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A Conversation with Producer/Actor Ryan O’Quinn About his Family-friendly Film, “Bringing Back Christmas”


By Judy Shields

Hollywood, California (The Hollywood Times) 11/30/2023 – A Fun and Inspiring Holiday Story of Faith, Perseverance and Angelic Intervention, Reminiscent of It’s A Wonderful Life.

Damascus Road Productions, in partnership with Eastern Sky Theatre Company, announces the upcoming release of its latest family-friendly film, Bringing Back Christmas. This fun-for-the-whole-family film is slated for an upcoming premiere at a special Dream Center charity event in Los Angeles, followed by availability on global streaming platforms including Apple and Amazon Prime along with select theatrical showings, check your local listings.

Watch the trailer here:

Bringing Back Christmas, reminiscent of It’s a Wonderful Life, is the second project to be released under the newly announced Damascus Road multi-picture pact with film executive, producer and financier Mike Ilitch, Jr.  Producers Ryan O’Quinn, Heather O’Quinn and Taylor Cole of Damascus Road Productions, and Eastern Sky Theatre Company’s  led the charge in producing Bringing Back Christmas – a fun and timely story, reminding us of the heartfelt lessons of life to have faith and persevere because God is with us.

This inspirational-comedy follows charming family-man, Daniel Reece (veteran comedic actor Mark Christopher Lawrence), whose determination to pay for his child’s critical surgery leaves him unraveled after being fired from his job of 17 years. A feisty angel (Leigh-Allyn Baker) takes him on a life-changing adventure back in time to witness the challenges surrounding the holy “First Family.” From quirky in-laws squabbling over the dowry and baby names, through soldiers delivering the bad news of a forced journey to Bethlehem, then to the unlikely manger of a King, we laugh and learn along with Daniel. This fun and heartwarming story will not only make audiences laugh-out-loud, but will also leave them with hope that God is with their family in every circumstance.

Here are some photos from the film, courtesy of Heather O’Quinn (Integrity Releasing)


“It’s rare to come across a film that has heart and humor. This one has both,” said Ryan O’Quinn of Damascus Road Productions. “We are thrilled to share this soon-to-be- holiday classic with audiences of all ages,” added producer Heather O’Quinn.

The Hollywood Times had the opportunity to speak with producer/actor Ryan O’Quinn.  It was nice to catch up with Ryan.  Enjoy our conversation:

Written by the husband-and-wife team of Trey and Ariel Fernald and directed by Lisa Arnold (“God’s Not Dead”),  BRINGING BACK CHRISTMAS stars Mark Christopher Lawrence (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Tales From the Hood, Planet of the Apes, Lost Treasure, The Pursuit of Happyness), Leigh-Allyn Baker (Will & Grace, Charmed, Good Luck Charlie, Bad Hair Day), Grey Acuña (NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Deputy, Queen of The South), Isabelle Almoyan (Lifemark, Running the Bases), Ryan O’Quinn (Paul’s Promise, Believe), Dean Cain (Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Out of Time, God’s Not Dead, Little Angels), Katherine Norland, Aaron Fullan, and YouTube sensation Gabe C. Brown (AKA Black Gryph0n). The film is produced by Ryan O’Quinn, Heather O’Quinn, Trey Fernald, Ariel Fernald, and Taylor Cole, with executive producers Mike Ilitch Jr. and Nick Ilitch.

Ryan O’Quinn on the set of “Bringing Back Christmas”

“With Bringing Back Christmas, writers Trey and Ariel have brought the art of the stage to life in a whole new medium,” says Executive Producer Nick Ilitch. “They have created a relatable world that is both fresh and new. The film embodies slapstick humor with a warm human component. The performances are top notch. Having Gabe C. Brown on the team along with the music of for KING + COUNTRY really rounded out this holiday film, and we are confident audiences will embrace it.”


We all know there are many Holiday and Christmas movies out there, old and new, so please add this new movie Bringing Back Christmas, to your ‘new list’ of Christmas movies to watch. Gather the entire family and let the spirit of Christmas remind us all what the season is truly about.  A lesson to be learned is always good for our soul!  You will enjoy the characters, the costumes, the story, the scenery and especially the soundtrack.


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Ryan O’Quinn

Damascus Road Productions is a Los Angeles-based entertainment and media company founded by Ryan and Heather O’Quinn, which is focused on high-quality family and faith entertainment across all platforms. “Bringing Back Christmas” is the second project to be released under the newly announced Damascus Road multi-picture pact with film executive, producer and financier Mike Ilitch, Jr. who has committed to a slate of films, many already in the production and distribution process, with a broad forthcoming slate to also soon be announced. For more information, visit www.damascusroadprods.com

Eastern Sky Theatre Company, founded by Trey and Ariel Fernald, is on the cutting edge of presenting excellent productions that impact audiences for Christ. Eastern Sky’s mission is to produce and present powerful, evangelistic, productions throughout the world. ESTC is known for original, award-winning, life-changing works that illustrate the heart of God through stage, film, and television. The Eastern Sky team is a multi-cultural, multi-generational, interdenominational group that works together in unity presenting stories and casting that reflect the same. For more information, visit www.easternskytheatre.org

Integrity Releasing is the distribution arm of Damascus Road Productions and is a global marketing and distribution company uniquely positioned to allow independent filmmakers unprecedented access to theatrical and home entertainment distribution.

Integrity Releasing encompasses motion picture and television distribution, home entertainment acquisition and distribution and digital content distribution around the globe. For more information, visit, www.integrityreleasing.com