On May 6 at 8:00 pm, the Hallmark Movie Channel will air “Lake Effects,” a movie by Xavier alumna Sara Elizabeth Timmins. The film stars Scottie Thompson, Jane Seymour, Madeline Zima and Jeff Fahey. http://www.hallmarkmoviechannel.com/hmc/lakeeffects
The film was shot in Mountain Lake, VA which is the plot setting, as well. Timmins’ company, Life Out Loud Films, has pledged to give back a portion of the film’s proceeds to fund cleanup and restoration of Smith Mountain Lake.
The plot is, according to the film’s website, “After growing up at Smith Mountain Lake in rural Virginia, Sara became estranged from the family and moved to Los Angeles to study law. Her sister Lily, an artist, stayed behind to teach middle school. Lily still lives with their parents, Ray and Vivian, until Ray dies in an accident. When Sara returns to help with the arrangements, the sisters and their mother cross paths with an eclectic group of local oddballs. The week they spend together at the lake is filled with adventure, tears, and laughter as they mourn their losses and look toward the future.”
Timmins, a native of Warren, OH, graduated summa cum laude from Xavier University in 1999 with a BA in organizational communication. While at Xavier, she was active in the Xavier Players theatre group under then-director Cathy Springfield. Her company’s site for the movie is www.lakeeffectsthemovie.com