FABRYGRAM: Movie Based on JUNE BUG Premieres This Weekend

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September 2015

June Bug's Movie Premiere

June BugOf all my stories, June Bug has been the one that burrowed deepest into the hearts of readers. From the moment I got the idea, people said, "That sounds like a movie."

I was at our local Walmart one night in 2007, I believe. In the parking lot was a dilapidated RV. I stared at it and wondered, "Who's in there? Where are they going? Where have they been?" I walked inside and was greeted by a man with an oxygen tube near his nose. I smiled and looked past him at the wall of "missing children" photos. Further in the store I saw a little boy, not dressed well and running around aimlessly.

By the time I checked out, I had the rudiments of the story. A little girl travels with her father in an old RV, walks into a Walmart and sees herself on the missing children poster. You discover this at the start of June Bug and the rest of the story is discovering who she is.

I told that idea to my wife and daughter when I got home that night. They were intrigued. And as I wrote June Bug, I came to love this little girl and "John Johnson," a man I saw as a modern Jean Valjean, from Les Misérables.

After many years and a lot of questions about the company to script and film the story, I'm glad to say you can watch Child of Grace this Sunday evening on Lifetime. The setting changed from West Virginia to Maine. My girl's name changed from June Bug to Katie. Some plot elements changed, as well, but letting go of my girl was something I knew I had to do.

Chris Fabry

More About the Movie

9-year-old Katie Johnson (Maggie Elizabeth Jones) has spent most of her life traveling across America in an RV with her father (Tom Hildreth). One day she sees a portrait of herself on a missing child poster and realizes that the man she believes to be her loving father may actually be her kidnapper . . .

As Katie contends with this discovery, Chief Hadley Edwards (Ted Levine), a small-town police chief from Millinocket, Maine, tries to figure out the truth behind his granddaughter's disappearance when new evidence arises.

Child of Grace is approved for young people with parental guidance, and test audiences of all ages have responded enthusiastically. Lifetime has set the premiere during a prime family viewing time slot.

Directed by Award-Winning Director Ian McCrudden, the film stars Maggie Elizabeth Jones (We Bought A Zoo), Ted Levine (The Bridge), Emma Myles (Orange Is The New Black), and James Parks (Tarantino's The Hateful Eight).

Watch the Child of Grace movie trailer.

Visit the Child of Grace website.

Find out more about June Bug.


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Child of Grace Movie Poster

How to Watch

Child of Grace will air on the Lifetime Movie Network (LMN) on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. (Eastern) / 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. (Pacific). Find your local TV listings or visit the Lifetime website for viewing opportunites in your area.

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