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Different Drummers is a deeply inspirational and transcendent family film - based on a true story - about the unlikely friendship of two boys growing up in the mid-1960s. When David, who is in a wheelchair with muscular dystrophy, accurately foretells the death of their fourth grade teacher, his hyperactive friend, Lyle, devises a plan to find out if God really exists, by attempting to get David to run again.

  • "I saw this movie this weekend it was so touching and beautifully done. One of those films that just pull at your heart!"
    – Sherie Suter

  • "I laughed and I cried . . . It was also a fabulous tribute to the way life was "in the good ole days"!"
    – Gloria Fraser

  • "Loved the movie!
    It made me cry laugh and cheer at the end!
    Those young boys did a great job."
    – Christy Owen

  • "Just saw the movie. Wonderful.
    But I'm still haunted with all the emotions!"
    – Janet Wallace Adams

  • "Different Drummers was awesome!
    Get a group of friends and family together and go see it.
    You will be glad you did! "
    – Muriel Tingley-Turner

  • "Such a great movie!!
    Can't wait to be able to purchase it!!"
    – Brenda Bossert-England

  • "Get those tickets!!!
    Great movie!!!"
    – Rowena Sinclair-Long

  • "Buy the CD!!
    The soundtrack is awesome!! "
    – SherylAnn Brown

  • "What an inspiring
    – Sharon Parmelee

  • "Great movie!
    How exciting!"
    – Glenda Polwort Roberts

  • "This move is inspiring."
    – Elizabeth Greco

  • "...definitely go see the movie Different Drummers. You’ll leave the theater having been truly entertained,
    with memories from scenes that could lead to
    wonderful conversations with your children and others!”
    – Blake W. Folden
    Administrative Pastor
    Life Center Foursquare Church

  • "I enjoyed the film tonight at WorldFest Houston!
    – Laura Heuston

  • "We had about 10 people from the church attend
    and all were deeply moved and went on to share
    about the movie at the following worship service."
    – Pastor Jerry Springsten
    Spokane Valley Baptist

  • "They need to release this movie across the US
    so people can see it!!"
    – Amber Rush-Myers

  • "Everyone should go see this amazing movie!"
    – Amy Eilzabeth

  • "...that was an awesome movie!"
    – Rock Lamb

  • "Love love love this movie!!!
    All my Seattle peeps need to see it!!!"
    – Maria Robotti Trunkenbolz

  • "Thousands of research articles could not do for me what this move has in just a couple of hours.
    What an incredible story and, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you for telling it."
    – Morgan Belveal

  • "I am so excited that more people will be able to see this amazing movie!
    – Debbie Blum Lenius

  • "This is a great film!"
    – Bobb Drake

  • "Congratulations on a wonderful movie!
    We were talking about it all the way home."
    – Stacey Willms Adams

  • "Bravo!
    Took the family to Different Drummers today, loved it!"
    – Patricia Pertzborn Robinson

  • ". . . if you haven't seen Different Drummers,
    it's a MUST see feel good movie!"
    – Kasey Menard
    RE Specialist
  • "I've seen this and it was heart rending . . . a must see!"
    – Carolyn Nichols

  • "Wonderful job on this beautiful story by everyone involved!"
    – John Malcomson

  • "Went to Different Drummers last Saturday.
    Wow what a great movie!
    I absolutely loved it."
    – Dorothy Bennett

  • "Loved the movie and the music was amazing."
    – Karen Bockstruck

  • "We need more movies like this! Very good movie, highly recommend it."
    – Glenda Polwort Roberts

  • "I loved everything about this movie! I loved it so much I would definitely see it again!! :) awesome story and awesome actors..."
    – Kristen Panther

  • "You won't be sorry if you take the time to see this movie!"
    – Debi Titus

  • "Go see this movie a must."
    – Jeannine Chapman

  • "Loved it!"
    – Michelle Holland

  • "Loved LOVED the movie!!!!
    Thank you so much!!"
    – Kima Balderas

  • "Yay!
    We loved this movie."
    – Stephanie Graybeal

  • "The physical and emotional contrast between the characters . . . is the stuff of classic children’s literature."
    – Tom Keogh
    Seattle Times March 14, 2014

  • "... it is such an inspiring movie. I highly recommend everyone to see it!!"
    – Dana Curd-Boyd

  • "I loved this movie.
    All teachers should see this film.
    IT IS GREAT!!"
    – Kristie Yeager

  • "You won't be sorry if you take the time to see this movie!"
    – Debi Titus

  • "I just wanted to say that this story is amazingly beautiful."
    – Elena Kristín Pétursdóttir

  • "Saw it last night for the first time and it was truly awesome!!
    I cried so much at the end, loved it!!
    God bless you!!"
    – Megan Babbit Baldwin

  • "What a touching movie!"
    – Anne Allison



“Prepare to have the wind knocked out of a good way!”

