“Deep In The Heart” Opens Today Statewide - The Inspirational True Story of Texan Richard Wallrath

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The full-length motion picture “Deep in the Heart" chronicles the inspirational true life story of Richard Wallrath and proves that a man’s faith can bring a second chance at life. The film opened in theatres across Texas today.

The full-length motion picture “Deep in the Heart" chronicles the inspirational true life story of Richard Wallrath and proves that a man’s faith can bring a second chance at life. The film opened in theatres across Texas today.

"Deep in the Heart" was shot entirely on-location in Texas and stars Jon Gries of “Napoleon Dynamite” fame as well as Elaine Hendrix, DB Sweeny and Val Kilmer. This moving story, written by Brian A Hoffman and Josh Fasulo, was brought to life by veteran director Christopher Cain, known for “Young Guns” and “Pure Country.”

The movie was premiered in Austin, Texas at the Paramount Theater Wednesday evening. Among others, actor James Haven, who appears in the film, attended the event and was joined by his Academy Award-winning father Jon Voight. His sister, Angelina Jolie, was unable to attend.

“Deep in the Heart” follows Wallrath as he struggles with alcoholism and the loss of a child, only to get the second chance he needed to build a successful business and become an avid philanthropist. Wallrath established the Richard Wallrath Educational Foundation in 2006. He is the highest all-time individual donor for the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4-H and is known for his purchases of “show steers” at junior steer auctions throughout the state.

Reviews and praise for “Deep In The Heart" include:
The Austin Chronicle said the film’s script by Brian Hoffman, “…sidesteps most of this genre’s easy clichés and aims to tell a story that remains within the realm of believability.” The Chronicle added that Jon Gries ”…is a quiet presence that nevertheless ranges from great intensity to subtle sensitivity. More movies should star Gries.”

The Austin American-Statesman in their review of “Deep In The Heart” noted that Gries ”...plays a recovering Wallrath with a compelling mix of humility and troubled earnestness.” The Statesman also singled out Director of Photography Ian Ellis as he “…wonderfully captures the stark beauty of Texas’ wide-open spaces and paints the movie with a rich color palette."

The Amarillo Globe-News called the film, “Compelling," “Inspirational, without doubt.”

Hollywood Jesus wrote, “If you’re in the mood for an inspirational film, then give this one a shot.”

The Dove Foundation noted the movie was, “Inspiring!”

For more information on the film, cast and the story of Richard Wallrath’s triumph over hardship, visit http://www.deepintheheartmovie.com.

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