RETURN TO THE HIDING PLACE
OPENS IN TOP 5
BASED ON PER SCREEN AVERAGE
OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
WWII film based on true life story of Corrie ten Boom and Hans Poley
Sells out screenings in select theaters during holiday weekend
SOURCE: Rogers & Cowan
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 29, 2014) – Spencer Production’s World War II action-packed, riveting drama, Return to the Hiding Place, ranked in the Top 5 for per screen average reaching $7,338.40 per screen (3-day) in its opening weekend. Released in Chicago, Ill., San Antonio and New Braunfels, TX, and Washington, DC, this independently produced faith-based film beat other popular wide release films including Neighbors ($4,294), Blended ($4,018) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($2,476).
The film’s overall total over the three day holiday weekend was $36,942 on five screens. The film’s ticket pre-sales campaign through Seatzy (an online ticketing reservation service), Christian radio and local churches and ministries helped advance sales beyond expectations.
“RETURN TO THE HIDING PLACE was a labor of love for everyone involved and we’re thrilled to see the huge wave of support it received over the long Memorial Day Weekend. We had sold out screenings in various markets as well as strong word of mouth throughout. We couldn’t be happier and looking forward to wider release plans for the film later in the year,” said director/writer/producer, Peter Spencer.
The multi award-winning film stars John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings), Craig Robert Young (“NCIS: LA,” “Hawaii Five-O”), David Thomas Jenkins (“CSI:Miami,” “Bold and the Beautiful”), Rachel Spencer Hewitt (Fly by Night, A Civil War Christmas) and Mimi Sagadin (The Dilemma).
Highlighting themes of endurance, perseverance and faith with positive values and moving action sequences, Return to the Hiding Place is based on the true story taken from the autobiographical book of the same name written by Hans Poley that recounts his experiences as a student resistance fighter during the Holocaust in World War II. Set in Holland, the movie follows the exploits of an army of untrained teenagers living in hiding at Corrie Ten Boom’s home, who face deadly challenges in the Resistance as they rescue Dutch Jews from the Holocaust.
A family production which was written and directed by award-winning writer and director Peter C. Spencer, Return to the Hiding Place also involved, producer Petra Spencer Pearce, editor Josiah Spencer, actress Rachel Spencer Hewitt (Aty), and wardrobe designer Maria Spencer. The film also features a stellar crew that included co-producer Jeff Canavan.
Premiering to a sold-out screening at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Return to the Hiding Place has garnered several awards to date. The movie was selected as “Best Feature Film” at the Bel-Air Film Festival, Central Florida Film Festival, San Antonio Christian Film Festival and Life Fest Film Festival. In addition, it also garnered awards for “Best Cinematography” and “Director’s Selection” at the Bel-Air Film and Life Fest Film Festivals and was recently chosen as the “Official Selection” at both the Projecting Hope Film and Mission Fest Vancouver Film Festivals. Return to the Hiding Place has also been recognized by Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
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About Peter Spencer
Peter Spencer has won numerous national awards for writing, producing and directing, including his TV series, “Heroes of the Faith,” shown on over 2,000 stations worldwide. Peter wrote and orated Holy Art in a piece by award-winning international media-artist Christian Jankowsky, which has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum in New York and other museums and galleries throughout the Berlin, Paris and 21 major European capitals. Spencer has garnered praise from the New York Times, Washington Post, and L.A. Times for his communication style. His interviews with his mentor, Hans Poley led him to research the Dutch Archives, life histories and survivors of the Hiding Place and their friends. This created a world immersed in the realities of Holland in the 40’s, inspiring meticulous, and a realistic script for the multi festival award winning film, Return to the Hiding Place. Additionally, Peter’s most recent project in development is Thief, a drama, based on Spencer’s book of the same name, which chronicles the life-story of the actual thief/revolutionary who was crucified next to Christ.