The success of faith-based films in recent years has led to a resurgence of Christian movies being made by Hollywood filmmakers.
Although COVID-19 led to nationwide shutdowns of movie theaters and upended theatrical debuts, streaming services have continued to offer Christian and faith-themed content for audiences.
The film “I Still Believe,” which landed at No. 1 on its March 13 opening and brought in over $9 million in ticket sales before theaters were shut down, was quickly moved to online streaming providers and is continuing its momentum via On Demand platforms such as Amazon Prime Video, Apple T.V., Google Play and Hulu.
Here’s a list of five new faith-based movies that are available now and coming out this summer and fall.
1. “Selfie Dad”
“Selfie Dad” starring comedian Michael Jr. is a timely film that shows the important role godly fathers play in a self-centered world. The theatrical release of the film switched to premium Video on Demand and comes out June 19, just in time for Father’s Day.
Alongside Michael Jr., the film features top-selling female Christian comedian Chonda Pierce as well as James Denton, Jamie Grace, and Karen Abercrombie (“War Room”).
“Spiraling into a mid-life crisis and feeling disconnected from his family, Ben Marcus, a reality-TV editor, thinks he can only be happy by fulfilling his dream of becoming a professional comedian. Ben posts his stand-up routines to YouTube, and the videos fall flat. Then his tweener son posts Ben miserably failing on a home improvement project, and much to his teenage daughter’s dismay, it goes viral, launching Ben’s social-media career as ‘Selfie Dad.’ Although he quickly becomes an award-winning phenom, no amount of success brings Ben satisfaction. Through his friendship with a young coworker, Mickey, Ben finds the secret to a happy family …. with his Bible in one hand, and his phone in the other,” the film’s synopsis reads.
Produced by Kappa Studios and distributed by GVN Releasing, the Christian film was written by Brad Silverman (“Grace Unplugged”).
“What better time than Father’s Day for your whole family to enjoy a fun and uplifting story of a dad disconnecting and reconnecting with his family … because he reconnected with what matters most,” Michael Jr. said in a statement shared with The Christian Post.
2. “A Week Away”
The first Netflix original faith-based musical, “A Week Away,” features a slew of rearranged contemporary Christian music hits with a compelling story of a troubled young man whose life is transformed.
The idea for the movie came from Christian singer and actor Alan Powell, who co-wrote the screenplay with Kali Bailey.
Shot in Nashville, Tennessee, the film follows “troubled teen Will Hawkins (Kevin Quinn) who has a run-in with the law that puts him at an important crossroad: go to juvenile detention or attend a Christian summer camp. At first a fish-out-of-water, Will opens his heart, discovers love with a camp regular (Bailee Madison), and finds a sense of belonging in the last place he expected to find it,” according to Netflix.
Others featured in the cast is Sherri Shepherd, David Koechner, Jahbril Cook, Kat Conner Sterling, and Iain Tucker.
“A Week Away” is filled with well-known contemporary Christian music that has been reimagined. Adam Watts (“High School Musical 3”) Powell and Cory Clark worked together to pen three original songs for the faith-based film.
“A Week Away” is scheduled to stream on Netflix later this year.
3. “24 Counter”
“24 Counter: The Story BEHIND The Run” is an inspiring docu-film on the life of former football player turned Christian actor T.C. Stallings (“War Room”).
The film follows Stallings’ story of growing up in a dangerous, low-income neighborhood and the impact that upbringing had on his life and how it fueled his career.
“His opportunity came through football, but Tony’s struggles were far from over. A position change, injury, and a huge spiritual wake-up call are only the beginning. His childhood dream and new-found faith are about to be tested like never before,” the film’s synopsis reads.
The award-nominated documentary will be available via On Demand on June 30.
“24 Counter” has been nominated for “Most Inspirational Documentary” by the International Christian Film Festival.
The film is “dedicated to my mother. This project is near and dear to my heart,” Stallings shared on Instagram.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law