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February 6, 2014

Gramps Goes to College to premiere at Rocky Top 10

CROSSVILLE — The world premiere of Gramps Goes to College will be shown at the Rocky Top 10 on Feb. 22 at 4 and 7 p.m. and Feb. 23 at 1 p.m.

This is the prequel to In Gramps' Shoes, which was written by Cumberland County resident Donald James Parker and shot in several locations throughout the county last year. Parker also co-directed, co-produced and acted in the film. His other film credit includes Right to Believe and he has authored several books including Silver Wind, The Unexpected Bar Mitzvah, Reforming the Potter's Clay and Angels of Interstate 29.

Gramps Goes to College, which was shot entirely in Crossville, stars Rusty Martin Jr., with Parker playing the eponymous role of Gramps. Martin is best known for his role as Alex Kendrick’s son in Courageous. He was recently named to the list of top 10 upcoming actors under 30 years old in the world of Christian films.

The movie also showcases the talents of Kera O’Bryon, who received a nomination for an Emmy and has appeared in many TV shows and movies. Also featured is Carol Anderson, who is making her debut in a feature film but has been a decorated theatrical actress for a long time.

Most of the rest of the cast are locals to the Crossville/Knoxville area. Bob Laney and Bob “Stretch” Cleeland, who can also be seen in Gramps Goes to College, both hail from Crossville.

In addition to the world premiere, Parker was excited to announce that In Gramps' Shoes will begin airing on Parables TV starting March 2. Parables TV (http://parables.tv) is an 24-hour a day Christian entertainment channel only available through the Internet at this time.

Also, preparations are under way for his next film, which will be shot in Crossville in March. The title of that one will be The Unexpected Bar Mitzvah and will feature five actors from Atlanta, one from Florida, one from Indiana, two from New York, three from Kentucky and one from North Carolina.

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