June 9th, 2011 23:41 EST
Faith Ford Enters the Field of Vision
Fans who remember the episode of Twilight Zone in which a camera took pictures of future events -- or those who like stories with a mystic twist -- should check out Field of Vision. In this sixth movie in the P&G and Wal-Mart Family Movie Night, mysterious footage captured on a video camera helps a high school student find the missing pieces to his life.
In the TV movie, airing on Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m. on NBC, Faith Ford (Hope & Faith) plays a mother and the high school guidance counselor who helps Cory Walker (Joe Adler, Prom) do just that after her son, the high school quarterback (Tony Oller) learns that some of his teammates have been bullying Cory.
Aware that sharing this information with his coach might get his friends kicked off the team and ultimately cost the school the state championship, Tyler (Oller) must choose what`s more important: winning or doing what`s right."I actually was bullied a bit when I was a young girl, so I found the subject matter very enticing," says Ford. "Kids get bullied in many different ways. It`s not always physically. It can be emotionally bullied. And I believe that kids should feel like they can speak out."
As events unfold in Field of Vision, the camera also reveals more surprising footage to Tyler`s kid sister, Lucy (Alyssa Shafer). She learns that Cory has a secret past, unknown to even him. Now Lucy must convince her mom and family to follow up on the camera`s insight. The story shows both the challenges and rewards of doing the right thing even when it`s tough to do.
"Tony`s character stepped out of the box," Ford continues. "He walks away from his group, his clique. He`s one of the most popular kids in school and he steps up for this guy and he does the right thing."
The former Murphy Brown star says she relates to her character because "I think you should never stop caring about other people. I think it keeps you selfless. It`s better to be selfless than selfish, as long as you don`t cross the line. What I have in common with her is that she knows that it`s not about her every day."
That said, working on the movie was a pleasure for Ford, who believes that dealing with issues in a movie that have a positive outcome is important.
"We need as much hope as we can get," she says. "We get so much negative stuff from the media, I hate to say. I can see why they do it, but to have something to escape to that gives you hope is crucial."