Project of the Day: Grammy-Nominated Director Chris Hicky’s Debut Feature

Project of the Day: Grammy-Nominated Director Chris Hicky's Debut Feature

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“The Grace of Jake”

Tweetable logline: 

From crop dusters to gospel churches, Grammy nominated director
Chris Hicky’s debut feature captures the heart & soul of the
Arkansas delta

Elevator Pitch: 

Fresh out of prison, drifter musician JAKE steals a car and says
goodbye to California. His destination is Palestine, Arkansas,
population 678. It’s here where his father lives and works as a crop
duster pilot, and Jake holds him responsible for all of life’s troubles-
failure, jail, the death of his mother. Jake returns with the
intention of revenge, but once he arrives to this small town, big things
start to happen. Jake soon becomes part of a colorful ensemble cast
that is as authentic and soulful as it gets, and it’s here where he’ll
find his redemption.

Production Team:

Chris Hicky (Writer/Director/Producer): Chris is a Grammy nominated
music video director best known for directing many of Keith Urban’s
videos. Hicky has also directed videos for many other artists in the
country music genre, including Dierks Bentley, Kellie Pickler, Deana
Carter, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Faith Hill, and Miranda
Michael Wiebler (Producer)

About the Production:

“This movie is the culmination of every good thing that has been a part
of my life- family, movies, music, spirituality, farming, literature,
and grace. I am so excited to be able to come home and direct my first
feature film.” – Hicky

Current Status: 


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Would love to see this movie. What's the status?


Would love to see this movie. What's the status?


Would love to see this movie. What's the status?


would love to see this movie. What's the status?


So excited to watch this whole project come to fruition.A labor of love and passion for sure!

Harriet Laws

Congrats on this movie, Chris. Can't wait to see it.


Looking forward to seeing this movie made!


Can't wait to see this movie!!


Excited for this project!


Everybody go to and bring this beautiful story to life!

Chris Hicky

Thanks Indiewire for making us the Project of the Day. We are really excited about this movie. It's one that would fall through the cracks of Hollywood financing, but thanks to websites like this we get a chance to tell our story. Please check out our Kickstarter page and help us make The Grace of Jake!

Kelly V.

I definitely want to see this movie!!

Sharon M. Hillis

Looking forward to this movie. The delta is proud of Chris.

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