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Ferris alumnus releases feature-length film

Jon RostenBIG RAPIDS – Jon Rosten, a 1994 Ferris State University graduate in what is now the Television and Digital Media Production program, is writer, director and producer of the film “Valley of Angels,” which was released on DVD Feb. 5.

The film stars veteran actor Danny Trejo (“Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” “Con Air,” “The Replacement Killers”) and George Katt, who won the Best Breakthrough Actor 2007 award at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival for his role of Zeus in “Valley of Angels.” Trejo also won at the festival for Best Actor in a Feature, and the film itself received the Grand Jury Prize for Best Picture.

The film follows a young drug dealer in Los Angeles as he struggles to find a way out of his dangerous world. In reviewing the film for Independent Film Quarterly, critic Todd Konrad said the film is, “A fantastic debut peopled with up and coming stars, ‘Valley of Angels’ is a taut, intelligent thriller from a young director who easily has the chops to break out and be the next big thing without disappointing you in the process.”

Rosten says he hopes to begin shooting a horror/thriller feature film later this year.

“Valley of Angels” is available at such on-line stores as,, and others. More information about the film, including cast forums, cast bios and a trailer is available at