The Frontier Boys

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The Frontier Boys
Directed by John Grooters
Produced by John Grooters
Judy Grooters
Holly McClure
Screenplay by John Grooters
Jeff Barker
Starring Rebecca St. James
Big Kenny
Earthquake Kelley
Timothy Lofing
Jedidiah Grooters
Jake Boyce
Taylor DeRoo
Gregory Myhre
Rodney Wiseman
Music by Eric Schrotenboer
Cinematography Bryan Papierski
Edited by Vincent Boileau
John Grooters
Frontier Boys
Distributed by Ferocious Films
Release dates
  • February 18, 2011 (2011-02-18)
Country United States
Language English

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.[1]


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.

Partial cast[edit]

  • 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.[2] Filming began in February 2010 with the use of local talent,[3] 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.[4] The film premiered on February 18, 2011, in Grand Rapids at "Celebration! Cinema North".[1]


The soundtrack contains music from popular musicians Switchfoot, Rebecca St. James, Big Kenny, and Superchick.[1]


The film debuted at the Michigan Film Festival in November 2010[5] and began limited theater release in February 2011.[6] The film is being distributed by Ferocious Films as their first feature film release.


In a review of the film, The Dove Foundation in describing the temptations available to high school students, called it a "powerful drama" and a "compelling story".[7]

The Frontier Boys won the People's Choice Award at the Sabaoth International Film Festival in March 2011.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b c "Feature Film The Frontier Boys World Premiere in Grand Rapids". Michigan Film Reel. February 16, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  2. ^ Stephen Kloosterman (February 16, 2011). "Locals hit the big screen in Grooters film 'Frontier Boys". Holland Sentinel. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  3. ^ Karin Beery (March 22, 2010). "Actress helps unite local talent and production". p. 2. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  4. ^ Lauren Amstutz (March 2, 2010). "DDA Approves Historic Home For Fire In Movie". Up North Live. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  5. ^ John Serba (November 11, 2010). "'The Frontier Boys' debuts at Michigan Film Festival". Grand Rapids Press. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  6. ^ "Michigan Made Movie: 'The Frontier Boys'". WZZM. February 15, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  7. ^ Edwin L. Carpenter (February 18, 2011). "review: The Frontier Boys". Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  8. ^ "Sabaoth Film Festival". Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "The Frontier Boys - Awards on IMDB". Retrieved 15 March 2011. 

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