GOD AND GUNS…
Based on an original screenplay, Rockwell: God & Guns is the true story of ORRIN PORTER ROCKWELL (PORTER), a gun-slinging Mormon who was a friend and the bodyguard of JOSEPH SMITH, JR. the founder of Mormonism. Although just a teen when the Smiths left New York, Porter’s tracking abilities and marksmanship commanded the attention of those his senior, including Joseph Smith and his brother HYRUM.
When JOSEPH SMITH JR. encounters religious persecution for introducing a new faith and claiming heavenly visions, Porter vows to protect him and his followers. The Mormons are forced to move west in search of a place where they can live and worship in peace. Peace, however, is much harder to come by than they had imagined.
After moving west to Missouri and encountering persecution from Missourians who are riled into angry mobs by characters who maintain the ear and support of Missouri LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BOGGS, Porter stands his ground against the discrimination, and calls for other Mormons to do the same. Porter is torn between his deadly personal skill set and passion for justice for the Mormons, and the pull of LUANA BEEBE, the girl he meets and marries in Missouri, who wants Porter to give up his fighting.
ABOUT THE CREATORS
Since 2008, McCord has been working diligently in the film industry in various production jobs such as Production Assistant and Associate Producer before moving into content development.
Apart from his film and television development, McCord has recently been contracted to write for two on-going comic book series the Salt City Strangers and Team X. The latter, being one of McCord’s creator- owned creations. McCord is fluent in Spanish and interested in marketing to both the English and Spanish markets.
Paul Larsen brings a unique combination of Law and Business to our company. He has been an active judge, and professor of business and business law in higher education. Paul’s skills and abilities help to ensure that all parties are protected and treated fairly. He is also able to ensure that money is not wasted and that productions stay on time and under budget.
Brandon Purdie has worked in the film distribution business since 2003, specializing in the LDS (Mormon) film markets. Brandon has consulted on Rockwell: God and Guns to ensure that this mainstream western will still resonate with the Mormon target audience. In doing so, he has ensured the success of the franchise across several markets.
While Andrew Malin has spent the last two years developing content and writing for film and television, he has made a well-respected name for himself as a comic book historian, lecturer, and editor. He is also an accomplished marketer and graphic designer.
Andrew’s unique skill set and critical eye ensure visually entertaining products that attract both critics and audiences alike.
Wren Barnes was born in San Jose, California. She began acting at a young age acting as a younger version of, and with Dolly Parton herself as well as acting in the feature film “October Sky.” At the age of 15 she was the youngest person ever cast with The Tennessee Stage Company “Shakespeare in the Park” 3 play series including Hamlet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She was awarded Best Actress for the role in the musical Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors.” She received the most acting scholarships offers at The Southeastern Theatre Conference at age 17. She received a Bachelors degree in Business from University of Central Florida where she graduated with Honors. Previous to completing that degree, she obtained her Film Acting degree from The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Her recent professional business experience comes from her background working in prescription medical device and managing corporate audits with a CPA firm. Her passion is combining the business and creative aspect of filmmaking together. Her focus is primarily connecting a film script with funding to launch a film project into the development phase. Currently she is working as a producer on several feature films recently a Peter Bogdanovich script, “One Lucky Moon.” She has been cast in several supporting roles scheduled to shoot in 2018 with budgets between 3-15M. She currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Ray Ellingsen began his film career in 1987 as a writer. He has since gone on to pursue numerous aspects of filmmaking, from directing and producing, to supervising post production of feature films, documentaries, and commercials. In 1999, Ellingsen helped form the motion picture entertainment company, Ugly Old Bird Productions, which produced a number of film and video projects during its five years of doing business.
Ellingsen moved to Arizona in 2005 to manage the largest motion picture film studio in the state of Arizona, Hollywood-Phoenix Film Studios. Within a year, Ellingsen brought in three feature films, numerous commercials, as well as a television series for the studio to produce. Ellingsen left the studio and moved back to Los Angeles to further his filmmaking career.
To date, Ellingsen has written and directed two documentaries and a feature film, along with a multitude of commercial, instructional and industrial projects. He has also produced nine feature films and over 30 video and commercial projects, with two feature films currently in development.