Dallas Jenkins produced the independent film Hometown Legend at the age of 25, ultimately guiding it to Warner Brothers for distribution. Dallas made his directing debut with the short film "Cliché." His next short film, "Midnight Clear," starring Stephen Baldwin, won a Crystal Heart Award from the Heartland Film Festival and was the opening night selection of the San Diego Film Festival.
In 2006, he was the co-executive producer of Though None Go With Me, a movie, based on his father's book, that aired on The Hallmark Channel. Dallas and his father Jerry B. Jenkins founded Jenkins Entertainment in February, 2000. In 2009, Dallas directed his second feature film, entitled What If... starring Kevin Sorbo, Kristy Swanson, John Ratzenberger, and Debby Ryan. The film is expected to be released sometime in 2010.
What would you like to accomplish through What If...?
From a filmmaking and marketing standpoint, I hope that I've made a very good film that audiences will be excited about because of its level of quality, humor, and emotion. In terms of what I want to accomplish as a message, I want people to see the value of faith and family over material pursuits.
What's the movie all about?
Here's the synopsis: What If... tells the story of Ben Walker (Kevin Sorbo), who 15 years ago left his college sweetheart Wendy (Kristy Swanson), and his calling to be a preacher, in order to pursue a business opportunity. Now with a high-paying executive gig, a trophy fiancée, and a new Mercedes, he hasn’t considered a family nor felt the need to set foot in a church in 15 years.
But God has other plans. While on a thrill ride outside the city, his new car mysteriously breaks down, and he’s visited by a tow truck driver named Mike (John Ratzenberger) who claims to be an angel sent to show Ben what his life would look like had he followed his true calling.
Suddenly Ben wakes up in the middle of domestic chaos as his “wife” Wendy and daughters (including Disney Channel’s Debby Ryan) are getting ready for church, where Ben is the new pastor. Before he can get back to his old life, Ben must first embrace this reality and discover the value of faith and family, and perhaps restore his love for those who were heartbroken 15 years ago: Wendy… and God. In the tradition of It's a Wonderful Life and The Family Man, What If... is a story of finding your true purpose in life.