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Bestselling Author Joins ACS Live Team


January 19, 2011

Trost Moving Pictures partners with Bestselling Author of The Ultimate Gift Jim Stovall to bring A Christmas Snow to Branson Stage at the Starlite Theatre

Tulsa, OK ~ Hot off the production of their latest partnership, Trost Moving Pictures announced they’ve reunited with best-selling author Jim Stovall to develop the stage version of their highly acclaimed film A Christmas SnowTrost Moving Pictures’ lead visionary, Tracy J Trost felt that Stovall’s remarkable storytelling would energize the book form of A Christmas Snow and asked him to write the novel. That would cultivate a dynamic partnership. Stovall wrote the A Christmas Snow novel, released nationally in September 2010.  The A Christmas Snow movie was released nationally on DVD in October 2010 and has become one of the top Christmas movies of 2010.  Stovall has deep connections in the Branson/Springfield area. His parents and grandparents came from the area and his brother Bob Stovall runs GRS construction in Springfield, which has built several projects in Branson.

The highly anticipated stage version of A Christmas Snow goes into production in October with performances starting November 1, 2011 and running through the Christmas season at the Starlite Theatre in Branson, MO.

Jim Stovall and Tracy J Trost Authors of A Christmas Snow

“We are honored once again to partner with Jim Stovall and the Narrative Television Network on ACS Live,” said Trost. “Jim is one of our generation’s most iconic authors, entrepreneurs and motivators.  He believes in the message of ACS and shares in our mission to make a difference in people’s lives through the message of ACS.”

Best-selling author, motivational speaker and founder of Narrative Television Network, Jim Stovall is sought after by heads of multi-million dollar corporations for his wisdom and keen insight.  Stovall’s words and stories have been put into print around the world in multiple millions of copies of books. His messages have been brought to theater screens everywhere in major motion pictures.  Stovall is well known for his best-selling book The Ultimate Gift.

“It is exciting for me to see the story and the message behind A Christmas Snow come to the stage in Branson,” states Stovall. “I have always believed that Branson is the center of the entertainment world as it relates to family shows that are both entertaining and contain powerful messages.  A Christmas Snow will certainly fit into that market.”

For more information on Jim Stovall visit

About Trost Moving Pictures:

Trost Moving Pictures is an independent film production company based in Tulsa, OK. Their first two films, Find Me and A Christmas Snow, have won numerous awards at film festivals around the country, including Best Feature and Best Actor.

They are in post production on their third feature film, The Lamp with best-selling author Jim Stovall, who wrote The Ultimate GiftThe Lamp stars Jason London, Meredith Salenger, L Scott Caldwell, Sarah Brown, Cameron ten Napel with Muse Watson and Louis Gossett Jr. and will be released Spring 2011. You can find out more information at:

For interviews with director Tracy J Trost and cast of A Christmas Snow please contact:

Rhonda Boudreaux • Trost Moving Pictures Publicity

Satellite office: 913-780-4035 •


Get 2 DVDs for the Price of 1

A Christmas Snow DVDA Christmas Snow is on sale at Family Christian Stores this weekend only! You can get the DVD for only $9.99 on their website here and save 50% or get it in stores for only $8.99 and save 55% (click here to find a store near you). That means you can get 2 DVDs for the price of 1 or less than the price of one!!! There are limited supplies at each store so move quickly to get your copies right away.

What many people are doing is buying one copy for their own family and a second to give away to another family this Christmas, so they can share the message of forgiveness and reconciliation.

A Christmas Snow has been touching peoples lives and hearts at the more than 200 screenings around the country and now on TV (channel listings here) and we just received a report of a father who is hoping to reconnect with his daughters this Christmas after watching the film. For us, stories like this represent true success for all of us here at Trost Moving Pictures.

Thank you to all of our friends, family, and fans who have told others about A Christmas Snow, the Novel, Sam’s Journal: Restored, and the Soundtrack. It is because of you that so many lives are being changed this Christmas Season!

