From elaborate backyard video creations as an 11-year-old homeschooler (way back in the mid-80s!) to the filming and production of “Trust Fund,” his first full-length feature film opening on KC big screens this weekend, Isaac Alongi’s 30-year journey has been fueled by a creative pursuit of his passion for filmmaking and photography and all things imaging.
After 21 years of practicing the art and business of photography and filmmaking both locally at Isaac Alongi Studios in Fairway, and around the world, Isaac has announced the opening of his independent movie, Trust Fund, showing at area AMC theaters starting this Friday, Jan. 8.
A contemporary retelling of the Prodigal Daughter story, Trust Fund follows a family’s struggles through loss, temptation, betrayal, choices and their consequences – and above all, a father’s forgiveness.
Trust Fund is the story of Reese Donahue (Jessica Rothe) a young aspiring writer from Chicago. She’s spent her whole life working hard to keep from working, living the life everyone else wants, until she discovers the secret that forces her to choose between the predestined life that she knows so well and what appears to be the destiny her mother wanted her to have. She’s lured into betraying her father when she chases after a life she dreams is better than the one she already has. When Reese returns home with nothing but regret, the forgiveness of her father teaches her what it means to love.
We encourage you to come out and support our fellow homeschooler – and enjoy that rare happening – a quality movie going experience that is edifying, family friendly AND enjoyably entertaining! AMC theaters – starting this weekend.
Trailer, showtimes and tickets can be found at TrustFundMovie.com.
When did you begin homeschooling?
I was 7 years old and enrolled in a Christian school when my parents heard Dr. Raymond Moore interviewed by James Dobson on the radical and new subject of homeschooling.
In 1982, after connecting with a tiny group of like-minded families, all just prospective homeschoolers but two, they gathered their courage and stepped into the mostly uncharted territory of home schooling in Kansas – following the direction they believed God was giving them.
Tell us about your family.
Sandra and I have been married since 2003. She wrote the screenplay for our film and directed, and also partners with me at Isaac Alongi Studios, my photography/film business of 21 years. We’ve attended Life Church in Olathe since its beginning.
How did your home education experience most benefit your future?
Homeschooling allowed me to pursue things I was passionate about – in a way that would be far more difficult in a traditional educational setting.
I was able to spend a few months of my senior year apprenticing with an established photographer whose work I admired, an experience that was instrumental in giving me the confidence to launch my own photography studio later that year. That studio business has been the base for my creative expression and my livelihood for the past 20 years.
What did you enjoy most about homeschooling?
Again, the freedom to explore and study subjects I was interested in – and the flexibility and time to delve more deeply into them.
How would you encourage MPE families in their homeschool journeys?
It’s hard but it’s worth it!