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After college, Stacie Graber taught homeschool students and organized a summer drama camp. She taught piano and drama lessons in the area. Along the way, she decided to teach and spread a specific message: that God’s love is not denying. To do that, Graber began work on a film she named “Indescribable.”

After college, Stacie Graber taught homeschool students and organized a summer drama camp. She taught piano and drama lessons in the area. Along the way, she decided to teach and spread a specific message: that God’s love is not denying. To do that, Graber began work on a film she named “Indescribable.”

by Allison Rhodes

“The Lord blessed us so much to try this project,” says Stacie, the film’s associate producer. She met her husband Joseph, the film’s writer and producer, when she started the project. Stacie is now fulltime into film. “Indescribable” was created to teach children and their families how to develop a relationship with God for themselves, she says.

With almost an entire volunteer cast and crew, the low-budget movie relied on donated supplies and food for the set. Over half of the budget was raised just by presenting the project idea to an audience; a kick-starter online website raised about one-fifth of the budget covering supplies for post-production work.

It was the scorching Texas summer heat that Stacie remembers as the most problematic. The air conditioning was turned off during filming to prevent external noise. The lack of air conditioning and the movie’s mid-summer production made the project members miserable at times. Despite harsh weather conditions, the cast and crew persevered to complete the project.

Supporters of the film donated their time and houses for filming locations. The Insite Group office is among the film’s sites. After seeing an article Insite Magazine’s October 2011 issue about a paranormal investigation of the second floor of Insite’s historic Downtown Bryan building – a former boarding house now used for archives and storage – the crew decided the location fit the need for an old…creepy…place to shoot part of the film.

All the effort, heat and work have been rewarded: “Indescribable” was one of the six semi-finalist films chosen at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival.

Changing lives for children by helping them actually develop a relationship with God was the goal of “Indescribable,” says Stacie. They had children in mind as the audience, she says, but the movie is for the entire family.

The film is based on real events that took place during 1917 and tells the true story behind the classic hymn, “The Love of God.” Graber says she weaves the story of the song with the truth found in this Bible scripture: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind and with all thy strength. This is the first and great commandment.” (Mark 12:30)

For a review of the movie “Indescribable,” visit http://www.christianfilmdatabase.com/review/indescribable/

by Allison Rhodes