PROVO, Utah, Nov. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- From the network that has brought to life some of the most meaningful historical eras and figures, BYUtv, a groundbreaking High Definition cable television network, will premiere Winter Thaw, a holiday television movie adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's short story, Martin the Cobbler (commonly known as "Where Love Is, God Is") starring John Rhys-Davies ( Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Lord of the Rings). The 52-minute made-for-television film will premiere on Thanksgiving night, Thursday, November 24 at 6pm MT/ 8pm ET, immediately followed by a short film on Leo Tolstoy and a 30-minute "Making of Winter Thaw" special at 7pm MT.
"Playing a Tolstoy character in winter - what more could an actor want," said Mr. Rhys-Davies. " Winter Thaw puts life into perspective at a time of the year that matters the most. I immensely enjoyed bringing to life this wonderful short story in Eastern Europe, in concert with a terrific local cast and the entire BYUtv team." In this film, Martin the Cobbler, disillusioned by life and questioning its purpose, has several poorly timed encounters and interactions with strangers on Christmas—the poor, the homeless and the hungry. Through these experiences, he is reminded about the joy we are all capable of finding by expressing love, having compassion for others, never giving up hope and refusing to turn one's back on humanity. The film transports viewers to another time and place, 19 th Century Russia, and is brought to life with intensity and subtleness that only a great character actor like John Rhys-Davies and author like Leo Tolstoy can deliver.