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Oklahoma film 'Send Me Wings' accepted in Branson film festival


Lance McDaniel (right), director, producer and co-writer of "Send Me Wings;" is with Jen Dede Kelly (back), actress playing the role of Gina in "Send Me Wings," and Rachel Cannon (left) starring actor, producer and co-writer of "Send Me Wings."

OKLAHOMA – "Send Me Wings," an Oklahoma faith-based short film, has been accepted to the Branson International Film Festival, where actors Rachel Cannon ("Fresh Off the Boat," "Mad Men") and Isaac Anton are both nominated for Best Actress and Best Young Actor, respectively. The Branson International Film Festival began Thursday, April 30. The film was inspired by the Bobby Cyrus book and song "Send Me Wings," was directed/produced/co-written by Lance McDaniel ("Crazy Enough," "Light from the Darkroom") and stars Cannon, who also served as producer and co-writer.

"Send Me Wings" is an emotionally stirring short film about Sarah, a fashion designer, who returns home to settle her late mom's estate. The tragic memories of a childhood event that tore the tight-knit community apart consume her. But when she meets a young boy hiding in an abandoned church she realizes she must come to terms with her past to bring hope and restored faith to the small town she left behind. The story highlights the importance of community and maintaining an optimistic spirit to overcome life's hardships.

"I was drawn to 'Send Me Wings' because it is not a tidy story and it asks the real question, how do we know when we are being called on by God to act," said director, Lance McDaniel. "Through this film, we approach answering this question. Both Rachel and Isaac did phenomenal work telling this story and we are excited for their nominations."

Lance McDaniel (left), director, producer and co-writer of "Send Me Wings;" talks with Rachel Cannon, starring actor, producer and co-writer of "Send Me Wings."

"Send Me Wings" was filmed in Alva with an Oklahoma-based production team. Cannon recently moved back to Oklahoma after 19 years in Hollywood and more than 80 network television credits on her resume. She plans to use her industry experience to bring continued focus to the burgeoning Oklahoma film industry.

"I think this story will resonate with people because it really highlights the importance of community, something people are deeply missing right now," says Cannon. "It also reminds us that you don't have to be perfect for God to have a bigger plan for your life. It's an honor to be nominated by the Branson International Film Festival in the best actress category. I adored the intimate experience of creating this film with such a small but mighty crew of Oklahomans. It's been a wonderful welcome home for me."

The Branson International Film Festival will be held as a virtual event April 30–May 3. For more information about viewing "Send Me Wings," go to or visit "Send Me Wings" on Facebook or Instagram.


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