The special premiere screening of the delightful, holiday-themed Family Inspirational feature film, Christmas Ranch, which was held at the Senator Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland, on Thursday, December 8, 2016, was a rousing success, according to Douglas Maddox, who produced and directed the film for DBM Films. Portions of the proceeds from the event will go to the Baltimore Community Foundation.

On hand to help celebrate the red-carpet event was Dove Award winning singer/songwriter and recording artist Cheri Keaggy. Keaggy not only penned the film’s theme song, “Hope is Believing,” which was featured prominently in the movie, but she entertained the crowd of more than 450 with a live performance of the new song prior to the screening.

“I was humbled to sing “Hope Is Believing” at the movie premiere of Christmas Ranch at the famous Senator Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland,” says Keaggy. “Everybody needs a little hope.”

Christmas Ranch, a feel-good movie about hope and second chances, is the story of a strong-willed girl (Taylor Lyons) who is sent to stay with her grandmother (Francine Locke) on her horse ranch. As she grows to care for her grandmother’s pony, she becomes determined to help save the ranch from foreclosure.

The film, which had already won Best Family Feature at the EQUUS Film Festival, was awarded the prestigious Touch of Class Award from the Maryland Horse Industry Board at the premiere. The award was presented to the filmmakers by Ross Pedicord, Director of the Maryland Horse Industry Board, on behalf of the Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan. Also in attendance at the premiere were Maryland philanthropist Aris Melissaratos and his daughter, Angie Moore, who is a cast member of Christmas Ranch; Debbie Phelps (mother of Olympian Michael Phelps); Jack Gerbes from the Maryland Film Commission; director of photography Doug Ray; producer/director Douglas Maddox and his wife, Anne Maddox; singer/songwriter Cheri Keaggy and the cast of Christmas Ranch.

Keaggy’s song, “Hope is Believing,” is available now for digital download from a variety of online retailers, including iTunes and Amazon.com. Christmas Ranch is available to stream from such respected sources as Amazon.com, Google Play, Vudu, Vimeo on Demand and Netflix.

“I have long been a fan of Cheri Keaggy’s music quality and artistry,” says Douglas Maddox, producer and director of Christmas Ranch. “She has a unique ability to connect her audience with her message. I thought she would be the perfect artist to create original music for Christmas Ranch, and boy, was I right! ‘Hope is Believing’ is a beautiful, inspirational song that will touch and uplift everyone who hears it.”

For more information about Cheri Keaggy, “Hope is Believing,” and her latest CD, No Longer My Own, visit cherikeaggy.com. To purchase “Hope is Believing” on iTunes, visit itunes.apple.com/us/album/hope-is-believing-from-film/id1165429316.

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