I really loved the movie 17 miracles. I felt more appreciations for the pioneers, their sacrifice, courage and faith after seeing it. As I have said before my husband is a descendant of the pioneers. I am very exited about Ephraim's rescue. I got to meet T.C. Christensen, the director of the movie and Darin Southam the lead actor. Katherine Nelson is also in this movie and I got to meet her few months ago for a private mini concert. The world is really small in Utah and I love it. So many amazing and inspirational people. The movie is out May 31 in Utah and Mesa Arizona, check their website for locations here
A little bit about the movie:
From T.C. Christensen, director of the sensational pioneer film, 17 Miracles, comes the heroic true story of a simple man who was called to do the work of angels. Ephraim’s Rescue relates the story of Ephraim Hanks: a rescuer of the Martin Handcart company.
Follow Ephraim as his adventures lead him to join the LDS Church and ultimately to one of the most heroic rescues in American history. With a unique desire to help and strengthen others, Ephraim learns that each choice we make can prepare us for what lies ahead. He discovers, through it all, that decisions determine destiny.
Ephraim Hanks, a real hero:
During The rescue of the 1856 Martin handcart company, Ephraim Hanks provided buffalo meat to the travelers. "The most remarkable thing about it was that I had traveled that road more than fifty times, and never before saw so many buffaloes in that part of the country. There was not a member of the party but what believed that the Lord had sent them to us in answer to prayer".
Hanks also administered to the sick and dying. Finding many of the emigrants with frozen hands and feet. "Many such I washed with water and castile soap, until the frozen parts would fall off.Hanks provided another important service: Many of the Saints had frozen limbs which were endangering their lives".
Brother Hanks anointed these folks and prayed that an amputation could be done without pain. Then he took out his great hunting knife, held to the fire to cleanse it, and took off the dying limb with its keen blade; many with tears in their eyes said they hadn't felt a thing.
Darin Southam and me
Darin Southam as Ephraim Hanks
A little bit about Darin:
Darin's passion for acting started with a play in his 7th grade drama class and has evolved into a career, with roles that span from indie films, such as Last Man(s) On Earth, to Disney's Halloweentown High, Discovery Channel's I Shouldn't Be Alive, and Fox's 127 Hours. A former student of Playhouse West in North Hollywood (Jeff Goldblum, James Franco, Michelle Pfieffer, etc.)
Darin enjoys the method of digging deep into the characters he portrays. At heart, Darin is a family man with a wife and 3 young children; he hopes his performance as Ephraim Hanks in T.C.'s Ephraim's Rescue will elevate his opportunity to pursue what he truly loves to do - act in film. More info about Darin can be found at darinsoutham.com
Facebook: Darin Southam
Twitter: Darim Southam
Producer/ Writer/ Director
T.C. Christensen is one of the brilliant minds behind the camera when it comes to these family favorites:
17 Miracles (Excel Entertainment); Emma Smith: My Story (Morning Dew); Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration (LDS Church); Testaments (LDS Church); The Work & the Glory (Manchester Pictures); Forever Strong (Go Films); Sea Monsters (National Geographic); Roving Mars (Disney); The Buttercreme Gang(Family Films); Rigoletto (Family Films); The Mouths of Babes (VTA); Finding Faith in Christ (LDS Church); Treasure in Heaven: The John Tanner Story (VTA); Only a Stonecutter (VTA).
T.C. has won over 270 national and international awards for his work in directing and photography. In 2010 he was invited to join the American Society of Cinematographers.
Few of Ephraim's rescue pictures:
Also on May 27-28th from 6:00 - 9:00 Pm Ephraim's rescue will sponsor FREE 10 minutes carriage rides. You can pick up your carriage outside the downtown Deseret Book store.