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LEHI, UT (May 19, 2014) — Three Coin Productions, producers of the 2013 independent film box office hit THE SARATOV APPROACH, announced its 2014 production slate today. Two feature films are slated for production before the year’s end.
The first major production of the year is FREETOWN, the true account of a group of LDS missionaries caught in the crossfire of a harrowing civil war in the early 1990’s. Production begins this summer. The screenplay is written by playwright Melissa Leilani Larsen. Garrett Batty (The Saratov Approach) will direct.
The second film to be produced by Three Coin Productions is A TRAIN TO POTEVKA. The film is based on the book by Mike Ramsdell, which chronicles his experiences as a CIA spy working in Russia. The film is anticipated to shoot this winter.
Three Coin Productions began in  by Garrett Batty, producing DVD menus, commercials, ad campaigns and short films. In 2009, Three Coin Productions’ first feature film, Scout Camp, was released. The Saratov Approach began its theatrical release in October 2013, grossing over $2 million on less than 200 screens. The film was released on DVD/Blu-ray in March 2014 and on iTunes in April 2014.
For more information, please visit www.threecoinproductions.com.
IN 1989, Charles Taylor’s rebel group—The National Patriotic Front of Liberia—launched an insurrection against then leader, Samuel Doe. By the following year, Taylor’s rebels had taken control of most of the country and killed Doe. More than 200,000 people died in the fighting that occurred between 1989 and 1996 in what is known as the First Liberian Civil War.
At this time, the presence of the LDS Church in the area was relatively new. Eight native Liberian missionaries were serving in the country and were under immediate threat when war broke out. They had to leave the country, but doing so could be impossible, even deadly.
FREETOWN tells the story of these courageous young missionaries. We plan to shoot the entire film in Africa, which would make it the first of its kind from a local production company (Utah). Garrett Batty has signed on to direct the film, while TCP (Three Coin Productions) will produce. Melissa Larsen has authored the screenplay.
Visit our FREETOWN page on this site to learn more about this film and get involved through social media.