Bayonnenative John Alex Grant is one of the lead actors in the independent feature film Sister Patchouli

johngrantphoto-2.jpgJohn Alex Grant Actor from Bayonne Has a Lead Role
in Movie Premiering October 9th

Premiering on Thursday, October 9, at the Sondheim Theatre in Fairfield, Iowa.

My Town Pictures, winner of the top Award of Excellence from the Iowa Motion Picture Association in 2007 and 2008, has produced more than 25 feature film films since 1999 and has won 11 national Telly Awards.

Scott Thompson, founder of My Town Pictures, wrote and directed Sister Patchouli. Thompson has written and directed a total of 32 feature-length films. Grant is also featured in another film written and directed by Thompson titled “Stopping Utah” premiering October 8th at the Fleur Cinema in Des Moines, Iowa.

As a professional actor, Grant is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and has also performed as a hip-hop dancer in a local Bayonne rap group “D-Max and The Brother Divine.”

Grant’s performances have been taking him coast-to-coast, but he started acting at the age of 5-years-old after seeing his older sister, Cordelia Grant, in the lead part, as Annie, at the P.A.L. in Bayonne, New Jersey.

Grant said, “My first performance was as a child dancer in a local Bayonne production of The King and I and that’s when the acting bug bit me.”

Since Grant’s early start, he has appeared in several plays and showcases, such as Our Town, It’s My Life, GODSPELL, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which was his Hollywood debut with COLSAC – Coleman Studio (Black Box Theatre).

While in California Grant completed a student film called The Garden and appeared as an extra in several television shows such as 10-8, The Division and American Dream.

Grant attended Waldorf College in Forest City, IA and graduated from Iowa’s Wartburg College. He now resides in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with wife, Amy, and daughter, Delana.

Sister Patchouli is a romantic comedy about a woman, played by Sondra Ward, who is nicknamed Sister Patchouli because her parents, as she says, “dreamed of raising me as a gift to the world…to become a nun or a peace activist.” Instead, she lives what she believes to be a failed life as an ordinary woman. Yet there is nothing ordinary about her or her life.

The Sister Patchouli auditions were held in February and the film was shot in May using 14 locations around Fairfield, Iowa. This family-friendly film will also be available on DVD. Sister Patchouli has a running time of an hour and 51 minutes. For more information and for ordering the DVD, go to

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