while we await to see the movie ‘Captive’ for the first time in Nigeria tomorrow, we listened to those who have and it seems like these Christian movie has captured the attention of Hollywood, and this is why…
News Staff (Sep 29, 2015)
“…when there are wonderful options for families to watch together, we want to
bring these films to the attention of everyone. For decades, the big screen has been
dominated by violence, sex, drugs and crime. But this fall, there is a bit of light,
and families whose dollars are driven by their values will have some great movie
picks this fall.” -Tim Wildmon, AFA President.
(Tupelo, MS)—It’s not often that a film centered on the power of prayer breaks big box office numbers. But that’s exactly the case with “War Room,” a new movie that tells the story of a marital crisis overcome by prayer. “War Room,” made for just $3million, has now raked in more than $50 million after capturing the No. 1 spot earlier this month. (Photo via WarRoomtheMovie.com
And “War Room,” from the creators of “Courageous,” “Fireproof” and “Facing the
Giants,” is not alone. An influx of family-friendly, faith-based films is hitting
the big screen this fall, including “Captive,” featuring the Emmy-nominated David
Oyelowo and Kate Mara. The two star in the faith-based crime drama that opened on
Sept. 18, where Oyelowo plays a killer on the run and Mara is his drug-addicted
hostage. But underneath the gritty storyline, faith plays a significant role.
Then next month, the football drama “Woodlawn,” starring Academy Award winner Jon
Voight and Sean Astin, follows a remarkable true story about how love and unity,
fueled by spiritual revival, overcame racism and hate in Alabama in the early 1970s.
Opening Oct. 16, the film is already creating buzz.
American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net), which often champions for
family-friendly entertainment, says the attention to faith-based films this fall is
evidence that Christian moviegoers are sending a message about the kind of
entertainment they want to see in Hollywood. AFA adds that these faith-based, “good
news” films will have an indelible impact on kids, families and society.
“American Family Association takes on many heavy issues in society, but we like to
go to the movies too,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “When entertainment, however,
tears down our society and is a negative influence on our kids, we feel we must step
in. At the same time, when there are wonderful options for families to watch
together, we want to bring these films to the attention of everyone. For decades,
the big screen has been dominated by violence, sex, drugs and crime. But this fall,
there is a bit of light, and families whose dollars are driven by their values will
have some great movie picks this fall. Hopefully, this trend is a glimpse of things
to come and our culture will show some evidence of the impact.” (Photo via
Likewise, AFA’s own film debut, “Summer Snow,” went international this summer, with
screenings in several countries around the world, including Spain, Brazil, Germany
and Turkey, with interest from South Africa, the United Kingdom, Australia and more.
Released in the summer of 2014 by American Family Studios, a division of AFA,
“Summer Snow” saw great success in the theater, on DVD and in its television debut
Starring David Chisum, Cameron Goodman, Garrett Backstrom, Brett Rice and Rachel
Eggleston, “Summer Snow” tells the story of 8-year-old Hallie Benson (Eggleston), a
small girl with a very big heart. Whether baking cookies for a grumpy neighbor or
selling toothbrushes to help a friend, Hallie always thinks of others.
Unfortunately, her “creative” ways of helping people often leave her father, Dan
(Chisum), with a mess to clean up. Dan struggles to keep it all together after his
wife’s death. He doesn’t cook, do hair or know how to help his three children
without his beautiful wife and her unshakeable faith in God.
This past weekend at Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC, where several AFA
representatives were featured speakers and moderators, attendees had the opportunity
for a sneak peek of “Woodlawn,” as well as “Beyond the Farthest Star,” which tells
the story of a Democratic senator who burns a courthouse nativity and brings the
national spotlight to a forgotten Texas town and a once-famous preacher.
For previews of these family films, visit www.WarRoomtheMovie.com,
www.CaptivetheMovie.com, www.WoodlawnMovie.com, www.BeyondTheFarthestStar.com and