Last year at Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival we met father and son filmmakers Adam and Jacob Dufour. This weekend I had the chance to watch their newest film Andy’s Rainbow.

Andy's Rainbow

Based on the trailer, I expected Andy’s Rainbow to be a no frills faith film. I was pleasantly surprised to discover much more depth in the characters and the writing. It’s a story of an unlikely friendship between two complex characters – Andy (Jacob Dufour), a simple-minded young man, and Rayne (Shelby Taylor Mullins), a disillusioned young woman. Both are alone and hurting, dealing with losses and grief from their past.

Nineteen-year-old Jacob Dufour wrote the script, played the lead, composed the score, and edited the movie. He’s definitely a filmmaker to keep an eye on. He demonstrates an understanding of the rules of screenwriting and creating three-dimensional characters. He did a an especially impressive job as the lead actor.

Shelby Taylor Mullins manages to pull off a character who is at first hardened and skeptical, but slowly softens to reveal a vulnerability and gentleness.

Victoria Jackson rounds out the lead cast as  Dr. Carol Kennedy, director of Rainbow Meadows. I especially enjoyed the later scenes where she worked with Andy to prepare him for being on his own.

Victoria Jackson

The acting overall in the movie is quite good. I honestly didn’t notice a single weak actor, which is pretty impressive considering it’s a big cast and almost all novice actors. Jacob gave them a great script to work with, and director Adam Dufour brought out their performances.

As much as I enjoyed Andy’s Rainbow, it could have benefited with tighter cutting. At almost 2 hours, it’s rather lengthy. However, with all the twists and turns, it kept my attention to the end even with the long length.

Andy’s Rainbow is a sweet movie that reminds us to look past the surface to appreciate those who might be different from us. It’s charming and heartwarming, and it premieres at Village 8 Theaters, Louisville, Kentucky on November 12th. Get your tickets today. 

Andy's Rainbow

About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian women’s speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture. “God is the Master Storyteller,” says Sharon. “I love helping women see how God is always at work behind the scenes laying the foundation for the glorious future He has in store for us.” Sharon is a firm believer in the power of prayer and has many stories to share of God working in miraculous ways in her own life as well as those around her. She’s passionate about teaching women how to pray and loves engaging with women in personal prayer. Wherever she goes, she finds herself surrounded by women in need of prayer, and she considers it an honor to pray with women whether they’re friends, family, or complete strangers. Sharon has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with women of the Bible and loves applying the biblical stories to modern situations. She teaches a Women Through the Bible study at her church, applying the S.O.A.P. method of scripture study. She especially enjoys delving into lesser known women and discovering encouraging truths for women of today. She recently launched a new podcast where she works her way through the Bible sharing the stories of All God’s Women.

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