About A Christmas Snow: A Christmas Snow stars Catherine Mary Stewart, Muse Watson, Cameron ten Napel, and Anthony Tyler Quinn and is a heart warming story of forgiveness and reconciliation. It has won best picture at the XP Media Film Festival and has been officially selected to many others.

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!

The A Christmas Snow Novel

Here it is your first chance to see the finished A Christmas Snow Novel written by best-selling author Jim Stovall. We are honored to have Jim pen the novelization of our film and it is with great pleasure that we share the first look with you! We are also happy to share that the A Christmas Snow Novel will be available earlier than expected through Barnes & Noble stores nationwide.

You’ll be able to pick up your own copy of the A Christmas Snow Novel from the front table of any Barnes & Noble store starting September 7th. The Novel will be featured on the front table at Barnes & Noble for the month of September before moving to the Holiday and Inspirational sections.

Not only did the story contained in the book turn out fantastic, but you really need to make a point to pick this book up in your own hands as our publisher Destiny Image did a terrific job with the production of the book itself. I know I have never before said that a book felt good, but the special satin finish on the Novel really makes you want to hold it and read it, I guess that’s a good thing!

The great thing about the Novel as well is that Jim is able to delve deeper into the characters and story than we were able to in the film, so even if you’ve seen the film, you’ll want to experience the story all over again in Novel form.

So make sure to hit your local Barnes & Noble on Tuesday, September 7th to get your own copy of the A Christmas Snow Novel. It is sure to be a Christmas favorite of yours for years to come.

Make sure you remember that the DVD will be available on October 8th at stores everywhere along with the book Restored – 11 Gifts to a Complete Life written by Tracy J Trost that follows Sam’s Journey. The movie stars Catherine Mary Stewart, Muse Watson, Anthony Tyler Quinn, and Cameron ten Napel.

Let the Games Begin

This the mobile home for the next 6 weeks for the Jestus Family

The Jestus Family Home for the Next Few Weeks

Within the next hour Director Tracy J Trost and his family along with myself and my family will begin our publicity tour for A Christmas Snow. We’ll be updating you from the road here: Follow the Tour and giving you a behind the scenes look at what our publicity tour looks like via pics, video, and blog posts. If you’re on facebook you can also comment on the page under the map and let us hear from you :-)

We’re looking forward to the adventure and we hope you enjoy the exclusive look behind the scenes. You can also see where we are going next on this page: Tour Schedule and check back often as it changes often.

Thanks so much for your support of our “Putting the Family back in Family Film” Tour and we hope to chat with you along the way, on-line or in person :-) we’ll also be hosting some Friday Night Movie Night Screenings of A Christmas Snow along the way so if you’re in Kansas City, Dallas, Atlanta, or Virgina Beach keep an eye out for a screening time and location so you can come out and see the film and take part in a Q & A with director Tracy J Trost.

Joe Jestus – Trost Moving Pictures

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

A Huge Success at Biola!

(Our logo was on every table at the VIP dinner, lots of fun!)

As many of you know, Trost Moving Pictures the studio behind A Christmas Snow was the sponsor of the VIP Dinner at the Biola Media Conference on the CBS Studios lot this last weekend.

TMP and Destiny Image Films were in attendance to show the Extended Trailer and talk about the projects we are working on beyond A Christmas Snow.

The trailer was well received and writer/director Tracy J Trost had the crowd laughing with his usual jovial demeanor. And that’s exactly why TMP was proud to be a part of this event. It is our desire to bring a different aire to the film and media world and to leave a lasting impression on all those we meet.

Whether it’s creating a great atmosphere on set or getting a group of industry insiders laughing, we aim to serve others with the talents we’ve been given and we thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Biola this year, so much so that we told them to put us down next year as the dinner sponsors again. Thank you Kathy and Phil Cooke, Peggy Rupple, and Biola for letting Trost Moving Pictures, Destiny Image Films, and A Christmas Snow be a part of this year’s event!