Not Today

Not Today

John Schneider, Shari Rigby, and Cody Longo star in NOT TODAY, a film directed by Jon Van Dyke. Picture courtesy Friends Media. All rights reserved.

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Not Today (2013)

Opened: 04/12/2013 Limited

Playhouse 704/12/2013 - 04/18/20137 days

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Genre: Drama

Rated: PG-13 for mature thematic material.

None of us is free if one of us is enslaved.

Not Today is a powerful reminder change is possible if we're willing to open our eyes today.


Caden Welles has the world at his disposal. With the resources of his wealthy father, he's living life as large as any 20-year-old could dream. But what happens when that dream becomes a nightmare halfway around the world?

Traveling with his friends to Hyderabad, India on a whim, Caden's expectations of a never-ending party crash hard. But not as hard as his conscience when he refuses to help a starving man and his little girl. Haunted by the images of Kiran and Annika, Caden attempts to right his wrong--only to discover Kiran has been forced to sell his own daughter.

Caden's eyes are now opened to a world few Americans know still exists: a thriving human-trafficking trade. Add the dehumanization of Kiran and hundreds of millions of other Dalits due to India's caste system, and Caden could easily turn his back.

Yet spurred by a true purpose, an unlikely new friendship, and the prayers of his mother and girlfriend back home, Caden chooses to help in Kiran's unlikely search to find his daughter.

Starring Cody Longo, Walid Amini, Shari Rigby, and John Schneider, NOT TODAY challenges moviegoers with a purpose that goes beyond its gripping story. The movie was produced by Friends Church Yorba Linda, a congregation committed to educating the Dalits and ending human trafficking in India.

NOT TODAY is a powerful reminder that change is possible if we're willing to open our eyes ... today.

About the Cast

Cody Longo (Caden)

Known for his starring role as Eddie in Hollywood Heights (on Nick at Nite), Cody Longo enjoys both drama and music. In addition to playing the lead role of Caden in NOT TODAY, Cody's band Forever The Day can be heard on the film's soundtrack. His previous films include Fame, The Silent Thief, and High School, and he has been on a number of television shows, including CSI: NY, Days of Our Lives, and Make It or Break It. A Colorado native, Cody is also an accomplished musician and composer.

Persis Karen (Annika)

NOT TODAY is the powerful story of the plight of the Dalit people in India. Persis Karen, herself a Dalit, plays the pivotal role of Annika, the young girl unwittingly handed into slavery by her father. Persis is recipient of the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 2012 Charity Film Festival in Monaco. Born in the slums of Hyderabad, Persis' school is funded by the Dalit Freedom Network, which will benefit from the profits of NOT TODAY.

Shari Rigby (Sarah)

Coming on the heels of her powerful portrayal in October Baby, actress Shari Rigby plays Sarah, Caden's mother, in NOT TODAY. She has appeared in a number of independent films and her television credits include The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful.

Walid Amini (Kiran)

A native of Kabul, Afghanistan, Walid Amini plays the role of Annika's father in NOT TODAY. He has appeared on TV shows including NCIS and Lie to Me, and can now be seen on Veep as the boyfriend of the Vice President's daughter. His role in the film Black Tulip earned him the 2010 Best Lead Actor (Breakthrough Performance) at the Monaco Film Festival. Walid graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in computer science and is an accomplished pianist.

John Schneider (Luke)

Best known for his television series The Dukes of Hazzard and recently seen in the surprise-hit movie October Baby, veteran actor John Schneider plays Luke, Caden's stepfather in NOT TODAY. He continues a successful acting career in both television and film and has created many memorable characters on shows such as Smallville and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. John is also a musician who became a successful country singer with multiple No. 1 songs.

Cassie Scerbo (Audrey)

An actress, dancer, and singer, Cassie Scerbo plays Audrey, Caden's girlfriend in NOT TODAY. Cassie is best known for her role as Lauren Tanner in the popular ABC Family show Make It or Break It. Her career in entertainment began as a member of Hip Hop Kids, followed by Slumber Party Girls, which recorded an album and had a Saturday morning TV show on CBS.

