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A Christmas Snow Wins Best Feature Film


August 30, 2010
Media contact: Rhonda Boudreaux

Trost Moving Pictures Announce
A Christmas Snow WINS Best Feature Film
At XP Media International Film Festival

Tulsa, OK ~  A Christmas Snow, a film that was made entirely in Tulsa, Oklahoma on an independent budget, won Best Feature Film in the Drama category, at the XP Media International Film Festival on Saturday.  A Christmas Snow is widely and enthusiastically being embraced by audiences everywhere. The director of the inspiring film, Tracy J Trost brings us a heartwarming tale of faith, family, and forgiveness.

Starring Catherine Mary Stewart, Muse Watson, Anthony Tyler Quinn and Cameron ten Napel, A Christmas Snow will be available in stores and online on October 8, 2010.

When asked about the award Trost commented, “It’s always an honor to be recognized by your peers and it’s a testament to the incredible cast and crew of ‘A Christmas Snow‘. This award is all of ours and I was happy to represent the team.”

Tracy J Trost & Muse Watson accept Best Feature Award
Muse & Tracy Accept the Award

In addition to the award was a $2,500 cash prize, which Trost promptly donated back to the festival instructing them to create the Muse Watson Scholarship for next year with an award for Best Up & Coming Actor in order to help those just getting in the business.

The multi award-winning Trost also sat on the directors panel for a Q & A and discussion session along with director David Nixon (Letters to God) and actor/producer/director Corbin Bernsen (Rust).

This is Trost’s second award winning film, his high-energy thriller Find Me established his skills as a director, winning several awards including Best Feature.

A Christmas Snow:

For Kathleen, (Catherine Mary Stewart) Christmas has always been an unwelcome reminder of her father’s abandonment almost 30 years ago. Although she has tried to forget her past, it has not forgotten her, and in the days leading up to Christmas an unforgiving blizzard traps her in her own home with two unlikely roommates. Sam (Muse Watson), a gentle older man Kathleen took in for the night and Lucy (Cameron ten Napel), the daughter of her soon to be fiancé (Anthony Tyler Quinn) bring her face to face with the hurts of her past.  Will she be able to let go and grab hold of a life changing forgiveness or will she continue to be haunted by the pain of the past?

About Trost Moving Pictures:

Trost Moving Pictures is an independent film studio based in Tulsa, OK that is making waves in the entertainment arena. Their first film Find Me, is available now and is based on the sport of geo caching. It follows two college students who get caught up in a deadly game involving the kidnapping of a Senator’s son and has been awarded both Best Feature and Best Actor at multiple film festivals. TMP’s second film, A Christmas Snow is set to be released nationwide on October 8, 2010. For more information on TMP – or on Facebook at

Media Contact: Rhonda Boudreaux
Trost Moving Pictures Publicity

Phoenix & Grand Rapids Screenings

This Friday, August 27th – A Christmas Snow will be screening in the heat of Phoenix, AZ at the International Phoenix Film Festival and in the cool of Grand Rapids, MI at the Grand Rapids Film Festival.

The screening in Grand Rapids will be at 6pm at the Celebration Cinema. You can view the schedule and get more information right here on the Grand Rapids Film Festival website.

The screening in Phoenix will be at 7pm at the Fiesta Resort in the Fiesta Ballroom. You can get more information on a Day Pass and even a chance to win a free iPad at the Phoenix Film Festival website.

Also, at the Phoenix Film Festival will be Director Tracy J Trost, myself (Joe Jestus), and Muse Watson. Muse who plays Mike Franks on NCIS and plays Sam in A Christmas Snow will be signing autographs at the Destiny Image booth from 4 – 6pm before the screening and Director Tracy J Trost will be conducting a Q & A following the screening.

If you’re in the Grand Rapids or Phoenix areas be sure to get your tickets early and stop by to say, “Hi” and see A Christmas Snow before it hits store on October 8th. We would love to see you!

Where in the World is Tracy & Joe?

With our publicity tour starting on just one week, everyone’s been asking where are we going? Well here’s the first draft of where our trip will take us. It is subject to change so check back often to see if we’ve added new stops or had to take out one. We hope to see or talk with you when the A Christmas Snow “Putting the Family back in Family Movie” publicity tour rolls through!

July 22, 2010 – Twin Cities, MN

A New Day with Neil Stavem on 98.5 KTIS – Tracy will be taping an interview in the studio.

