February 19, 2016

"A Man Called Jon" Red Carpet Meet & Greet

On Sunday, Feb. 21st, there will be a Red Carpet Meet & Greet and screening of the faith-based movie "A Man Called Jon" at Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8 in Bastrop. The Red Carpet and Meet & Greet will begin at 5:30pm, and the film will begin at 6:30pm. Tickets are $10/adult and $8/child. You can purchase tickets online here.

M. Legend Brown, who wrote and directed the movie will be available to answer questions, along with fellow producers Eric King and Kelly Gray. It's interesting to note that M. Legend Brown is listed as the director of "A Man Called Jon," and Micheal D. Brown is listed as the writer, although they are technically the same person. In an interview with the Chris Howell Show, M. Legend explained that he tries to keep those two personalities separate since they have two very different roles in the filmmaking. And like most writers and directors, they don't always get along!

M. Legend Brown with some of the actors from "A Man Called Jon" including:
Matt Bailey, Liz Franke, and Christian Heep

"A Man Called Jon" is a light-hearted dramedy about Pastor Jon Terrell Carson's unusual style of worship. Jon's church is very traditional and is not accustomed to outbursts during service. One day after embarrassing the church along with his family, Senior Pastor Stannum decides to reach out to the Bishop requesting that Jon be assigned to a church more suited to his style of praise.

Jon and his family find themselves at an African American Church, where he is confronted by Associate Pastor Dickens,who later informs him that he was sent to the wrong church due to mix-up in paperwork. Jon is moved to his third church where he again struggles to fit in, Will Jon be able to control his celebration or will he be moved for a fourth time?

Through a stroke of chance, I was able to interview M. Legend Brown. Here's a little peek into our conversation:

365: Who is your favorite character from the movie?

M. Legend: Jon, because he keeps trying to figure it out but at the same time continues to be himself. 
365: Which character do you identify with the most?

M. Legend: Jerome, because he's a blue-collar worker and takes care of his family. And treats his wife like a Queen.

365: What inspired you to make this movie?

M. Legend: It was inspired by my own Church of God in Christ (COGIC) background.

365: Tell me about the filming.

M. Legend: We shot it in only ten days. The best part was shooting in my hometown of Terrell, Texas.
365: Were there any mishaps or practical jokes?

M. Legend: Well, throughout the film Jon gets water thrown on him. So, at the end of the shoot, the cast and crew poured ice water on me. Two buckets... it was freezing cold!

365: How many movies have you made? And do you have any other projects in the works?

M. Legend: 8 short films and 3 feature films. Yes, I do. I made a short film titled, "Kissed by the Devil" which won 20 awards at various festivals. I have had many people inquiring when I'm going to do the film as a feature. So, I put pen to pad and we now have a feature film titled "We All Fall."

Screenshot from the film "A Man Called Jon" with Sharice H. Chasi and Christian Heep
Screenshot from the film "A Man Called Jon"
Screenshot from the film "A Man Called Jon" with Christian Heep and Vernee Watson

King & Brown Enterprises/Poorchild Films has produced 3 faith-based films: "Hiding in Plain Sight," "Steps of Faith," and "A Man Called Jon." All three movies will be on sale after the screening.

For more information about the Red Carpet Meet & Greet and screening, click here. For more information about the movie "A Man Called Jon," click here.

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