Lane Doran says he is a lot like his movie character, JJ Veitch, except for a detail or two here and there.
The 8-year-old Tunnel Hill Elementary School student said he, like JJ, enjoys trucks, baseball, basketball and football.
“The only thing that doesn’t match is there’s a lacrosse racket and helmet over there,” he said, gesturing to a prop on the stage set that is supposed to be his room, “and I don’t play lacrosse.”
Lane is making his movie debut as the son of a man falsely accused of murder in the independent Christian movie “Stand Your Ground (A Cry for Justice).” Based on a true story, the movie explores how a woman struggles with her faith during the false accusation. It was filmed on several locations in Georgia and produced by Triple Horse Studios. The Dorans worked with the crew in Carrollton and Newnan.
Lane’s mother, Stacey Doran, said she and Lane spent a week on location in March 2012 while the movie was being shot. She estimates Lane appears in eight to 10 scenes.
“He had a pretty good amount of lines,” she said. “He was the only child in the movie.”
Lane said he has a good memory and didn’t have any trouble memorizing his 20 to 30 pages.
“I have to basically act sad the whole movie,” he said.
Stacey Doran said Lane’s movie mother, Kelsi Chandler, made a play date with Lane in which she took him shopping and out to play so the two could get more comfortable with each other before they began shooting.
Before Lane landed the role, he had to audition, and before that, he participated in Actors, Models and Talent for Christ (AMTC) where he received instruction on how to act and was able to make some connections. Younger brother Wade, 6, may decide to follow in his big brother’s footsteps. Doran said she wanted Lane to have an opportunity to get into acting since she saw his talents through church productions and at school, but she wanted it done in a child-friendly environment.
“God gave him a talent,” she said. “For us, really the initial thought was Lane had a talent, and the thought of just Hollywoodism itself was scary for your child. When you hear about a company like AMTC and their goal is to bring good to Hollywood to give good, quality family movies, we thought that would be a great thing. Any message that you can give to others about faith in God is just a wonderful opportunity.”
Stacey Doran said those involved in the movie hope enough people will request it show locally so that it can be brought to a theater in Dalton or Chattanooga. The official theatrical release date is Jan. 17, 2014.
Would-be movie-goers can reserve tickets at http://seatzy.com/main/moviedetail/stand-your-ground. At least 500 tickets must be reserved to ensure the movie will show. No charges are applied until the reservation goal is met. Forty-four tickets had been reserved as of Monday afternoon for a Chattanooga showing.
“As you can imagine, we are so excited about this,” Stacey Doran said. “We would love for our community to come out and see the movie.”
The movie claimed awards at the Alaskan International Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival and Peachtree Valley International Film Festival. It is also Dove “Family-Approved” for its lack of content that could be considered objectionable for children.
About Lane Doran
Education: Third-grader at Tunnel Hill Elementary School
Favorite movies: “Despicable Me 2” and “Ice Age: Continental Drift”
Hobbies: Watch TV, baseball, basketball, bike-riding, four-wheelers
Family: Father, Bryan; mother, Stacey; younger brother, Wade
On the web: standyourgroundmovie.com