DeVon Franklin Film ‘Breakthrough’ Wins Inspirational Film of the Year at the 50th GMA Dove Awards

Breakthrough, the 20th Century Fox film about the true life story of the resurrection of John Smith, has won Inspirational Film of the Year at the 50th GMA Dove Awards. Executive produced by Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, the first Hispanic evangelical leader to serve as executive producer of a major theatrical release, the film marks an inflection point in the world of entertainment for the Spanish-speaking faith community.

“I am eternally grateful to God for the honor and privilege of executive producing this amazing real-life testimony of God’s miracle-working power,” Rev. Rodriguez said.

Breakthrough is based on the incredible true and gripping story of 14-year-old John Smith, who, after falling into an ice-covered lake, was pronounced dead. The movie stars This Is Us actress Chrissy Metz as John’s mother, Joyce Smith, who walked into her son’s hospital room praying loudly, calling out to God to save her son’s life. Immediately, John’s heart started beating. Defying every expert and all case history, John Smith miraculously walked out of the hospital on his own strength, only 16 days later.

Breakthrough debuted on Easter weekend this year and came in at No. 3 at the box office on its opening weekend. The movie, produced by filmmaker DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven and Heaven is for Real) and directed by Roxann Dawson, has been 20th Century Fox’s only profitable film of the year so far, according to Variety.

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SOURCE: Charisma News