November 15th, 2016 | Articles | Comments »
True story of race against time to save American medical missionaries stricken with Ebola comes to theaters, one night only, March 30, 2017
“Facing Darkness—a documentary from Samaritan’s Purse and Executive Producer Franklin Graham—claimed the Best Feature Documentary Premiere Award at the 2016 Heartland Film Festival. FACING DARKNESS brings to life the true story of Brantly and Nancy Writebol, two American aid workers in West Africa stricken in 2014 with the deadly Ebola virus, and the race against time to get them home and save their lives. Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse reports,
“We are grateful for this award and give all of the glory to God for it. We made this movie because it is important to us to let the world know how the Lord worked through Samaritan’s Purse to save the lives of Kent and Nancy.”
Featuring interviews with those who fought the Ebola outbreak firsthand, FACING DARKNESS was filmed on location in Liberia and the U.S. where the events took place. It is a story of true heroes, risking their lives in an effort to stem one of the deadliest epidemics of the century. Ebola infected more than 28,000 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, and claimed more than 11,000 lives.
Brantly and Writebol were in ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, fighting the surge of the killer virus when they caught the disease themselves. The team at Samaritan’s Purse worked around the clock toward the only hope for Brantly and Writebol. It was something that had never been done—evacuate the Ebola patients to the U.S. for treatment and cure.
FACING DARKNESS not only tells the story of saving Brantly and Writebol, it shows what happens when people choose compassion over fear in service to others.
FACING DARKNESS premieres in theaters nationwide in a one-night Fathom event, March 30, 2017. Besides the Heartland Film Festival award, the film also earned an Award of Excellence from the Accolade Global Film Competition.
Official site: FacingDarknessMovie.com
Greg Sorvig, the Heartland festival’s director of programming and marketing said,
“A powerful documentary, FACING DARKNESS is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of conviction and hope in the face of despair. Congratulations to the Samaritan’s Purse team on bringing Dr. Kent Brantly’s story to screen. Heartland Film Festival audiences have been inspired and transformed.”
The festival—celebrating its 25th year—drew 250 entrants and featured more than 130 independent films. Heartland’s mission is to…
“inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film.” The festival selects films that “inspire and uplift, educate and inform, or have the ability to shift audiences’ perspectives on the world.”
October 26th, 2016 | Articles | Comments »
an atheist reporter’s surprising road to faith comes to life on film
In 1980, Lee Strobel’s award-winning investigative reporting earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. Things at home weren’t going nearly as well. His wife Leslie’s newfound faith in Christ compels Lee to utilize his journalistic and legal training to disprove the claims of Christianity—pitting his resolute atheism against her growing faith. Based on Strobel’s bestselling book of the same name, THE CASE FOR CHRIST is a dramatic and heartfelt telling of their compelling journey. Coming to theaters in 2017, this moving story is said to be for everyone who has ever pondered the existence of God… and what role He could play in their lives.
Author Lee Strobel reports,
“The book The Case for Christ lays out the overwhelming foundation of evidence from which personal faith can rise. The film gives the dramatic story behind the story of a man with personal animosity for Christianity who used journalistic and legal techniques to evaluate its claims. THE CASE FOR CHRIST takes audiences on an exciting journey from skepticism to belief.”
The dramatic feature film draws on the true story of Lee and Leslie Strobel, whose marriage struggled mightily as her growing faith collided with his determined atheism. The dramatic retelling of their journey offers heart and a human touch on the in-depth research Lee Strobel conducted. THE CASE FOR CHRIST is a moving story that will inspire everyone who sees it: believers, those who are searching for answers, and even those who are where Lee Strobel once was.
From Pure Flix and production company Triple Horse Studios, THE CASE FOR CHRIST stars Mike Vogel (“The Help”), Erika Christensen (“Parenthood”), Academy Award® winner Faye Dunaway (“Bonnie and Clyde,” “Chinatown”), Academy Award® nominee Robert Forster (“Jackie Brown”), L. Scott Caldwell (“Lost”) and Frankie Faison (“The Wire”).
