My brother-in-law is in a movie.

Aral on the red carpet at the premiere!

Aral on the red carpet at the premiere!

I married into a wonderful family that included at least one aspiring actor in the form of Aral Basil Gribble II. For years I teased him about how I was listed in the Internet Movie Database and he wasn’t. I can’t tease him about that anymore as not only is he listed (and has been for years), but he’s in a real movie with other known actors. The movie is called Dial-A-Prayer and stars Brittany Snow and William H. Macy. It’s a small independent film that was shot here in Michigan and it may just be the break Aral’s been working so hard for.

Here’s a small clip that he’s in rather prominently.

This sort of movie isn’t my normal fare as there aren’t enough explosions and car chases, but I’m happy to read from some of the initial reviews that it isn’t your typical cheesy “faith based” movie either. Reviewer Roger Moore says of it:

“Dial a Prayer” doesn’t tread the straight and narrow and reaches few predictable conclusions about Cora’s journey. But Kiley has created a pretty engrossing and somewhat moving story of a selfish, self-destructive drunk who finds, if not faith, at least the willingness to look outside of herself to try and help others and the chance to actually join the human race.

Being an indie, it’ll see limited theatrical release, but it is available on iTunes as of tomorrow. Alas, I don’t use iTunes, but I’m sure it’ll show up on one of the services I do use soon at which point I’ll be checking it out. If it shows up at a local theater I’ll have to go see it there just for the weird experience of seeing my brother-in-law on the literal big screen.

At last, my plans of achieving fame and fortune by riding on the coattails of a more successful family member are close to being achieved!

And now a musical interlude.

How about a jaunty tune to start off your Monday morning? Here’s a song called It Could Be by the band Ella Riot. Who are they? No idea, but check it:

Now you may be curious why I posted a music video from a group I’ve never heard of before. Well, that portly fellow who begins and ends the video is my brother-in-law Aral Basil Gribble II. He’s an honest to goodness actor and has been managing to make a living at it right here in Michigan, mainly by doing community theater, something I wouldn’t have thought was possible. I’m not one to attend plays, but I’ve been to several of the ones he has been in (and even became an impromptu part of one once) and I must say that he’s quite good. Good enough to get me to attend the occasional play at least, which is saying more than you might think.

I used to harass him about the fact that I’m in the Internet Movie Database and he wasn’t, but I’ve not been able to do that for a couple of years now as he finally made it in himself. I keep telling him he needs to hit it big so I can be the brother-in-law who rides on his coattails and does embarrassing things in public. It’s hard to say if that’s much of a motivation for him or not.

Anyway, he was having such a great time in this video that I couldn’t not share it with the world. If any of you budding movie makers out there are looking for an energetic portly actor who’s not afraid to give it his all, well, I’d be happy to put you in touch with him.