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Two Families Discover the Spirit of the Season As UP Presents



An Emotional, Heartwarming Original Movie Starring

Matthew Settle(“GOSSIP GIRL”) And Josie Bissett (“MELROSE PLACE”)


Film Premieres Exclusively on Sunday, November 16 at 7 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST and

Spotlights The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program


PR – Atlanta, GA — UP presents the UP Original Movie, Paper Angels (#PaperAngels), an emotional, heartwarming Christmas film about two families – headed up by actors Matthew Settle (Marshall the Miracle Dog, “Gossip Girl”) and Josie Bissett (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” “Melrose Place”) – who give and find hope during the holiday season through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program (, #RedKettleReasons), which brings joy and new toys to children and families in need each year.  The film is based on popular Country Music singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Wayne’s record-breaking song and book by the same name – all of which are inspired by his childhood experience of receiving his first guitar through the Angel Tree Program.  The UP Original Movie Paper Angels will make its world television premiere on UP on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 7:00 p.m. EST / 6:00 p.m. PST.


Produced by Annuit Coeptis Entertainment II in association with Odyssey Networks and Johnson Production Group, Inc., the film is directed by David Winning (Nov. 30’s UP Original Movie The Tree That Saved Christmas, The Town That Came A-Courtin’) from an adapted screenplay by Bryar Freed-Golden (UP’s Love Finds You In Sugarcreek).  The ensemble cast also includes Rustin Gresiuk (Suspension, “Fringe”), Farryn Van Humbeck (Big Eyes, “Supernatural”), Russell Porter (Come Together, “Arrow”), Danny Wattley (Watchmen, “Rogue”), Kendra Anderson (Horns, “Copper”), Burkely Duffield (UP’s My Mother’s Future Husband, “House of Anubis”) and Adrian Dorval (The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Do You Know Me?).


In Paper Angels, abused wife Lynn (Josie Bissett) leaves her alcoholic husband Darryl (Russell Porter), with her two kids, Thomas (Rustin Gresiuk) and Sara (Farryn Van Humbeck), and the trio move to another town where she struggles to make ends meet working as a waitress to support the family.  In that same town, we meet Kevin (Matthew Settle), who is helping his wife Jenny (Kendra Anderson) through a difficult pregnancy with twins, while fighting to keep his marketing & design company afloat.  Thomas starts at his new school and becomes the target of a bully, Vic (Burkely Duffield), who is threatened by how well Thomas plays basketball.  Unable to join the high school team, Thomas goes to the community center where he meets Kevin and the two of them become unlikely friends through pickup basketball games.  Little do they know the tremendous impact they will have on each other’s families this Christmas through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program.  Inspired by Country Music star Jimmy Wayne’s own experience with the Angel Tree Program and his hit holiday song featured in the movie, “Paper Angels,” and the same-titled book by Wayne with Travis Thrasher.  Wayne has also written and performed two new Christmas songs, entitled “Forgotten Angels” and “Christmas Doesn’t Have To Be Over,” for the film.


“Led by ‘Gossip Girl’s’ Matthew Settle and ‘Melrose Place’s’ Josie Bissett, Paper Angels is more than just a heartwarming, compelling Christmas movie,” Sophia Kelley, svp, programming, UP.  “It is also an opportunity to spotlight the outstanding charitable work done by The Salvation Army and its Angel Tree Program for children and families in need each Christmas.”


Jimmy Wayne’s new novel, Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way, was published in October and is currently on the New York Times Bestseller list.  Written by Wayne with Ken Abraham, the autobiography includes a chapter (“Bumping into Angels”) that reveals the real-life events that inspired the song; his first book, Paper Angels, written with Travis Thrasher; and this UP Original Movie.