Leaders, Critics and Audiences Nationwide—Including Death Row Inmates—Find Hope and Healing in HOME RUN
SOURCE: The M Collective
Nashville, Tenn. (March 4, 2013) –As the nationwide release of David Boyd’s (The Walking Dead, Friday Night Lights) feature film HOME RUN draws closer, audiences, critics and leaders across the country are offering overwhelming praise for the film upon screenings in more than 50 markets, including a special showing this week to inmates at the country’s largest prison, Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola). This enthusiastic reception continues to build the momentum for HOME RUN, which is set for a nationwide release by Samuel Goldwyn Films in association with Provident Films on April 19. With its message based on thousands of true stories, HOME RUN is an inspirational reminder that with God, it’s never too late … freedom is possible.
Here is just a sampling of what some Christian leaders are saying about HOME RUN:
“HOME RUN reminds us of the power of forgiveness, the richness of redemption, and the wisdom of trusting God to revive us.”
– Max Lucado, New York Times best-selling author and pastor
“HOME RUN is a must see story of change and redemption–a story all of us need to hear and know. Freedom is possible with God in our lives!”
– Joel Osteen, Pastor of Lakewood Church and best–selling author
“HOME RUN portrays the church in its beauty—true life transformation through real and honest relationships with one another and with Jesus.”
– Joyce Meyer, author and speaker
Earlier this week, more than 800 death row inmates crowded into the chapel of Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola Prison) to have the opportunity to watch HOME RUN. The film received an overwhelmingly positive response from the inmates, many of whom fought back tears and were very vocal in their praise of the film and its powerful message. Warden Burl Cain, who has served as Warden of Angola since 1995 commented, “We all live to a degree with what you see in HOME RUN. It’s how we deal with the adversity and what has happened in our lives or it will carry on into the next generation. We have to break the cycle. This is what we see in prison, we break the cycle. This movie helps us break the cycle.”
The Celebrate Recovery® program highlighted in HOME RUN is a forward-looking, real-life addiction recovery program that grew out of Southern California’s Saddleback Church and is now found in churches all over the U.S. and the world. Celebrate Recovery® was founded in 1991 by Pastor John Baker of Saddleback Church with the goal of overcoming life’s issues with a twelve-step program based on Christian principles.
Samuel Goldwyn Films in association with Provident Films have partnered in the marketing and distribution of HOME RUN. Past successes of the Goldwyn and Provident partnership include Fireproof, October Baby and Facing the Giants. A Hero Productions Film in association with Impact Productions, HOME RUN is directed by David Boyd, with a screenplay by Brian Brightly, Melanie Wistar, Eric Newman and Candace Lee. The film is executive produced by Carol Spann Mathews and Tom Newman. HOME RUN stars Scott Elrod, Vivica A. Fox, Dorian Brown and Charles Henry Wyson.
In addition to the theatrical release of the film, Home Run the novel is releasing March 2013 with David C Cook publishers. Travis Thrasher, celebrated novelist, was enlisted to adapt the screenplay into a deeply moving story for fiction readers.
About Samuel Goldwyn Films:
Samuel Goldwyn Films is a major, independently owned and operated motion-picture company that develops, produces and distributes innovative feature films and documentaries. The company is dedicated to working with both world renowned and emerging writers/filmmakers and committed to filmed entertainment that offers original voices in uniquely told stories. This is best exemplified by the Academy Award® nominated THE SQUID AND THE WHALE and SUPER SIZE ME, AMAZING GRACE and Julie Delpy’s hit comedy 2 DAYS IN PARIS. Past Goldwyn titles include the critically hailed ELEGY starring Academy Award® nominee Penélope Cruz, HARRY BROWN starring Michael Caine and the box office smash FIREPROOF. MAO’S LAST DANCER, directed by Academy Award nominee Bruce Beresford was one of the top grossing independent films of 2010. In addition to THE DOUBLE HOUR, a revered thriller that was one of the top foreign language grossers of 2011, SGF released THE WHISTLEBLOWER, a powerful, ripped from the headlines thriller starring Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz and the 2012 critics darling ROBOT & FRANK starring starring Academy Award® nominee Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler and Academy Award® winner Susan Sarandon. Additional releases include DIANA VREELAND THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL, an acclaimed documentary about the late fashion icon, and Bandito Brother’s WAITING FOR LIGHTNING about legendary skateboarder Danny Way. Upcoming releases include Academy Award® nominee James Cromwell starrer STILL MINE and RENOIR, Gilles Bourdos’ lush film on the famous painters later years.
About Provident Films:
Provident Films, a division of Provident Music Group, develops, produces and markets faith-based films. Nashville-based Provident Music Group, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, has served for more than three decades, worldwide, as a leader in Christian entertainment.
About David C Cook:
David C Cook is a leading nonprofit resource provider serving the global Church with life-transforming, Christ-centered materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with offices in Illinois, Canada and the United Kingdom, David C Cook’s resources are published in over 150 languages and distributed in more than 160 countries. Originally founded in 1875 as a curriculum publisher, today David C Cook publishes numerous bestselling fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of award-winning authors. It is also a leading provider of worship music through its Integrity Music and Kingsway Music labels, which produce over one-third of the top 100 praise and worship songs sung around the world. www.davidccook.com