Oak Grove screenwriter wins accolades, shows film locally

Living a life of denial and disobedience, Scott A. Peterson of Oak Grove said he felt a steeple’s cross tugging him back into the arms of Christ.

This image captures action on the set of “The Current.” Pictured here are (left to right) director Nikita Zubarev, director of photography Ben Enke and screenwriter Scott A. Peterson filming a river scene for the film.

This image captures action on the set of “The Current.” Pictured here are (left to right) director Nikita Zubarev, director of photography Ben Enke and screenwriter Scott A. Peterson filming a river scene for the film. Photo submitted

And so, he went to church on a Sunday morning, heard a gospel message and surrendered, submitting himself and his life to God, and acquiescing to God’s direction.

Peterson’s voice found its timbre recently when his original movie screenplay, “The Current,” won accolades as a finalist for the Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays.

“The Current” also won the Dove Foundation’s seal of approval as a “family-approved” and “faith-friendly” film, as well as receiving five Doves – the highest rating given by that foundation, which reviews, rates and endorses movies determined to be suitable for family audiences.

Calling “The Current” an “inspirational” and “remarkable” film, the Dove Foundation’s review states, “For anyone who has struggled in life, this movie offers hope!”

The movie profiles the story of 13-year-old Jake Larson, who lived in Chicago and loved everything about his life there until his parents made a life-changing decision to move the family to rural Minnesota. There, a rebellious young Jake meets a farm boy named Peter.

“The two form a fast friendship that God uses to transform Jake’s life in ways that Jake never could have imagined,” said Peterson, describing the story line of his film.

“The Current” was the first screenplay Peterson had written.

And after receiving accolades during competition for the Kairos Prize, he and his wife Diane formed iiFiLMS and started filming.

Peterson said he and an all-volunteer cast and crew filmed “The Current” during the summer of 2012 in various locations around the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis, as well as in Shakopee and Chicago.

“All in all, more than 300 people are involved in the project, including five bands whose music is a part of the film,” Peterson said.

Peterson said making the movie was his response to a challenge his pastor gave to Northgate Church members in Ramsey, urging them to do “something impossible” for God.

And now, thanks to a partnership with Tugg.com and the resulting crowd sourcing, “The Current” is currently showing five times daily at Mann Champlin Cinema 14 movie theater. Showtimes are 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. each day today through Sunday (Nov. 15-17).

For more information about the “The Current,” to see a trailer for the movie, and to learn more about iiFiLMS, visit www.iifilms.com.

Sue Austreng is at
sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

 
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