John Schneider Films Highlight Unique Value of the Human Experience

Actor John Schneider

LOS ANGELES – Organizers of the Life Fest Film Festival today announced that “October Baby” and “Doonby,” two films that explore the importance of human life and the unique value of the human experience, have been nominated for Best Film honors. Both films star actor John Schneider, well known for his roles in the television shows The Dukes of Hazzard and Smallville. The films join the Emilio Estevez drama “The Way,” which co-starred Estevez and his father, Martin Sheen, which has also been nominated. Now in its second year, the Festival will be held May 5-6, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

“The purpose of Life Fest is to affirm those stories and story tellers that explore the intrinsic value of life and the human experience,” said Brian Johnston, director of the Life Fest Film Festival. “Doonby and October Baby break through the cultural din to tell captivating stories that challenge our society’s views of the value and dignity of life.”

Co-produced and directed by brothers Andrew and Jon Irwin, “October Baby,” in which Schneider co-stars with Rachel Hendrix and Jasmine Guy, explores the life of Hannah Lawson. From the film’s website:

As the curtain rises, Hannah hesitantly steps onto the stage for her theatrical debut in college. Yet before she can utter her first lines, Hannah—unscripted—collapses in front of the stunned audience. After countless medical tests, all signs point to one underlying factor: Hannah’s difficult birth. This revelation is nothing compared to what she then learns from her parents: she was actually adopted … after a failed abortion attempt. Bewildered, angered, and confused, Hannah turns for support to Jason, her oldest friend. Encouraged by his adventurous spirit, Hannah joins his group of friends on a Spring Break road trip, embarking on a journey to discover her hidden past … and find hope for her unknown future. In the midst of her incredible journey, Hannah finds that life can be so much more than what you have planned.

Executive producer David Alan Johnson and actress Shari Rigby will attend the Festival.

In 2010 film “Doonby,” directed by Peter Mackenzie, Schneider stars alongside Jenn Gotzon, Ernie Hudson, Robert Davi, and Jennifer O’Neill to tell the story of Sam Doonby. Doonby,

“a mysterious and handsome drifter, steps off an interstate bus and quickly becomes the talk of a small Texas town. After finding work at Leroy’s Country Blues bar, his musical talents make him a small-town star, attracting the attention of Laura, the beautiful but spoiled daughter of local doctor Cyrus Reaper. Sam seems to always be in the right place at the right time to prevent disasters from happening in the town. Before long, jealousy and suspicion drive the townspeople to question his sudden arrival and motives. Finally, when Laura begins to doubt him as well, he disappears as quickly as he materialized. Soon, everyone realizes that there was more to Sam Doonby than they understood.”

“Films like October Baby and Doonby challenge us as individuals and push us to reflect on the inherent value of our own lives and the lives of our neighbors,” Johnston added. “The goal of Life Fest is to encourage more films like these that tell compelling stories celebrating the value and worth of our collective human experience.”