The film featured Rodney Wiseman, who had attended United Christian Academy in Cleveland, as the tough Irish gang leader. The story of four high school boys whose undefeated basketball season and friendship are threatened after a drive-by shooting leaves one of them in a coma, was hailed as a family-friendly drama with a very important lesson.
Wiseman, who was featured in the March 9, 2011, Lifestyles article, “Wiseman makes bad look good in ‘Frontier Boys,’” said he was excited about the unexpected win.
“Winning the Golden Seal Award in the Limited Release category in the 2012 Dove Awards — I am ecstatic over this! I can’t even begin to define how I feel,” he said. “Since the completion of ‘Frontier Boys,’ I have been in several movies, but knowing the first full feature film where I had a main, credited speaking role, went straight to the Dove Awards and won makes it even more honorable.”
The Crystal Dove Seal Award is considered unique in that it is an online ballot that is available to visitors of The Dove Foundation website. The voters are joined together by one common bond — a love for good movies in a variety of genres, but within the boundaries of good taste and positive values.
Wiseman, whose parents still live in Cleveland, added, “I am amazed at how faith-based, family-oriented films are so strongly impacting the media market. The demand is drawing a lot of investors who were never part of the movie industry, wanting involvement. For such minimal investment, the revenue has such a tremendous return and the powerful message in these films leaves a strong impact in today’s time, giving hope and faith.”
During the last three years The Dove Foundation conducted one of the most ambitious entertainment opinion polls in history — involving more than 8 million families — and discovered 93 percent want to see more wholesome family entertainment made.
“The Dove Foundation has spent the last 22 years informing, empowering, and advocating on behalf of the ‘Faith and Family Audience,’” said Dick Rolfe, Dove co-founder and CEO. “We would like to thank all of the producers of the nominated films for creating wholesome entertainment that families can watch without being exposed to gratuitous content.”
Wiseman, who appeared in such films as “The Last Castle,” starring Robert Redford, James Gandolfini and Mark Ruffalo, and “Lie to Me,” starring Brandon Roth, said, “From the beginning to now, The Frontier Boys’ cast and crew stood as a team to accomplish what it needed to accomplish. We became a family. Very few films, can you establish that type of chemistry.
“Working with John and Judy Grooters, of Grooters Productions, was an honor as well as fun. John gave me guidelines, but also gave me liberty to bring something to the table. That is what a creative actor want as well as needs. It all starts with a vision. John and Judy had that.
“When they put all of the pieces on the table, brought forth the crew and the cast, we all tapped in on their vision. In the end, all of the pieces came together, illustrating a portrait of success.”
For a listing of all the official winners, visit www.dove.org. “The Frontier Boys” is available online at amazon.com and other online outlets.
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