A tragic wreck kills six teenagers when two cars collide following a night of drinking and partying, leaving an entire community shattered as they try to move on with their lives. Follow the story of James Stewart, the driver responsible for taking away all those lives, as he struggles to deal with the consequences of his actions. Following his conviction for manslaughter, he endures years of incarceration, dealing with prison life, gang violence and even murder. He desperately wants to find redemption but how can he ever make up for what he has done? When he turns to the prison ministry, James finds an answer, one that surprises both him and his community, when he returns to his hometown after serving his sentence. Forgiveness turns out to have many faces as James finds out when he becomes reunited with his church, and the families that he tore apart. See how James discovers the power of forgiveness and the transformation it makes in his life and the lives of his friends and the families that were torn apart by this tragic accident.
Mike Valdez started the Shattered Lives Program for Montgomery County over 23 years ago. He quickly brought Gary Parker on board to provide video production, filming 10 minute videos featuring car wrecks that graphically illustrated the risks of distracted driving. Mike Valdez founded Shattered Lives of Montgomery County in order to keep the program alive by providing for continued leadership. This documentary tells the story of the Shattered Lives Program and the impact on high school students and their families, reaching over 140,000 people in over twenty years.
Gary manages KVQT, Preview 21, an antenna television station reaching over 2 million people in the Greater Houston Area. As part of his role, he oversees the production of multiple television shows, including the IFF TV show which features short films produced by IFF students. He also produces a show featuring films produced by Indie Film Producers.
All these projects create opportunities for students, independent film producers and others interested in developing a career in film and television. We help our students get better connected to these opportunities and to the film and television industry both regionally and nationally. Contact us to learn more about these opportunities and how you can begin a career in film and television.