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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Get a Closer Look at INSP's New Film 'Savannah Sunrise'! ---- My Exclusive Interview with with Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP!

Last December, INSP Films premiered their first original family movie, ‘Christmas in the Smokies’. Today, as they embark on their second film, I am pleased to share with all of you my interview with Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP.

Doug Butts has excellent insight on their new premiere movie SAVANNAH SUNRISE, which will be premiering June 26th, 2016 on INSP! I am delighted to have this opportunity to share all the exciting details he shared + some future INSP movie news below!!!



SVP of Programming for INSP

Doug Butts


Net, It's A Wonderful Movie: First of all, Congratulations on your second new INSP Original Movie ‘Savannah Sunrise’ coming to TV! Please share with us a synopsis of the story.

Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP: Thank you very much. INSP Films is very proud of this film and excited to keep bringing stories of hope to be featured as a worldwide television exclusive on INSP and beyond. The goal is always to create stories that are emotive, entertaining and relevant for today’s families. SAVANNAH SUNRISE is a story about two very different women, and one painfully long weekend where Joy has to reluctantly drive her mother-in-law Loraine from Louisville, Kentucky to her new retirement home in Savannah, Georgia. Problems happen at every turn, but they both discover that they each may be the best friend they’ve ever had and they never knew they needed.

This film hits all of our brand filters of celebrating the American spirit, creating quality and positive entertainment with inspiring stories that honor timeless traditional values.

image: 'Savannah Sunrise'

Net, It's A Wonderful Movie: The first INSP Original Movie ‘Christmas in the Smokies’ starred actress Sarah Lancaster (of Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, ‘Tis the Season for Love, Along Came a Nanny, etc…). Please share with us who will star in this new movie ‘Savannah Sunrise’ and what previous projects we may know the actors/actresses from?

Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP: INSP Films is excited about the Savannah Sunrise cast. Shawnee Smith plays Joy and you may remember her from the TV show Becker and the film Grace, Unplugged; and Pamela Reed from Kindergarten Cop plays Lorraine. Clare Carey, from Coach, and Shawn Christian, from Days of our Lives, are also in the cast.

image: 'Savannah Sunrise'

image: 'Savannah Sunrise'

Net, It's A Wonderful Movie: Some of the story of ‘Savannah Sunrise’ takes place on a road trip. Where was this movie filmed? Were the actresses actually filmed while driving, or are the car scenes movie-magic?

Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP: You got it. Like most movies, there are common methods used to create the illusion for such parts. We actually did the whole drive from Louisville to Savannah with the car and stand-ins but not with the actual actresses. It just wasn’t necessary to have them actually do the drive. Segments shot for “stops along their route”, and the rest of the film, were shot in beautiful Augusta, Georgia. The people of Augusta were absolutely wonderful to work with.

image: 'Savannah Sunrise'

Net, It's A Wonderful Movie: Were you on-set during filming? If so, could you share any interesting or comical filming moments?

Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP: I was on set for some of the shooting and since this film has lots of comedic moments there were a lot of great stories. One of the best moments happened the day we shot with live baby gators! There were three baby gators used to portray the one gator in the movie. In one scene one of the little gators went after our cinematographer. It was a lot of fun working with these little guys and their owner/trainers.

One interesting item to mention was how into this story our lead cast members got into it. They both helped rewrite scenes and the scene in the church was so moving on set that you could have heard a pin drop.

image: 'Savannah Sunrise'

Net, It's A Wonderful Movie: Can you give us any potential hints on future INSP original movies or projects? I see the production company, Imagicomm Films, that created ‘Christmas in the Smokies’ and ‘Savannah Sunrise’, have a third film in post-production, titled ‘Heritage Falls’. Is this something we will see soon on INSP?

Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP: Absolutely. We look forward to premiering “Heritage Falls” on INSP later this year; and we have several more films in development.

on the set image of 'Heritage Falls' via Instagram

Net, It's A Wonderful Movie: Also, here at “It’s a Wonderful Movie”, my readers enjoy Family Movies and they absolutely LOVE Christmas movies! Could we possibly expect to see another new Christmas movie this year or in the future, on INSP?

Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP: We LOVE Christmas movies too! Christmas is the one time a year when families enjoy each other. It’s such a special time. Things went so well with “Christmas in the Smokies” that we are planning more similar themes in the future.

INSP film 'Christmas in the Smokies'

Net, It's A Wonderful Movie: I find INSP television programs are always full of inspirational stories with a message. Could you please share with us the inspiration behind the movie ‘Savannah Sunrise’? Is there an element of faith in finding the road to friendship?

Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP: A primary goal for us is to tell stories that focus on the common and not so common human dynamics, situational challenges and celebrations that all families experience. These are stories that everyone will relate to. But we want to make certain that these stories are redemptive, heartwarming and real. We want to bring hope and resolve. So our desire from the beginning was that this film would relate to anyone that has ever had to deal with the universal transitions of life. Loraine has lost her spouse and must move into a senior living center or live with her son’s family. Joy’s character models a modern mom and professional career woman with all the demands of business and family. How will she deal with these changes?

