Real-life tragedy leads BCU alum on spiritual journey in novel, film

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – Next weekend, the drama “The Ravine” premieres at select theaters across the country, including the Promenade here in Sioux City.

Why Sioux City? The film was co-produced and co-written by Briar Cliff University alum Robert Pascuzzi and his wife, Kelly, under the same name.

The story is a spiritual one born of a real tragedy that brings lessons that Pascuzzis say everyone can learn.

“The Ravine” revolves around a shocking murder-suicide. Danny Turner, played by Peter Facinelli, kills his wife and son, and then kills himself, leaving the community to wonder why a loving father and husband would commit such horrific crimes. “They were based on true facts,” said Kelly Pascuzzi, co-producer and co-author. Kelly Pascuzzi, who wrote the big screen of her husband, Robert, of the same name, knows the story because her husband, Robert, also lived it. “We were faced with the unexpected and the unthinkable; losing our best friends in a horrific tragedy,” said Kelly Pascuzzi. “And, we really stayed focused on everything we had lost or what we still had.”

The tragedy put Pascuzi on a spiritual journey. “It really was God’s way of using tragedy for the greater good,” said Kelly Pascuzzi. And, it gave the couple the opportunity to influence other lives. “That is the purpose of this film,” said Kelly Pascuzzi. “Through this universal message of hope and forgiveness, we hope to make a real difference in people’s lives.”

Actor Kyle Lowder plays Tony Turner, Danny Turner’s brother, whose character is left to mourn the loss of a brother, bride and niece. In real life, Luther lost his best friend to a drunk driver when he was just 16 years old. “I definitely used those memories and the emotional effectiveness of those memories that were transformed from the experience of Kyle Loinder to the experience of Tony Turner,” said Kyle Loinder. , Actor. “Well, I really relied on that experience.” And, the experience of making the film also changed Lowder. “I would say that anyone who watches this movie, and who dedicates himself to getting involved in the story, will leave this movie a changed person for the better,” Lowder said. “I know it’s a little bold, but I support it.”

Robert Pascuzzi believes that his film not only offers people the opportunity to change, but also to inspire them to hope. “There is always hope in what you have to endure in your life,” said Robert Pascuzzi, co-producer and co-author. “Hope is always present. And, there is always a hopeful future, if we look for it. “

The film will be released in selected cities on Friday, April 2. In Sioux City, the film will be screened at 7:00 p.m. Friday night at the Promenade Cinema 14. But, the movie premiere, with Robert and Kelly Pascuzzi, is at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday night, at the Promenade.

“Before he became a director, Robert Pascuzzi was a student and baseball player at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City in the 1980s. community “. “Everyone supported everyone,” said Robert Pascuzzi, co-producer and co-author. “I played baseball, but the baseball team really supported the basketball team and vice versa. So there was a lot of camaraderie. I liked the community, the community was the same way. A lot of support from the community.”

The President of Briar Cliff, Dr. Rachelle Karstens says she’s excited that Pascuzzis have been able to make their book into a movie and that it will premiere in Sioux City. “We sat down with Robert and Kelly through Zoom and I told Robert that I have a hashtag that I like to use,” she said. Rachelle Karstens, President of Briar Cliff University. “It’s the hashtag ‘DoctorBCUIsProud’. And, I said, we’re absolutely proud of you Robert and Kelly for this achievement in your life.”

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