MN Christian Chronicle – Tracy will be doing an interview for their paper

3PM CST – Tracy will be on KKMS Live! with Brad Brandon

July 27, 2010 – Aurora & Chicago, IL

(Rescheduled for September) 8:10 AM CST – 90.1 FM Chicago Moody Radio – Tracy will be on the Morning Drive

(Rescheduled for November) – Tracy will be on TLN Now! with Jerry Rose –

July 28, 2010 – South Bend & Marion, IN

9AM CST – Tracy will be on the Harvest Show –

Pulse FM – Tracy will be on after the Harvest Show

July 29, 2010 – Indianapolis, IN

(Rescheduled) – Tracy will be calling in to: Go Show Mornings on KLJC in Kansas City on 88.5 FM

(Rescheduled for November) – Tracy will be on KLOVE & Air One

July 30 – 31, 2010 – Kansas City, MO

7:15AM CST – Tracy will be on KCWJ on 1030 AM (July 30)

7:30PM CST July 30th – “Have Coffee and Talk Movies with Director Tracy J Trost” at Westport Coffee House 4010 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO WEBSITE This May change so watch facebook for updates.

6:45AM CST – KMBC KC ABC Affiliate (July 31)

August 1 – 2, 2010 – Joplin, MO

August 1 is a break day for relaxing

5:15 AM CST – KSNF Joplin NBC Affiliate (August 2)

6:30 AM CST – Joplin ABC Affiliate

August 3-4, 2010 – Tulsa, OK

Break Day – Relaxing in our home town and drive to Dallas

August 5 – 6, 2010 – Dallas, TX

12:15pm – 89.7 Power FM Recorded interview with Tracy & Cameron ten Napel will air next week.

7pm – Screening of ACS at Shady Grove Church in Grand Prairie, TX August 6th

August 7 – 8, 2010 – Tyler, Texas

Tracy will be in Tyler for Tracy’s son’s graduation from the Center for Creative Media headed up by a good friend of ours Doug Rittenhouse and Joe will be in Tulsa for an adoption home study for his youngest son.

August 9, 2010 – Little Rock, AR

9AM CST – Good Morning Arkansas

3:30PM CST – American Family Radio

August 11, 2010 – Nashville, TN

9:45AM CST – Bridges with Monica WHTN

August 12 – 13, 2010 – Atlanta, GA

6:45AM EST – Good Day Atlanta

3PM EST -  Atlanta Live!

August 16, 2010 – Pittsburgh, PA

Cornerstone Television

August 26 – 28, 2010 – Grand Rapids & Phoenix Film Festivals

6pm August 27th A Christmas Snow Grand Rapids Screening get tickets here

That’s the end! Tracy will head back to MN for a family get together and I’ll be heading to Cincinnati to check out the Creation Museum (my 4yr old loves dinosaurs) before heading back to MN for the Great MN Get Together (aka State Fair), haven’t missed it in over 20 years!!!

Be sure to check back often as we fill in the blanks and move things around, we’re hoping to have screenings in Dallas, TX and Atlanta, GA so if you are in those areas stay tuned for dates and times.

Recap of the 2nd Public Screening at ICRS

Catherine Mary Stewart on the Big Screen at ICRS

First off, I want to thank the hundreds of ICRS attendees who came by Tuesday night to see the 2nd Public Screening of A Christmas Snow starring Catherine Mary Stewart, Muse Watson, Cameron ten Napel, and Anthony Tyler Quinn. It was great to see you all there and to watch the film with you.

For Tracy J Trost the director of the film and myself it was an interesting time. We are proud of the work that everyone did in making A Christmas Snow. The cast and crew were incredible and they have worked together to make a wonderful and heartwarming family Christmas film. At the same time, it’s always a bit nerve racking to share it with others. The big difference at ICRS too, was that it was screening for the first time to people who really weren’t connected to us or the project in any way. Our first screening was with the crew, family, friends, and fans of the cast and while it’s always good to get great reviews from those groups you still wonder what a crowd of strangers would say.

With that said, Tracy took the stage, loosened up the crowd a little, gave away a screener copy, and then the lights went down. The movie started and it looked amazing on the big screen, a testament to the thousands of hours of work the crew put into making it. I probably watched the crowd more than the film and as time passed, the laughs started, and to our surprise even more laughs. The audience laughed more than at our first screening, we were relieved.

If you were following us on twitter at: you would have gotten the update about whether or not I should tell them the tears will start soon. I didn’t tell them… and they started. I watched as person after person began to wipe tears from their eyes as the movie came to a close. It was an incredible feeling and such a wonderful experience. I wish you could have all been there.