The story and characters suggest that their faith is an important part of their lifestyle, and is one way that they will deal with these sharp life transitions.

image: 'Savannah Sunrise'

Net, It's A Wonderful Movie: What do you hope viewers will take away from watching the new INSP Movie ‘Savannah Sunrise’?

Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP: Although this movie deals with serious, and sometimes, painful issues; we wanted to take a light-hearted approach to communicate our message. As always, we hope that it will be a fun time for the whole family and that viewers will want to hug their kids and give their kids, mom & dad and/or maybe their mother-n-law a call and a second chance! We need our families to help us get through the tough times.

image: 'Savannah Sunrise'

Net, It's A Wonderful Movie: How can viewers learn even more about ‘Savannah Sunrise’?

Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP: They can go to the website http://savannahsunrisemovie.com/ for everything related to the film.

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Facebook: @SavannahSunriseMovie

Twitter: @SavSunriseMovie

Thank you so much, Doug Butts, for doing this interview with It's a Wonderful Movie! It sounds like it was truly a great adventure creating 'Savannah Sunrise' and I know many followers here will be most excited to watch another new movie on INSP!

It's wonderful and nice to see cast members I personally recognize from previous projects, including Shawnee Smith from 'Grace Unplugged', as you mentioned, and Shawn Christian from 'Undercover Christmas'!

How fascinating to hear all the aspects and behind the scenes moments of filming 'Savannah Sunrise'. We will look forward to watching this film, 'Savannah Sunrise', and future projects, including 'Heritage Falls' on INSP, where we know we are always "Welcome Home" to family-friendly and faith filled stories, dramas, and movies that always inspire!

Thank you, again, and God Bless!!!

See the premiere of 'Savannah Sunrise'
Sunday June 26, 2016 at 8pm/7c.
exclusively on INSP!


  1. Thanks for the interview! I LOVE Undercover Christmas but t hasn't been on the last few years, at least I haven't found it. I can't find it on DVD, either. Do you know if it will ever be on DVD?

    1. I love that one, too, Jennifer. Sometimes, I can find it on Lifetime at Christmastime. I would love to have it on DVD, too!

  2. Did the release date for this movie change? When I looked at INSP's website, it says this movie will premiere on June 26th.

    1. The premiere date is still June 26th. That was my typo, and the correct date is now listed above. Thank you!

  3. First of all, Net, I love your interview's because you ask the most perfect questions. I missed "Christmas in the Smokies" but hope to see it this year. I won't miss "Savannah Sunrise" because I absolutely adore the movie plot and am familiar with some of the cast from other shows.

    1. Oh, thank you, Linda! I love your comments - because you are always so sweet!!!

      I sure hope you can see 'Christmas in the Smokies' this year, too! It is such an endearing, heartwarming movie... and, just in case anyone reading this hasn't seen my review on it - you can see it here! Plus, Sarah Lancaster and Jill Wagner are both wonderful in it!

      As for INSP's new movie... I hope you enjoy 'Savannah Sunrise' this weekend, and I look forward to hearing what you thought of it!!!

  4. I've been a DAYS fan for many years. Shawn Christian is a great actor and I'm looking forward to seeing him in something totally different.

    1. Yes, I'm sure this will be a whole new genre for him, as an actor. I also remember him being in the WB summer series with Lori Loughlin ('When Calls the Heart', 'Northpole: Open for Christmas') called 'Summerland'.

  5. Seriously, this looks good! I just wish they wouldn't have scheduled it when Hallmark was airing one of their new mysteries. But, with Hallmark taking up the whole weekend, it's probably harder to do. Will there be any repeat showings for Savannah Sunrise or should I catch another showing of the new Flower Shop?

    1. Yeah, I'm sure it's difficult for any network to schedule around Hallmark - nearly impossible.

      There are, thankfully, repeat showings for both!!!

      'Savannah Sunrise' first airs at 8pm/7c. on June 26th, and repeats that same night at midnight or 11pm central time.

      'Flower Shop Mystery' first airs June 26th at 9pm/8c. Then, according to the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries web-site, it repeats Thursday June 30 at 5pm/4c.!

      Hope that schedule info helps you decide, Lauren - when to watch both movies!!!

    2. Thanks for the repeat times. Now I can watch both!

  6. Terrific interview! Thanks Net and Doug for giving us the insight to Savannah Sunrise and upcoming INSP movies!

  7. I know this comment doesn't relate to the interview, but I just saw a video on Hallmark Channel's website where Jack Wagner announces that there will be a "When Calls the Heart" Christmas movie!

    1. Thank you for making sure we all knew! My sweet Sis told me about this yesterday, too, when she heard news on this! That is such exciting news for WCTH! An excellent combination - WCTH and Christmas!!! Yay!!!


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