Presents

Rag Doll

Based on a true story, Rag Doll is an edgy, thought-provoking drama about a woman married to a gay man.

Rag Doll was the first official project of Mission Ranch Films. It was completed in April 2015 and went on to become an Official Selection at seven festivals, winning Audience Choice for Best Short Film, and the Best International Short Film Director Award at the Louisiana International Film Festival in May 2015.

Audiences Rave

This film was gutsy.

Wow. I just watched this. The filmmaker is AMAZING. Her courage, honesty, and vulnerability to make this… Wow.I like all of Zena’s shorts, but this one is her best. She hit spot on such a taboo and difficult subject. I can see where evangelicals would be uncomfortable. They are uncomfortable with sex in general. Violence in a movie they can take, but not sex. And it is truly an honest movie about sex. In most films, the sex is always fireworks, bliss, and orgasm. How many films...

Will look for more by her.

Bold film in content and creative choices. Shows a nice assured hand by the writer/director. Will look for more by her. Frank Antonelli

I hope she makes more films.

I love this so much. I will admit that I struggled to get this film out of my mind. One of the scenes was so unexpected that I felt violated by it, in part because I’ve made choices to limit my movie-viewing to PG-13 at most. The images are not something I want in my head. However, hearing Zena explain the rationale behind why she portrayed certain scenes in the shocking way in which she portrayed them really helped me to understand that it wasn’t gratuitous or simply...

So beautiful.

What a terrific glimpse into the heart of an impossible situation. Zena is absolutely right when she says that this is not a “Christian film, and it is not about redemption. It is about shining a spotlight on an oil-and-water relationship that has been forced together by damage or a false ideology, leading to all kinds of mental abuse. I’m amazed at how artfully and delicately she put these issues on the screen. I am impressed by her courage to put her body and soul on the screen...

What are the limits to love?

What are the limits to love? What is more powerful – hope or love? What matters more to our identity? How do our choices give us the courage to face these questions, or limit the way we can respond to them? There are important questions to ask. Any filmmaker courageous enough to address them (like Zena does) and offer us insight into them should be applauded. Steven James

It was very brave of her to put this on screen.

Wow. This is a powerful short film. I wish that I had not known anything about the premise prior to watching it, because I imagine that there is even more power for the audience as information is revealed. Wonderful acting by the ensemble. It looked beautiful, sound was great and it moved along and told the story in a very engaging way. And this story is based on the filmmaker’s own experiences? It was very brave of her to put this on screen. Tom...

I’m moved by the beauty of a hopeless film strangely giving hope and redemption.

Dear Zena, You don’t know me, but I just watched Rag Doll and felt compelled to thank you for making such an incredibly well-done film. Thanks also for sharing “In Defense of Rag Doll.” I’m moved by the beauty of a hopeless film strangely giving hope and redemption. What you said about the unredeemed situation being a result of an unrepentant man really resonated with me. You see, I carried the shame of this same situation for years. Not as the wife of a homosexual man,...

Rag Doll makes you think. Does love conquer all?

A powerful look at a hushed subject. Zena Dell Lowe’s introspective script paints a picture of one woman’s descent into the frustrating world of one couple’s sexual struggles and efforts to find healing. Rag Doll makes you think. Does love conquer all? What is real healing and where can we get it? Why can’t we fix each other? Rag Doll will draw you into those questions and give you a glimpse of how painful it can be when our love just isn’t enough. Mary Beth...

I can’t imagine anyone watching this could leave without being challenged…

Simply wow. Powerful in and of itself. Even more so because we knew the beautiful side of that relationship. Someone who did not see the real life kitchen dance might think this unbelievable, but you so perfectly capture the actual relationship of this couple, people simply can’t know how real that was for me to watch. We felt the edge of your pain at times but never knew. This movie brought back tears we cried years ago when we didn’t know why such a beautiful marriage...

I found myself genuinely wrapped up in the emotions of the characters.

Marriage is about so many things but most importantly it’s a union of two people who commit to each other and promise to love and care for one another through the ups and downs of life. Although the two characters were obviously in love and devoted to each other, they both had underlying issues from their past which hindered their relationship. They were both “damaged”. The wife allowed him to act on his impulses even though it tore her apart inside. The emotional...

