An Inspirational New Series "SMALL MIRACLES," Based on the Best-selling Books, Is Released Online - Starring 2-time Emmy Award Winner Judd Hirsch and Kathryn Kates

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SMALL MIRACLES is a new series based on the best-selling books of the same title written by Judith Leventhal and Yitta Halberstaim. The series stars Judd Hirsch ("Taxi," "Independence Day") and Kathryn Kates ("Orange Is the New Black") as the caretakers of The Inn of Small Miracles, a magical timeless place where inspiring true stories find a place to live forever.

In the tradition of "Playhouse 90" and "The Twilight Zone," each episode of SMALL MIRACLES will guide the audience on a magical ride that will inspire you to believe and challenge you to open your eyes to the small miracles in your own life.

SMALL MIRACLES was adapted for the screen and directed by veteran screenwriter and director Moshe Mones. Along with producing partners, Darren Schwartz and David Catalano, Moshe helped assemble a cast and crew for a 15-day shoot in January 2014 in Saugerties, NY. During that time the SMALL MIRACLES team produced 4 episodes of the series, each episode as diverse as the next, based on four short stories that were carefully chosen from the nearly 400 true stories available in the Small Miracles book series. Each story takes place during a different period of time and sometimes in a different part of the world, but what each of these stories have in common is that they are all heart-warming tales of non-fiction that are told to inspire people and shed a new light on modern day television.

Here is a link to the first episode It is 24 minutes long.

SMALL MIRACLES Episode 1 "Mermaids" introduces us to a young girl, Desiree, who lives in modern day California. Desiree was the apple of her Daddy’s eye. She did everything with her beloved Dad: fish, horseback ride, just sit next to each other and read. Anytime Desiree was in the company of her Father, she was the happiest girl on Earth. Suddenly, however, Desiree's father became very ill. No-one expected it. The disease progressed rapidly and tragically, and ultimately it takes his life. Desiree's father, the apple of her eye, her best friend, was gone.

As one would expect, Desiree was devastated by the loss of her Daddy. Dealing with their own grief, Desiree’s Mother and Grandmother tried hard to be emotionally supportive towards Desiree during this difficult time. They attempted everything to console, distract, and soothe their precious, shocked young girl, but Desiree was disconsolate. In fact, Mom and Grandma were losing her. Desiree was sinking deeper and deeper into her despair. Then one day, as Desiree was slipping further and further away, her suddenly inspired Grandmother tells her beloved granddaughter of a very secret way that Desiree can communicate with her Father. What happens next is truly a Miracle!

"MERMAIDS" stars the talented Tori Feinstein in the lead role of "Desiree." Tori first worked with executive producer/writer-director Moshe Mones on the feature film, "Dovid Meyer," (also to be released by 26 Entertainment). Since then, young Tori played a guest role on the NBC hit "30 Rock," (starring Tina Fey, Tracey Morgan, and Alec Baldwin), and has had recurring lead roles on "Bubble Guppies," "Chuggington," along with many stage appearances. Desiree's mother is played by stage veteran Renee Bang Allen. Ms. Allen recently guest starred in the CBS hit drama "Blue Bloods” with Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg. Desiree's grandmother played by Peggy J. Scott, features a long list of impressive credits including guest appearances on "House of Cards," "The Americans," "Royal Pains," and "Person of Interest."

The cast rounds out with beautifully subtle performances by Travis Mitchell (playing the role of Wade McKinnon), Kersti Bryan (Donna McKinnon), and Mike Barkowski (Dad), all classically trained theatrical actors who add the perfect compliment to this breath-taking, highly emotional, true story.

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