The Frontier Boys
|The Frontier Boys|
|Directed by||John Grooters|
|Produced by||John Grooters
|Screenplay by||John Grooters
|Starring||Rebecca St. James
|Music by||Eric Schrotenboer|
|Edited by||Vincent Boileau
|Distributed by||Ferocious Films|
The Frontier Boys is a 2011 independent action drama feature film written and directed by John Grooters, with appearances by Contemporary Christian music artist Rebecca St. James and country music singer Big Kenny.
Four high-school friends in a small Michigan town find their basketball season disrupted when a drug dealer moves to town. Brent Fencett (Timothy Lofing) becomes a witness to the drive-by shooting of T.J. Lewis (Taylor DeRoo), the high school's basketball star. As witness, Brent must decide whether or not to give up his own brother to the police or protect him from the consequences. Meanwhile, Brent's good friend Jed Bracken (Jedidiah Grooters) attempts to uncover the truth behind the shooting - not realizing that his best friend has all the answers.
- Rebecca St. James as Judy Bracken
- Big Kenny Alphin as Kevin Bracken
- Earthquake Kelley as Reverend Lewis
- Timothy Lofing as Brent Fencett
- Jedidiah Grooters as Jed Bracken
- Jake Boyce as Jackson Carlson
- Taylor DeRoo as T.J. Lewis
- Gregory Myhre as Mike Fencett
- Rodney Wiseman as Sean O'Sullivan
The film was based upon a novel written by John Grooters and post-production was done entirely in Holland, Michigan by his Michigan-based company Grooters Productions. Filming began in February 2010 with the use of local talent, and many scenes were shot in the producer's home town of Charlevoix, Michigan, with one historic home specifically razed by fire for an action sequence in the film. The film premiered on February 18, 2011, in Grand Rapids at "Celebration! Cinema North".
The film debuted at the Michigan Film Festival in November 2010 and began limited theater release in February 2011. The film is being distributed by Ferocious Films as their first feature film release.
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