For us at Trost Moving Pictures our goal is simple, I’m looking forward to the emails, tweets, posts, and letters from those who have seen A Christmas Snow and were so moved, that this Christmas they contacted their mom, dad, daughter, son, brother, sister, or whoever and made an effort to restore a relationship that was previously lost. It’s not about sales or charts (although those can be nice), for us… for me… my number one goal is a book of stories, of lives changed and families, friends, and relationships restored. I hope you will join with us on this adventure and I thank you for coming with us already so far.

With hope for a Very Merry Christmas,

Joe Jestus – Trost Moving Pictures

Screening A Christmas Snow… Again!

I’m writing this post from 20,000 feet in the air on Southwest Airlines Flight #455, so where are we headed now?

Co-writer and Director Tracy J Trost and myself are headed to the 2010 ICRS in St. Louis, MO where we will be screening “A Christmas Snow” for the second time publicly. The first screening at the Gideon Media Arts Conference & Film Festival in North Carolina at the beginning of the month was a huge success. But now we’ve tweaked the film a bit more and we’re hoping for another great reception at the International Christian Retailers Show later today.

It’s always a bit nerve racking, as you never know how your film will be received but based on the reviews we’ve already received from those who have seen it, we’re confident that we have an entertaining and inspiring film.

And that’s our goal here at Trost Moving Pictures, to entertain and inspire audiences with our family friendly films and we hope “A Christmas Snow” will be doing that for years to come as families add it to their Christmas movie favorites list.

Stay tuned on facebook at: and we’ll let you know how the screening goes.

You can also follow us on twitter at:

Thanks for your time and support, it’s greatly appreciated!

Joe Jestus – Trost Moving Pictures

Picture: Director Tracy J Trost at the “A Christmas Snow” booth at ICRS

The Crowd Went Wild!

The first public screening of “A Christmas Snow” was a huge success at the Gideon Film Festival in Black Mountain, NC this past weekend.

Thank you to the 250+ people that came out to the screening and stayed for the Q & A with the cast and crew.

The audience cheered, laughed, and cried as the story unfolded and the only complaint we received was that we needed more Kleenexes. After the screening, Catherine Mary Stewart, Muse Watson, Cameron ten Napel, Chad Gundersen, Jason Stafford, and Tracy J Trost answered questions from the audience.

If you didn’t make it to the screening you can still see A Christmas Snow before it’s release on October 8th, be sure to check the event calendar right here on the site.

The Screener is Done!

After thousands of hours put in by our incredible cast and crew, we are proud to say, the Screener of A Christmas Snow is done! We’ll make a few more tweaks before the final retail DVD, but for those of you attending the Gideon Film Festival later this week, A Christmas Snow is ready to go.

Late Saturday night or actually Sunday morning, from 2AM – 4AM Tracy J Trost and myself sat in the edit suite and watched this beautiful story all the way through from beginning to end for the first time with color, sound, graphics, and music all complete.

I wanted to give a big thank you to Randy Stuehm our DP and Editor for the long hours he put in editing and coloring the film. I also want to thank Jason Moore who wrote an incredible score for this film. Everyone who took part in this project should be very proud and I can’t wait to share it with those of you who will see it for the first time at the Gideon next Sunday, June 6th.

Thank you again to everyone and to all our fans for your support and for spreading the word about A Christmas Snow.

With much Gratitude – Joe Jestus

A Christmas Snow at 2010 Gideon Film Festival

Logo for the Gideon Film FestivalTrost Moving Pictures, the studio behind A Christmas Snow, a moving film about forgiveness and redemption announced this last week that they will be screening the film for the first time publicly at the Gideon Media Arts and Film Festival on Sunday, June 6, 2010.

The Gideon Media Art and Film Festival is held at the Lifeway Ridgecrest Conference Center in Black Mountain, NC and was chosen for the first public screening of A Christmas Snow by Trost Moving Pictures for it’s intimate atmosphere and collection of industry movers and shakers.

The Producer of Distribution and Marketing for Trost Moving Pictures, Joe Jestus has this to say about the announcement, “We couldn’t be happier to be working with Rodney and the incredible crew at Gideon, we are pleased to be a part of their event with the screening of A Christmas Snow and the awarding of our $10,000 Raw Talent Contest Screenplay Prize as well. We’re also thankful for Eric Highland and the crew at HOSFU, who introduced us. It’s going to be an exciting time for us all!”

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