PHILOSOPHY

Humble Picture Company, launched by writer/producers Grant Nieporte and Bob Smiley, is focused on developing and bringing to market honest, emotional, and aspirational stories balanced with hope and told with excellence. We believe the audience for these kinds of stories is vast and underserved. In addition to mainstream film and television projects, we believe the faith-friendly audience deserves a better cinematic experience and aim to deliver just that, one powerful story at a time.  

A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and an Overcoming Love

 

When all seems lost, where can hope be found?  Katherine and Jay married right after college and sought adventure far from home in Los Angeles, CA. As they pursued their dreams, they planted their lives in the city and in their church community. Their son, James, came along unexpectedly in the fall of 2007, and just 6 months later, everything changed in a moment for this young family.

On April 21, 2008, as James slept in the other room, Katherine collapsed, suffering a massive brain stem stroke without warning. Miraculously, Jay came home in time and called for help. Katherine was immediately rushed into micro-brain surgery, though her chance of survival was slim. As the sun rose the next morning, the surgeon proclaimed that Katherine had survived the removal of part of her brain, though her future recovery was completely uncertain. Yet in that moment, there was a spark of hope. Through 40 days on life support in the ICU and nearly 2 years in full-time brain rehab, that spark of hope was fanned into flame.

Defying every prognosis, with grit and grace, Katherine and Jay, side by side, struggled to regain a life for Katherine as she re-learned to talk and eat and walk. Returning home with a severely disabled body but a completely renewed purpose, they committed to celebrate this gift of a second chanceby embracing life fully, even though that life looked very different than they could have ever imagined. In the midst of continuing hardships and struggles, both in body and mind, Katherine and Jay found what we all long to find...hope, hope that heals the most broken place, our souls.

 

 
Celebrating the birth of their second son. 

Celebrating the birth of their second son. 

HOPE HEALS BOOK, released April 26th, 2016 www.hopehealsbook.com 

Meet Joe Gans... the most important boxer in history.

Based on the book The Longest Fight by Washington Post sportswriter William Gildea, LIGHTWEIGHT chronicles the rise and fall... and ultimate triumph of Joe Gans, America's first black boxing champion. 

A poor kid from Baltimore who topped out at just 5'7", Joe would notch 145 wins in his boxing career -- more than Muhammad Ali and Joe Louis combined -- before being brought down by a cheating scandal, financial ruin, and a crippling fight with tuberculosis. 

And yet Gans would rise again in 1906 to fight in the longest professional bout of the 20th century, an epic "fight to the finish" in the hot Nevada desert against outspoken racist Battling Nelson. Before it was over, the fight would go 42 rounds and forever change the way black athletes were perceived in America. 

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Sam Howard was the leader of Atlanta’s most beloved megachurch. But when a tawdry affair become front page news, “Pastor Sam” suffered a very public fall from grace which destroyed his marriage, his career, and his reputation in one fell swoop. One year later, he’s finally accepted his addictions but remains as unpredictable as his only confidant, Chris, a yuppy coke addict who fears Sam as much as he admires him. Together, they slalom an irresistible fantasy world, Atlanta’s seedy underworld, and the unsympathetic real world as a fragile Sam sets out to win back the love of his wife and kids... and just maybe become the God-fearing man he always pretended to be.

Shopping pilot script to buyers beginning December of 2017. Feel free to make inquiries.

"Of all the positions to play on a football team, you have to pick the one that speaks?"

 

The incredible true life story of Baylor University quarterback Neal Jeffrey who overcame a debilitating stutter to lead the 1974 Bears to their first Southwest Championship in over 50 years. Winning the big game was next to impossible, but for Neal the greatest challenge still remained, believing he was worthy of winning the heart of the love of his life, Sheila. In the best tradition of Rudy and The Kings Speech comes this remarkable love story about rising to great heights, on and off the field.

 

How far can love carry you?

A loving mother's challenging relationship with her ex-husband is taken to new depths when he takes their autistic son swimming against her wishes and the two are pulled out to sea. As the father and son struggle to survive a night in open water, a worried mom is haunted by the past.   

 

Rights being negotiated, more details to follow.