When Chris Cherin and Kevin Christian met in fifth grade at Churchville Elementary School, they never dreamed that someday they would co-write, co-produce and star in a movie together, but that’s exactly where their paths led them.
Chris and Kevin, now 20, grew up together, remaining friends throughout the years. Their idea of making a movie was ignited over three years ago while sitting around with friends from Council Rock High School South. They all began brainstorming plots and came up with an interesting story line. However, with everyone’s busy lives, nobody had time to work on the movie at the time.
About a year and a half ago, Chris and Kevin revisited the movie concept they had developed with their friends. They really wanted to see this movie come to fruition, so they created Cold Desert Productions to produce a feature-length film. Chris and Kevin ultimately wrote a script based on eight of their friends who they had known since Churchville Elementary School. At the time, they all attended Council Rock High School South.
“Although we created the characters based on our friends and drew research from their real-life experiences, their issues are exaggerated dramatic representations of some of the troubles they had experienced,” says Chris.
The movie follows the lives of these eight main characters during one summer. All characters’ lives are intertwined in some way. Each character faces a different teen issue, like drug abuse, teen pregnancy, parental abuse and neglect.
“The overall message of our movie is that teens often want to run away from their problems, but there comes a time when they need to realize that they must stay and face their troubles,” says Chris. “The movie’s final words, ‘We are Here,’ is the movie’s title, meaning these teens will remain here to stand up to their problems and take control of their lives. According to Chris, this movie is a very accurate portrayal of real life, and the interactions between people are very real.
“Whether you’re 18 or 45, I guarantee, you’ll relate to at least one of these characters,” says Chris.
Chris and Kevin held auditions to find the best actors for their film. Most of the main characters were played by musical theater students at their high school. Chris and Kevin also got into the act by playing two of the lead roles. Chris plays Hayden, loved by all, but ultimately a jerk who gets his girlfriend pregnant. Kevin plays Trent, a bully whose main victim is another character in the movie.
“All the actors really took the time to understand the character they portrayed,” says Chris.
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L.Cpl. Dan Croak’s Socks For Soldiers Campaign started in April when he asked his mom if she can round up 5,000 pairs of white socks for his fellow troops serving in Afganistan. The program concluded with a special ceremony at the Northampton Supervisors meeting of September 21, 2011.
Kathy Croak reached out to Northampton Township via Supervisor Vincent Deon to take up the cause. During the summer residents, companies and organizations got the ball rolling and with the assistance of Tony Folin of Famous Footwear, 16 area Famous Footwear stores in the area partnered with WigWam socks Mill to match every pair of socks purchased for this cause at their shops.
To date, more than 6,000 pairs have been collected and ready to be shipped. Students at Rolling Hills Elementary school also took up the cause and collected 332 pairs. They were acknowledged at the meeting.
Watch the Northampton Flag Day Ceremony below:
Despite the rain, the ceremony was taken to a small pavilion area in order to provide cover and avoid cancellation. Boy Scout Troops #5 Churchville and #240 St. Vincent DePaul conducted the flag retirements. Keynote speaker was Col. Tom Manion, USMC Retired. Also comments by Supervisors Vice Chairman Vincent Deon and Bucks County Director of Veterans Affairs Dan Fraley. Bucks County Commissioners Charley Martin and Rob Loughery were also on hand. Choral provided by Linda Deis and the Holland Middle School Choir. Master of Ceremonies was Pete Palestina, former Township Supervisor and member of the Marine Corps League Patriot Detachment.