Down by the River

DVD Release: April 1, 2014
Down by the River


A family deals with the disease of sickle cell, in their youngest family member. In the midst of this trying and prosperous time at moments, there are many other obstacles that come to play, that test the very foundation of this family.

Dove Review

This is a remarkable movie that many families will relate to in one way or another. It is based on a true story. Little Hannah, approaching her eighth birthday, is battling Sickle Cell Anemia. She lives with her mother, Tammy, and brother Skylar, who reads her stories and is very close to her. Skylar works as a mechanic but dreams of being a writer and submits a manuscript to several publishers but has to deal with rejection.

It is difficult for the family to endure the uncertainty of Hannah’s medical condition. When Skylar meets a pretty young doctor, she becomes a big help to him. This story triumphantly shows how people are forced to deal with suffering and death but how pulling together is so important for families to support each other. The actors in this story are terrific, including Sean Johnson as Skylar (he also wrote the script), Adriana Ford as Hannah, and Alethea Bailey as her mother, Tammy. This touching story will move you! We are pleased to award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages twelve plus.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: H-1; Sweet Jesus (said as a prayer)-1
Violence: None
Drugs: A few smoking scenes with cigarettes and a man puts a thin cigar or cigarette in his mouth but doesn't light it; a man drinks alcohol from a flask and puts liquor in his orange juice.
Nudity: Shirtless man.
Other: A family is tested as a young family member deals with Sickle Cell Anemia; a father is angry with his daughter for not eating green vegetables and there is tension at the meal; death and grief.


Company: Bridgestone Multimedia Group
Writer: Sean Johnson
Director: William Molina
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 116 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter