SOURCE: Rogers & Cowan

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (February 14, 2012) Mission Pictures International is proud to announce the signing of a three-picture production deal with Rick Bieber, writer/director and producer of Golden Crescent Best Film award-winning movie, The 5th Quarter. Alongside co-producers Cindy Bond and Chevonne O’Shaughnessy, Rick will be writing and directing all three films.

Rick recently completed the feature film, The 5th Quarter, starring Aidan Quinn, Andie McDowell and Ryan Merriman. The film released in theaters nationwide on March 27, 2011 and later was distributed through Fox Home Entertainment. The 5th Quarter (www.the5thquartermovie.com) is based on the Abbate Family’s inspirational true story, centering on the tragic and fatal car crash that took the life of Jon Abbate’s fifteen year old brother Luke. Wearing Luke’s number 5 jersey, Jon leads his underdog Wake Forest Demon Deacons to the ACC Championship and most successful season in their 105 year-old history. The inspirational film garnered over a dozen festival awards and has been endorsed by The Dove Foundation.

“I was immediately drawn to Cindy and Chevonne’s shared belief that important movies can not only entertain, but teach and hopefully inspire as well,” says Bieber. “They have been great partners, and I’m very excited about now extending our relationship to include co-producing a new slate of films together.”

In addition to his heart-wrenching masterpiece, The 5th Quarter, Bieber also directed, co-wrote and produced the feature film, Crazy, an inspiring story about the legendary guitarist, Hank Garland. Crazy stars actor Waylon Payne seen in Walk the Line and Heroes star Ali Larter. A testament to Bieber’s vision, is the collection of seventeen major festival awards, including eleven Best Picture nods for Crazy.

Along with the production of over 30 television and cable movies, Bieber has also produced or executive produced several feature films including Aurora Borealis (starring Josh Jackson, Juliette Lewis and Donald Sutherland), Flatliners (directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Julia Roberts, Keifer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt), Made in America (starring Whoopi Goldberg and Ted Danson), Radio Flyer (directed by Dick Donner and starring Elijah Wood, Lorraine Bracco and John Heard), Hard Promises (starring William Peterson and Sissy Spacek) and The Illusion (starring Michael Goorjian and Kirk Douglas), among others.


About Mission Pictures International

Mission Pictures International is a foreign sales, finance, and distribution company that specializes in high quality family and faith-based entertainment for mainstream audiences worldwide.

Founded in 2008 by Cindy Bond and Chevonne O’Shaughnessy, MPI’s primary focus and commitment is to create and build a trusted and vibrant brand of entertaining and life-affirming feature film and television programming. With our unique vision, passion and expertise we are able to strategically and effectively maximize our brand within the global marketplace. We achieve this goal by combining the power of our mainstream buyers, distributors and output deals with our international Christian retailers, distributors and global ministry relationships.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, MPI annually exhibits at the following Film and TV Markets: NATPE, Berlin, MIP-TV, Cannes, DISCOP, MIPCOM and AFM.

Mission Pictures slate include features such as: Seven Days in Utopia starring Academy Award® Winner Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies), Academy Award® Winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and Lucas Black (Jarhead); The Fifth Quarter starring Emmy Award® Nominee Aidan Quinn (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee), Golden Globe® Nominee Andie McDowell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) and Ryan Merriman (Final Destination 3); Like Dandelion Dust which stars Academy Award® Winner Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite), Golden Globe® Nominee Barry Pepper (Seven Pounds, 25th Hour), Cole Hauser (Good Will Hunting) and Maxwell Perry Cotton; Letters to God starring Robyn Lively and Bailee Madison (Brothers); The Way Home starring Dean Cain (Out of Time); To Save a Life; Bella; as well as the animated series Buzz and Poppy and Animated Kids Bible.

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