Of Fate and Film: Alumnus’ film ‘The Author’ screens at Cinemark Waco

By | October 5, 2022

A Baylor alum brings his imaginative and prescient to life on the large display screen. Photograph courtesy of Ritchey Cable.

By Emma Weidmann | Private editor

Ashton Brooke Gill stood in line at an airport in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, coming back from a small city in Iowa, taking solely his guitar – no baggage. The singer and former American Idol contestant hit Baylor alum Ritchey Cable because the spitting picture of the feminine lead he envisioned for his film, ‘The Writer.’ It was not an opportunity encounter; Cable had lately seen a video of Gill on American Idol whereas searching for an actress.

Cable and Gill think about this a “second of authorship” – a time period the actors and creators of the movie coined for the clashes with destiny that made it attainable. Now, as Cable calls it, “the little film that would” has made its option to the Cinemark theater in Waco, the place it should play till Thursday.

The movie follows a person who survives a traumatic automobile accident and may’t keep in mind something from his previous. He and the viewers go on a journey to piece collectively his reminiscences whereas answering the query, “Is there an creator in my life, and what are the implications?”

“It is a film that asks a few of life’s deepest questions,” Cable stated. “By means of the story of this man attempting to piece his life collectively, we’re invited to evaluate our personal life and see if we see an authorship over our personal life.”

Cable, who works as a pastor in Kansas Metropolis, stated the film took 15 years to turn into a actuality, which he says is a part of his legacy.

“To have the ability to see this in an actual theater was large,” Cable stated. “He tells the story I wish to inform. I did not need to compromise my imaginative and prescient. I feel that is going to be one of many issues that, after I look again on my life, is likely one of the defining attributes.

“Writer’s Second” #2 got here within the type of an artwork pupil at Baylor. Central to the primary character’s seek for his reminiscences are the drawings, and Cable needed to make it possible to create the artwork for the movie to a Baylor pupil. He contacted the artwork division, the place his message was delivered to an supposed class.

Cable’s identify sounded acquainted to Baton Rouge, Louisiana junior Mace Shipley when his trainer informed his class in regards to the alternative. He quickly realized that Cable had been his pastor in Alexandria, Louisiana when he was a toddler. Throughout state traces and greater than a decade later, their paths have been introduced collectively once more by “The Writer.”

“Seems Ritchey was a household pal of ours a very long time in the past,” Shipley stated. “It simply took off from there… It was a extremely good expertise to attach with him on one thing that was near his coronary heart, and I cared quite a bit about that… Fated is an efficient option to describe it. I attribute this to the windfall of God.

“The Writer” additionally reconnected Cable along with his former roommate Clint Harp, a family identify to followers of the HGTV present “Fixer Higher,” and creator Kelli Stuart. Cable, Harp and Stuart had been mates throughout their time at Baylor greater than twenty years in the past. Stuart edited Cable’s screenplay and had a supporting position within the movie. She stated reuniting along with her mates from faculty on this challenge is a second she is going to all the time keep in mind.

“We have stayed in contact through the years, however having the ability to work creatively with them greater than 20 years after graduating from Baylor has been so particular,” Stuart stated.

The night time of the movie’s premiere in Conroe, close to their filming location, is a fond reminiscence for him.

“They did all the things,” Stuart stated. “They made it an enormous crimson carpet premiere, and there have been limos and massive spotlights going up within the air, and there have been lots of people there… We had been all collectively and dressed. It’ll all the time be one in all my fondest reminiscences.”

Gill stated she believes “The Writer” occurred for a cause. She stated she was searching for the subsequent step in her profession and prayed that she would take each alternative she noticed. An hour later – eight months after first assembly Cable on the airport – he reached out to supply her the feminine lead in his function movie.

“God loves us…and tends to work issues out within the particulars,” Gill stated. “It was positively an answered prayer and it got here at an important time in my life after I was doubting my religion and attempting to determine my life…It was a ‘second of authorship’. There was no d Every other means it might have labored. It was all within the particulars.