Lightcatcher Studios is currently developing an exciting slate of narrative and non-fiction projects
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THE SISTINE SECRETS
Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican
Lightcatcher Studios is developing a mini-series based on the New York Times bestseller by Benjamin Blech and Roy Doliner, that has been published in 25 countries and translated into 16 languages. According to the authors, Michelangelo’s knowledge of the ancient, sacred teachings from the Torah, as well as Kabbalah, compelled him to embed profound messages into his magnificent fresco in the Sistine Chapel. Our series will probe this monumental work to reveal Michelangelo as both a master artist as well as a secret spokesman for religious truths which have special relevance for our times.
THE SISTINE SECRETS Docu-Series is being produced by Jim Long, Dan Gordon and Steven Posen. Dan Gordon will adapt the book.
Raves for the Book
“Just as the work of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel changed forever the world of art, so will this book change forever the way to view and, above all, to understand the work Michelangelo!”
- Enrico Bruschini, Ofﬁcicial Art Historian for the U.S. Embassy in Rome
“This book of astounding revelations is built on careful scholarship, lucid exposition, and is, above all, compelling reading.”
- Jonathan Harr, author of The Lost Painting and A Civil Action
“Like the best art historians, the authors give us a fresh context for the times, never hesitating to make contemporary parallels…This is a stimulating exploration that makes familiar masterpieces seem strange and new.” – LA Times
“Fascinating.... Benjamin Blech and Roy Doliner appear to have few equals when it comes to the history and detail of the fresco.
A readable and informative piece of work.” - Manchester Evening News
Based on the USAToday Best-Selling Western Novel by Gordon L. Rottman that has spawned the popular 'Marta" book series. THE HARDEST RIDE tells the story of young cowboy Bud Eugen, who befriends Marta, a brave mute Mexican girl, left for dead after her parents are killed by renegades. The two bond during an arduous trek across Texas. After finding work on a ranch, Marta is kidnapped by violent pistoleros. Bud knows Marta is intelligent, tough and resourceful, but she's no match for her savage captors. Bud saddles up in pursuit, hoping he's not too late.
Screenplay by Steve Seale, based on the novel by Gordon. L. Rottman.
Produced by Steven Posen, Jim Long and Gordon L. Rottman
THE HARDEST RIDE has been honored with the Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award for Best Western Novel. It was also a Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award Finalist for Best First Western Novel, as well as a Finalist for the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Traditional Western Novel.
LANGUAGE OF THE HEART is an historical drama and a love story set against the backdrop of the 1988 Gallaudet Student strikes of 1988.
Despite the availability of deaf candidates for the position of university president, a hearing candidate is chosen, setting off campus-wide protests at Gallaudet University. Mitch, a new teacher and Marsha, a talented deaf dance instructor are drawn together, wholly embracing what became known as the Deaf President Now movement. Thousands swarm the university grounds and the uprising draws national attention. The movement revolutionized public perception and the education of the deaf students, nationwide.
Steven Posen, Jim Long and Roy Doliner are producing LANGUAGE OF THE HEART from an Original Screenplay by Roy Doliner.
THE ORPHAN QUEEN
The Biblical account of Esther has been portrayed on the big screen and television countless times but never with the visual splendor or the faithfulness this sweeping epic drama deserves.
THE ORPHAN QUEEN is the story of Hadassah, an intelligent and strikingly beautiful Jewish girl raised in the household of the beloved teacher Mordechai. When Persia's Queen Vashti is dethroned, Hadassah is plucked from obscurity to take Vashti's place. She is thrust into a world of palace intrigue, shifting loyalties and dangerous power struggles.
The screenplay by Jim Long, based on the Biblical book of Esther, is a vivid melding of Persian history, the Megillah of Esther and little-known Rabbinic commentaries that expand our understanding of the cultural and political realities women faced in that ancient era. It is also the story of a brave young Jewish girl who challenged an empire to save her people from annihilation.
Screenplay by Jim Long, adapted from The Book of Esther
BOOK OF PLAGUES
An ancient artifact is looted from a hidden tomb is used by an unscrupulous family to gain wealth and the unimaginable power to unleash plagues.
An original Screenplay By Steve Seale and Jordan Bolinger
SOLDIER OF THE HEART
Inspired by the true-life story of Texan Nick Lundy and Peggy, the woman who loved him. As a youngster Nick's childhood dreams were fueled by stirring tales of valor and courage under fire. His role models were those who fought for what was right and protected the innocent. During the Viet Nam conflict, he became a tough but beloved leader, often working under cover. Following the war, Nick returned to Dallas for a career as a juvenile court judge. Though the war was behind him, he built a new life with Peggy, while fighting his biggest battle of all--against the painful ravages of Agent Orange.
Based on a True Story
Screenplay by Peggy Lundy and Jim Long
A retired Mossad asset is called out of retirement to investigate a puzzling homicide of a former agent. His search for answers leads to an ancient artifact and a web of political intrigue.