Author Andy Straka has committed to co-author a novelization from The Home Game movie script.


Publisher’s Weekly has featured Andy as one of a new crop of “rising stars in crime fiction.” Andy is the author of six full-length novels, including four in the bestselling, Shamus Award-winning Frank Pavlicek private eye series. With over 100,000 copies of his books (both print and ebook) sold, Andy is perfectly positioned to help screenwriter D Bennett Nelson turn The Home Game into a novel worthy of the award-winning script from which it is inspired. More information on Andy and his books can be found at:

“As parents of eight with two adopted children, we have witnessed first-hand the impact a family filled with love and faith can have on the life of a child. No child asks to be born into a life without love, opportunity and hope. It is this belief, combined with strength through our faith, that carries us in our personal lives as well as through our work at The Moyer Foundation to help children in distress. For us as adoptive parents and Jamie as an athlete, we connected with Jake and his journey. Our hope for The Home Game is that it helps shine a light on the importance of adoption for children of all ages and helps people recognize the power they have to make a positive difference in the life of a child.”

Karen and Jamie Moyer, World Series Champion pitcher
Chairman and Vice President, The Moyer Foundation
Billy Wagner
Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Inductee ceremony April 27-28, 2012

Sport :  Baseball  : Ferrum College

Billy Wagner, native of Tannersville, VA, played baseball for Ferrum College from 1991-93. He earned All-Conference, All-Region and All-America first-team honors. He closed his 3-year Ferrum career with a 17-3 record and still to this day, holds the NCAA Div. III single-season recor… Learn More »

Robert Amaya to present at this Gala, and is nominated for awards!

Movieguide’s 20th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala will air on Hallmark Movie Channel on Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. EST.

The Hallmark Movie Channel is telecasting Movieguide’s 20th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala. The awards honor the “Best Movies for Families” and “Best Movies for Mature Audiences.”

Dean Cain is hosting the Faith & Values Awards, which will also feature appearances by Jim Carrey, Robert Duvall, Kevin Sorbo, Corbin Bernsen, Miss America Teresa Scanlan, Pat Boone, AnnaSophia Robb, Grammy nominee Natalie Grant, singer B.J. Thomas, Antonio Banderas, Angela Lansbury, Billy Bob Thornton, Salma Hayek, Kristy Swanson, Bella Thorne, Gregg Sulkin, Jimmy Bennett and the Muppets.

The event also includes the Faith & Freedom Awards for Promoting Positive American Values, the Grace Awards for Most Inspiring Performances in Movies and TV, and the $100,000 Epiphany Prizes for Most Inspiring Movie and TV Program of 2011.

Movieguide and its sister organization, the Christian Film & Television Commission, is an international nonprofit ministry dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”


Keeping faith: Big baseball film to shoot here next summer

By Hawes Spencer |
Published online 3:31pm Tuesday Jan 3rd, 2012


  • Courageous Star Robert Amaya is flanked by producers Rebecca Rogers Nelson and her husband Durrell Nelson.

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Spielberg's Lincoln may have headed back to the West Coast, but starting next summer, there'll be another major motion picture on location in Central Virginia. It's The Home Game, which borrows some of the formula that made the recent Courageous, with over $33 million in box office, so successful.

For starters, they've got one of the stars of that faith-based feature on board, Robert Amaya, as the sidekick to a yet-unannounced star in this hopefully heart-warming picture about a bunch of foster kids and the baseball team that looks after them.

"I'm calling up my Cuban roots," laughs Amaya, visiting a newspaper office in an early-January publicity tour.

The producers, who include husband-and-wife Durrell and Rebecca Rogers Nelson, who recently relocated to Albemarle from L.A.. For her, it's a return to her old stomping grounds because she went to Western Albemarle High School "100,000 years ago."

Beautiful Feet Productions plans to use some consulting skills of retired big-leaguer Billy Wagner and hopes to make an announcement about the young local baseball players they'll cast as extras in April, with an eye toward releasing the picture in early 2013.

Meanwhile, Charlottesville-based casting director Erica Arvold is also helping put together the pilot for a proposed kids' television show called "Time Machine Guitar," but the application deadline on that one has already passed.

In late January, the Nelsons got a piece of good news appropriate for the theme of the film when an L.A.-based adoption charity named Operation Children revealed that they'd be honored as Couple of the Year.

"It is a bit awkward to talk about an award for just living out what we believe," Durrell Nelson says in a release. "We decided to accept the award, not as recognition for our own lives, but to bring attention to the more than 500 thousand children who languish in the foster system waiting for forever families.”

–story updated January 19 with word of the award