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Watch The Award Winning Film Below

Because of the controversial nature of this film, Director Zena Dell Lowe gave a lecture in defense of Rag Doll. Both the film and the lecture can be seen below.

Rag Doll

In Defense Of Rag Doll

Meet The Crew

Zach Johaneson

Producer

For the last six years, Zach has worked as a filmmaker at Helio Collective. He spent several years as an animator before becoming art director, and for the last year three years, he has been fulfilling the demanding role of Creative Director. Zach has extensive experience in every aspect of production, from assembling a crew to budgeting, shooting, editing, and marketing the final product. He was the driving force behind Rag Doll and ensured not only an excellent film but one that came in on budget. You can learn more about Zach by visiting www.wearehelio.com/

Logan Triplett

Cinematographer

Logan is an incredibly talented and well-respected director of photography who’s worked for a variety of production companies in and around Montana. He specializes in commercial, narrative, and special effects cinematography, and has a passion for telling stories visually. Watch Logan’s reel at www.logantriplett.com

Zena Dell Lowe

Writer/Director

Zena literally sat down and wrote the script for Rag Doll in a single morning. The story was close to her heart since it was inspired by real-life experiences.  To find out more about Zena’s passion to create Rag Doll, CLICK HERE to read her director’s statement.

Rag Doll has opened up a number of opportunities for Zena to speak to other women in similar situations, offering experience, strength, and hope that only comes from first-hand knowledge. Contact Zena to arrange for her to speak at an upcoming conference or private event.

Meet The Cast

Blayne Weaver

Blayne Weaver, of Bossier City, Louisiana, began his acting career in high school with the film The Flood: Who Will Save Our Children? (1993), an NBC movie of the week. His first major TV movie was The Good Old Boys (1995) with Tommy Lee Jones. He has since done guest spots on ER (1994), JAG (1995), Chicago Hope (1994), NCIS (2003) and did the voice of Peter Pan in Disney’s animated film Peter Pan II: Return to Neverland (2002). He co-wrote and acted in the IFC feature film Manic (2001) (starring Don Cheadle), which premiered at the Sundance film festival. In 2004 he formed Secret Identity Productions with childhood friend Brandon Barrera. Their first film, Losing Lois Lane (2004), a short about a depressed Superman, was Weaver’s directorial debut. Secret Identity then produced Outside Sales (2006), its first feature, which Weaver wrote and directed. He went on to write and direct S.I.P’s next feature Weather Girl (2009). Next, he starred in the thriller Favor (2013) then directed and starred in 6 Month Rule (2011). Next up Weaver will direct Santa Girl (2018)

Zena Dell Lowe

Zena had originally planned to cast someone else to play the role of the woman in Rag Doll, but since this story was so quintessentially her own, she felt it was imperative that she play the role herself. This proved to be challenging since she was also the film’s Director, but in the end, the gamble paid off.  In addition to her role in Rag Doll Zena has been a working actress for over 15 years. She’s done her fair share of dramatic roles, such as a recurring role as Francine Cerullo on General Hospital, and most recently a principal role in Director Kelly Reichardt’s latest film, Certain Women starring Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart, which screened at Sundance in 2016. However, it’s comedy that Zena loves. She has played a number of quirky characters on stage and in film. To see some clips of Zena’s work, go to her acting website at www.zenadell.com.

John Hosking

John is an incredibly talented and versatile film, television and stage actor who’s worked on various productions in and around Montana for over 40 years. For 32 of those years, he was a co-founding member and the Artistic Director of the Vigilante Players, a highly acclaimed touring troupe who brought original, professional theatre to rural audiences throughout the Northwest Region. As a Veteran stage actor, John can play just about anything, from the most over-the-top, farcical characters, to the most dramatic. Some of his recent credits include Landon Mars in Jimmie & Pete at the Ellen Theatre, Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady at Intermountain Opera, and Richard Hannay in 39 Steps, also at the Ellen Theatre. Most recently, John had the privilege of playing Willie Lohman in the Montana Shakespeare’s production of Death Of A Salesman. His performance was lauded as the best of his career.