Esther Harris, a young woman praised for her virtue and devotion to Warren F. Vanderbilt’s Prophetic Watchman Ministries, has been given the opportunity of a lifetime – to attend Vanderbilt’s Kingdom Bible College and to marry Phillip Sawyer, the son of a minister and a Kingdom student being groomed for the ministry.
When the fundamentalist Christian sect falls on hard times, Esther looks for employment at a local health food store to supplement the group’s income.
At the store, Esther gets a chance to share her faith with her new manager, Gabriel, a devout skeptic and preacher’s kid, and his roommate, Mark, a college drop-out who finds Christian television to be great entertainment.
When Phillip’s father, David, excommunicates Esther for committing a terrible sin, Gabriel’s constant challenges and Mark’s playfulness open Esther’s mind to new experiences and new questions. The friendship with Gabriel and Mark help Esther determine her human worth while helping her reframe her faith in a whole new light.
Shot entirely on location in Southern Indiana and Austin, Texas, Paradise Recovered attempts a modern-day retelling of the parable of the Good Samaritan while addressing hard questions involving faith, tolerance, and spiritual abuse in modern culture.
Filming locations: Austin, Texas; Bloomington and Lawrence County, Indiana
Running time: 96 minutes
Director: Storme Wood
Producer: Andie Redwine, Storme Wood, Karen Hallford, and Roland Rydstromg
Production Company: By The Glass Productions, LLC
Screenwriting: Andie Redwine
Cinematographer: David Blue Garcia
Editor: Lee Rothenflue
Music: Cara Jean Wahlers and Grover Parido
Sound: Jason Young
Cast: Heather Del Rio, Dane Hurlburt, Oliver Luke, Andrew Sensenig, Richard Dillard, Austin Chittim, Wendy Zavaleta, Jim Aabear, and Marina Seitsinger