Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Forrest Lucas goes Hollywood

Forrest Lucas is a longtime friend of OOIDA’s, a Land Line reader, a former truck driver and president and CEO of Lucas Oil Products. Actually, he is still a trucker, being owner of the Lucas Oil truck fleet. He is one remarkable guy. His products are everywhere. So is he. At any kind of sporting event, Lucas Oil sponsorship signs are everywhere.

Lucas Oil Speedway in Missouri, Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. MAV-TV. Protect the Harvest. You never know what enterprise he will be into next. I would not be surprised to see the Lucas Oil logo on any competitive team anywhere. I would not be surprised to see him sponsor the youth 12-under marble shooting champs from Indiana.

Still, I was surprised today to get an email that announces the launch of the first of a slate of movies, produced by guess who.

I had to smile to read that while Forrest is busy running his oil company and various other enterprises, he along with ESX Entertainment in Hollywood has produced a movie called “The Dog Lover” that will air nationwide.

It features James Remar, Lea Thompson, Jason Blair, Sherry Stringfield, Christina Moore and Allison Paige. It’s described as “a dramatic thriller about a passionate animal rights activist who goes undercover at a dog-breeding facility, where the owner is suspected of inhumane treatment of animals.”

“The Dog Lover” will open at the Indianapolis AMC 17 in Columbus, Ind. On demand, it will be available July 8 and the DVD release is scheduled for July 12. Wal-Mart will have it.

We have not seen the film, but according to a press statement from Lucas Oil the movie is about a “passionate belief that goes wrong. It’s not just the animals that can suffer, but their human guardians as well.”

James Remar, Lea Thompson and their son, Jason Blair play the dog breeders, Daniel and Liz Holloway. Allison Paige plays Sara Gold, the animal rights activist. Christina Moore plays the head of the national humane organization and Sherry Stringfield plays Jackie McConnell, the town’s Animal Control Officer.

Directed by Alex Ranarivelo, the film was shot on location in Petaluma, Calif. It has a running time of 101 minutes.

Forrest is the executive producer. He and his non-profit organization, Protect The Harvest, teamed up with Ali Afshar of Hollywood to produce “The Dog Lover.” 

According to the email we received, the partnership of Forrest Lucas and Ali Afshar was created to make films that focused on “reigniting the American dream through cinematic storytelling. The company aspires to give a voice to situations and characters that exemplify the backbone of the country while providing top shelf production quality entertainment.”

Check out the trailer and all information regarding the film at thedoglovermovie.com

For a list of cities where the film will be playing, visit thedoglovermovie.com/showtimes