It’s not often that audiences get a chance to watch a film premiere, then sit and chat with the director about what it all means.

It’s not often that audiences get a chance to watch a film premiere, then sit and chat with the director about what it all means.
However, that’s what will happen at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Frontenac United Methodist Church. Director Jon Russell Cring will show his feature film “$6 Man,” then be available for discussion.
“They invited us to host a showing, and we saw it as an opportunity to view the other side of the stimulus package,” said the Rev. Dennis Paschke, church minister. “We decided we should open it up to the entire community.”
Cring discussed “$6 Man” in a telephone interview from his home in Henderson, Tenn.
He said that the full-length independent film, written by his father, screenwriter Jonathan Richard Cring, stars Philip Roebuck as a man who loses his wife and chooses to become homeless rather than take a full-time job and be away from his 10-year-old daughter, played by Constance Owl. The $6 in the title comes from the amount of money the father earns by working one hour each day.
The film was shot outdoors in less than two weeks, primarily on the streets of Nashville, Tenn., as  well as an settlement of homeless people living in converted Dumpsters. Budget for the self-financed film was $1,500.
“The film was part of  a project to make 12 films in 12 months,” said Cring, who founded F-3 Films nearly four years ago, now known as Extra/Ordinary Film Project. “Actually, it took a little longer than we expected, and we finished the 12 films in 20 months.”
He said that he received some exciting news about “$6 Man” just a few days ago.
“It has been picked up for distribution by Artivist, an organization that honors and promotes films with social consciousness,” Cring said. “Other films Artivist has promoted are ‘Born into Brothels,’ which won an Academy Award, and “Super-Size Me,” which was nominated for an Academy Award.”
Before starting his own company, Cring worked for other companies and did 13 short films.
“I’ve been in the film business about four years,” he said.
However, he’s been in the entertainment field since childhood, traveling with his family  in a musical band, playing bass guitar in numerous combos and acting in some of his early productions before getting on the other side of the camera as a director.
Assisting him as cinematographer and editor is his wife, Tracy Cring.  Many celebrity couples are known by a special combined name — such as Brangelina or Speidi — and the Crings are collectively called “Truss.”
Cring said he’s never at a loss for material to make movies.
“It’s staggering how many great stories there are out there,” he said. “Hollywood seems to take its movie material from fantasies and comic books, but to me, stories about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances are much more interesting. Everybody’s life is ‘Ben Hur,’ they just don’t realize it.”
He’s already planning some future projects.
“In 2010 we’ll do a live documentary and musical about the Sermon on the Mount,” Cring said. “We’re also going to go across the United States to six states and do a film on some part of local history. Every area has some amazing tales that nobody has heard of.”
Right now he’s looking forward to visiting southeast Kansas and hopes to see a good turnout for “$6 Man.”
“There won’t be an admission fee, but I believe a love offering will be received,” he said.
The Rev. Paschke is looking forward to the film and the discussion afterward, especially if it leads to efforts to reach out to the homeless or others in need.
“It will be interesting to see what God might prompt us to do,” he said.