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Faith-friendly film will play at Kyova 10

September 9, 2013


Sept. 09--CANNONSBURG -- The faith-friendly film "A Strange Brand of Happy" will be seen in Boyd County.

Producer and Ashland native Isaac Stambaugh said there were not enough responses to an online effort aimed at bringing the film to Ashland, although the movie has since been scheduled to be shown at Kyova 10 Theater at the Kyova Mall on U.S. 60.

"Our distributor was able to book the movie at Kyova 10," Stambaugh said. "So, though we didn't reach the goal of 500 reservations, the movie will indeed play in Ashland from Sept. 13 through 19."

Stambaugh added he and others associated with the film "will still have an after party" with a performance by the band Holden & Finch from Kentucky Christian University on Friday at 1733 Winchester Ave.

"And, I will be at the after party to do a live Q&A and give away movie posters and T-shirts," Stambaugh said.

Stambaugh said he and a fellow Ashland native had strongly hoped the film could be seen by people in their hometown. "I grew up in Ashland and so did Joe Boyd, who is the lead actor and a producer, so we'd love to see it play there," said Stambaugh, a member of the Paul G. Blazer High School class of 2000 who grew up "two blocks from Hager Elementary."

Confirmation of multiple screenings at Kyova 10 is a blessing, Stambaugh said.

"I'm thrilled. It's certainly a big deal to us," he said, adding he has heard from many local residents who plan to see the movie.

"We are still waiting for the exact screen times, but there will be at least 30 screenings over the course of the week."

Stambaugh said the film tells the story of "an aimless bachelor" downsized from a corporate job he hated, who a friend sets up with a life coach as he struggles to find himself and his place. The star of the show ultimately finds himself amidst "a motley crew of retirees" and a series of hijinks as they work to discover what makes them, and ultimately God, happy.

"If people want a fun, uplifting movie, it is not preachy or heavy-handed," Stambaugh said, adding "A Strange Brand of Happy" isn't a movie anyone should be embarrassed to invite their friends to watch with them.

According to a press release about the movie, the film stars Boyd ("The Second City," "Hitting the Nuts") and Grammy Award winner Rebecca St. James ("Suing the Devil," "Sarah's Choice") and Pittsburgh native and Academy Award winner Shirley Jones ("Elmer Gantry," "The Partridge Family"). It is being distributed nationwide by Los Angeles-based film distribution company Integrated Media Associates.

Boyd also is president of Rebel Pilgrim Productions. He is a Cincinnati Christian University alum.

Tickets for the film will be available at Kyova 10 beginning Tuesday, Stambaugh said.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at or (606) 326-2651.


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