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The Open Door (2017)

Sam and the life he shares changes the attitude of his family, friends and community toward those with special needs.


Steven F. Zambo


Steven F. Zambo
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Credited cast:
David Ruprecht David Ruprecht ... Roy
Michael Jeske Michael Jeske ... Sam
Megan Ann Jacobs ... Madison
Simon Jon Provan Simon Jon Provan ... Pastor Bridges
Rick Richter Rick Richter ... Pastor James
Ken T. Williams Ken T. Williams ... Gang Leader
Rachel M. Williams Rachel M. Williams ... Joan Palmer
Kelly Zierath Kelly Zierath ... Mary Gray
Bethany Provan Bethany Provan ... Young Madison
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Aird William Aird ... Gang Member 2
Curt Backlund Curt Backlund ... Usher
William Beglinger William Beglinger ... Officer Bill
Kelsey Danke Kelsey Danke ... Event Waitress
Nancy Ferdyn Nancy Ferdyn ... Perfume Lady
Bel Freson ... Jogger (as Melissa Freson)


Sam (Michael Jeske), is a young man who has special needs. He lives with his mother (Kelly Zierath.) Several years earlier, his sister Madison (Megan Ann Jacobs) left home to find a life for herself as an artist in Door County, Wisconsin. One day, when Madison arrives at her place of work, the Palmer Art Gallery, she learns that her mother has died. This news immediately changes both Madison's and Sam's lives. After their mother's funeral Sam comes to live with Madison. She rents the top floor of an old farm house from Roy Harrison (David Ruprecht.) Roy is a senior citizen set in his ways. He has little time for his peculiar tenant and her brother. A series of circumstances brings Roy and Sam closer together. Sam also realizes that his sister too may have special needs. As Sam says, "Some people's needs are on the outside for everyone to see. While others keep them on the inside hidden from view." Sam's passion is shoes. He knows everything about them. He is inspired to hold a shoe ... Written by Steven F. Zambo

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A door will be open for you that no one can shut.


Adventure | Drama

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The mugging scene was filmed in the alley behind Waukesha Civic Theatre, which is listed on Wisconsin's State Registry of Historic Places. See more »


Mary Gray: Is he dead?
Madison: No, just stunned.
Mary Gray: Well, that worked out nicely.
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Outstanding production on a much needed to know topic
19 September 2017 | by gronholzcarolSee all my reviews

This production handles the problems that special needs people deal with on a daily basis. As a vintage teacher I saw the rudeness and unkindness shown to special needs children because of people's ignorance to the problem. It's time someone addressed these issues. Salty Earth did an outstanding job on their production of "The Open Door". Special needs people are wonderful, loving, smart individuals, we just don't give them a chance. God says we should love one another. He didn't say only love the super intelligent, good looking, well to do people. Remember He died for all. Great thanks to the Zantos and Jesus Cares group for doing an outstanding job of "telling it like it is". This film truly touched my heart and will touch yours as well. Thank you to all involved and keep up the good work!

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1 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, USA


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$225,000 (estimated)
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