Brian Shoop is on a treasure hunt, but box-office gold is not his goal. Telling a compelling story, rather, is the construction-pro-turned-actors chief motivation, and he believes his filmmaking debut, “Treasure Blind,” fits the bill.
Shoop, whos played roles in Tulsa-area independent films and the big-screen hit The Rookie (2002), is currently looking for a distributor and has just begun entering the festival cicuit. Shoop wrote the script, directed and starred in the independent production, recruiting cast and crew from the Tulsa-area. The film, shot at various sites around Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, is the story of the search for a long lost Civil War bounty and an aging cab driver who must confront his troubled past.
Shoops dream is to present stories of faith on film. Several private investors and volunteers who share his vision signed on to support the 110 minute drama “Treasure Blind,” including many members of his church, Tulsa Bible Church. Shoop and his backers would like to follow the recent lead of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., whose film Facing the Giants earned national theatrical distribution. Shoop explains,
The idea is to present the Gospel, but through an interesting storyno three points and an illustration and then back to the movie.
“Treasure Blind” is the fledgling effort of Shoop’s Newsong Films production company.
If veteran Tulsa cabbie Cliff Edwards (Brian Shoop) looked in his lifes rearview, hed see a string of wrecked relationships and missed opportunities. Cliffs not looking back if he can help it, though; the amateur treasure hunter is too busy with his private obsessiontrying to track down a legendary stash of Civil War gold. The unexpected arrival of Henry (Daniel Brookshire), the blind grandson Cliff never knew he had, throws a kink in his plans. But the search for the gold brings the mismatched pair together, as Cliff finally begins to learn where his real treasure lies.
Official Web site with trailer: TreasureBlind.com