Posted: March 14, 2016

Farm Film Fest – March 31st in Quincy California at the Town Hall Theatre – 5>8:30pm – A fundraiser for the Feather River #440 Grange, The Farmers Guild, Plumas Arts, and 20,000 go screening 3_31e 2xonly

Posted: March 11, 2016 – PBS Natural Heroes/Terra Firma
Screening dates coming up:

3/17 at 3:30pm WNYE New York, NY
3/20 at 4:30pm KQED San Francisco, CA

Check local listing in your area for air dates and times.
This is the version that was specially edited for TV viewing.

Posted: March 2, 2016

PBS Natural Heroes/Terra Firma Screening dates coming up:
3/6 at 9:00am KCPT Kansas City, MO
3/10 at 3:30pm WKAR E. Lansing, MI
3/12 at 9:00am WNPT Nashville, TN

This is the version that was specially edited for TV viewing

Posted: March 1, 2016 – The filmmakers will be attending the March 10th TERRA FIRMA screening in Norcross, Georgia.


Posted: Feb17, 2016 – Mark your calendars for screenings:
March 10th – Norcross, GA – Food Film Series
March 31st – Quincy, CA – Farm Film Fest

Posted: Feb 11, 2016 – The following was sent from a Natural Heroes/Terra Firma viewer in Kentucky-

I saw Terra Firma yesterday (by accident; I was channel surfing) and was just blown away. I don't think I'll ever forget those three women's courage and resolution, their clear-sightedness and the depth of their connection to the land. And the filming itself was somehow so beautiful and intimate that it made me feel connected too. You do wonderful work. Keep it up!


Thank you L.S. in Kentucky.

Posted: Feb 1, 2016TERRA FIRMA on Natural Heroes:
Sun: 2/7  10:30am KAKM Alaska Public Television – Anchorage
Sun: 2/7  10:30am KTOO Alaska Public Television – Juneau
Tue:  2/9  1:30pm KET2 Kentucky Educational Television – Check local listings
Wed: 2/10 10:30am OPB Oregon Public Broadcasting

Please check local listings in your area or exact times and stations.


Posted: Jan 28, 2016 – Short video clip of Sonia Kendrick at Montana Farmers Union Conference and screening of TERRA FIRMA

Posted: Jan 25, 2016TERRA FIRMA on Natural Heroes:
Mon: 1/25 7:30pm KRCB San Francisco, California
Wed: 1/27 9:30pm K32 Colorado Springs, Colorado
Thu: 1/28 10pm KVCR Los Angeles, Inland Empire, California
Sun: 1/31 5am WIPB Indiana Public Broadcasting

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Check your local listings-


Posted: Jan 4, 2016 – Need more information about farming? Veteran farmers? Women farmers? Organizations that support veterans and farmers? Check out our links page for important intel.

Posted: Jan 1, 2016 – Stay connected with the film throughout the new year on FaceBook and Twitter for screening dates, press clips, photos and more.

Posted: Dec 30, 2015 – From GO LOCAL Sonoma County: TERRA FIRMA is an independent film featured on NATURAL HEROES that series producer Valerie A. Landes is especially excited about sharing with viewers.

“TERRA FIRMA redefines who we think of as a Natural Hero,” Landes says. 

Posted: Dec 28, 2015Sonia Kendrick from the film was named one of Radish Magazine‘s 2016 award winners for her work with Feed Iowa First.

Posted: Dec 28, 2015 TERRA FIRMA super-sneak-peeked on KRCB’s Natural Heroes program last night!  Check local public broadcasting listings in your area for dates and times.

Posted: Dec 17, 2015YEAR END WRAP UP!
It’s been an amazing year for TERRA FIRMA with screenings in Wisconsin, California, Kentucky, Montana, Iowa, Georgia, Indiana, Oregon, West Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Colorado, and Florida.
The women of TERRA FIRMA were invited to many of the screenings around the country and participated in Q&A/panel discussions regarding their experiences as women in the military and as women farmers.

