Pendulum Swings is the first full-length feature film from Tri-Rahn Pictures, a production company based in the Hickory, NC area. Tri-Rahn Pictures was formed by Bill Rahn to produce Christian based films. Bill Rahn has 27 years of film and video production experience with his company Professional Video Service of North Carolina. For this film, Tri-Rahn teams with Vela films and Adam Melton who also helped produce the movie as well as played the lead role.
Pendulum Swings is based on a true story written by John Keogh and Bill Rahn and was filmed in 86 locations around North Carolina in the Hickory, Conover, Morganton, and Statesville areas.
“My desire with Tri-Rahn Pictures is to not produce just any film, but to truly concentrate on making Christian films. God developed this ability in me and I decided that I wanted to aim that ability into an area that needed higher quality films.”
Pendulum Swings follows Dale Jennings (Adam Melton) as his seemingly perfect life starts to unravel. Dale is a videographer, father of two girls that he adores, attends church, and seems to have everything going his way. As the plot starts to build, we soon understand that Dale’s wife Maria (Vanessa Ore) is the unraveling thread in his life. Dale’s laid-back lifestyle and family focus does not match Maria’s corporate ladder sprint and partying lifestyle. It’s not long before their lives are headed in different directions: no matter how hard Dale tries to turn things around Maria will have no part of it.
The movie does a good job of showing the sad dynamics that occur during marital problems, separation, and divorce… and how those dynamics affect all those involved, including children.
Most divorced dads will certainly identify with parts of this movie.
For those that have never been through a divorce or a marriage that hits major problems, it may seem a little contrived that Maria can go from loving wife to wanton warrior so fast, and that Dale can self-destruct and loose everything just as quickly. However, if you’ve been there then you understand it’s not all that unusual for one party to blindside the other. Dale is completely helpless and unable to stop Maria’s plans for separation and divorce – his understandable frustration and anger push him to make several bad mistakes in judgment and soon, he is a shell of his former self. In debt, homeless, drinking too much, arrested, and wallowing in his troubles, he’s a completely broken man whose suicide is only averted by a timely visitor.
One of the problems with faith based movies can be that they don’t come across as real, or that that they come across a little hokey. Some parts of this movie are probably predictable. However, Rahn does a good job of keeping it real and engaging… so much so that the tragic event that is the catalyst to Dale’s lowest point caught me off guard.
To reach a broader audience Christian themed movies have to maintain a delicate balance of “Preachiness”. Too much preaching and you limit your audience: people won’t recommend it to non-active or non-Christians, or they’ll tune out too soon – too little preaching and you miss an opportunity to deliver the message you want to deliver. Rahn handles this well throughout the film.
In this movie, Dale is like a lot of people – having never been tested. In the end, Dale rebuilds his life and starts walking through the doors that God is opening for him instead of focusing on the doors that Maria (and the system) has shut. He’s also a much stronger man because of it. It’s easy to say you’re a Christian and do the right thing when all you’re surrounding by are other Christians and relatively good people. Like a knife blade, it takes fire to temper soft steel into a hard, sharp blade that can hold an edge.
Once Dale has turned things around, he’s given the opportunity to inflict revenge on Maria. He could do so publicly with devastating results to both her and her employer. He chooses to… well, you’ll have to see the movie to see exactly what he does.
If the initial offering from Tri-Rahn is this good, I can’t wait to see what’s next! They have two films in progress, one based on NASCAR legend Morgan Shepherd.
Don’t let the modest budget fool you, this is a good movie. Unlike some big budget movies, this is a movie that you’ll feel good about spending your money on the price of a ticket.
Tri-Rahn plans to release a soundtrack CD and a 16 week Bible study book with 16 discussion subjects from the movie (this will include a DVD with the relative clips from the film).
Click to Visit the Pendulum Swings FaceBook Fan page and then “Like” it, so that you’ll know if and when it’s showing in your area as well as other information as it’s available, as well as let other people know about the movie.
Until they have an agreement with a distribution company, they are planning showings in Greensboro, Charlotte, Winston Salem, Atlanta, Raleigh, DC, Louisville, Greenville SC, Jacksonville, Tampa/St.Petersburg, Blairsville/Hiawassee GA, and Nashville.
The point of this blog is to encourage people to Do More Than Pray: Bill Rahn is a great example of this. So now do our part… we need to get as many people as possible talking about and going to see this movie… share this blog post with your friends and associates.
Until next time,