Burbank, Calif. May 22, 2006 -- Saving Shiloh – the third film based on the successful award-winning book trilogy by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor – will make its DVD debut on August 22, perfectly timed for legions of fans headed back to school. An acknowledged phenomenon in the world of publishing and education, the Shiloh name has grown into a popular franchise that extends well beyond the printed page.
Said producer Carl Borack, “The true gift of the Shiloh films is that while audiences are being entertained, they’re also seeing films about very real ethical issues today’s kids have to deal with. The films are in no way preachy but they get to the heart of basic American values missing in so many movies today. Watching this unique family film about a boy and his beloved Beagle is a wonderful way for parents or grandparents to spend time with their kids and have something of substance to talk about afterwards.”
Saving Shiloh -- currently being showcased with theatrical releases in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego and Phoenix, with additional dates and cities expected in June – is winning solid praise from theatrical critics. “Exciting and entertaining!” said the Chicago Sun-Times’ Roger Ebert. The New York Times’ Anita Gates found it “touching and intelligent,” while Sheri Linden, writing in the Hollywood Reporter, called Saving Shiloh solid family fare! Sure to be a home video perennial.”
Saving Shiloh recently won the Truly Moving Picture Award which was created by the Heartland Film Festival “to honor films that inspire and enrich lives.” In addition to a number of other activities to promote their awards, Heartland works with the National Collaboration for Youth and 40 plus national youth development organizations which bring the film to the attention of a dedicated audience of more than 40 million kids. Joining Saving Shiloh this year as co-recipients of the Truly Moving Picture Award are Oscar® winner “Tsotsi” and Oscar nominee “Sophie Scholl - the Final Days.”
Shiloh debuted on the big screen in 1997 and Shiloh Season followed two years later. Both movies were very successful, with the first capturing the National Humane Society’s Genesis Award, and both scoring with critics and at the box office. Video and DVD sales to date have totaled more than 4 million units worldwide and both movies have had successful airings on the Disney Channel and with ABC Family.
Honored with the book world’s prestigious Newbery Medal, plus 25 state awards, Shiloh has captured the attention of educators, librarians and parents alike. Following its publication in 1991, Oprah Winfrey honored Shiloh by placing it on her “Kids Recommended Reading List” in 2001, where it remains today. Approaching 8 million books in print, the “Shiloh” series has been read by generations of young readers and has become, and continues to be, a “must-read” in elementary schools and library reading programs nationwide. In a poll of Kids’ top 100 books, conducted by the National Education Association (NEA), the Shiloh trilogy placed number 7. NEA teachers also ranked it very high on their top 100. For more information on all the Shiloh films, visit www.ShilohFilm.com.
This contemporary classic which brings the Shiloh story full circle to a satisfying conclusion, is a suspenseful mystery, but at its core, is a heartwarming story of family, kindness and the unbreakable bond between a boy and his dog. Young Marty Preston’s (Jason Dolley) neighbor, Judd Travers (Scott Wilson) – known to trilogy fans as the previous abusive owner of Shiloh, Marty’s beloved beagle – is an outsider who’s generally shunned by the community. Judd had suffered a near-fatal truck accident (in Shiloh Season) and Marty and his family (parents Gerald McRaney and Ann Dowd) believing Judd could change his evil ways, had attempted to help redeem him.
In Saving Shiloh, Marty continues this effort by showing Judd how to better care for his hounds, and in the process, save the hounds the way he saved Shiloh. However, when Judd becomes the prime suspect in a local murder, Marty fears both he and Shiloh could be in danger. A dramatic turn of events in the suspenseful conclusion allows Judd to prove he is capable of change and results in newfound respect and acceptance by the townspeople.
DVD Bonus Features
- An Interview with Shiloh (includes behind-the-scenes)
- “Open Your Heart” music video
- Featurette Interviews with Cast and Filmmakers
- Shiloh Book Series Trailer