"Here we have a special mixture rolled into one, a period drama with a twist."
"The film has great acting, a realistic historical setting, an inspiring story, and excellent writing, directing, and cinematography."
"...this is no ordinary film. From the opening frame to the end credits, this is one of the most gorgeous films we have seen all year. ...The music, dialouge, performances and direction are pitch perfect"
Daniel Lahr - Producer, Director, Editor, Writer
Patrick Lawler - Director of Photography
Amberly Fawn Anderson - Art Director
Drew Murphy - Sound
Travis Brockett - Assistant Director
Vanessa Christensen - Hair & Makeup
Garrett Gillingham - Music
Taija Ziegenfuss - Assistant Art Director
Ash Gordey - Associate Producer
Timothy Prindle - Charles
Richard Hoag - Walter
Jeremy Shelton - Henry
Rick Mokler - Price
Leesa Beck - Margaret
Drew Murphy - Thief # 1
Travis Brockett - Thief # 2
Madison Lahr - Hungry Girl
Daniel Lahr - Young Walter
Vanessa Christensen - Hungry Girl's Mother
Cloey Gouin - Daughter
Parker Gouin - Son
Released: February 1, 2012
TRT: 22min 06sec
Story: On his way home from work in 1937, Charles, a worker on the Golden Gate Bridge, is robbed and thrown from a train. Lost, he finds himself among a remote convenience store and makes new friends, but one is more than what he seems.
Nominations & Awards
A first look exclusively on this site! Take a look at behind the scenes footage, pictures and a look at the final film here.
A "Favored" Production
On August 21st, Country Studios wrapped on it's latest film, Fortune's Favored on location in Los Alamos, California after only three days of production, with a budget of only $2,000.
The shoot was a complete success and is undoubtably thanks to the talented cast and crew that was assembled for this project. Country Studios enjoyed having several veterans back for this project, most notably Timothy Prindle, Richard Hoag, Amberly Anderson, Drew Murphy, Travis Brockett and Rick Mokler.
But looking at Country Studios as a family, it's amazing to see it grow just on this film. Joining the ranks of the cast is Jeremey Shelton, Leesa Beck and Madison Lahr making a first time Country Studios appearance. But the new blood doesn't end with the cast. Patrick Lawler joins as the Director of Photography and brings a fantastic new look to the first ever High Definition Country Studios film.
The film completed it's post production work in October, 2011 and had it's World Premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 1st, 2012.
ABOVE: Patrick Lawler, Travis Brockett and Daniel Lahr on set filming the final scene in the movie.
BELOW: Cast from the film, Jeremy Shelton, Timothy Prindle, Richard Hoag, and Rick Mokler.
ABOVE: Patrick Lawler films a fight scene with Timothy Prindle and Travis Brockett onboard an authentic 1920's boxcar.
ABOVE: Leesa Beck and Timothy Prindle perform as they are filmed.
ABOVE: Art Director, Amberly Anderson on set with a 1933 Studebaker.
In loving memory of Darwin Sainz.
Country Studios suffered a horrible loss during pre-production of Fortune's Favored.
Daniel Lahr's grandfather, and grandfather to many in the Country Studios family, passed away on March 14th, 2011. This loss has pushed production back a few months to begin in August.
Darwin was always on hand to help with Country Studios projects. He constructed sets for films like Dogwood Creek and The Source and worked on films all the way up to Wounded Heart in 2008.
Daniel has decided that Fortune's Favored shall be made in his memory. "My grandfather was one of my biggest supporters. If it wasn't for him, Country Studios would not have the wonderful home it does today, and frankly we wouldn't exist. I owe the world to him. I know he personally affected everyone's morale on the set by being such a gentleman that he was. It is only fitting that I dedicate this movie to him. A movie about a man wanting to be with his family and wanting to be happy."
THANK YOU SUPPORTERS & BACKERS!!!
The largest budgeted film Country Studios has ever produced was $500 for End of a Rope. This film has raised more than it's $2,000 budget goal thanks to our loyal supporters and backers!! THANK YOU!
The film is set to be finished by September 23rd, in line to submit to the Santa Barbara International Film Festival for it's hopeful world premie. Stay tuned for news, images and video coming!
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"And Now For Some Information On A Project You Might Want to Know About: Daniel Lahr's 'Fortune's Favored'" - 05.30.2012
Entertainment Magazine Online - (Online Article)
"Good Fortune: Daniel Lahr and Fortune's Favored" - 02.23.2012
Academy of Art University- Online News (Online Article)
"Academy Alums' Film is Favored" - 01.31.2012
Santa Maria Times - (Online and Print Article)
"Local Man's Film Selected for Festival" - 01.27.2012
Santa Ynez Valley News Press - (Online and Print Article)
"Local Man's Film Selected for SB Film Festival" - 01.26.2012