'Lifted' will be first film for Coronet

12-year-old Uriah Shelton stars

Newcomer Uriah Shelton is starring in Lexi Alexander's indie drama "Lifted," which also is serving as the inaugural film of producer Deborah Del Prete's Coronet Films.

"Lifted" stars 12-year-old Shelton as a singer whose family life is disrupted when his Marine father is re-deployed to Afghanistan. The boy, despite many obstacles, is inspired to compete in a teen singing competition.

Dash Mihok, Nicky Aycox, James Handy, "American Idol's" Ruben Studdard and country star Trace Adkins also are in the movie, which shoots in and around Birmingham, Ala.

The movie is being touted as the first production to be made under Alabama's new film incentive program.

The film is being made in association with Birmingham-based Hunter Films, whose principals Alan and Hugh Hunter act as co-producers.

Del Prete was part of Odd Lot Entertainment, which she ran with Gigi Pritzker for 23 years. Odd Lot produced Alexander's "Green Street Hooligans." Del Prete left Odd Lot in the spring in the wake of the company's boxoffice failure "The Spirit."