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Deer Mountain Productions was founded with the goal of making movies that matter -

telling entertaining stories that inspire audiences

with courage, humor, and hope.


Late in the Season

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Late in the Season is a heartfelt, inspirational story in the tradition of The Blind Side, Hoosiers and The Rookie.  A 31-year old Seattle stockbroker with a mysterious past walks on to a small North Carolina college basketball team, and inspires his struggling teammates’ lives with hope, as they reach for the Final Four championship.  


Producer Matthew H. Morris of Pinyon Pictures is excited about this against-all-odds story of hope, and the dream of a second chance, and will share his steady hand in guiding every facet of this remarkable project to the screen. Coming alongside is ace cinematographer Barry Markowitz  (Crazy Heart, The Apostle, LBJ), Todd Busch, editor (Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, X-Men, Three Kings), Rob Miller, Sport Coodinator (Miracle, The Final Season), and Jane Anderson, Costume Designer (Hoosiers, Rudy), among many others.  

Finding Normal

Principal Photography begins Fall 2024 in North Carolina

After a small town doctor is in a near fatal car accident and left with severe brain damage, he and his family must try to put the pieces of his life back together and come to the realization that he will never be the same.

In the Wings

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Gary Hershberger


A veteran professional actor, writer and director in the Hollywood community for over twenty years, Gary Hershberger is active in many facets of the entertainment community. Having established himself as a working actor, with dozens of film, independent features, miniseries and television credits to his resume, such as Six Feet Under, Twin Peaks, Big Love, Grey’s Anatomy, The West Wing, Sneakers, and the Tom Hanks-produced film Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon, Gary knows his way around a productive, effective set. He has worked with Academy Award winners Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams),

Alan Ball (American Beauty), David Lynch (Twin Peaks), and has worked with such greats as Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, Steven Spielberg, Naomi Watts, Peter Falk, Bill Paxton, and many, many others.

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Gary is a produced screenwriter, and is also an award-winning writer, having won a Top Ten Feature Finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Screenplay Contest. His other awards include a PAGE International Screenwriting Award for Top Ten Finalist for Best Television Comedy, PAGE Top Ten Finalist for Best Television Drama, and won the Bronze Prize for PAGE Best Television Comedy.


Gary is getting ready for production for the indie feature Finding Normal, to begin filming in Fall 2024 in North Carolina, as well as gearing up for production to direct the Christmas comedy Sleigh Ride, and the inspirational sports drama, Late in the Season.

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