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Peter Fonda, Logan Bartholomew, Drew Waters and David Mann Join Original Cast Members in Combination Sequel and Prequel

to Family-Favorite “The Ultimate Gift”


“The Ultimate Life is the ultimate reminder of what’s important in life. Gripping, emotionally-charged and potentially life-changing, this movie is a must-see.”

– John Clemens, USA Radio Network

“This picture is well worth viewing. It is an entertaining movie with a message.”

– The Dove Foundation, five Dove review


LOS ANGELES, Calif., August 28, 2013—THE ULTIMATE LIFE releases nationwide on September 6, 2013 from Reelworks Studios. The film features Golden Globe® winner Peter Fonda (Ulee’s Gold), Drew Waters (Friday Night Lights), Logan Bartholomew (Love’s Enduring Promise) and David Mann (Meet The Browns), along with original cast members James Garner, Bill Cobbs, Lee Meriwether and Ali Hillis in the combination sequel and prequel based on the best-selling book by Jim Stovall, The Ultimate Gift. THE ULTIMATE LIFE (rated PG) is a family-friendly film that has received a “five Dove” rating from The Dove Foundation, and reminds viewers that some things in life are worth more than money.


THE ULTIMATE LIFE will be distributed by High Top Releasing nationally to theaters on September 6, 2013, in 400 cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Nashville and other major markets. For a list of opening cities visit:


Michael Landon, Jr. (Saving Sarah Cain, Loves Comes Softly), directed the shoot in and around the Winston-Salem, NC area.  The film was produced by executive producer Rick Eldridge (The Ultimate Gift, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius) and producer David Kappes (Jaws 3-D).  The screenplay was developed by Brian Bird (“Touched by An Angel”), Cheryl McKay (The Ultimate Gift), with Lisa G. Shillingburg. 


“THE ULTIMATE LIFE is an emotional, endearing family film and an instant classic that will be embraced by audiences who loved the first film, while attracting new viewers to the story,” said executive producer Rick Eldridge. “There is huge multi-generational appeal since the film is both a sequel and a prequel.”


Generations of talent combine to tell the story of Red Stevens’ journey from a young boy in the 1940s to an older man over the years, including stand-out Drew Waters, who plays young adult Red. Waters credits director Landon with creating a special dynamic on-set. “My approach to acting is to wrap an emotional and physical structure around my character that I can relate to…Michael is a director who helps that happen, and as a result captures unique, emotional and authentic performances.”


Building on the successful 2007 theatrical release The Ultimate Gift in which Jason Stevens (Logan Bartholomew) inherits a two billion dollar trust from his grandfather, Red (James Garner), THE ULTIMATE LIFE begins three years after Jason receives the gift.  We discover the ensuing years have been challenging for Jason and his girlfriend Alexia.  When his extended family files suit against him, Jason is left reeling until his lawyer and confidant Hamilton, shares Red’s journal with Jason. Reading the journal takes Jason (and moviegoers) back into Red’s younger days where he meets lifelong friends and discovers the origins of the gifts that would mark Red’s life.  Spanning across generations and time, the question is now: Is it too late for those lessons to help Jason?


Productions notes, clips, b-roll footage and interviews are available at For more information on THE ULTIMATE LIFE, visit


About ReelWorks Studios – ReelWorks Studios, LLC was founded in August 2009 by entertainment entrepreneurs, Rick Eldridge and Christopher Cates with the objective of producing media with a message that entertains, educates and edifies. Rick Eldridge has been in the entertainment business for more than 30 years as a producer, director, musician, and creative visionary. Christopher Cates brings an equal amount of tenure in the industry as a producer and production and post production manager for both television and film. Collectively Eldridge and Cates have lent their expertise to projects for notable media companies. Including: Universal, Disney, Fox, MGM, Discovery, BET, PBS, Fox Sports, ABC, NBC and ESPN. While Eldridge and Cates both have long and varied credits, recent collaborations between them have yielded projects such as Bobby Jones - Stroke of Genius, The Ultimate Gift, and Max Lucado's “Hermie and Friends". ReelWorks also manages postproduction and sound stages in Charlotte and handles production services for TV and film projects such as the “Homeland” TV series and The Shunning and The Confession movies.  Currently, ReelWorks is managing production services for the Hallmark TV movie Shuffleton Barbershop and providing stages and production facilities for FOX TV pilot “Sleepy Hollow”.



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