John Robideaux - Robideaux Marketing


"The physical and emotional contrast between the characters... 
is the stuff of classic children’s literature."
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times

"Based on a true story, Different Drummers is one of those uplifting films that makes you want to go out and live life with everything you’ve got . . ."
Misty Layne - Rogue Cinema

"This is a story of friendship and faith and working toward change. We are pleased to award it our Dove Seal.
The Dove Foundation


“ inspiration for everyone...
it gives hope for living life to its fullest."

Phillip C. DeMio, MD - President, American Medical Autism Board



“Poignant, warm, sad, touching, and totally delightful.”

Derek Kavanagh - Producer,
Dances with Wolves


Different Drummers Synopsis  

Different Drummers is a deeply inspirational and transcendent family film - based on a true story - about the unusual spiritual journey and unlikely friendship of two boys growing up in Spokane, Washington in the mid 1960s. Eleven-year-old DAVID, wheelchair-bound by muscular dystrophy, is growing progressively weaker, while his friend, LYLE (10), struggles with with an increasingly high, and seemingly uncontrollable energy level. MISS O'DONNELL, the school principal, deals with his antics by requiring frequent runs around the 65435_10151219506294555_89126260_n.jpgplayground and recesses in the boiler room - under the supervision of the janitor, MR. MERRICK.


The school science fair is approaching - an event that takes place once a year on Parent Night. Lyle is unable to find a partner for his science project due to his reputation for recklessness (the year before he stuffed fireworks into a homemade volcano). Lyle befriends David as a last resort. In one of their first conversations, David informs Lyle that their teacher is about to die and states that the source of this sad revelation is God. When their teacher does die, a doubtful and confused Lyle feels he must find out for certain if God exists. When he doesn't get the answers he's searching for from Mr. Merrick or his parents, he decides to take matters into his own hands.

Inspired by his TV idol, JACK LALANNE, and his message of "working a miracle through intestinal fortitude and willpower," Lyle convinces David that he can teach him to run, secretly harboring this as a way to test the existence of God. By way of exchange, Lyle extracts a promise from David to533660_10151239839774555_1305153153_n.jpg help him create the World's Craziest-Coolest Bug Collection EVER, for the Parent Night science fair, taking advantage of all the secret places in the wild that Lyle knows to find bugs - oblivious to the fact that David is in a wheelchair. 

A pact is made, and when Lyle begins to twist the rules in a desperate attempt to give David some of his own excess energy, they come face to face with life's most transcendent and painful truths - and Lyle's question is ultimately answered, in a way he never could have imagined.

Different Drummers is a coming of age story that deals with the issue of hyperactivity, the crippling realities of childhood muscular dystrophy, and an exploration of the existence of God through the eyes of a child. This true story is at once heartbreaking and uplifting - each viewer's journey will be unique...and unforgettable.





Different Drummers is recommended family entertainment by The Dove Foundation and has been rated family-approved and faith-friendly for all ages. 



What's New


March 14, 2014 - Seattle Open

63 days into it's theatrical release Different Drummers opens in Seattle at the AMC Southcenter 16. Opening night is tonight and the 7:30 showing will be attended by both directors, as well as actors Lisa Coronado, MegMcLynn and Colleen Carey and the movie's co-star, Brayden Tucker. 

The opening at Southcenter will be followed with a run at Alderwood beginning Friday March 21st, 2014.

Feb 23, 2014 - SELLOUT!

Jim and Alanna Crouch bought out an entire showing, 240 seats, of Different Drummers and gave tickets to family, friends and community. We had lots of great conversation afterwards with a fun book-signing and free posters. 

Feb 21, 2014 - CDA REGAL!