Triple Horse (Covington, GA) previously “Vanished: Left Behind – Next Generation” (2016), “Laughing at the Moon” (2016), “Sweet Sweet Summertime” (2017), “Stand Your Ground” (2013), “Max Lucado 3:16: Stories of Hope” (2015), and “One Generation Away” (2015).
Jonathan M. Gunn (“Do You Believe?”) directs THE CASE FOR CHRIST, written by Brian Bird, (“When Calls the Heart,” “Touched by an Angel”) and based on Strobel’s book, published by Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing.
In 1980, after he won prestigious awards for investigative journalism, Lee Strobel (Mike Vogel) was promoted to legal affairs editor for the Chicago Tribune. When his wife, Leslie (Erika Christensen) became a Christian, Lee utilized his journalistic and legal training to disprove the claims of Christianity. Working as an investigative reporter would, Strobel interviewed leading scholars on Evangelicalism and Christianity, offering them an opportunity to defend their views. Contrary to his intent, Strobel’s investigative efforts convinced him of Christianity’s reliability. The book became a worldwide best-seller and launched Strobel in a new direction—defending Christianity himself.
THE CASE FOR CHRIST will be distributed by Pure Flix and is produced by Michael Scott, David A. R. White, Karl Horstmann and Brittany Lefebvre, and is set to release theatrically in the Spring of 2017.
Official site and trailer: TheCaseForChristMovie.com
October 17th, 2016 | Articles | Comments »
Flawless Production Inc. (Tarzana, California) has released the first trailer for their upcoming action drama “The Second Coming of Christ.” The main protagonist is a female atheist scientist experiencing end events leading up to Christ’s return. Experienced cast members include Golden Globe nominee Tom Sizemore (“Saving Private Ryan”), Oscar® nominee Sally Kirkland (“JFK,” “Bruce Almighty”), Jason London (“Dazed and Confused”), Diana Angelson (“The Impaler,” “Armenia, My Love”), Quinton Aaron (“The Blind Side”), Natalie Burn (“Expendables 3”), Al Sapienza (“Sopranos,” “House of Cards”) and Meredith Salinger (“The Journey”). The poster pictured here includes the words “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive —Corinthians 15:22.” The film’s length is 1 hour and 32 minutes, and it is currently scheduled for release March 17, 2017, but a distributor has not yet been named.
Director/Writer Daniel Anghelcev reports,
“The Second Coming of Christ revisits the fascinating and controversial decades-long debate about religion versus science; but with a timely, relevant and cautionary tale that incorporates the potential dangers of genetically modifying foods. There are multiple layers to this film that people can relate to with many surprises along the way.”
Co-writer and lead actress Diana Angelson stars as Dr. Beatrix Cera, a famous entomologist hired by New World Genetics Corporation, the leader in genetically engineered foods, to research the causes and effects of dying crops. Her findings indicate that after years of experimenting with food, nature has taken its toll and deadly mutations occurred within crops. The pollinators, mainly the honeybees, have spread these mutations to the entire plant kingdom, which means a slow, but total extinction.
Desperately trying to defy God by creating an “immortal gene” in bees, Beatrix finds herself in an urgent struggle between evil and good.
Another character in the film is Dr. John Zachary (Jason London), a former billionaire and Nobel Prize recipient for curing cancer, who has dedicated his life to help others by restoring their faith. It is his belief that “only through loving one another, people can have God forgive them and save the Earth, together.” He and Beatrix join to “fight for her dying daughter’s life… and all of mankind.”
We are not currently familiar with this producer or what their Christian background may be. This is Flawless Production’s 3rd feature film. Previous productions are “Armenia, My Love” (2016) and the horror movie “Dracula The Impaler” (2013). In development are a World War 2 drama and the biography of a Romanian priest.
