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

Sharon Wilharm is a female filmmaker, blogger, and speaker. Her movies have screened in theaters, festivals, and churches around the globe, aired on multiple television networks, and sold in stores and online outlets throughout English speaking countries. She's accumulated dozens of festival accolades including the “Shibboleth Award for Visionary Leadership in the Field of Christian Film Making”, numerous Best of Fest awards, and 4 ICVM Crown Awards. She's passionate about storytelling and loves entertaining and inspiring audiences with her filmmaking, writing, and speaking.

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