Different Drummers opened at Coeur d'Alene Riverstone Regal Cinemas today with great community support. The school district has placed posters in all the schools, the jumbtron on the freeway has a video ad for Different Drummers, the yogurt shop across from the theater (Grooveberries) is promoting the movie by offering "blue sprinkles,' the Riverstone Regal Cinemas - Stadium 14 - is playing the traller on all fourteen screens, Tyler Wilson, with the Coeur d'Alene press has printed a great article about the movie with an interview with co-writer.director, Don Caron,and more...

It promises to be a great opening weekend at the Lake City!

Feb 1, 2014 - New Openings

Different Drummers has finalized arrangements for four additional theatres in the Spokane and Seattle areas. First, on Feb 7, 2014 Different Drummers will open at the Wandermere Village Center Cinemas for an extended run. Then, on February 21, Different Drummers will release at the Riverpoint Regal Stadium in Coeur d'Alene. On March 14 the first Seattle area showing will begin at the SouthCenter AMC in Tukwila followed by a March 21st opening at the Alderwood AMC in Linwood. Help us spread the word!

Jan 27, 2014 - Still on Top!

Different Drummers moved well into the lead on ticket sales at River Park Square AMC 20 this weekend pulling away from the nationwide number one "Lone Survivor" and outperforming other new studio movies by a wide margin. We've been approached by Village Center Cinemas for an opening at Wandermere and Regal Cinemas in Coeur D'Alene. AMC is negotiating with us for an opening in the Seattle Area.

Jan 20, 2014 - Top Box Office!

Different Drummers tops box office sales for the second weekend in a row at the River Park Square AMC 20, once again beating out several new releases from the big studios and a host of long-running blockbusters. It turns out that most people do not leave the theatre after Different Drummers is finished, but sit through the entire credit roll and then congregate in the hallway outside the theatre discussing the movie. Combine that with long lines waiting to get into the next showing and there's some significant congestion going on. AMC added fifteen more minutes between showings of Different Drummers to help rectify this problem. 

Jan 13, 2014 - Success!

Different Drummers opening weekend at the River Park Square AMC 20 was an enormous success. Different Drummers outperformed all of the other 17 movies currently showing including such studio blockbusters as Frozen, Lone Survivor and The Hobbit - with an opening gross on a single screen of over $19000, a higher per screen average than any other movie showing anywhere in the country!


Advance ticket sales  have continued to be active with schools and other groups buying blocks of tickets and even renting a theatre for a private showing. 

Jan 10, 2014 - Grand Opening!

Different Drummers opens today at the Riverpark Square AMC 20 in downtown Spokane. The amount of pre-sold tickets, in the hundreds as far as three weeks out, prompted the AMC management to place Different Drummers in Theater 17, the largest room in the 20 screen complex. For all indications the position was justified, as the lines are filling the hallways of the theater as people wait to get into the next showing!

Dec 31, 2013 - Cover Story

Different Drummers is the featured cover story in the Liberty Lake Splash Magazine, January issue. An article by Craig Howard focuses on the theatrical release on January 10, 2014 and the hundreds of local cast and crew involved in the making of the film, including over 50 Individuals from Liberty Lake. You can read the article here.

Dec 18, 2013 - TICKETS

Tickets for Different Drummers went on sale today on the AMC website, Fandango at all other national theatrical ticket vendors. Different Drummers is opening on a single screen at the River Park Square AMC 20, on January 10, 2014 and will run there as long as tickets sales continue at a competitive level. Group rates are available. Purchase your tickets HERE. Enter the date you prefer in the dropdown next to the zip code entry box. 

Dec 3, 2013 - MDA

Different Drummers joins forces with the Spokane Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association in a local annual fundraiser known as the MDA Lockup. Local celebrities are put "in jail" and held there until they raise their own bail. We're proud to announce that Brayden Tucker, the co-star of Different Drummers is, as of this moment,  officially in jail. We encourage everyone to make a contribution so he will be out in time to enjoy the premiere of his movie!

Nov 20, 2013 - Accolades

Different Drummers received notification from the International Accolade Competition of an award of Merit for Family/Children Features. The Accolade Competition has been a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices in film-making for ten years. The Accolade is an international awards competition which has recognized productions from all over the world including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela and Vietnam.

Nov 15, 2013 - MPAA Rating

Different Drummers received its official rating of PG from the Motion Picture Association of America. Tracey Downs, the Senior Rater at MPAA was kind enough to explain why we weren't able to achieve a G rating. The wording they decided on was "rated PG for thematic elements, some mischief and brief smoking. By way of explanation, the elements that the wording refers to are the wheelchair ride, the janitor smoking his pipe, and some adult discussions that take place. 

