February 13, 2009
Another Church, Another Movie
Tulsa congregation pitches in for 'Treasure Blind'
Brian Shoop doesn't know if his church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will ever have the same success making movies as Georgia's Sherwood Baptist (Fireproof, Facing the Giants), but you've got to start somewhere.
Shoop, 57, had seen Sherwood's first film, Flywheel, and said it "wasn't awful," according to The Tulsa World. When his pastor asked him if he thought they could do the same thing at Tulsa Bible Church, Shoop--who played a role in The Rookie with Dennis Quaid--thought, why not?
"(Sherwood's success) sort of pushed me off dead-center," Shoop said. "So I collected all of my favors and all of my friends, and we set out on it. I started writing, and for a year I was writing and rewriting. In 2006, we started shooting."
The result is Treasure Blind, which released to DVD this week. The film is about a Tulsa cab driver, part-time amateur treasure hunter (played by Shoop) whose life is enriched when he meets the blind grandson he never knew existed. The film is released by Cloud Ten Pictures, which did the Left Behind trilogy of movies.
Here's the Treasure Blind trailer: