I had the opportunity last night to attend a VIP screening of the upcoming movie "Fireproof" along with some other blogging friends. The movie hits theaters September 26th and is the newest creation of the guys who brought us "Facing the Giants". I heard some pretty incredible stats last night regarding "Facing the Giants" - a church in Albany, GA decided to use it's church members to make a movie and did it for $150,000. It was released to 400 screens nationwide and ended up making $10 million at the box office. They have since sold over 1.5 million DVDs, making another $10 million+.
This time around they will be releasing "Fireproof" on 1000 screens nationwide, I believe, and Sony has picked it up and will be working with the church to help promote the film. Honestly, I went in with a little bit of skepticism because I knew that Kirk Cameron was the lead actor, a fireman named Caleb. You may have a differing opinion than I, but I was rather embarrassed by his role in the Left Behind video series (nothing against him - I've been able to hang out with him a little bit, and he's a great guy. It was probably just the script). However, all that to say that I was really quite impressed with his performance in this movie. Just as the case was with "Facing the Giants", this movie is all about the STORY - not the actors. The story, which deals with the struggles a married couple goes through including financial burdens, online pornography, attractions at work, etc. draws you in. The acting is not amazing but was, for the most part, believable (Kirk Cameron is the only professional actor, and he donated his time to make this movie. The rest are all members of Sherwood Baptist Church). I found myself getting choked up in a number of places, and I wasn't expecting that at all.
Take a minute and watch the trailer below. You can help spread the word about the movie by blogging about it in the next few months. I'll post about it again a week or two before the release - this movie has the potential to do a lot of good, especially in our world where over 50% of marriages these days end in divorce. Help us get the word out... "Never leave your partner behind."