The Story Behind Healing River

Faith-Based Movie “Healing River” is the Highest Rated Faith-Based Independent Film on Amazon Prime Video

This story about our movie Healing River appeared recently on Jubileecast, one of the internet’s most influential faith-based media sites!

By Hallels News Jul 31, 2020 01:25 AM EDT – Share on Facebook – Share on Twitter

With an average rating of 4.7 out of 5.0, a film entitled Healing River has become…the highest rated faith-based independent film on Amazon Prime Video. The film has been nominated for fourteen film festival awards, winning four to date, including Best Faith-based Feature at the Burbank International Film Festival. Writer and director Mitch Teemley says he felt “Healing River” was a story he “had to tell.”

“For years I have heard stories about impossible acts of forgiveness,” says Teemley, “and even experienced one of my own while writing the screenplay. I believe people are responding positively to the message of this movie right now because being able to forgive those who have wronged us is desperately needed in our society today.”

“Healing River” is produced by St. Michael Movies which was founded in 2011 and has produced seven movies to date. The goal of St. Michael Movies, according to founder Mike Mergler, is two-fold.

“Unlike a typical secular movie, all our characters, good or bad, have a spiritual side they either affirm or deny,” says Mergler. “Like the parables Jesus used, our stories have an underlying point, but the viewer will have to figure it out for themselves. As one reviewer said of Healing River: ‘this is what real life looks like.’ Our goal is to entertain and enlighten.”

Teemley has had a long career in the entertainment industry as a songwriter, singer, actor, and movie producer. His first feature film was with Showtime/Columbia Pictures, and he has played roles in television shows such as General Hospital (ABC) and Checkpoint (NBC). Teemley will also be the lead actor in another soon-to-be released St. Michael Movies’ film, “Promises to Keep.”

Teemley says he believes the Healing River story has a greater purpose than just being entertaining: “First and foremost, I hope it compels people to take practical, courageous steps toward healing our broken world. That begins, I believe, with the act of forgiveness. And when we pursue forgiveness, we can all become conduits of God’s grace.”

Healing River is currently available for streaming on online platforms. To watch or order it from Amazon, click here.

Healing River Poster

About Mitch Teemley:

Mitch Teemley grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California and found fame early performing with his band on an ABC television special hosted by Aretha Franklin. Upon completing his graduate degree, he taught acting in England alongside Ben Kingsley and Patrick Stewart. After returning to the U.S., he became a member of the sketch comedy groups Isaac Air Freight, Mitch & Allen, and The National Lampoon Players, writing and performing on numerous comedy albums and videosHe moved into film making, developing the story for and producing his first feature Out of Time for Showtime/Columbia Pictures in 2000. He recently released his second feature as writer-director-producer- the award-winning comedy-spoof, Notzilla. Mitch has two young adult daughters and lives with his wife of 35 years, Trudy, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

About St. Michael Movies:

Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, St. Michael Movies has produced seven feature-length films which have garnered 20 awards from various film festivals across the country. Founder Mike Mergler was a successful rock concert promoter early in his career, and later traveled on the road with the legendary comedian Red Skelton. Mergler started St. Michael Movies in 2011 with the purpose of creating faith-based movies that entertain and inform.

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Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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55 Responses to The Story Behind Healing River

  1. barbara runck says:

    Spot on; Mitch. So proud of you!


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  2. Kim Smyth says:

    Shared and hope to watch it with my family soon!

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  3. Imelda says:

    I’ve watched a good part of it (internet connection where we are at the moment, permitting). It is a laudable movie, good for family viewing. May there be more wholesome movies like this that not only entertains but also challenges people to rise above their human inclinations. Congratulations to you and everyone in the production, Mr. Teemley.

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  4. francisashis says:

    Wow!I am really proud of you.I wish you to have all your projects great success.Congratulations.🌹👍👍🙏

    Liked by 1 person

  5. dharkanein says:

    Waiting eagerly for movie to release in India.

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  6. Dora says:

    So thankful to God for the movie’s success and the millions who will watch and be both challenged and blessed. Can I just say, Hallelujah!!! 😀

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  7. Healing River is on my list of Must Watch movies!

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  8. revruss1220 says:

    Wow! Way to go, Mitch. Glad the movie has had this kind of success. I think it shows that you authentically touched a need many people were feeling. May the movie’s viewership continue to grow and its message continue to resonate.

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  9. Pam Webb says:

    Yo, Mitch you got chops! Impressive resume👍🏻

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  10. Congratulations, Mitch! Proud of you. 🙂

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  11. Congratulations, Mitch! You do good work!! (On multiple levels.)

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  12. Milly says:

    That’s wonderful! Faith stories can transform lives. I hope many people will be touched by yours.


  13. Congratulations Mitch! What a great write up about the film and about you. It fun to see some of your history and various venues you have been a part of. God wove so many parts of your life together to bring Healing River into the world.

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  14. Thank you for sharing, still want to watch this movie!

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  15. I loved this movie! The realistic emotions that were expressed, and the love and forgiveness that is found in it was very moving. Thank you for sharing it.

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  16. Ann Coleman says:

    Congratulations!!! I’m going to see that movie as soon as I can..the trailer looks so good, I’m not surprised that it has done so well!

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  17. themeonnblog says:

    I finally got to watch your movie today and it was very good. I really enjoyed it. Congratulations!

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    • mitchteemley says:

      Thank you, Meonn! I’m so glad you enjoyed Healing River. May I encourage you to leave a brief review at Amazon? (The more reviews it receives, the more they recommend it). You can also rate it on IMDb (link below). We’re working to counter fake ratings left by internet trolls (who hadn’t actually seen the movie). NOTE: If you rate it at IMDb, you’ll also need to rate at least a dozen other movies (and not all with high scores), or they’ll consider this a fake rating. Thanks and blessings!

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  18. Hi, Mitch. Mazel Tov! I will get it into my watch list. Looking forward to viewing the “power of story” in your offering. Soli Deo Gloria! Many blessings to you and Trudy. 🙏 –Patricia (aka GeorgetownRose)

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  19. Glad you got that coverage. I resonated with your quote about forgiveness. If ever there was a nation that needed to practice and receive deep forgiveness, it’s us, it’s now.

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  20. anitashope says:

    Congratulations and thank you for writing about a much needed topic. Forgiveness is a much attribute we desperately need. I saw you trailer when it first came out but I apologize as I am not ready to see the movie. The obvious reasons to me for this young man being a drug addict is from father abuse, and that is still a little too close to home. I am working on it, glad you and others are bringing it to the front but I can not watch stories about it just yet. I was not abused by my father but my children were and that is a different kind of healing and forgiveness.

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  21. So looking forward to watch Healing River.

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