HOME RUN CONTINUES TO GAIN MOMENTUM AND SUPPORT AS OPENING WEEKEND DRAWS NEAR
Baseball stars and more applaud film
HOME RUN receives Dove Family seal of approval and is recommended family entertainment by the Dove Foundation
SOURCE: The M Collective
Nashville, Tenn. (March 21, 2013) – As the April 19 nationwide release of David Boyd’s (The Walking Dead, Friday Night Lights) feature film HOME RUN (Samuel Goldwyn Films in association with Provident Films) draws near, overwhelming support for the film continues to roll in.
As screenings in more than 50 markets concluded with wide-spread praise this past week, The Dove Foundation, known for awarding its highly-regarded blue-and-white “Family Approved” seal to movies and DVDs, has recently honored HOME RUN with its seal as recommended family entertainment.
With Christian leaders like Max Lucado, Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer already giving the film high marks, key sports figures and stars are also offering their applause for HOME RUN:
“HOME RUN is a powerful movie! It shows that no matter where you are in life, there are still issues going on in your life and that we are all broken people….I have to be honest, it was emotional for me to watch. Realizing that there are broken people all around, regardless of how good you are at your profession. We are those people and that is why Christ came to save us.“
–Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays
*Watch Ben talk about HOME RUN here
“It touches your heart in a way that will change your life. It’s a wonderful movie.”
–Brett Butler, Former Big-League Baseball Player
*Watch Brett talk about HOME RUN here
“The message of HOME RUN is one every baseball player, coach and parent needs to hear. Without Christ in one’s life true peace and contentment can never be found. God can mold us and make us when we allow Him to do so! A great movie with an even greater message.”
–David Daly, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Director of Baseball Ministries
“HOME RUN is a great story of redemption and recovery–a must see for those looking for answers to emotional abuse!! If God is for you, who can be against you!”
–Jim Sundberg, 3 time MLB All-Star
Watching the film for me was stirring because I sat there and realized this is what was all around me during my career and it could have been my story, if I would not have met Christ. HOME RUN is not only a great movie, it’s a story of hope that people have to see.”
–Dwight Evans, 3 time MLB All-Star
With such an enthusiastic reception from across the country, the momentum continues to build for HOME RUN, whose message, based on thousands of true stories, is an inspirational reminder that with God, it’s never too late … freedom is possible.
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.
The Dove Foundation® is the nonprofit “keeper” of the familiar blue-and-white “Family Approved” seal, which is awarded to movies, DVDs and books that meet its criteria. The foundation also awards a “Faith Friendly” and “Faith Based” seal to stories that convey positive religious themes. The foundation’s mission is to encourage and promote the creation, production, distribution and consumption of family friendly 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