After an intimate home-state premiere last weekend at the Reel Hope Film Festival in Indianapolis, writer-director Chip Rossetti is ready for a much bigger close-up this afternoon at the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF).
The Evansville, Indiana native will be screening his wonderfully titled faith-based feature comedy The Accidental Missionary. It's all about how the luxury vacation plans of a Hollywood big shot go awry. Instead of a five-star in Spain, the protagonist winds up in the middle of an alternate and much more rustic African vacay.
"Why is there always a goat in my room?" DJ Miller (Seth Adair) bemoans at one point. The missionary fish-out-of-water approach, which has worked very well for Trey Parker and Matt Stone on Broadway with The Book of Mormon, is also a great loose strand around which to wrap a low-budget faith-based flick.
Rossetti is a prolific purveyor of such entertainments. Other recent endeavors include the drama Fathers, Web series Arlington Speaks, 2013 prison drama The Things We Leave Behind and more.
As an added bonus, one of the stars of The Accidental Missionary was recently memorialized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame:
[The Accidental Missionary]