Fort Worth, TX, July 12, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- As a 1994 graduate of Nolan High School, Josh Mills always knew he wanted to come back to Fort Worth one day. The young filmmaker just had to spend some time in Hollywood first. After spending 14 years in Los Angeles and New York, Mills is proud to return to his roots with several production companies in tow.
In 2008, Mills partnered with executive producer Steven Camp to launch production entity Desert Wind Films. Quietly relocating to Fort Worth late last year, Mills and Camp have expanded their partnership through TEN10 Entertainment and TEN10 Television. Now ready to launch, TEN10’s goal is to focus private funding to finance, develop, produce, advertise, market and release feature films, as well as funding game, reality & scripted comedy/drama television shows being developed for major networks.
“From economics to accessibility, bringing my company home to Fort Worth simply made good business sense,” said Mills. “I’m especially excited that one of our first local productions, A Broken Bridge, allows us to continue expanding upon our success with faith-based films.” A Broken Bridge (www.abrokenbridge.com) is the story of Luke Wylie, who hasn’t uttered a word since the night of his parent’s death, and how his older brother Brady seeks help in an effort to repair broken bonds and family ties. The film will cost $1.6 million to produce.
“A Broken Bridge will challenge audiences everywhere to address our universal struggle with grief and loss,” continued Mills. The film is set to begin production this fall – much of it in and around Fort Worth – with plans to expand the film’s presence through an educational grief initiative called “Good Grief.”
The team’s first faith-based film, Brother’s Keeper (www.brotherskeeperfilm.com) – starring Michael Rooker, Ray Wise, W. Earl Brown, Travis Tritt and Robyn Lively – was released in theatres last year. The film’s investors have also funded a ministry focusing on the healing power of forgiveness and grace.
The public is invited to learn more about TEN10 Entertainment – including how to become involved in background, as a cast member, potential location or future investor – when Mills and Camp host the company’s Fort Worth launch party, along with a complimentary screening of Brother’s Keeper:
Thursday, July 14
4:00 p.m. – Meet & Greet, with complimentary refreshments
5:00 p.m. – Investment Opportunity Overview
6:15 p.m. – Movie Screening of Brother’s Keeper
Four Day Weekend – 312 Houston Street, Sundance Square, 76102
Complimentary Valet Parking, with Sundance Square validation
*RSVP to 817-632-5023 or email@example.com “Research says that family-friendly films are earning more money than ever before,” shared Camp. “A recent study also shows that Americans are asking for more positive, family-friendly entertainment, like Brother’s Keeper and A Broken Bridge.”
TEN10 investor and Fort Worth insurance agent Jerry Hawrylak wholeheartedly agrees. “I’ve always been the type to look at all kinds of investments, no matter how untraditional they sound at first. I really did my due diligence on Desert Wind Films and TEN10 Entertainment. Their significant experience in the industry, stellar personal reputations and open book accounting were all big pluses,” said Hawrylak.
“My investments in TEN10 vary, from short-term for a couple of television pilots to investor ownership in longer-term feature film projects. My investment didn’t require a huge principle, the yields are greater and I receive my return in an average of 15 to 24 months,” continued Hawrylak. “No matter what the economy, people are always going to want to be entertained on television and at the movies. I’ve found investing in TEN10 productions to be far more stable than anything else I’ve invested in.”
TEN10 Television is also nearing production for a three-part television hybrid-documentary called Before I Forget – based on the book by retired United States Air Force Tech Sargent Robert Davis. Mills and his team spent 18 months with Davis, uncovering more than 30 hours of the captivating real-life story told throughout the pages of his war journal kept secretly in his jacket. Davis flew 23 World War II bombing missions before he was shot down over Nazi Germany in May of 1944, where he and his crew were captured and endured months of hardships.
Before I Forget is expected to be released for prime television and digital platforms in Summer 2017. All re-enactments for this docu-series will be filmed in the metroplex.
“TEN10 Television has multiple projects in the works, which will allow us to be a more regular economic driver for the North Texas area,” explains Camp. “We’re committed to using local crews, technology, cast, locations and other supporting vendors whenever and wherever possible.”
Mills and Camp are actively working with the recently launched Fort Worth Film Commission to expand the city’s growing production presence. “We are thrilled to see a growing number of production companies and filmmakers relocating to Fort Worth,” said Jessica Christopherson, director of public relations and film marketing for the Fort Worth Film Commission and Fort Worth CVB. “There is a thriving creative class in our city and TEN10 Entertainment will make a great addition to our community.”