The film’s first trailer can be viewed at Vimeo— https://vimeo.com/176240029
Official site: http://thesecondcomingofchristmovie.com/
September 30th, 2016 | Articles | Comments »
After initially denying Church on the Hill and Movie to Movement’s request to preview the groundbreaking new film “Voiceless” in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on October 2, 2016, Court officials granted permission.
After two weeks of communications and meetings with Court officials, in which the screening request was denied three separate times, and less than 48 hours away from filing a lawsuit to assert Church on the Hill and Rev. Patrick Mahoney’s First Amendment rights, the Court reversed course and settled on a plan to screen “Voiceless” in front of the Court.
According to organizers, this is the first time the Supreme Court has ever permitted a film to be shown in front of the Court. This is not only a historic victory for free speech and the First Amendment, but also a powerful opportunity to give a voice to the millions of innocent children who have no voice of their own.
The award-winning film “Voiceless” introduces viewers to a discharged soldier who discovers an abortion clinic operating across the street from his Philadelphia church. He struggles to motivate his church to get involved in protecting unborn babies, and eventually must decide whether to risk it all to fight for what is right.
Filmmakers say that “Voiceless” is the first pro-life film that powerfully addresses the reasons why most people don’t engage the injustice of abortion. This film is brilliantly designed to inspire and motivate the church to action.
Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Pastor of the Washington, D.C. based Church on the Hill and Director of the Christian Defense Coalition states,
“We celebrate this historic victory for the First Amendment and free speech by showing the film “Voiceless” on the most hallowed public space in America. That is, the public sidewalk in front of the United States Supreme Court. As we had to fight to have this powerful film shown, we will continue to be a loud and prophetic voice for human rights and justice working to end the violence of abortion. We will continue to be a “voice” for the “voiceless” until abortion ends up on the scrapheap of history like slavery and segregation.”
“Voiceless” Executive Producer Jason Jones said,
“I served as executive producer on Voiceless and founded Movie to Movement to use art to overturn laws that deny legal protection to the child in the womb. We are making a statement at the Supreme Court that the child in the womb demands full legal protection from the violence of abortion, and even if the Court refuses to recognize the inalienable rights of the human person, we will continue to proclaim them through the power and beauty of film.”
Constitutional attorney Catherine Glenn Foster said,
“This is an unprecedented victory for the First Amendment, and we are delighted that the Supreme Court is partnering with us in affirming the constitutional rights of all Americans. On October 2, we will be screening the powerful pro-life film “Voiceless” in front of the Supreme Court, the first film ever permitted to be shown there. We are using this historic opportunity to give a voice to the more than one million children tragically aborted every year in America alone, and invigorate the church to speak out against the violence of abortion. The First Amendment guarantees that every American can use his or her voice to advocate for life, and this film reveals the need for each one of us to honor our duty to speak out for the least of these, our fellow man.”
“Voiceless” will be shown on Sunday, October 2, at 6:30 P.M. on the eve of the Supreme Court’s 2016 Term and in the midst of a heated presidential race, with both candidates making the Supreme Court a central issue in their campaigns.
There will be also be a candlelight prayer vigil as part of the October 2 film presentation.
“Voiceless” opens in theaters nationwide on October 7, 2016.
September 19th, 2016 | Articles | Comments »
Citizens United has announced the upcoming release of their thought-provoking documentary starring “The Duck Commander” Phil Robertson in a passion project coming to select theaters on October 7th, 2016.
Phil makes a compelling argument on the absurdity of life without God. Featuring real-life footage from events throughout history and leading up to the modern day crisis of radical Islamic terrorism, Phil personally guides viewer through a journey that includes Athens, Greece; Rome, Italy, Paris, France; and even the notorious Nazi death camp of World War II, Auschwitz. With a biblical perspective, Phil covers events ranging from the creation of the atomic bomb, the impact of the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement. He uses these events to illustrate that God is the only meaningful anchor to a civilized society and calls on all of us to consider our faith.
