About The Film
Signal Hill Pictures was co-founded by Bobby
Downes, Kevin Downes, David White, Jon Gunn, and Geoff Ludlow in June of 1999.
Their first meeting of what is today called Signal Hill Pictures LLC, took place
in Bakersfield, California at Marie Calanders Restaurant. Why Bakersfield? It is
the half way point between Visalia and Los Angeles. Bobby, Kevin and Geoff are
from Visalia. In December of 1999, Travis Mann joined Signal Hill
bringing his expertise in law and finance. It has been this team of producers
vision to make a high quality movie with a redemptive message.
With the success of The Omega
Code in the Fall of 1999, and a series of doors miraculously opening, Signal
Hill approached Providence Entertainment with Mercy Streets. Over a year in the
making, the story and script, written by Director Jon Gunn and John Mann, went
through 6 revisions. In fact, Mercy Streets was put aside for a time because
another story entitled, The Code, was thought more promising. But once Michael
Harpster of Providence Entertainment read Mercy Streets, he loved it. So, back
to the drawing board the team went. Providence distributed The Mega Code to theaters and is currently responsible for releasing the video
and DVD to several markets.
To promote Mercy Streets,
Signal Hill Pictures LLC chose Enigma Entertainment and Spy Promotions. The first week of March, Variety magazine published a blurb
about Mercy Streets and Eric Roberts, followed by a write up in LA Times Weekly. There have been bi-weekly meetings with
Providence Entertainment along the way to discuss the plan for distributing
Mercy Streets to worldwide.
locations began in January, 2000. Mercy Streets was filmed in Visalia and
Fresno, California. Fifteen different locations were selected for the 28 day
shoot. Signal Hill Pictures LLC received overwhelming support from the mayors of
Visalia and Fresno and their communities.
support for the filmmaking came from local Christian businessmen through various
uses of locations, and gifts in kind. With Kevin, Bobby and Geoff being area
locals, there was something special about filming in their home town. When Kevin
and David produced their first feature, The Moment After, in Visalia, they knew the area would support a larger scaled
What began as
a low budget, straight-to-video, film project has exploded into a domestic
theatrical release, worldwide distribution, nominated Academy Award actors, a
movie soundtrack distribution deal and a 5 picture deal for more films to be
made! The guys of Signal Hill see all of this coupled with the advent of a new
genre of movies made from a Christian world view, as God at work in an industry
that so powerfully influences North American culture.
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