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Tim Stanley
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'Treasure Blind' a trove of Tulsa talent

Local filmmaker prepares to unveil first movie to audiences

Tulsa, OK (May 1, 2007) - Brian Shoop is on a treasure hunt, but box-office gold is not his goal.

Telling a compelling story, rather, is the construction-pro-turned-actor's chief motivation and he believes his filmmaking debut, Treasure Blind, fits the bill.

Shoop, who's played roles in local independent films and the big-screen hit The Rookie, will premiere his film [date and place] before hitting the festival circuit.

Shoop wrote the script, directed and starred in the independent production, recruiting a talented cast and crew from the Tulsa-area. The film, shot at various sites around Tulsa and Broken Arrow, is the story of the search for a long lost Civil War bounty and an aging cab driver who must confront his troubled past.

Shoop's dream is to present stories of faith on film. Several private investors and volunteers who share his vision signed on to support Treasure Blind, including many members of his church, Tulsa Bible Church.

Shoop and his backers would like to follow the recent lead of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., whose film Facing the Giants earned national theatrical distribution.

"The idea is to present the Gospel, but through an interesting story -- no three points and an illustration and then back to the movie," Shoop says.

Treasure Blind is the fledgling effort of Shoop's Newsong Films production company.

Title: Treasure Blind (2007)
Synopsis: If veteran Tulsa cabbie Cliff Edwards (Brian Shoop) looked in his life's rearview, he'd see a string of wrecked relationships and missed opportunities. Cliff's not looking back if he can help it, though; the amateur treasure hunter is too busy with his private obsession -- trying to track down a legendary stash of Civil War gold. The unexpected arrival of Henry (Daniel Brookshire), the blind grandson Cliff never knew he had, throws a kink in his plans. But the search for the gold brings the mismatched pair together, as Cliff finally begins to learn where his real treasure lies.
Director: Brian Shoop
Cast: Brian Shoop, Daniel Brookshire, Joseph Shoop, Denis Pimm, Nate Madden, Milton Berry, Bill Brazelton, Brian Reed, Wanda Thomas and Bill Thomas.
Running time: 110 minutes
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