Jason Lee, Minka Kelly star in story of family that rescues swans, premiers January 25th, 2015, 9/8c on Hallmark *** Three Stars
By Gabrielle Pantera
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2015/1/25 – “He’s feeling a bit overwhelmed at times,” says Away & Back star Jason Lee. “There’s some weight on him. He feels a little shortchanged because of the loss of his wife. He gets a little snippy with his kids, but he’s trying to do the best he can. And then along comes Ginny, played by Minka. Jack sees her as a possible change agent, and the last thing he wants is change.”
Filming Away & Back was done in the Canadian Rockies. Jeff Bleckner (Beyond the Blackboard, Remember Sunday) directs from the screenplay by Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer (Hysteria).
Jack Peterson (Jason Lee), a widower with three young children, meets ornithologist Ginny Newsom (Minka Kelly). She’s tracking trumpeter swans who’ve settle on the Peterson farm. A swan had laid several eggs and unfortunately dies in an accident soon after. Jack’s 10‐year‐old daughter, Frankie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones), is determined to rescue the eggs and nurture them. Frankie’s older brothers Kyle (Jaren Lewison) and Stretch (Connor Paton) are not over the loss of their mother and having a hard time. Ginny likes her independence, yet the more time she spends with the Peterson family the more she gets drawn in.
“She may be great working with birds, but she’s terribly insensitive when it comes to working with people,” says Away & Back star Minka Kelly. “When Ginny comes crashing on to the scene, demanding the eggs, Jack is totally taken aback. She thoroughly alienates the Peterson kids, especially the youngest one, Frankie, who has grown so attached to the eggs, and the promise of life they contain.”
“As the title of the movie Away & Back more than hints at, there are wonderful new beginnings in this story,” says Kelly. “It may start out with loss, but it ends up with the themes of hope and life and love.”
Trailer for Away & Back
Away & Back is produced by Andrew Gottlieb (Beyond the Blackboard, Christmas in Conway). Frank Konigsburg (The3 Tommyknockers, William & Kate) and Brent Shields (One Christmas Eve, The Magic of Ordinary Days) are executive producers. Naketha Mattocks is co‐executive producer. A Hallmark Hall of Fame Production.
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