A runaway teenager returns home to save her little sister from exploitation by her crazy religious Mother, who claims the child can take people to Heaven…
Life is hard. And facing ourselves doesn’t make it any easier. Shame, grief, and abandonment may not be the exact circumstances of everyone’s life story, but they are nevertheless feelings we all cope with as we grow up and experience life’s inevitable hurts. What if a person privately felt completely responsible for their own abandonment, even though they weren’t? The anguish this would mean to them would make life unlivable.
When I first met with my co-writer Alex Reed to discuss the possibility of collaborating on a film based on a very strange dream he had one night after visiting Disneyland, I knew we had a unique opportunity to explore some remarkable themes. My ambition for this film was to present an experience that facilitated a sense of reconciliation in the heart of every audience member. Cinema has the overwhelming power to engage our core beliefs and self-image, and with nothing but pictures and sounds, I wanted to make a film for any person who was hiding a shameful secret in the shadows, and hopefully help them see it in a new light.
In the process of working on the film, I reached out to an Aunt, Joy, who generously shared her own experiences about losing her Father as a teenager, just like the main character of our film. Our correspondence during pre-production informed the emotional core of this film, and it was through this dialogue that I realized this was, in a strange way, a feminist story because, in the end, it’s about a woman being empowered to face what is hardest for any human being—themselves. As a passionate Christian, I’ve experienced how faith can facilitate emotional healing, and it is my own faith-fueled feminism that defines my contribution to the themes and narrative structure of The Glory in the Shadows.
But, my hope for the film is that it may transcend anyone’s dogma, including my own. Though I am a Christian, my co-writer and friend, Alex Reed, is not, and this film has certainly not been designed to start an altar call. Our intention is simply to engage in the dialogue of what it means to be a human being.
My hope for the film is that people of any background come away from this little film feeling empowered to face their own heartaches on their journey as emotionally whole human beings.
—Paul Mowry (Director/Co-Writer)
Allison Powell (Melanie) — Allison grew up in Apex, NC where acting came like breathing. There was never a time that she didn't want to perform or love to act. At the age of 9 Allison began working in several local theater troupes and had lead roles in "Jack and the Beanstalk" "Beauty and the Beast" "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and "Our Town".
Some of her recent credits include, comedy shorts "Misery Date" "Buying the Farm" and "First Jobs." Other credits include the films "Last Orders" "White Noise" and "Kirby"
Allison has also begun writing and producing, most recently filming the shorts “Wayward” “The Spice is Out There" and “Mad Chix: Feminist Road”
Lisa Baillie (Leslie/Mother) —Lisa is an actress and singer who was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.
As a young child, she sang in the school choir and in high school auditioned and was accepted into the jazz choir.
This began her passion for the theatre and performing solo tunes. In 2010, she recorded her first demo Jazz CD with arrangements by her friend and teacher, world-class pianist, Tamir Hendelman.
Her credits include Repression and Glory in the Shadows. She was also recently cast in a principal role in a Global Samsung Commercial. She enjoys horseback riding, hanging out with her Pomeranian and following the stock market.
Bretty Stimely (Bill, Melanie's Dad) — Actor, Brett Stimely, has gathered some impressive film credits.
He played the role of the military attaché, Colonel James Mallory, USMC in the feature film “Operation Safeguard” and he discovered the North Pole in the Discovery Channel’s “Race To The Poles.”
Known for his accurate portrayals of President John F. Kennedy, his performances in the films “Watchmen,” “Transformer’s: Dark of the Moon,” “Kill the Dictator,” and “Parkland,” garnered praise from Ethel Kennedy herself, for how well he portrayed the president.
Brett wrote, produced and starred in “Ray Bradbury’s Kaleidoscope” (the film that inspired Oscar nominee “Gravity”).
Paul Mowry (Director/Co-writer) — Paul is a tall, thin, martini-drinking, motorcycle-riding storyteller hopelessly in love with the beauty and grandeur of the movies. He has been making movies since he was big enough to pick up a camera, though The Glory in the Shadows is only the fourth “real” film he’s directed. His first short, a surreal noir called The Twisted Lemon, was selected to be showcased at the 2013 Community Pallete, a multi-medium artistic showcase event in Monterey, California. Paul spent his childhood in Austria, where his father sang at the Vienna State Opera and his mother worked by commission as a pastel portrait artist. He remains grateful for such talented, eclectic parentage and the aesthetic values of the performing and visual arts they imparted to him. Paul majored in English literature as an undergrad and is now an MFA candidate at Chapman University.
His thesis film, Marty and Stacy’s Pixelated Dream World, a story about the perils of love on social media, will be shooting later this year.
Alex Reed (Co-writer) — Alex Reed discovered film and theatre at the age of 15, and has been madly in love with both of them ever since. He's written numerous scripts for the stage and screen, and his plays have been produced by the University of Colorado Fringe Festival, Obscene / Courageous Theatre in Boulder, and Gadfly Theatre in Minneapolis. After completing his MFA in Screenwriting at Chapman University, he plans to return to his hometown of Denver, Colorado for the production of his first feature film, Deviant. Alex will always harbor a love for the arts, creative people, and all things beautiful and nerdy.