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Art imitating life: Bozeman man’s life on silver screen

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Robert Kollar didn't plan for Take Two - his debut directorial film to be based on his life.

"That's what's funny, I didn't, I got talked into it while I was in Hollywood trying to sell another movie I wanted to produce and raise money for," said Robert Kollar, director, producer, writer of the movie Take Two.

The film tells his story rescuing a daughter he didn't know he had from an abusive home and finding God along the way.

His 17-year-old daughter said she always thought about potentially writing a book about her relationship with her father.

“At first it was like absolutely awesome, like 'Oh yeah, I totally agree,' and then after we started, like, doing it, I got really nervous, like 'oh people are going to know things," said Kristi Lee Keyfauver Kollar, Robert Kollar’s daughter.

"You know the best part is, it's really not our story, to me, it's God's story. We were characters in it,” Robert Kollar said.

Robert and Kristi Kollar both acted in the movie as other characters and worked with the actors playing themselves.

"To me, I think I had it easiest out of all the actors because I had that personal reference right there," said Robert Rogers, the actor portraying Robert Kollar’s character.

It's no coincidence Take Two premieres on Father's Day. Kollar wants the movie to be an inspiration to fathers and a wake-up call to any absentee parents.

"The way I see it, most of the problems in the world stem from bad parenting," Robert Kollar said.

The film stars a local Bozeman man, someone who dreamed of acting but never had the opportunity.

"I'm a stone mason here in the valley...every kid has a dream of 'Oh I want to be a big Hollywood actor." I heard about the audition and just went and later on, they were like 'yeah you can have the part if you want it,"

Rogers drew on his own relationship to God to play Kollar, and the cast and crew said the production functioned like a ministry.

"On set, there were so many moments, that's like "only God could do this," Rogers said.

The film premiered at The Ellen, with two sold-out shows. Production will meet with distributors next week to discuss future theatrical releases.

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