Angel Studios’ First Original Feature Film THE SHIFT to Debut in Theaters December 1st

First-Time Director Brock Heasley’s Indie Thriller Features Neal McDonough, Sean Astin, Kristoffer Polaha, and Liz Tabish

Provo, UT—September 12, 2023—Updated February 15, 2024

Angel Studios, the studio and distributor behind the global blockbuster SOUND OF FREEDOM, is announcing the December 1, 2023 theatrical release of its first Angel Original film, THE SHIFT.  The sci-fi thriller stars Neal McDonough (MINORITY REPORT, Yellowstone), Sean Astin (Stranger Things, THE LORD OF THE RINGS), Kristoffer Polaha (WONDER WOMAN 1984, Mad Men), Liz Tabish (The Chosen), Paras Patel (The Chosen), and Rose Reid (FINDING YOU, SURPRISED BY OXFORD), and was written and directed by Brock Heasley for producer Ken Carpenter’s Nook Lane Entertainment.

“THE SHIFT is a bold project that defies labels and is unlike anything in the market,” said Jeffrey Harmon, Chief Content Officer of Angel Studios. “Director Brock Heasley’s dedication, tenacity, and vision reminds me of our history at Angel. Eight years ago, he came up with a concept and made a short film for $500. Then, Brock joined up with our team, an incredible cast, and the Angel Guild to crowdfund and produce a one of a kind project. The origin story of funding and producing The Shift is as unique and compelling as the plot of the film itself. I believe many up and coming filmmakers will model their own careers after what Brock Heasley has accomplished with Angel Studios.” 

“The creative ethos at Angel fostered the opportunity to shape this unique blend of sci-fi, romance, and allegory,” said Ken Carpenter, Producer of THE SHIFT. “They gave us the runway to make a film that charts new territory.”

THE SHIFT is the story of Kevin Garner (Polaha) who encounters a mysterious adversary known as The Benefactor (McDonough). When Kevin refuses The Benefactor’s enticing offer of wealth and power, he is shifted into an alternate totalitarian regime where he encounters infinite worlds and impossible choices as he attempts to return to the woman he loves (Tabish).  

The cast also includes John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise, EMILY THE CRIMINAL), Jason Marsden (Boy Meets World), Nolan North (UNCHARTED), and Emily Rose (HAVEN), and Jordan Walker Ross from the Angel Original series The Chosen.


About Angel Studios:  Angel Studios is the home of stories that amplify light. Through the Angel Guild, tens of thousands of  “Angel” investors choose which titles the studio will next distribute. Angel Studios allows creators and audiences to form passionate communities around their creative projects, making the story behind the story as important as the final project itself. The Chosen and Dry Bar Comedy—two of Angel Studios’ projects—have earned billions of views around the world, and now SOUND OF FREEDOM has become a global box-office hit. Learn more at