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This Thursday, former US Senator and Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum will be on campus to show the trailer of his company’s movie, THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE, and to answer questions from the audience. The evening is free and no tickets are required.

It will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s Lyon Chapel.

Santorum currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of EchoLight Studios, a Dallas-based studio that produces and/or distributes faith and family movies such as SEASONS OF GRAY, a modern-day retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph, and THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE, the movie adaptation of the book by noted pastor and author Max Lucado.

christmas candle pic 3THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE is a traditional Christmas story that highlights the holiness and beauty of the Christmas season. “It’s remarkable that we’ve gotten to the point where putting a traditional Christmas movie in theaters at Christmas time is a major event, but here we are!” Santorum said. “It’s a great blessing to be able to change the narrative after so many years of attacks on Christmas in our culture. Rather than cursing the darkness, we chose to light a candle.”

The story is set in the idyllic village of Gladbury, a village in the English countryside. According to legends, every 25 years an angel visits the village candle maker and touches a single candle, and whoever lights the Christmas Candle will receive a miracle on Christmas Eve. But as the electric age draws near, everything in the small town of Gladbury might be about to change.

The story comes alive in the movie, which was filmed in a village in the English Cotswolds, with a cast of outstanding actors. Producer Tom Newman of Tulsa-based Impact Productions (Home Run, End of the Spear) said, “Many of the cast, while seasoned veterans of the stage and film, found themselves touched by this lovely story and script full of hope and the true spirit of Christmas.”

THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE stars British singing sensation Susan Boyle in her acting debut, Hans Matheson (Clash of the Titans, Sherlock Holmes), Samantha Barks (Les Miserables), Lesley Manville (Disney’s A Christmas Carol), Sylvester McCoy (The Hobbit Trilogy, Doctor Who), John Hannah (The Mummy, Four Weddings and a Funeral), Barbara Flynn (Miss Potter) and James Cosmo (Game of Thrones, Braveheart), and was directed by John Stephenson.

 

 

 

rick santorum 2Prior to running for President, Rick Santorum served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995, and in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2007 where he was known as one of the most successful government reformers in our history.

In June, 2012 Rick Santorum launched Patriot Voices, a grassroots and online community of Americans committed to promoting faith, family, freedom and opportunity. He and his wife of 23 years, Karen, have seven children believe strongly in the importance of family. In 2005, Santorum landed on New York Times Best Seller list with his book—It Takes a Family.