A stylistic throwback to the summer camp films of the 80’s and 90’s, Camp Manna is the story of a Christian camp turned upside-down by the arrival of the wayward “new kid,” Ian Fletcher.
After a tragic accident, Ian Fletcher, a 15-year old Floridian, moves far north to live with his aunt and uncle. Shortly after his arrival, Ian is shipped off to Camp Manna, a backwoods Evangelical Christian camp soaked in baffling religious sub-culture. Camp Manna is centered around the God Games, a Biblically-themed Olympiad focused on turning boys into “men of faith.” But as a “nonbeliever,” this is the last place in the world that Ian wants to spend a week.
He is bunked up with the Passover Privates, the cabin of outcasts and misfits, and their zealous, un-cool counselor Bradley Sommers. But when Ian is introduced to Clayton Vance, the savvy and chiseled counselor of the Righteous Regiment, he has one focus: ditch Bradley and join up with Clayton.
But as the God Games approach, Ian realizes that Clayton may not be as “cool” as he claims to be and his choice to ditch the Passover Privates and join the Righteous Regiment may end up being the worst decision of his life…
Camp Manna blends hilarious comedy with loving nostalgia. This “satire with soul” reminds us all that sometimes getting to the heart of something is best told with laughter.
JACK "CUJO" PARISH
A prolific character actor, William “Gary” Busey was born in Texas in 1944. He has appeared in over 150 films, including “Lethal Weapon,” “Predator 2,” “Point Break,” and “Under Siege.” He portrayed Buddy Holly in “The Buddy Holly Story” (1978), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor. Busey has appeared in many popular television shows as himself, including “Entourage,” “Celebrity Apprentice,” and the 21st season of “Dancing with the Stars.”
Jimmy Tatro is an actor, writer, director, and creator who began his career on YouTube and has since become one of the most sought-after young talents in comedy. In 2011, Tatro started the YouTube channel “Life According To Jimmy” and has amassed over 2.9 million subscribers. He can be seen starring as Dylan Maxwell on the Netflix true-crime satire series “American Vandal,” which was Netflix’s most-binged show in 2017. Currently, he can be seen on ABC’s “Modern Family.” Previously, Tatro starred in Sony’s “22 Jump Street” opposite Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. His additional film credits include “Grown Ups 2” and “Blue Mountain State.”
Joey Morgan was born in Chicago, Illinois. His breakout role was in Christopher Landon’s “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse,” stealing each scene with his signature role as Augie Foster. Joey followed this up with his lead role as Vic in the Mexican-based production “Compadres.” He can be seen in the upcoming films “Flower” (starring Zoey Deutch, Adam Scott, Tim Heidecker) and “Max Reload and the Nether Blasters” starring opposite Kevin Smith.
Evan Koons is producer, writer, and actor. Perhaps best known for the viral sensation “Church Appropriate Dance Moves,” Evan was also the host and co-writer of the 7-part series “For the Life of the World: Letters to the Exiles.” He penned the acclaimed hospice documentary “Except for Six,” a film Ken Burns called “heartfelt and important.” He also wrote for “Exploring Kaman,” a reality television series about NBA All-Star Chris Kaman. CBS Sports said it “looks insane.” It was. Other credits include “Pirate’s Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson” with Christopher Lloyd.
Luke Klein was 15-years old when he walked into an open casting audition in Traverse City, Michigan, a week and a half before principal photography began. A Northern Michigan native of Sutton’s Bay, Luke had little opportunity to act besides local and high school theater. He came in to be considered for a different role, but he immediately stunned the room during his audition and was offered the role of Ian Fletcher, the heart and soul of Camp Manna. This is Luke Klein’s first role in a feature film.
Rammel Chan is an actor based in Chicago. His television credits include NBC’s “Chicago Justice,” Fox’s “APB,” Netflix’s “The Jamz” and the Amazon Prime series “Patriot.” Film credits include “End of the Tour” and “Bad Johnson.” Rammel has appeared on stage at the Goodman Theater, Second City, iO, and the Kirk Douglas Theater in Los Angeles, among others. He is an original cast member of Lauren Yee’s “King of the Yees.” He is a recipient of the Second City’s Bob Curry Fellowship and is currently a 2018 Kundiman Fiction Fellow.
PETER BOSS PUOK
Peter Boss Puok was born in South Sudan (then Sudan) and transitioned to the United States as a “Lost Boy” refugee at age fourteen. Two years after his arrival he was cast in the original Camp Manna short film—an experience which lead to an ongoing friendship with Johnson and Machiela. The feature film’s only returning actor, Puok’s character was significantly influenced by his personal experiences as a non-English speaking immigrant. He speaks seven languages.