In the mid-’70s, Phil turned his life over to the Lord and made dramatic changes. Phil Robertson is not only known as The Duck Commander, but also he has built a reputation across the country for his faith and belief in the Almighty. Every year, he is invited to speak to hundreds of churches and organizations, telling them what the Lord has done for him and what the Lord can do for them.
“Torchbearer” is directed and co-written by Stephen K. Bannon. Bannon is an award-winning filmmaker with previous titles including “Generation Zero,” “The Undefeated,” “Occupy Unmasked” and “The Hope & The Change”.
Mr. Bannon is a former Naval Officer who is the Executive Chairman of Breitbart News. He is on a temporary leave of absence as he is currently the CEO of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
The film was produced by David N. Bossie who has served as president of Citizens United since 2001. Bossie has produced more than two dozen documentaries. Recent productions include: “Rocky Mountain Heist” hosted by Michelle Malkin, “Occupy Unmasked” featuring the late conservative icon Andrew Breitbart, “Our Sacred Honor” with Senator Rick Santorum, “The Gift of Life” with Governor Mike Huckabee, and the award winning films “Nine Days That Changed The World” and “Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny” hosted by Callista and Newt Gingrich. Bossie is currently on a temporary leave of absence from Citizens United, as he is currently the Deputy Campaign Manager of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
“Torchbearer” is based on a story by Zach Dasher.
The film will also have a day and date release on various digital and VOD platforms including Comcast, Dish, iTunes, Vudu, Amazon and more.
More information is available at www.torchbearermovie.com.
About Citizens United
Citizens United is a leading producer of conservative documentary films. Citizens United was founded in 1988 as a public policy advocacy organization that promotes traditional American values including limited government, free enterprise, belief in God, strong families and national security and sovereignty. For more information about Citizens United visit the organization’s Web site at citizensunited.org.
September 2nd, 2016 | Articles | Comments »
“Decisions” film available as a free evangelism tool for churches, individuals and organizations
Over the last 12 years, millions around the world have heard the Gospel through My Hope, a ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. My Hope is set to launch an all-new 30-minute program entitled “Decisions” which will be accessible—free of charge—anywhere via television broadcast, Internet streaming and DVD.
“Decisions” features a Gospel message from Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and looks at the lives of people of different ages and backgrounds who have heard the Gospel through Graham’s 2016 Decision America Tour and made life-changing decisions to follow Christ.
“I’ve been talking to people about the importance of decisions. I see thousands of people faced with a choice… and I want [them] to know the truth,” said Franklin Graham. “Any time you have a crowd of people, I can guarantee there will be somebody in that crowd that doesn’t know Jesus Christ. So, every time I’m at the microphone I’m going to give the Gospel.”
Through the Decision America Tour, Franklin Graham is holding prayer rallies in each state capital encouraging Christians to vote, to live out their faith in every part of their lives, and to pray for our nation. As the tour travels to all 50 states in 2016, Graham is presenting the simple truth of the Gospel—the hope found through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
“Decisions,” the 2016 installment of the evangelistic films available from My Hope, follows in succession of previous films: “Value of a Soul” (2015); “Heaven” (2014); and “The Cross” (2013). Beginning September 1, 2016, churches and individuals will be able to download the full program or view it at that time at MyHopewithBillyGraham.org. A free DVD version of “Decisions,” including “A Time for Decision: Pray, Vote, Engage,” a special 30-minute program that goes behind the scenes of the Decision America Tour, will also be available. Pre-orders are now being taken with shipment expected in early fall.
“Decisions” will also be shown as the Billy Graham television special airing on local and Christian networks beginning October 10, 2016. Check local listings for airings in your area.
“We are very happy to offer this resource to the church which will powerfully present the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Steve Rhoads, vice president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, who is responsible for My Hope globally. “The church in the United States has a unique opportunity at this moment to proclaim Jesus, who offers hope and redemption to a lost world. We pray that the good news will be preached and that God will bring a revival to His people.”