TERRA FIRMA went on to win awards at film festivals including the Rome International Film Festival, Cinema Verde Film Festival, and the Colorado Environmental Film Festival.

In the press, TERRA FIRMA received positive notices at Upworthy, and the prestigious Journal of Health and Human Experience.

The Producers/Directors of TERRA FIRMA were interviewed on NPR’s 24FPS program about the making of the film.

And finally, TERRA FIRMA was selected to be on the PBS series Natural Heroes in 2016.

It’s been an amazing year and another year is just up the road.

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Suck it up and drive on!

Posted: Nov 15, 2015 – TERRA FIRMA will be screening at the Farmer Veteran Coalitions Stakeholder Conference this coming Tuesday, Nov 17th in Sacramento, CA. Anna, Althea, and Sonia from the film will be in attendance as well as the filmmakers.
After the screening there will be a Q&A/discussion with Anna, Althea, and Sonia as well as the filmmakers Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson.

This is a free, open to the public showing of the film in the Convention Center.

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Posted: Nov 12, 2015 – TERRA FIRMA film reviewed in the Journal of Health and Human Experience.
“A movement to reclaim farming and the food industry, driven by civil discontentment and policy changes, has begun to redefine what it means to be a farmer, especially a woman farmer. Terra Firma provides insight into this significant movement, what it means to be a female veteran, what it means to be a woman farmer, and how returning to the soil can heal the soul while benefiting the community.”

Continue reading review at Journal of Health and Human Experience Vol 1 No 2 – Veterans Day 2015


Posted: Nov 10, 2015 – TERRA FIRMA will be screening on Veterans Day, Nov 11th at four different location across Wisconsin simultaneously. Althea, Anna, and Sonia will skype following the screenings for Q&A/discussions!
Press Posts: Wisconsin Farmers Union NewsFarm ReportMorning Ag ClipsAgri-View

Presented by MOSES Organic Rural Women’s Project and Wisconsin Farmers Union

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Posted: Nov 9, 2015 – TERRA FIRMA screening at the Kentucky Women In Agriculture Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, Nov 9th.

Thank you KYWomenInAg for making this possible

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Posted: Oct 27, 2015 – An edited version of Terra Firma has been selected for the 7th Season of Natural Heroes and will be screening on PBS stations throughout the country beginning in 2016.

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Posted: Oct 23, 2015 – Photo of Althea Raiford, Anna Mann, and Sonia Kendrick from the film with Delisa Protsman at TERRA FIRMA screening, Montana Farmers Union 100th Annual Convention, Great Falls MT
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“The film Terra Firma kicked off the convention featuring a unique perspective on women veterans who find healing through agriculture. The subjects of the film Althea Raiford, Gilliard Farms; Anna Mann, Chestnut Ridge Farm; Sonia Kendrick, Feed Iowa First, fielded questions from the audience.

Quote from the Montana Farmers Union web site

Posted: Oct 12, 2015 – Upcoming screenings:
Oct 22 Great Falls Montana at the Montana Farmers Union 100th Annual Convention.

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Oct 23 Washburn Wisconsin presented by the Bay Area Film Society.

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Nov 9 Lexington KY presented by Kentucky Women in Agriculture.
Nov 11 Veterans Day – Multiple sites in Wisconsin presented by MOSES Rural Women’s Project and Wisconsin Farmers Union.
Nov 17 Sacramento CA presented by Farmer Veteran Coalition.

Posted: Sept 23, 2015 – TERRA FIRMA screening at Agnes Scott College in Georgia Sept 30th.

On Friday, Oct 2nd at 10am Althea Raiford from the film along with the films producer and co-director Christine Anthony will speak on a panel at Agnes Scott in the Frannie Auditorium in Campbell Hall. A Q&A will follow the panel. This unique event is open to the public.

