'Silver Dollar Fish' released for screenings

By COLBY DENTON
Posted 12/5/18

Filmmaker Rodney Wiseman recently completed his full-length Christian film, “Silver Dollar Fish,” and has been bringing its message of family and love to o the world.

Wiseman, who …

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Filmmaker Rodney Wiseman recently completed his full-length Christian film, “Silver Dollar Fish,” and has been bringing its message of family and love to o the world.

Wiseman, who is  lived in Cleveland until 2003,  he graduated from United Christian Academy and Cleveland State Community College.

Playing the lead role of Jesse, a family patriarch, Wiseman also wrote the film’s script and acted as executive producer on the project.

“I’d describe this film as a cross between ‘Little House on the Prairie’ and ‘The Waltons,’” he said of those two family-oriented TV shows of the 1970s and early 1980s.

The film centers on a rural family in the 1960s, comprised of Jesse, his wife, Leala, (Cami Jenkins) and their young son Davey (Blake London Jenkins). Jesse is a workaholic, who feels the obsessive need to provide for his family, despite his family wishing he were home more often.

Following a workplace injury, Jesse is forced out of work, and in his laggard state, slowly devolves into depression and a feeling of worthlessness.

“This really raises the importance of spending time with families as a means of providing for them,” Wiseman said. “Yes, making money for the family is crucial and provides for them, but nothing can replace quality time spent together.”

This is illustrated by Leala’s reaction to hearing of her husband’s job loss, as she is upset he lost his job, but thankful he’ll be home more.

Recognizing Jesse’s depression, the family realizes the only way they’ll make it is by encouraging one another, staying together and keeping the faith.

Filmed in the Great Smoky Mountains, mostly Tallassee, Tennessee, “Silver Dollar Fish” drew the support of the  surrounding community, with members helping with everything from shooting locations to providing vehicles. Some of the film’s score waslocally made, fashioned in the Appalachian style of the region. All actors in the film were cast locally, except for Cami Jenkins and Blake London Jenkins, who are mother and son in real life. Wiseman’s sister, LaBreeska, even provided a song for the film’s soundtrack.

Filming took less than two weeks, with cameras rolling 24/7 and meals being eaten between takes.

As a father of two himself, Wiseman said he applied some of his own life’s critiques to “Silver Dollar Fish.”  He said all parents see their children’s lives fly past them, which only adds to the critical need for quality time spent together.

“In a way, to be honest, the movie is somewhat therapeutic to me,” he said. “I’m finding that a lot of people who have been in similar situations can really relate to the feeling of needing to be a provider, while at the same time wanting to spend time with their families.”

Wiseman has been marketing the film en masse, and is discovering the best response to the film has been from blue collar workers. This could be linked to its rural setting, but the film’s Christian message has also been a big factor, with churches and film festivals seeking to show “Silver Dollar Fish.”

Not only is the film Christian, but it also has been awarded four different Dove seals of approval by the Dove Foundation, meaning the film has passed the Dove test for content boundaries, with reviews being based on Christian values.

The screenings for “Silver Dollar Fish” have allowed Wiseman and the rest of the cast to get up-close and personal with fans, and as a result, the film has developed an extremely large following.

“I’ve had some people ask me to bring it to Australia,” he exclaimed. “I’ve also had requests from Canada, South America and Europe. People are hearing about this and wanting to see it and show it.”

Aside from churches, there have  been some children’s homes and assisted living/nursing homes eager to show the film. Several retailers, including local and franchises, have expressed interest in carrying the film as well.

When not directing, producing, writing or acting in films, Wiseman works as a full-time father of his two children, a role he said he couldn’t be more proud of.

For those interested in viewing “Silver Dollar Fish,” check out its website at silverdollarfishmovie.com. Updates are posted on its Facebook as well at facebook.com/silverdollarfish.

If you’d like to contact Wiseman with any questions or to request a screening of your own, email him at silverdollarfish2017@gmail.com.

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