The Dramatic Work of Rich and Joyce Swingle

Oscar nominated!

08.20.11 03:05 PM Comment(s) By Rich

As we walked into the theater I stopped Joyce and said, "We've been praying for this moment for a very long time!" So we stopped and praised the Lord for my first nationwide theatrical release!

Now it's being released to DVD on April 21, 2015.

We noticed improvements since we saw it screened at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival last year, and we recommend it for everyone mature enough for PG-13 war violence.

Here's an endorsement by Dr. James Dobson, who's organization, Focus on the Family reviewed the film:


And here are things folks said after the show, as interviewed by co-director George Escobar:


I performed the role of a land speculator in this amazing true story of two young girls who were abducted by separate tribes during the French and Indian War.

It opened in  select theatres, last October, and had  the highest box office take per theatre of any film in America that weekend.

They made a number of cuts, including my scene, but they've retained one of my lines in a flashback. Hurrah! Hopefully they'll put the whole scene in the extended scenes of the DVD.


The title song from  Alone Yet Not Alone was nominated for an Academy Award! Then the nomination was taken away because the composer, Bruce Broughton, emailed his friends asking them to listen to the song. It's common practice, and Bruce received many such emails over the thirty years he was serving the Academy. Our prayer is that the heightened publicity will make more people aware of the film, so that it's message of hope will bless even more.

Joni sang the song at the Movieguide® Awards on the Reelz Channel:



Here's what I wrote before the nomination was rescinded:

It's sung by one of my childhood heroes, Joni Eareckson Tada, and written by Dennis Spiegel and Bruce Broughton. Executive director of the film and MasterWorks frequent MasterClass instructor Ken Wales talked his friend Bruce into writing the song that got him his second Oscar nod, the first being in 1985 for the Best Music, Best Original Score for Silverado. The nomination put the song over a number of A-listers such as Taylor Swift's "Sweeter than Fiction" ("One Chance"), Coldplay's "Atlas" ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"), Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful" ("The Great Gatsby"), Beyonce's "Rise Up" ("Epic"), Ed Sheeran's "I See Fire" ("The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"), Jay Z's "100$ Bill" ("The Great Gatsby") and Fantasia Barrino's "In The Middle of the Night" ("Lee Daniels' The Butler").

Studio System News includes an interview with Bruce in which he mentions Ken Wales:



Rated PG-13 for violence.

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* Native American spirituality expressed briefly and is compared to Christianity
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