Award-Winning Movie Screened in Butler

09/12/2018
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Article by Kathryn Bassett | KPC News| September 11, 2018 
 
BUTLER — Pre-release screenings of international award-winning film “Thy Neighbor” will take place Friday, Sept. 21, at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church in rural Butler. The movie, described as a faith-based psychological thriller, was written, directed and produced by George Johnson of DeKalb County and shot in northeast Indiana. Johnson’s wife, Karen “Kary” Johnson, worked alongside her husband in multiple roles including producer and assistant director. “Thy Neighbor” has found considerable success on the film festival circuit, earning 53 laurels from film festivals all over the world. It has been featured in festivals and competitions in Orlando, Florida; Terra Haute; Rome; Tokyo; New York City; Hollywood Hills; Springfield, Kentucky; Hollywood; Aosta Valley, Italy; Norwich, New York; London; Yerevan, Armenia; and Royal Oak, Michigan. Among other awards, it has been nominated for and/or won “Best Picture” in every festival. The movie tells the story of a hotshot young pastor who moves his wife and son to a small rural town when he accepts his first head pastor position. He discovers his next-door-neighbor is possibly the only person in the town who does not attend his church, and he makes it his mission to get him through the church doors. However, he becomes suspicious that his neighbor could be dangerous and is forced to decide where to draw the line between reaching out to the lost and protecting his family. “It’s not a horror movie. It’s a thriller. For the most part, it’s a drama with a few laughs and awkwardly squirmish scenes. But at the end, it does get a little creepy, so please keep that in mind if you’re thinking about bringing younger viewers,” Johnson said. “The suspense and drama will truly make you screech, grasp for air and just simply want to close your eyes,” said a critical review of the movie from the Feature Film Festival in Utah. “A very well directed thriller with some interesting peaks,” a review from the Rome PRISMA Awards said. “‘Thy Neighbor’ is the kind of film that the faith community needs and the kind of film that the faith community won’t likely stop talking about,” according to The Independent Critic. “It has been incredible to see how well the movie is being received around the world, and Kary and I are so excited to finally bring
it home to northeast Indiana. We have so many friends who were involved with the movie, and we can’t wait to share it with everyone,” Johnson said. “We are so thankful for everyone who was a part of this movie. From cast to crew to those who provided meals and locations to those who helped keep the wheels turning on set. We were so blessed to have you as a part of this project,” Karen Johnson added. “It’s a fun ride. A unique experience. You haven’t probably seen a movie quite like this before,” Johnson said. Tickets for the pre-release screening are priced at $5 apiece, with 50 percent going toward community outreach. To order tickets, call 868-5747. Seating is limited.
 
BUTLER — Pre-release screenings of international award-winning film “Thy Neighbor” will take place Friday, Sept. 21, at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church in rural Butler.
 
The movie, described as a faith-based psychological thriller, was written, directed and produced by George Johnson of DeKalb County and shot in northeast Indiana. Johnson’s wife, Karen “Kary” Johnson, worked alongside her husband in multiple roles including producer and assistant director.
 
“Thy Neighbor” has found considerable success on the film festival circuit, earning 53 laurels from film festivals all over the world. It has been featured in festivals and competitions in Orlando, Florida; Terra Haute; Rome; Tokyo; New York City; Hollywood Hills; Springfield, Kentucky; Hollywood; Aosta Valley, Italy; Norwich, New York; London; Yerevan, Armenia; and Royal Oak, Michigan. Among other awards, it has been nominated for and/or won “Best Picture” in every festival.
 
The movie tells the story of a hotshot young pastor who moves his wife and son to a small rural town when he accepts his first head pastor position.
 
He discovers his next-door-neighbor is possibly the only person in the town who does not attend his church, and he makes it his mission to get him through the church doors. However, he becomes suspicious that his neighbor could be dangerous and is forced to decide where to draw the line between reaching out to the lost and protecting his family.
 
“It’s not a horror movie. It’s a thriller. For the most part, it’s a drama with a few laughs and awkwardly squirmish scenes. But at the end, it does get a little creepy, so please keep that in mind if you’re thinking about bringing younger viewers,” Johnson said.
 
“The suspense and drama will truly make you screech, grasp for air and just simply want to close your eyes,” said a critical review of the movie from the Feature Film Festival in Utah.
 
“A very well directed thriller with some interesting peaks,” a review from the Rome PRISMA Awards said.
 
“‘Thy Neighbor’ is the kind of film that the faith community needs and the kind of film that the faith community won’t likely stop talking about,” according to The Independent Critic.
 
“It has been incredible to see how well the movie is being received around the world, and Kary and I are so excited to finally bring it home to northeast Indiana. We have so many friends who were involved with the movie, and we can’t wait to share it with everyone,” Johnson said.
 
“We are so thankful for everyone who was a part of this movie. From cast to crew to those who provided meals and locations to those who helped keep the wheels turning on set. We were so blessed to have you as a part of this project,” Karen Johnson added.
 
“It’s a fun ride. A unique experience. You haven’t probably seen a movie quite like this before,” Johnson said.
 
Tickets for the pre-release screening are priced at $5 apiece, with 50 percent going toward community outreach. To order tickets, call 868-5747. Seating is limited. 
 




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