"Sand Castles" actors Jordon Hodges and Saxon Trainor pose with their award at the Milan International Film Festival, where the movie won Leonardo da Vinci’s Special Horse for Best Acting Ensemble. The award was shared with Anne Winters, Randy Spence, Daniella Grace, Scott Jemison and Clint Howard.(Photo Supplied) The cast and crew from "Sand Castles" poses with their awards at VisionFest in New York City. The film had seven nominations and won awards for best lead actor and best cinematography. From left is producer Christopher Nickin, associate producer Paula Fournier, actor, writer and producer Jordon Hodges, actress Daniella Grace, actor Randy Spence and actor and executive producer Scott Jemison.(Photo Supplied) Jordon Hodges, "Sand Castles" lead actor, writer and producer(Photo Supplied)
‘Sand Castles’ movie shot in Goshen riding wave of success at film festivals
Posted on May 27, 2014 at 4:40 p.m.
GOSHEN — Goshen-born actor and writer Jordon Hodges has been riding a wave of success with a movie shot in his hometown at film festivals across the country and around the world.
“Sand Castles” has been making its rounds on the festival circuit for about two months and, so far, the movie has claimed a dozen wins and 10 nominations.
“It’s been a dream come true,” Hodges said. “We’re getting such a good response from the festivals we’re going to. It’s tiring, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Hodges, who lives in Los Angeles, recently returned from a trip to Italy, where the cast won Leonardo da Vinci’s Special Horse for Best Acting Ensemble at the Milan International Film Festival.
“We were up against stiff competition too, and they ended up giving us the best ensemble, an award they only give every several years when a film has good acting across the board,” said Hodges, who traveled to Italy with his mother, Connie Hodges, and girlfriend Natalie Stalter, who worked on costume design for the film.
“Sand Castles,” directed by Clenet Verdi-Rose, tells the story of a family in a small town that falls apart after their daughter is kidnapped and what happens when the girl mysteriously reappears 10 years later. The movie made its Indiana debut in April at the River Bend Film Festival in South Bend. Members of the cast and crew, including Hodges and actor Clint Howard, hosted a special screening with a question-and-answer session with the audience. “Sand Castles” won awards for best feature and audience choice at the festival.
The film has been screened at festivals in New York, North Carolina, Washington, Iowa and Florida, among other locations. The movie recently was part of an independent feature series at the Screen Actors Guild Foundation in Los Angeles.
Hodges said he plans to continue traveling to film festivals with his movie for the rest of the year into early 2015. One of the film’s next stops will be June 8 at the famous TCL Chinese Theatre in the heart of Hollywood at the Dances with Films Festival.
“It’s amazing,” Hodges said. “I’m just very fortunate that the universal theme of the film is being recognized everywhere, from an older gentleman in small-town Iowa to a younger crew in Italy. People from all walks of life are seeing this film.”
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