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Christian film producer to bring movie to Grand Rapids

Updated: Feb 7, 2020

Former ‘Superman’ Dean Cain to play main character in a Mel Trotter Ministries Film

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (February 5, 2020) — Jason Campbell, owner of JC Films, a production company in existence to engage current culture through powerfully produced faith-based films, is bringing a feature-length film production to Grand Rapids in June. A nationally acclaimed writer and producer, Campbell and Mel Trotter Ministries signed a film production contract last December.

The movie, tentatively titled One Life at a Time, will highlight both the importance of awareness and the misconceptions of homelessness in West Michigan. The storyline takes viewers on a human journey where the lives of people from vastly different upbringings and socioeconomic status intersect in the most unlikely of places.

The script also includes an historical nod to the man Melvin E. Trotter, in light of the mission’s 120-year anniversary. Mel Trotter Ministries opened its doors in 1900.

When asked the question, “Why a movie?” Dennis Van Kampen, President and CEO of Mel Trotter Ministries, replied, “We are all wired to connect our lives with others through stories. Jesus told stories all the time to help people understand what God is like and what life is about. Our hope is that through this film, viewers would connect deeply with that same fundamental truth.”

"Dean Cain and I are so excited about coming to Grand Rapids this summer to make this important film. As the problems of homelessness increase around our nation so do the stereotypes, and we hope we can change our perceptions and find solutions through this film project," said Jason Campbell, President of JC Films.

The movie will be utilizing a few hundred local actors and extras. JCFilms has partnered Compass College of Cinematic Arts, a Grand Rapids school that provides God-gifted artists with the spiritual and creative tools needed to create experiential and culturally impacting stories to produce the film.

Casting is set for late April, with the twelve-day production to begin in June.

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About JCFilms

JC Films writes, casts, and produces memorable feature films for ministries to complement their important work in society, believing there is a great need to engage this culture with films that challenge the narrative and deliver a message of eternal truth.

"Jason Campbell uses the many gifts and talents entrusted to him by God to produce films that honor God and challenges to confront the many moral issues of our time." - Pastor Scott Seabury, Agawam, MA

About Dean Cain Dean Cain is an American actor, producer, television show host, and former football player, best known for playing the role of Clark Kent/Superman in the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. He was also host of Ripley's Believe It or Not! and appeared in the soap opera series Hit the Floor.

About Mel Trotter Ministries

Established in 1900, Mel Trotter Ministries exists to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ, through rescue and restoration for anyone experiencing hunger and homelessness. MTM seeks to help end homelessness and walk with people on their faith journey. For more information about Mel Trotter Ministries, visit or call 616-588-8754.

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