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Booked-out,Red Carpet Event at Sundance for TX movie, Return to the Hiding Place

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The Park City Official Red Carpet Premiere of Return to the Hiding Place hosted by the Bel Air Film Festival & A2E sold out its screening of the Return to the Hiding Place during the Sundance Film Festival. Bel Air Film Festival planners selected Return to the Hiding Place as their premiere film at Sundance in 2014.This has been the first movie in Bel Air Film Festival's decade-long history to win in three categories: Best Jury Feature Film, Cinematography and Directing. Among those in attendance were the following: Mimi Sagadin (Corrie ten Boom), David Thomas Jenkins (Hans Poley), Craig Robert Young (Piet Hartog), Rachel Spencer-Hewitt (Aty van Woerden), Joanie Stewart (Betsie ten Boom), Kelly Greyson (Lana), Peter C. Spencer (director), Petra Spencer Pearce (producer), Maria Spencer (assistant producer), Jeff Canavan (co-producer), Josiah Spencer (co-director and editor) and Dr. Diane Howard ( a dialect coach).

After Red Carpet photography and interviews, the movie was screened to a packed house. Attendees stayed until the end of the after party to celebrate the event. All in all, it was a wonderful event in the beauty of the Park City ski resorts and Sundance Film Festival.

“This film is critical for our culture today… I’m so proud to be involved in this picture” states John Rhys Davies (Lord of the Rings trilogy, Indiana Jones) who plays Eusi, a rabbi from Amsterdam, who aids Corrie ten Boom (Mimi Sagadin) in hiding Jews from the Gestapo. Corrie ten Boom’s personal assistant Pam Rosewell Moore commented “I felt like I was with Corrie all over again…” after seeing Sagadin’s portrayal of her friend.

Return to the Hiding Place (2013), follows up the story of The Hiding Place (1975). Both movies are based on true stories of the Dutch Resistance to the Nazi control of Holland in WWII. It has been written and directed by Peter Spencer of San Antonio, TX.

In The Hiding Place, Corrie and Betsie ten Boom are unmarried, middle-aged sisters working in their father's watchmaker shop in pre-WWII Holland. Their lives are cruelly turned upside down with the invasion of the Nazis. They are caught for protecting Jews in a hiding place in their family home and for breaking rationing rules. They are sent to a horrible concentration camp, but their Christian faith sustains and helps them resist bitterness. Betsie dies, but Corrie survives to teach others to love and forgive, as she learned to do of her former captors.

In Return to the Hiding Place, Dutch Resistance fighter Hans Poley in World War II, finds refuge at the ten Boom house. Hans defies new Nazi rules and escapes with his life. He finds the ten Boom house secretly filled with Jewish refugees. He becomes a part of Corrie ten Boom’s young resistance army. He gets a false identity and joins the Dutch Resistance. As the Nazis commit mounting atrocities, the danger for Hans and his new compatriots increasingly intensifies. When another resistance fighter, Piet Hartog, sees the savage cruelties committed against the Jews, he also becomes part of Corrie ten Boom young army. He joins young physics student and resistance journalist, Hans Poley, in numerous risky resistance adventures to rescue Jewish people, including children.

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