For more information on My Hope, including tips on how the available free resources can be used, visit MyHopewithBillyGraham.org. You can participate by pre-ordering your free copy of “Decisions” and beginning to pray and prepare for an event in your community.
About My Hope
Beginning in 2002, My Hope has been implemented in 60 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East. More than 305,000 churches and 4 million individuals have participated, and more than 10 million salvation and rededication decisions for Jesus Christ have been reported. My Hope was first implemented in United States in 2013, and has since reported more than 200,000 decisions for Christ.
This year, My Hope field representatives across the nation have been meeting and encouraging local pastors in their efforts to reach people with the Gospel. In addition to last year’s film titled “Value of a Soul,” churches continue to use other films like “Heaven,” “Defining Moments,” and “The Cross,” which collectively have seen nearly 2.25 million views on YouTube and more than 1 million copies distributed on DVD.
Meanwhile, a new film called “The Worth of a Soul” will release this fall in the UK in conjunction with My Hope UK.
Pure Flix Alliance hosts I AM HOPE Movement in conjunction with powerful new film based on the true story of Columbine victim Rachel Joy Scott, “I’m Not Ashamed”
August 29th, 2016 | Articles | Comments »
In conjunction with the October 21, 2016 release of the inspiring true story, “I’m Not Ashamed,” Pure Flix Alliance and thousands of ministries across the nation are joining forces in outreach and service through the I AM HOPE movement.
I AM HOPE is a movement inspired by Rachel Joy Scott, one of the lives tragically lost in the 1999 Columbine High School massacre.
Emphasizing all areas of ministry about which Rachel was passionate during her 17 years on earth, I AM HOPE includes a four-week discipleship program empowering youth to share their faith. The campaign is designed for church leaders to kick-off on Sept. 28 at “See You At The Pole” and culminates with concerted service opportunities in communities nationwide following the October 21, 2016 release of “I’m Not Ashamed.”
“We are praying that with God’s help we can create a national movement of youth across the country who will stand up and declare “I’m not ashamed of my faith” just as Rachel Joy Scott bravely did in 1999,” said Franklin Santagate, vice president of global strategic alliances for Pure Flix Entertainment. “Our hope is to encourage a generation to be voices for Christ in their schools and communities. Rachel’s life story and her desire to boldly proclaim Jesus” name, as told in “I’m Not Ashamed,” should be an example and inspiration to us all.”
The movement, running Sept. 26 through Oct. 30, is comprised of four weeks of discipleship, one week of outreach and one week of volunteer work. The discipleship sessions will focus on equipping students with a basic Gospel outline, overcoming fear related to sharing the Gospel, preparing students to share their personal stories and testimonies, and engaging students in their school with the Gospel.
Additionally, Pure Flix is launching an I AM HOPE app that will be launched during the “See You At The Pole” events and includes the I AM HOPE movement curriculum along with music videos from Christian artists Abigail Duhon and Jeremy Camp, both singing their creative interpretations of “I’m Not Ashamed.”
During the fifth week of the program, youth ministry members are encouraged to purchase a movie ticket for themselves and two for outreach to a family, friend, student or neighbor who does not know the Lord.
“‘I’m Not Ashamed’ is more than a movie telling a powerful and inspiring story of faith; it is also a call to action,” said Santagate. “We want to encourage Christian leaders everywhere to join the thousands of ministries already involved and get their youth groups engaged with this unique national opportunity.”
For more information about I AM HOPE, please visit imnotashamedfilm.com/iamhope.
Opening in theaters Oct. 21, “I’m Not Ashamed” stars Masey McLain, Ben Davies, Sadie Robertson, Korie Robertson, Jaci Velasquez and Jennifer O’Neill. Based on Rachel’s honest and heartfelt journals, the film is a hope-filled reminder that when we put our lives in God’s hands, we can make a world of difference. Information about the film and purchasing group tickets is available at imnotashamedfilm.com.
