experience can bring great hope to many by demonstrating the power of faith and prayer.  Our passion and dedication in completing this project on a modest budget of one million dollars far exceeded our expectations.” 

The movie was shot in Pinellas County and features the City of St. Petersburg and City of Oldsmar Fire departments.

Screenplay was published by Evergreen Press and the movie was nominated for Best Screenplay at the International Christian Film Festival.

Bernard said, “When we got to the hospital his injuries were even worse than we had imagined. We believe that his recovery and the film based upon his experience can bring great hope to many by demonstrating the power of faith and prayer.”

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