The film "Lake Effects" by Xavier alumna Sara Timmins debuts on the Hallmark Channel on May 6

The story is focused on her family's community in Smith Mountain Lake, Va. | April 29, 2012

A film by Xavier alumna Sara Elizabeth Timmins airs on the Hallmark Movie Channel on May 6 at 8:00 p.m. “Lake Effects” was shot on location at Smith Mountain Lake, Va., where Timmins’ parents now live and stars Scottie Thompson, Jane Seymour, Madeline Zima and Jeff Fahey.

Mountain Lake served as the inspiration for the film—and the birth of the film company—as it was the site where Timmins went on a reflective walk around the lake that opened her heart and soul and gave her the inspiration for the film. According to the film’s website, the community played the largest role in the film. In appreciation, 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.

“Lake Effect” is the story of a high-powered attorney, Sara (played by Thompson), who lives in Los Angeles and has become estranged from her family. After the death of her father (played by Fahey), she returns home to her mother, Vivian (played by Seymour), and sister, Lily (played by Zima), an artist who stayed behind to teach middle school. Sara reconnects with her family and hometown as they share adventures, tears and laughter while mourning their loss and looking toward the future.

Timmins, a native of Warren, Ohio, graduated summa cum laude from Xavier in 1999 with a BA in organizational communication. While at Xavier, she was active in the Xavier Players theater group under then-director Cathy Springfield. Learn more about “Lake Effects” at her company’s site for the film and at the Hallmark Movie Channel website.

Timmins' story was also written about in the Youngstown Vindicator in February and in Xavier magazine.