July 29th, 2016 | Articles | Comments »
Filmmaker Ray Comfort, whose movies have been seen by millions, claims to destroy atheism with one scientific question, which he reveals in a new movie called “The Atheist Delusion.“
Comfort, co-host of the award-winning television program “The Way of the Master,“ said regarding atheists“ assertions that there is no God, “Having to point out the existence of the Creator is like having to point out the sun at noon on a clear day. Despite this, a popular skeptic adage is “Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence,“ and thanks to modern science we have that extraordinary evidence. Outspoken atheists such as Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins say that they would believe in God if there was scientific evidence. This movie calls their bluff.“
After reviewing the film, author and CNN consultant Matt Barber said, “Somehow you managed, in less than an hour, to make the case, beyond any reasonable doubt, for the Creator God…This is your masterpiece.“ Filmmaker Alex Kendrick (“Fireproof” and “War Room”) called it “Powerful!“ and said, “It will confirm that there is a God.“ Ryan Gatti, State Senator for Louisiana, said, “Wow! No one can deny the Creator after seeing this!“
Comfort explained that he made the movie after taking a camera to Southern California universities and asking atheists a scientific question that he’d never asked atheists before. “To my astonishment, those who were open to reason changed their minds about the existence of God in minutes,“ Comfort claims.
“You can see the light come on in their eyes. We also were able to interview outspoken atheist Professor Lawrence Krauss, the well-known theoretical physicist, and show the scientific flaw in his arguments against the existence of God.“
According to the movie’s promotional material, “The Atheist Delusion pulls back the curtain and reveals what is going on in the mind of those who deny the obvious. Follow a number of atheists as they go where the evidence leads and display an honesty that is rarely seen on film.” Comfort said,
“The movie reveals what every atheist prays he will never find.“
A pre-release digital download of the movie was just released and is available now at AtheistMovie.com
Official Trailer: youtu.be/Awpzsi4YUHs
Within two days of its release, thousands have purchased an early viewing of a one-hour movie that its producers claim destroys atheism with one scientific question. The film, “The Atheist Delusion,” will be released on YouTube in two months. The executive producer, Ray Comfort, said,
“Just a few years ago atheism was entering the Promised Land. Books by new atheists such as Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Sam Harris were topping the New York Times Best Seller list. However, the landscape seems to have drastically changed. Hitchens has sadly passed away, Dawkins has suffered a stroke, and Harris has fallen from favor after being accused of racism and bigotry. And the much anticipated 2016 Reason Rally, which organizers expected would draw 30,000 atheists to Washington, D.C., managed to attract a mere 2,000, by some atheist estimates.
It seems the atheists have argued their case in the public forum and it was dismissed for lack of evidence. People have more sense of reason than atheists give them credit for.”
Comfort, whose movies have been seen by millions, believes his film is the final nail in the coffin for atheism, adding,
“The atheist’s pretense is over. The movie provides irrefutable scientific proof of the Creator for those who will listen.”
July 14th, 2016 | Articles | 1 Comment »
A headstrong father who’s a Project Development Engineer, takes a opportunistic getaway while struggling with a past hurt, leaving his family to take on unforeseen circumstances causing him to examine himself for complete healing to take place.
After years as a successful actress and singer, Nikki R. Miller founded NRM Faith Based Films to fill the growing void for quality, family-oriented films that emphasize stories of faith and hope. CHANGE OF HEART (Publication date: July 19, 2016) is Miller’s powerful novelization of the film company’s forthcoming movie of the same name, currently in pre-production with partner Buffalo 8 Productions out of Beverly Hills, CA. The novel is a riveting tale that examines the damage done to families by long-harbored anger and resentment and the redemption available to those who seek it.
