REDEMPTION OF THE COMMONS BRIDGES RACIAL AND FAMILY DIVIDES WITH FAITH VALUES
New Film Focuses On Finding Your Purpose No Matter Where You’ve Been
GREENVILLE, S.C. — “I don’t just want a job, I want a purpose,” says Victor Clay, the lead character in the new film Redemption of the Commons directed by filmmaker KT Terry. For all who have asked, “What is the purpose of my life”? this film is for you. It debuts in theaters on November 7, 8, and 11 in South Carolina and available on DVD and digital platforms starting November 20.
Redemption of the Commons has garnered the Award of Excellence from California’s Indie Fest Film Festival, Official Selection from the Christian Film Festival, North Carolina Family Film Festival, and Second Place Winner in Drama Feature from Highway 61 International Film Festival.
The film underscores the message that God has a purpose and plan for every life.
Victor Clay seems to have it all together – good looks, his own branding company, and life in L.A. But appearances are deceiving since he’s out of money, living out of his van, $93,000 in debt, and still looking for the ever-elusive purpose of life.
Pop, an elderly African American friend who plays the role of family patriarch, offers Victor his only choice – come home. Yet home is a tattered trailer park in the Deep South, which is full of bad memories and broken relationships, including an alcoholic brother and a former fiancé. Once home, Victor discovers that he must deal with his volatile past before he can move forward toward his promised future.
Pop’s character helps break racial divides between the social classes and the hard knocks of life. He shares, “God’s gotta purpose for everyone,” to which Mr. Clay responds with, “How would you find it”? I thought by now I’d know who I want to be.” Pop’s heartfelt advice drives the heart of the movie with his response to Mr. Clay: “Maybe it finds you. Sometimes to get to your future you have to revisit your past.”
Through the story’s inspiring ending of reconciled relationships and realized dreams, the viewer is reminded that no life is “common” and that everyone has a God-given purpose.
Says Terry, “I feel like all of us have gone through a time of failure. I think that’s why this film touches people is that they can identify with Victor and his pursuit of chasing his dream.” For Terry, it was a long, often arduous journey to get to this point of releasing his first film. Terry is a pastor in Clemson, South Carolina. Filmmaking has been a dream as he spent five years in Los Angeles trying to make it as an actor and writer. He worked on the production team for the Discovery Channel series “Stunt Junkies,” but wasn’t able to make a career in Hollywood.
Those often-frustrating experiences helped to inspire Redemption of the Commons. Terry spent 18 months writing the script and another year-and-a-half working to produce the film. A Kickstarter campaign raised some capital to get the production started. Donations helped with the remaining budget, and many people volunteered their services to keep costs down.
“I feel a real strong calling for films that matter, redemptive films. So that when you get to the end credits, maybe you discover something about yourself or maybe you’re encouraged. We want people to know their life matters.” He hopes to leave moviegoers with an uplifting message, in a time when so many films are dark in tone, Terry says.
The film will be available for rent and for download on Google Play, Vudu, xbox, iTunes and Amazon. For more information, go to http://www.redemptionofthecommons.com.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
“A film about an uncommon God, his uncommon people, and his exceptional plan for every single life.” – Melinda Ledman/film critic, ChristianCinema.com
Redemption of the Commons reminds us that God has a plan for each of us. It may not be what we had in mind, but it’s even better than what we could have planned. It’s a great movie to cheer you up when you’re feeling like life is pulling you down. – Sharon Wilharm, Faith Flix Blog
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
KT Terry earned his Film Degree from the University of North Carolina, and his entertainment production experience includes companies such as CBS, MTV, Discovery Channel and the TV Guide Channel. KT is the founder of Windchime Pictures, which is the executive production company for Redemption of the Commons.
ABOUT THE FILM:
Running time: 91 minutes
Release Date: 11/20/14
Distributed by Exploration Films
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