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Former state senator shares and bares his soul in 'Heaven's Rain'
The bulk of the film, however, chronicles the lives of Brooks and Leslie Douglass after the murders.
Filming final moments emotional
Douglass said the worst part of making the film was filming the murder scene, particularly since he portrayed his father, Richard.
He said worst of all was filming the final part of the scene and realizing that he was re-enacting his father's last, tragic moments on Earth.
"It really turned out to be an emotional moment," Douglass said.
"This was the one time in my life that something was much harder than what I thought it would be."
Douglass said he heard the term "closure" often in the days after production wrapped for "Heaven's Rain."
People wondered whether he had found it or if it had found him during the making of the film.
Douglass said he's unsure about finding closure, but he does know that his faith, the faith so carefully nurtured by his parents, has helped guide him to what he feels is a sense of justice and peace.
"I don't know if you ever get over something like this," he said.
"I doubt that there's a day that goes by that I don't think about it, but I also think I've tried to deal with it in a way that my faith has taught me, in a way that my parents taught me."
And he hopes moviegoers will find helpful and hopeful messages throughout the film.
"Too often, I think, there's a tendency to hold onto what happens, to hold a grudge that hurts us more than other person (can)," Douglass said.
"Ultimately, we have to move on — not forgetting our loved ones or forgetting what happened — and live our lives to the fullest. This is what I had to do."
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The title of Brooks Douglass' new film "Heaven's Rain" came from movie director Paul Brown's citing of a passage in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice": "The quality of mercy is not strain'd, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven, Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes."
Douglass said with his knowledge of the Bible, he knew the heart of the literary passage is rooted in the words of Jesus and therefore a fitting premise for his film: "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust" (Matthew 5:44-45).