Posted: Sept 22, 2015 – Sonia Kendrick and FEED IOWA FIRST hit the road with the veggie bus… Read the article online at

Posted: Sept 19, 2015Sonia Kendrick spotted at Farm Aid 30 with Mike Lewis, Director of Growing Warriors. #FarmAid30

Posted: Sept 14, 2015 – The wonderful folks at MOSES/Rural Women’s Project and Wisconsin Farmers Union are sponsoring 4 Terra Firma Public Library screenings in Wisconsin for Veteran’s Day, November11th, 2015.
Each screening will be followed by an informal discussion with local veterans.

If you’re interested in doing the same in your community to honor women veterans we are offering a special package for $125.00 which includes postcards, the ever popular Suck It Up and Farm! buttons and an 18×24 poster as well as the DVD and Public Screening Rights.
If you’re interested contact us at

Posted: Sept 13, 2015 – TERRA FIRMA screening at Montana Farmers Union 100th Annual Convention in Great Falls, MontanaOct 22, 2015. Anna Mann, Althea Raiford and Sonia Kendrick from the film will be attending.

Posted: Sept 13, 2015 – TERRA FIRMA screening at Farmer Veteran Coalition Stakeholders Conference in Sacramento, CA., Nov 17th 2015 and 7pm.  Sonia, Althea, Anna, and Matthew from the film will be in attendance along with the filmmakers.

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Posted: Sept 14, 2015 – TERRA FIRMA screening at Multnomah County Public Library in Portland, Oregon, September 17, 2015Multnomah County Green Team is hosting the event in conjunction with VERG ( Veterans Employee Resource Group) and AdAPT (Abled and Disabled Advocates Partnering Together).

Posted: July 23, 2015 – It has been a busy month with many private screenings around the country.

Posted: June 24, 2015 – TERRA FIRMA producers in the Edit Suite cutting a 23 min version for the program Natural Heroes on PBS.

Posted: June 18, 2015 – TERRA FIRMA in the news >>> Side-Bar Press-Box

Posted: May 26, 2015 – TONIGHT: West Georgia Farmers Co-op is hosting a free TERRA FIRMA screening in Hamilton, Georgia.

Posted: May 26, 2015 – The shipping department will be closed from 5/29 through 6/19 so… order that DVD now. (Or just stream TERRA FIRMA!) Thanks.

Posted: May 11, 2015 – West Georgia Farmers Co-op is hosting a free TERRA FIRMA screening May 26 in Hamilton, Georgia.

Posted: Apr 30, 2015 – The Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative presents TERRA FIRMA Saturday May 9 at the 3rd Annual Food Film Festival in Toledo, Iowa at the Wieting Theatre. Sonia Kendrick will speak and answer questions after the film.

Posted: Apr 25, 2015 – Two screenings today: Iowa and W. Virginia – check the complete list of screenings (that we know of…).

Posted: Apr 20, 2015 – TERRA FIRMA on UPWORTHY by Chie Davis 

Posted: Apr 2, 2015 – April screening dates:
4/8 Boone NC
4/25 Cedar Rapids, IO
4/25 Ripley W.Virginia

Posted: Mar 25, 2015 – Tonights screening in Sacramento, CA is SOLD OUT.

Posted: Mar 20, 2015 – “Sacramento Food Film Festival: Movies, food, plenty of discussions… There are four other food film festivals in the country, but what’s unique about ours is we really try to tie it to policy…”  Sacramento Bee read more

Posted: Mar 4, 2015 – March screening dates for TERRA FIRMA:
3/13 Point Reyes Station, CA – The Geography of Hope: Women and the Land

3/18 Berry College, Rome, GA – Filmmakers attending

3/20 South Bend, IN – Growing Summit 2015 – Empowering Women in Our Community – IUSB

3/23 Churdan, IA – Paton-Churden School – Sonia Kendrick from the will be attending

3/25 Sacramento, CASacramento Food Film Festival – Sonia Kendrick from the will be attending.
Speakers include Rivkah Sass, executive director Sacramento Public Library, Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin,  USDA State Director Glenda Humiston, Deputy Sec Women Veterans Affairs and CA Dept of Veterans Affairs Lindsey Sin.
Panel moderator is Lesley McClurg, Food & Sustainability Reporter at Capitol Public Radio.
Panelists are Sonia Kendrick from the film, Kelly D. Carlisle, veteran, and Founder/Executive Director of Acta Non Verba and Mary Kimbal, Executive Director, Center for Land-Based Learning.

