To Save a Life

January 22nd 2010
  • Drama,
  • PG-13,
  • 120 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Randy Wayne, Deja Kreutzberg, Joshua Weigel, Steven Crowder, D. David Morin, Sean Michael, Bubba Lewis, Robert Bailey Jr., Kim Hidalgo, Arjay Smith, Orin Mozon, Lamont Thompson, Trinity Scott, Janora McDuffie, Laura Black, David Starzyk, Monique Edwards, Joseph Narducci, Lori Rom, Dee Baldus, Nicole Franco, Lee Ann Kim, Christian Pike, Jason Evans, Andy Crisp, David Kasdan
  • Director: Brian Baugh
  • Writer: Jim Britts
  • Producers: Jim Britts, Steve Foster, Nicole Franco
  • Co Producer: Christina K.Y. Lee
  • Executive Producer: Scott Evans
  • Art Direction: Sarah Sanders
  • Casting: Elizabeth Lang
  • Costume Design: Christi Cecil Stewart
  • D.O.P.: C. Clifford Jones
  • Editors: Dan O'Brien, Sarah Sanders
  • Makeups: Spring Harn, Christina Robinz
  • Musics: Christopher Lennertz, Timothy Wynn
  • Production Design: Rachel Britts


Jake Taylor has it all: friends, fame, a basketball scholarship and the hottest girl in school. What could be better? Enter Roger Dawson. Roger has nothing. No friends. No hope. Nothing but putdowns and getting pushed aside. Things couldn't get worse...could they?

Jake and Roger were best friends when they were kids. But the politics of high school quickly pulled them apart. Now Roger doesn't fit in Jake's-or anyone's circle-and he's had enough. He walks onto campus with a gun in his pocket and pain in his heart and makes a tragic move.

Jake's last-ditch effort can't stop Roger, and the sudden tragedy rocks Jake's world. Something breaks loose inside and sends him questioning everything. Most of all, he can't shake the question could I have saved Roger?

In a quest for answers, Jake finds himself looking for the next Roger and reaching out to the outcasts and lonely. But he quickly finds that talking with those outside his peer group threatens all his world is built on. And it could cost him his own friends, his girl, his dreams and even his reputation. Is it worth the price to find the answer to his ultimate question: What do I want my life to be about?

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: California, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Mature thematic elements involving teen suicide, teen drinking, some drug content, disturbing images and sexuality
  • Production Budget: $1 million
  • Production Companies: New Song Pictures, Accelerated Entertainment
  • Production Schedule: 20 June 2008 - 1 August 2008

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2010 Guide Analysis: "Cinematographer Brian Baugh makes his directorial debut on this faith-based drama that Samuel Goldwyn Films is no doubt hoping will become the next breakthrough heartland hit for them in the way 2008's Kirk Cameron-led "Fireproof" became a surprising $33 million grosser. This title is the first of their 'New Song' banner, so expect a few more films along these lines in the near future.

The trailer looks decidedly bland and will likely confuse its intended market and Church-based grass roots promoters who want more direct representation of their faith on screen. In fact instead of being about a young devout man smashing down the barriers between cliques, the trailer looks like a blossoming romance tale between an effeminate blond jock and the new Asian student who doesn't fit in with the over-privileged dickless wonders that inhabit the school. The central message may be heartfelt and sincere, but the release itself is cynical cash-grabbing at its most blatant."

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