Nov 6, 2013 - AFM

Co-Directors Lyle Hatcher and Don Caron attended the  American Film Market in Santa Monica, CA where they met Different Drummers' International Distributors, Rod Hopping and Brendan Styles. Negotiations are underway with potential US Theatrical Distribution companies

Oct 18, 2013 - New Artwork

Rod Hopping, our distributor at Heritage HM, just sent a sample of some new artwork for the Different Drummers branding. We'd like to get some feedback on the change, so please let us know what you think by weighing in on our Facebook page:

And by the way, while you're there, give us a like if it wouldn't be too much trouble. Thanks! We're trying to get to 5,000 likes by the end of the year, in time for the January 10 theatrical release date. 

Oct 16, 2013 AMC Website

Different Drummers now has an official presence on the AMC website with the poster, the trailer and the synopsis and the release date of January 10, 2014. No ticket purchases available yet but that is coming soon, very soon. You can check it out here: Different Drummers at AMC.

Oct 13, 2013 - Fandango

Different Drummers is now represented on the Fandango Website: trailer, synopsis and poster. You can sign up for a FanAlert on the Different Drummers landing page if youw ant to know when tickets come available. The opening will be on January 10, 2014 at the River Park Square AMC in Spokane, WA. Different Drummers on Fandango.

Oct 11, 2013 - Countdown

The countdown clock has officially started, ticking away the seconds from now until Different Drummers opens with its theatrical release at the AMC Riverpark Square in Spokane, WA on Friday January 10, 2014 - nine years after the project began and 15 months after the first day of shooting in October of 2013.  

Oct 5, 2013 - In Theaters

Different Drummers will kick off it's theatrical release in Spokane, WA on Friday January 10, 2014 at the AMC Riverpark Square Theaters. Watch for news on when and where to buy tickets as well as future updates on Different Drummers in other cities. Different Drummers at AMC.

Oct 4, 2013 - Public Speaking

Lyle Hatcher, co-author and co-director of Different Drummers will be the featured keynote speaker at the third annual Wellness Celebration and Rally, taking place October 10, 2013 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Spokane Convention Center in Spokane WA. 

The event will fature fahsion makeovers, a runway luncheon (gluten-free and vegetarian options available with advance purchase), silent auction, raffles, vendor booths and more. This event is sponsored by the Spokane-Eastern WA Chapter of the Women's Council of Realtors

For tickets or more information contact Helen Pavlischak - 509-939-0696 - or Jennifer Valerien - 509-869-3828 -

Tickets are $35 in advance and $50 at the door. Tables for 10 can be reserved for $350.

Oct 3, 2013 - Kindle Version

THE KINDLE VERSION of Different Drummers is now available at It is identical the original edition of th book except it doesn't have the photos or the table of contents. We've offered a sharing feature with the Kindle version that allows you to share the book with friends and family for only 99 cents per share. 

Visit our Kindle Page on Amazon by clicking the linke below:

Different Drummers Kindle Book on Amazon

Oct 2, 2013 - Soundtrack

NOW AVAILABLE: The Soundtrack to Different Drummers is now available for download on iTunes, both the full album and individual tracks. You can also audition the tracks to enable you to find the one you're looking for. 

Visit our page on itunes by clicking the link below:

Different Drummers Soundtrack on iTunes

For those of you who prefer the "old-school" approach where you buy an actual CD (sorry no vinyl) you can also do that at Also, if you don't have iTunes and don't want it you can audition and download individual tracks on CDBaby as well. 

Visit our page on CDBaby by clicking the link below:
Different Drummers Soundtrack on

Oct 1, 2013 - Paperback

The paperback version of the book Different Drummers is now available on This second edition of the book, in paperback is identical to the Hardbound Collectors Edition with an updated cover that matches the movie poster.
The collectors edition hardbound copies with the original covers are now only available directly from the directors at speaking engagements and other public events.

Visit our page on by clicking the link below: 
Different Drummers paperback on Amazon

Sept 30, 2013 - Distribution

Today Different Drummers LLC signed a worldwide distribution agreement with Heritage HM, a distribution company based in Australia. The Heritage tagline is "Movies change people, people change the world!" For us, that says it all.

Check back for updates on the Spokane Theatrical Release date and theatrical showings in other cities. More information coming soon. 

Visit Heritage HM online at

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