SOURCE: Popular Press Media Group

January 23, 2007 16:36 ET

Independent Feature Film "Simple Things" Finalist in International Family Film Festival

"Simple Things" Brings Home Family Values

HOLLYWOOD, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 23, 2007 -- A touching film that is sure to take audiences back to the root of what it means to appreciate the simple things in life, "Simple Things" is one of three entries in the drama category to be named a finalist in this year's International Family Film Festival (IFFF).

An added accomplishment for the cast and crew of "Simple Things" is that actor Aidan Mitchell is nominated for best child actor in the new award category for 2007.

The festival will be held in Hollywood, California at the Raleigh Studios on Melrose Avenue, Feb. 1-4, 2007. "Simple Things" will be screened Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Chaplin Theatre and on Feb. 4 at noon in the Mary Pickford Theatre.

Based on stories derived from the personal experiences of renowned pediatrician Dr. Olson Huff, "Simple Things" allows viewers an intimate opportunity to connect with each of the characters as they encounter life's hardships and grow to embrace them during the course of the film.

Starring Cameron Bancroft ("Love and Human Remains," TV's hit series, "24") as Dr. Evan Gibbs, who after the sudden death of his wife takes his 10-year-old son, Nate (Aidan Mitchell, "The Riches)" to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, plans to reestablish the relationship with his son and set up a medical clinic in a small town called Dunn's Rock. With the support of the town's mayor, Terry Hudson (Bellamy Young, "Mission Impossible III") and her daughter, Christina (Channing Nichols, "Gilmore Girls"), Dr. Gibbs and his son discover that there's more to mountain life than they could have ever imagined.

With an astounding supporting cast including Joshua Leonard ("Blair Witch Project"), Amber Benson ("Buffy: The Vampire Slayer"), Mickey Jones ("Sling Blade"), and Edie McClurg ("Ferris Bueller's Day Off"), it is no surprise that the simplicity of shedding light on understanding beauty in too frequently overlooked places, effortlessly makes this film unique and heartwarming.

A dedicated and passionate cast, a beautiful story, and well-seasoned crew including producers David Huff, Dr. Olson Huff and Tosca Musk, as well as Andrew C. Erin (writer and director), and Peter Ferland (writer), all played an integral part in creating this film. These components give it the potential to become prominently influential and to inspire audiences worldwide.

Created by Back 40 Films (, in association with Los Angeles-based Musk Entertainment (, "Simple Things" is a shining tribute to the successful collaboration and investment of a community. Completely financed and filmed in North Carolina, it also stars several of its own, including "Mission Impossible III"'s Bellamy Young. David Huff, President of Back 40 Films, is excited about the incredibly positive response "Simple Things" is receiving and looks forward to it paving the path for his next slate of films including "American Racer."

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