In CHANGE OF HEART, Calvin Hardy Jr. is a man who seems to have it all: a loving wife, healthy, active children and a successful career as a project development engineer. Yet, he is so consumed with anger toward his father that it threatens to destroy any chance of happiness he has at home. Driven by deep-seated resentment from having found his father cheating on his mother in his youth, Calvin eventually makes a poor business decision that takes him away from his wife and children just when they need him most. It is only when an unthinkable, life-altering event occurs that Calvin sees the devastating effect of his long-held anger on not only himself, but on the family he worked so hard to build.
CHANGE OF HEART pierces the heart of anger and bitterness and reveals how faith and forgiveness have the power to change lives. Inspirational and extraordinarily relevant to our times, the novel is a must-read debut and a stellar introduction to the body of work yet to come from Miller and NRM Faith Based Films.
Nikki R. Miller is a writer, producer, actress and singer, and CEO of NRM Faith Based Films, LLC. CHANGE OF HEART is her debut novel and the novelization of the screenplay she wrote of the same name. Born and raised in the St. Petersburg-Tampa area of Florida, Miller currently lives in Atlanta, GA and also mentors and speaks to young people, encouraging them to follow their dreams without compromise.
July 6th, 2016 | Articles | Comments »
A young fighter grapples with the choices he must make to overcome a troubled past and survive in the world of MMA as he builds a new life of faith and love.
“THE FIGHT WITHIN”—a muscular faith film set in the rough-and-tumble world of MMA (mixed martial arts)—premieres in limited theatrical release, nationwide August 12, 2016, from GVN Releasing. With a mashup of faith, fighting and romance, the film’s producers aim to attract a wide audience.
“Faith films tend to draw faith audiences,” Jim Davis, executive producer and screenwriter, said. “This movie should also engage people with no sense of faith because inner struggle is universal. A cage and a fight are spot-on metaphors to show a young man coming to terms with who he is and what life brings.”
As the film develops, THE FIGHT WITHIN tells a story of courage, hope, love and growing faith in God. Meanwhile, in Davis’ words:
“A bare-knuckled mixed martial arts action film is not a traditional faith-based film, but we hope to engage a more diverse audience and share a message of hope and salvation through our story.”
Davis says audience response to screenings this summer backs this up:
“Something for everyone.”
“You can bring your whole family and walk out and feel uplifted.”
Davis is an ordained minister who now puts his faith in action in the business world as owner of a digital marketing company. Seeing the need for a faith-based film about the search for identity, he began to develop the storyline.
THE FIGHT WITHIN stars John Major Davis, Lelia Symington and Matt Leddo. Also featured are Mike Taylor, UFC Heavyweight champion Dan Severn and Wesley Williams. Michael William Gordon directs. Following the film’s theatrical run, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release THE FIGHT WITHIN on all home entertainment formats.
In the film, Logan Chandler (John Major Davis) is a rising star in the world of mixed martial arts, but when his father, an MMA Champion, dies while training him, Logan leaves the ring not sure about who he is anymore. He finds a personal faith and romance with a young woman of deep faith (Lelia Symington), and seeks to overcome a troubled past and establish a new life. His new faith is tested when a local MMA professional (Matt Leddo)—whose only losing fight was to Logan—forces him back into the cage.
As writer and executive producer, Davis worked to ensure that the film’s fight scenes accurately depict an MMA match. John Major Davis and Leddo trained daily, for months, with professional fighters. THE FIGHT WITHIN cast also features MMA Hall of Fame member Dan Severn as Logan’s father, and Mixed Martial Arts veteran and fight choreographer Mike Taylor.
“We fully expect some fans to see it just for the fight realism,” Davis said. “For authentic action, we’ve had viewers rank it far above a certain more well-known cage-fight movie.”
In fact, while principal film shooting was in Tuscaloosa, the climactic fight scene was filmed at a professional MMA event in Mississippi.
“People don’t think about why they make the choices they make; we want them to leave the theaters asking what if: What if I did it God’s way?” Davis said.
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Producer: New Life Cinema
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