RETURN TO THE HIDING PLACE, BASED ON TRUE STORY OF CORRIE TEN BOOM & HANS POLEY,
HITS THEATERS NATIONWIDE ON OCTOBER 24, 2014
AWARD WINNING WORLD WAR II CAPTIVATING
DRAMA TO OPEN IN MULTIPLE MAJOR MARKETS
FILM RECOGNIZED BY YAD VASHEM, ISRAEL’S OFFICIAL
MEMORIAL TO THE JEWISH VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST
Los Angeles, Calif.(July 17, 2014) – The multi award-winning World War II action-packed drama Return to the Hiding Place, will open in theaters nationwide on Oct. 24, 2014. Slated for release in major markets throughout the U.S., the film portrays the rescue of Dutch Jews during the Holocaust and shares the compelling story of a young band of passionate teens that form their own Resistance Army.
In May 2014, the movie opened in select cities as part of a highly successful limited release and ranked in the Top 5 for per screen average reaching $7,338.40 per screen (3-day) in its opening weekend. The 3-day weekend concluded with the film garnering an impressive box office total of $49,692 on only six screens, including the independent theater in Holland, Mich., which sold over 1,000 tickets in the first two days. Premiering in Chicago, Ill. San Antonio and New Braunfels, Texas, Holland, Mich. and Washington, D.C., the independently produced film beat other popular wide release films including Neighbors ($4,294), Blended ($4,018) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($2,476).
The Spencer Production movie 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).
Directed and produced by the father daughter team of Peter C. Spencer (Heroes of the Titanic, Justice for the Wounded) and Petra Spencer Pearce (“Heroes of the Faith”), Return to the Hiding Place also features a stellar crew that includes Editor Josiah Spencer(editor for Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love,” music videowith Director Hype Williams) and Co-Producer Jeff Canavan (The Shawshank Redemption, Soul Surfer, Save the Last Dance).
Premiering to a sold out screening in Park City, Utah during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, independently shown by A2E and the Bel-Air Film Festival, 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.
“Return to the Hiding Place depicts a great story with real historical characters brought to life in a stunning account of self-sacrifice for the greater good,” says Director Peter Spencer. “We are excited to now introduce this powerful film to a wider audience this fall and hope that it continues to impact society for generations to come.”
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.
Upcoming opening major market cities include New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Dallas, Orlando, Nashville and Seattle, among others.
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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, 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 a meticulous and 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.