About the Crew

Matthew Cork (Executive Producer)

Matthew Cork is lead pastor of Friends Church of Yorba Linda, Calif., a 100-year-old congregation that produced NOT TODAY. He and his church have committed to building 200 schools--a commitment of $20 million--to educate Dalit children, the "untouchable" class in India. In 2007, on a trip to India, Matthew saw first hand the plight of the Dalit people and the impact education can have on improving their lives. Since then, Friends Church has launched a new vision called Global Freedom and has been instrumental in building a large number of Education Centers throughout India. Matthew is also in the process of writing a book about his own life experiences as a leader and the renewal of Friends Church through Global Freedom. He has served as worship pastor, executive pastor and lead pastor at Friends Church. He lives in Yorba Linda with his wife, Mardi, and their three children: Nolan, Sophie and Ella.

Jon Van Dyke (Director/Writer)

In NOT TODAY, his feature film directorial and writing debut, Jon Van Dyke brings to light the plight of the Dalit people of India and the thriving human trafficking problem in that nation. Jon has spent more than two decades in the Hollywood entertainment industry, working on film and television sets for directors such as Tim Burton and entertainers such as Siegfried & Roy. His ability to guide and motivate is an appreciated commodity in the production world. His film Unnachgiebige was an audience favorite at the Los Angeles Film Festival and was shown by Sony at the Director's Guild of America in Los Angeles and Hong Kong as has been used by Sony as an example of excellence in high-def filming.

Brent Martz (Producer)

Brent Martz, producer of NOT TODAY, is the creative ministries pastor at Friends Church in Yorba Linda, Calif., and no stranger to large-scale entertainment with purpose. Brent co-wrote, directed and produced an interactive musical-drama, with a cast and crew of more than 200 members, based on the last week in the life of Christ, which ran for three years and drew more than 10,000 viewers. Brent has produced four award-winning films, including Day of Reckoning and Deletes.

Chris Bueno (Producer)

With a varied entertainment career, NOT TODAY producer Chris Bueno understand the needs and concerns of an underserved, faith-based audience. He has served as producer and executive producer on a number of projects, including The Scenic Wonders Bible, a 52-episode series that covered the entire New Testament. In 2004, he co-founded Carmel Entertainment, which was instrumental in securing distribution for numerous films and television series including Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Faith Like Potatoes. Along with his wife (and fellow NOT TODAY producer) Denise, Chris now operates Ocean Avenue Entertainment.

Denise S. Bueno (Producer)

Producer Denise S. Bueno brings an impressive entertainment background to her current role as vice president of Ocean Avenue Entertainment and executive director of the Church Film Challenge. Denise's career includes musical theater performances, theater teacher, director and producer, and creative arts director for her church. Denise's dream of using her talents to glorify God in an artistic way that conveys the message and hope of Christ is being realized today.

Abraham Martinez (Director of Photography)

After graduating with a film degree from the University of North Texas, Abraham Martinez moved to New York City where he assisted on his first feature film. That experience would lead him to camera work for more than 20 movies, including Spider Man 2, Fast and Furious, and Spider Man 3. Abraham has emerged with his own visual traction on music videos, documentaries, and commercials. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Amy, and two sons, Elijah and Tzuriel. He and his wife are starting a non-profit company in Kenya where he will work alongside emerging Kenyan filmmakers.

Don Harper (Composer)

Don Harper has composed music for film, television, and the stage, including the score for Disney's Lion King 1.5 DVD release, the animated television series The Legend of Tarzan, and the film Atlantis II: Milo's Return. An accomplished orchestrator and conductor, Don has also contributed to such films as Jack Frost, Twister, Speed, Moll Flanders, Money Train, Tarzan, National Treasure and National Treasure 2. Don is the founder of Discovery Arts, a non-profit organization promoting the arts as a means to heal, teach, and enrich the lives of children with life threatening illnesses.