Dean Jones (Jason Bond)

Lexi Johnson (Mandie)

DEAN JONES, starring as Jason Bond in the upcoming film Mandie and the Secret Tunnel, began his professional life as a producer of stage shows and has parlayed his skill as a light comedian into International motion picture grosses exceeding $960 million. Six of his ten films for Walt Disney are on Variety's all-time hit list.

Although best known for comedy efforts in The Love Bug, That Darn Cat and Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, Jones has also made vital, dramatic films such as Clear and Present Danger, The New Interns, Never So Few, Other People's Money and When Every Day Was the Fourth of July.

When Jones is not performing, he is a concerned activist, involved in international child-care, problems of the homeless, world hunger, and is founder/president of Christian Rescue Committee, which "provides a way of escape to Jews, Christians and others persecuted for their faith."

After 46 films, 5 Broadway shows, and over twenty years of television, Jones has written his autobiography, Under Running Laughter. He was named a Disney Legend in 1998, thanks to his many starring roles at the studio.
LEXI JOHNSON, starring as Mandie Shaw in the upcoming film Mandie and the Secret Tunnel, began her career booking commercial and print ads after winning the Wilhelmina National Kid Search on her fourth birthday. She began exploring her passion for acting with the role of "Circus," the rough-and-tumble adventurous heroine in the five-DVD family series The Sugar Creek Gang.

A winner of the New York City Dance Alliance award for Outstanding Dancer and scholarship winner of Access Broadway, Lexi enjoys all styles of dance, as well as performing her own stunts in films. In between projects, Lexi enjoys competing in Fine Arts National Youth Ministries and choreographing performances for others.

Lexi resides in Central Florida with her family. She chooses to home school and dual enroll at Valencia Community College, giving her the freedom to volunteer for charitable events and pursue her passions of photography, writing poetry, painting, drawing, and kung fu. Lexi enjoys a daily dose of adventure and is hoping to reprise the role of Mandie in an upcoming sequel.

William Yelton (Joe)

Amanda Waters (Polly)

WILLIAM YELTON, starring as "Joe" in Mandie and the Secret Tunnel, began his acting career in local theater, school productions, church performances, and several student films produced by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Film Department.

William landed his first movie role in the film Hounddog, starring Dakota Fanning, Robin Wright-Penn, and David Morse. He has since appeared in The 27 Club, the Emmy-award winning mini-series John Adams, Bolden, The 5th Quarter, and One Tree Hill.

William currently attends Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC, where he is an honor roll student and a member of the drama club and International Thespian Society. He volunteers at the Learning Network Television station as an Entertainment Reporter. His duties there include writing, editing, and taping segments to air on a weekly series for public television. In his spare time, he enjoys boating, jet skiing, surfing, and creating short films.
AMANDA WATERS began her film career with the role of "Polly," Mandie's best friend in Mandie and the Secret Tunnel. She followed that with the lead role in Becoming Jesse Tate. Prior to her film work, Amy appeared for several years in numerous industrial videos, commercials, plays, and music videos.

In her favorite print job, Amanda portrayed "Laura Ingalls" for the 75th anniversary cover of Harper Collins' Little House on the Prairie book series. She currently performs in the role of "Samantha" for an on-going video series produced by Lifeway Publishing, which is seen by audiences around the world. In her free time, Amanda loves to dance, swim, enjoy time with friends, and buy shoes.

The Filmmakers
Owen Smith & Joy Chapman

OWEN SMITH, Producer/Director, spent a year working at Walt Disney World before graduating from the University of Georgia with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Film Studies.

Upon graduation, Smith immediately began pursuing his plan to film The Sugar Creek Gang series of family, outdoor-adventure films set in the 1950's and soon teamed up with Chapman to complete all five movies. Smith and Chapman receive numerous requests from children and parents to continue the series which is based on the 36 books by Paul Hutchens.

Smith followed up The Sugar Creek Gang series with My Christmas Soldier, a 36-minute WWII-era film based on true accounts of German POWs held in prison camps throughout the southeastern United States. This film has become an annual Christmas favorite for broadcast on PBS affiliates and TBN.

Smith then began work with Chapman on Mandie and the Secret Tunnel, a film based on the book series by Lois Leppard, which has sold over 7 million copies. Chapman and Smith produced, wrote, and directed the film together, and are currently in pre-production on the sequel, Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure.

Smith enjoys composing and orchestrating music and has written the original scores for both My Christmas Soldier and Mandie and the Secret Tunnel.

JOY CHAPMAN, Producer/Director, a graduate of Birmingham Southern College with a degree in Psychology, began her career behind the camera in Atlanta, working in various crew positions on local, independent movies while writing and directing several short films.

She moved on to Hollywood and worked in the Assistant Director's department on such movies as Sweet Home Alabama, Hidalgo, A Cinderella Story, Down With Love, and The Last Castle. Upon her return to Georgia, she teamed up with producing partner Owen Smith to create The Sugar Creek Gang DVDs, a series of five, family, outdoor-adventure films set in the 1950's. She wrote four of the movies and directed two.

Chapman and Smith then began work on Mandie and the Secret Tunnel, a film based on the book series by Lois Leppard, which has sold over 7 million copies. Chapman and Smith produced, wrote, and directed the film together, and are currently in pre-production on the sequel, Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure.

Craig Reuben (Uncle Ned) Gezell Fleming (Aunt Lou)
Brandi Nicole Feemster (Liza)   Angela Oberer (Etta Shaw

Martin Thompson (Zach Hughes)


Adam Boyer (Jim Shaw
Shayne Kohout (Gaynelle Snow) Dave Blamy (Bayne Locke)
Maha Gaytan (Talitha Pindar) Jennifer Walsh (Dinah Pindar)
Szymon Karl (John Shaw Sr.) Gregory Hunt (Father Pindar)
Mary McQuaig (Young Mandie) Lauren Gibson (Young Irene)
Steven St. Gelais (Young Joe) Ashlie Evans (Irene)
Flash (Snowball)    
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