When I Find the Ocean, an award winning family film and official selection of the DPEC Independent Film Series, will make its Valley debut on Monday at Carmike Cinemas in Edinburg.

The film will screen in more than 90 Carmike Theaters nationwide The theatrical release of the film will take place on Monday May 11, 2009.

The Independent Film Series selects six films from thousands of entries to screen for one week each over the span of the six week series. The purpose of the series is to expose a national audience to quality independent films. DPEC teamed with Carmike Theaters on the project.

“When I Find the Ocean is a little film with a big heart. I wrote and directed the film to appeal to a worldwide audience that believes in family values, faith and perseverance,” said writer, producer, and director Tonya S. Holly. “We are honored to have this fantastic opportunity to reach a broader audience by way of Independent Film Series and Carmike Theaters.”

When I Find the Ocean follows the journey of a little girl (Lily Matland Holly), who sets out to find the ocean, escaping from a dangerous secret and leaving an otherwise loving home. Lily embarks on an adventure with her beloved dog and rabbit to find peace with her father, who died at sea.

Set in 1965 Alabama during a time of immense prejudice and civil unrest, Lily confronts a new set of obstacles along the way after she is befriended by a tugboat captain.

When I Find the Ocean won the 2008 KIDS FIRST! Best Award for Independent Feature Film ages 12-18. It was also awarded Five-out-of-Five Doves by The Dove Foundation, who held it as “a wonderful family film”.

The film was primarily shot in Alabama and Tennessee. The cast includes stars Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man, The Fall Guy), Diane Ladd (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore), Graham Greene (Dances With Wolves), Richard Tyson (Kindergarten Cop), George Lindsey (The Andy Griffith Show) Bernie Casey (Another 48 Hours), David “Shark” Fralick (The Young and the Restless) Amy Redford (The Guitar), Natalie Canerday (Slingblade), and introduces Lily Matland Holly.

Director Holly’s next feature film is the story of Bonnie and Clyde starring Hilary Duff and Kevin Zegers, which will be shot in Louisana, Mississippi and Alabama.