3/23-26 MONTANA – Sponsored by the Montana Farmers Union, TERRA FIRMA will screen in Missoula, Bozeman, Billings, and Great Falls.
Anna Mann from the film will be attending all five screenings. Not to be missed!
All showings Free and start at 6pm. Veterans meet-up at 5pm.
Q&A Panel to follow screening.


3/30 Keokuk, IA – The event is sponsored by AAUW, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Lee County, and the Keokuk Public Library Foundation. This is an important screening

Posted: Feb 28, 2015 – Good read at TakePart: Farming Eases Return Home for Vets


Posted: Feb 26, 2015 – Honored – TERRA FIRMA WINNER Best Of Fest Colorado Environmental Film Festival 2015.

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Posted: Feb 18, 2015 – “TERRA FIRMA Shines A Spotlight On PTSD In Female Veterans” in The Red & Black UGA News. Read article…

Posted: Feb 17, 2015 – TERRA FIRMA wins Best Food Film Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2015 – TERRA FIRMA filmmakers interviewed for 24fps program on WABE Atlanta’s NPR station.

Posted: Feb  6, 2015 – The filmmakers will be participating in the Engaging Veterans Farmers education panel at the Georgia Organics Conference on Saturday Feb 21st in Athens, GA with Bryan Barrett from NRCS; Althea and Matthew Raiford, farmer veterans, and Markus Gaffney from 3×3 Project in Atlanta.

Post Update: Feb 2, 2015 – February shaping up to be a very busy month:
TERRA FIRMA goes to:
2/15 Gainesville, Florida- Cinema Verde Film Festival:The filmmakers will be attending, discussion/Q+A to follow film. Thanks to Angel Gardens for sponsoring.

2/20 Athens, Georgia- Georgia Organics Conference: Filmmakers will be attending along with Althea and Matthew Raiford from the film. Discussion/Q+A to follow film. Thanks to Taste of Athens, Athens Ciné and Georgia Organics for sponsoring this FREE SCREENING event.

2/20 Golden, Colorado- CO Environmental Film Festival

2/22 Hiawatha, Iowa- Prairiewoods: Sonia Kendrick will be attending this screening. Do not miss.

2/26 La Crosse, Wisconsin- MOSES Organic Conference– Thurs 6pm
Sonia Kendrick will be attending this screening.

2/27 La Crosse, Wisconsin- MOSES Organic Conference– Fri 3pm
2/28 La Crosse, Wisconsin- MOSES Organic Conference– Sat 12noon

More info at TF Screenings

Posted: Jan 29, 2015 – Filmmakers will be attending Cinema Verde Film Festival 2/15.

Posted: Jan 9, 2015 – TERRA FIRMA OFFICIAL SELECTION Colorado Environmental Film Festival Feb 19-21 2015 in Golden Colorado.

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Posted: Jan 5, 2015 – TERRA FIRMA January screenings in Mobile Alabama 01/15/2015 and Clearwater Beach Florida 01/18/2015. Althea Raiford will be attending the Florida screening!

Dates and info at TF Screenings

Posted: Dec 11, 2014 – TERRA FIRMA Official Selection

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Posted: Nov 24, 2014 – TERRA FIRMA Producer/Co-director Christine Anthony tapped to give keynote address at Pennsylvania Women’s Ag Network Symposium Dec 8, 2014 at the Penn Stater Conf Center. read more…

Posted: Nov 14, 2014 – Great screening in Fairfield Iowa at WFAN with Sonia, from the film and Kelly B. Carlisle, from Acta Non Verba Urban Youth Farm in Oakland California participating in the post screening panel discussion.

Posted: Nov 3, 2014 – TERRA FIRMA “The subjects here speak in honest, articulate voices” ★★★ says Video Librarian. (Nov/Dec)

Posted: Oct 21, 2014 – TERRA FIRMA  a “thoughtful and inspiring film” says Booklist Online.

Posted: Oct 15, 2014 – TERRA FIRMA co-director Owen Masterson interviewed on Spinnaker Radio. Click Listen Now

Posted: Sept 29, 2014 – TERRA FIRMA screening at University of North Florida Oct 16, 2014. Panel discussion with the filmmakers and others to follow screening.

Posted: Sept 23, 2014 – TERRA FIRMA at LSFF, Prague, Czech Republic, Oct 13-17, 2014

Posted: Sept 7, 2014 – TERRA FIRMA Winner Jury Award Rome International Film Festival.

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Posted: Sept 5, 2014 – TERRA FIRMA at Rome International Film Festival – Rome, GA.
Official Selection/In Documentary Competition. Go to: Rome Screening

Posted: July 23, 2014 – TERRA FIRMA educational DVD with Closed Captioning and Scene Selection now available in the TF SHOP

Posted: June 3, 2014Civil Eats – By Kristina Johnson
TERRA FIRMA: A Film About Women, War & Healing on the Farm
Filmmakers Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson say that their new documentary TERRA FIRMA isn’t another movie about “messed up vets.” In a story that is more about healing than politics… read more

Posted: June 11, 2014Food Tank – By Danielle Nierenberg, et al
“101 Facts That Make Us Hopeful About the Future of Food”
Food Tank is highlighting stories of hope, innovation, and success, in creating a better food system that we hope will inspire eaters, businesses, researchers, scientists, funders, donors and policy makers to create—and support—a more sustainable food system.
TERRA FIRMA clocks in at #59. TY Dani

Posted: August 12, 2014 – TERRA FIRMA screening
Portland, OR. Filmmakers in attendance

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For more info on screening dates go to Terra Firma Screenings

Posted: TERRA FIRMA goes to TERRA MADRE – Proud to announce that the TF3, and some other amazing women farmer veterans from across the country have been chosen as delegates by Slow Food USA to go to Terra Madre 2014.


Posted: April 29, 2014 – Sonia Kendrick/Feed Iowa First, interview and profile.
Click CBS2 IOWA TV for story.

Posted: April 10, 2014 – Iowa Veteran, Farmer and Local-Foods Advocate Recognized by White House as a “Champion of Change” – read more at
Sonia Kendrick, who founded Feed Iowa First, a non-profit organization in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was among a small group of local leaders across the nation recognized by the White House…  read more at usda/blogs: blogs/


Posted: April 5, 2014 – TERRA FIRMA world premiere at the Sarasota Film Festival

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Posted: April 7, 2014 – TERRA FIRMA Directors Talk About Importance Of Giving Voice to Women Veterans at SRQ Backlot by Natalie Brown reporting from Sarasota Film Festival.

Posted: April 6, 2014 – TERRA FIRMA Directors interview on RadioSRQ with Ann Corcoran
at Sarasota Film Festival.

Posted: April 5, 2014 – TERRA FIRMA among the Seven Must See Movies at Sarasota Film Festival

Posted: August 12, 2014 – TERRA FIRMA screening in Portland, OR – Filmmakers in attendance w/Mickey Clayton


Posted: August 1, 2014 – TERRA FIRMA screening in Hiawatha, Iowa – Sonia in attendance

Posted: June 27, 2014 – TERRA FIRMA screening in Mt. Airy, North Carolina – Anna/Filmmakers in attendance

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Posted: June 17, 2014 – TERRA FIRMA screening in Des Moines, Iowa – WFAN

Posted: June 18, 2014 – TERRA FIRMA screening in Cedar Rapids, Iowa – WFAN – Sonia in attendance

Posted: May 17, 2014 – TERRA FIRMA screening in Renfro Valley, Kentucky – Filmmakers in attendance

Posted: March 25, 2014 – Sonia Kendrick Champion of Change

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Terra Firma’s Sonia Kendrick was honored at the White House today along with 9 other Women Veteran leaders from across the country.  Sonia (pictured center) spoke of how her military service taught her to never take no for an answer and see the mission through, values that have guided her work at Feed Iowa First.  While making the film we got to see first hand both the struggles and the fruits of her labor.  We are happy to see her hard work recognized and proud to call her our friend.

Posted: Feb 5 2014 – TERRA FIRMA Premiere Announcement

We are thrilled to announce that Terra Firma is an official selection of the Sarasota Film Festival and will screen as part of their ACTS OF VALOR program, a tribute to veterans of all wars.

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 2014 Sarasota Film Festival  TERRA FIRMA/SARASOTA Schedule/Tickets

Screening April 5 at 2:30pm Theatre #11 / Screening April 6 11:15am Theatre #9

Special note: The filmmakers will be in attendance


Posted: Dec 7, 2014 – The Official TERRA FIRMA Poster

Having Sonia, Anna, and Althea together in the same place at the same time at the Empowering Women Veterans Conference 2013 in Louisville, KY, we could not pass up the opportunity for a photo shoot.

The results of that incredible session have become the official poster for Terra Firma.


Get the back story on the poster here

Posted: Nov 17, 2013 – Terra Firma Test Screening


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The test screening for over 100 women at The Empowering Women Veterans Conference was pretty amazing.  Not only was it the first time we screened the film with an audience, but also the first time that Anna, Althea and Sonia got to see it.  Needless to say, we were a little nervous.

The response was overwhelming.  Not only was there a standing ovation at the end, but the 90 minute panel with the women, a facilitator and the humbled filmmakers that followed was profoundly moving.  It demonstrated for us that we had indeed created an inspiring documentary.  And really, for filmmakers that’s about as good as it gets.

Posted: July-October 2013 – EDIT SUITE – ATLANTA
Cutting, cutting, cutting…
Simon Beins music added…
More editing, color adjustments, sound design…

Posted: June 26-28, 2013 – On Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Final interviews and filming with Sonia, interview with her husband, additional b-roll.

Posted: June 14-15, 2013 – On location: Mt. Airy, NC
Third round of interviews and b-roll filming with Anna plus filmed interview with her husband, Thad.

Posted: April 18-19, 2013 – On Location: Brunswick, GA
Second round of interviews and b-roll filming with Althea.

Posted: January-March 2013 – EDIT SUITE – ATLANTA
Editing rough cuts of the film

Posted: Dec 12, 2013 – On Location – Mt. Airy, NC
Second round of interviews and b-roll with Anna.

Posted: Nov 2012 – EDIT SUITE – ATLANTA
Editing rough cuts of the film

Posted: October 10-12, 2012 – On Location – Cedar Rapids, IA
Filming first interviews and b-roll with Sonia Kendrick in Cedar Rapids, IA

Posted: September 27, 2012 – On location – Georgia coast
B roll

Posted: September 11- September 18, 2012 – On location – California
B roll – addition research interviews

Posted: August 30- September 1, 2012 – On Location – Brunswick, GA
Filming first interviews and b-roll with Althea Raiford and her brother Matthew in Brunswick, GA.

Posted: August 20-22, 2012 – On Location – Mt. Airy, NC
Filming first interviews and b-roll with Anna Mann, Mt. Airy, NC

Posted: June 1, 2012 – Production Notice

Working title: “TERRA FIRMA”
Genre: Documentary
Production Co: AMP
Project filming in North Carolina, Iowa, Georgia, California
Principal photography starts: 08/20/2012
Release date: 2014