They Don't Cast Shadows

After a teenage girl's spiritual rebirth gives her the ability to see angels and demons, she finds romance and danger as she battles the demons who have overrun her rural hometown.

Rating: Dove 12+

  • Melissa Goad
    (First time Director) SAG Actor - The Bicyclists, Shaniko, The Taken, Eyes In The Dark
  • Bob Leone
    Human Beans Comic Strip, The Shadow Series Books
  • Bob Leone
  • Melissa Goad
  • Christopher Langner
  • Emily Gateley
    Key Cast
    "Lisa McGrath"
    Burn It All, Aberdeen
  • Chandler Hancock
    Key Cast
    "Jason Parks"
    The Man She Loved, How I Met My Brother
  • Ben Ubinas
    Key Cast
    Good Luck Have Fun, Last Gasp
  • Adam Thayer
    Key Cast
    "Pastor Emery "
    Chloe's Mountain, Fire On The Ridge
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 50 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 30, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    350,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    5k Red Code Raw 5.1
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Only The Best International Film Awards

    Best Independent Feature Film
  • New York International Film Awards

    Best First Time Director
  • Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival

    Honorable Mention
  • Cooper Awards

    Best SciFi/Fantasy Film
  • New Creators Film Awards

    Best Fantasy Film, Best First Time Director
  • 8 & HalFilm Awards

    Best First Time Director
  • Hollywood on the Tiber

    Official Selection
  • Freewheeling Film Awards

    Best Fantasy Film
  • International Christian Film Festival
    Orlando, FL
    United States
    May 6, 2022
    North American Premier - East Coast
    Nominated for: Best Director, Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress. Won: Audience Choice Award
  • Indie Cinema Awards

    Best Director
  • MLC Awards

    Won: Promising Young Actor/Actress - Emily Gateley, Outstanding SFX Work, Best Series Potential in a Production
  • New York Women in Film

    Won: Best Costume Design
  • WorldFest Houston
    United States
    Won: Bronze Award - Christian Film Category
  • Florence Film Awards
    Won: Best Director, Honorable Mention: Actress (Emily Gateley), Honorable Mention: Sound Design (Angelo Panetta), Silver Award: Feature Film
  • Brazilian International Monthly Independent Film Festival

    Nominated: Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Sound Design, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Actor - Chandler Hancock, Best Actress - Emily Gateley, Best Supporting Actor - Adam Thayer, Best Supporting Actress - Kayla Suhaili, Best Poster, Best Trailer, Best Post Production. Won: Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Support Actor - Adam Thayer, Best Supporting Actress - Kayla Suhaili
Director Biography - Melissa Goad

Melissa Goad is known as the “Actor’s Director”. Her directorial debut was on the feature film, “They Don’t Cast Shadows” starring Emily Gateley and Chandler Hancock. Melissa has been in the industry since the age of 12, starting her career as an actor. She produced her first feature film in 2007. She transitioned into a director out of necessity when her and business partner, Bob Leone, created Inspireworks Productions to turn his Christian novel into a film. Melissa absolutely loves directing and is excited for her upcoming projects.

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Director Statement

I am blessed to have the honor and have been given the opportunity to direct the feature film, "They Don't Cast Shadows". Being a female in the industry is hard, being a director and being respected as one is even harder. Thankfully, I have Jesus on my side and an amazing cast and crew that have been incredibly professional, passionate and dedicated. Proverbs 16:3