Faith-based films touch and change lives; inspire and encourage believers and provide a special opportunity for an uplifting experience for our families. After a long pause, 2021 saw a resurgence of faith films in theaters. These films included “Show Me the Father” and “Courageous Legacy” (by the Kendrick Brothers) and “The Jesus Music” and “American Underdog” by the Erwin Brothers. Some of the other faith films in 2021 were “God’s Not Dead: We The People,” “Journey with Jesus,” “The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis,” “Sabina: Tortured For Christ, The Nazi Years,” “Christmas with the Chosen,” and more. Most of these previous releases are now available via streaming, DVD, and for licensed Church showings. Faith-based films provide an excellent opportunity for outreach, since people who are hesitant to come to church might accept an invitation to see a movie.
Preview of Releases for 2022
Some films will show in a limited number of theaters, while others will be wide releases. Check each film’s website for updates. Films listed here will show for at least one week except for limited showings (indicated by **, i.e., Fathom Events), which are scheduled for only one or several nights.
“American Underdog: Kurt Warner Story” (started 12/25/21) True inspiring story of St. Louis Rams QB Kurt Warner (Zachary Levi: Shazam). A story of faith, family, and, oh yes – football. From the Erwin Brothers (I Can Only Imagine). americanunderdog.movie
“Redeeming Love”(starts 1/21) Powerfulstory of relentless love and perseverance during the harsh realities of the California Gold Rush of 1850. Frombestselling novel by Francine Rivers. Rated PG-13 due to intense subject matter. redeeminglovemovie.
“Tyson’s Run” (starts 3/4) In spite of his autism, 15-year-old Tyson decides to run his first marathon, learning that with faith and courage, anything is possible. tysonsrun.com
“Unbreakable Boy” (starts 3/18) Based on true story about autistic boy with brittle-bone disease whose joyous, life-affirming worldview transforms everyone around him. With Zach Levi (American Underdog, Shazam). By the Erwin Brothers. theunbreakableboy.com
“The Mulligan” (**4/18, 19) Broken and humiliated, a successful CEO of an international business gets a second chance at life with help from “The Old Pro” (Pat Boone). themulliganmovie.com
“The Case for Heaven” (Spring) Documentary about journalist (Lee Strobles: The Case for Christ) who investigates evidence for “life after death.” thecaseforheavenmovie.com
“Johnny Cash: American Icon” (**Spring) Redemptive spiritual journey of the Country king. By the Erwin Brothers.
“Family Camp” (Spring) Feature-length film from the Skit guys – about family and what is really important. familycampmovie.com
“LifeMark” (Fall) Story about adoption and how all of our decisions carry consequences. From the Kendrick Brothers (Courageous, War Room). kendrickbrothers.com/projects/films/
“Reagan” (Late 2022) Ronald Reagan’s (Dennis Quaid) inspiring story told through the voice of a KGB agent. reaganmovie.com
“Don’t Say My Name” (See website) Story of human trafficking survivor Adriana. Inspired by true events. Featuring Cameron Arnett (Overcomer). dontsaymyname.com
“Jesus Revolution” (Late 2022) The story of the Jesus movement – the revival which started in the late 60’s that swept many thousands of young people (including the author of this article) into the Kingdom of God. By the Erwin Brothers. thejesusrevolution.com
“On a Wing and a Prayer” (Late 2022) Based on the true story about a passenger (Dennis Quaid) who has to land a plane safely after the pilot flying the plane dies unexpectedly.
“Reckless Love” (Late 2022) Story behind hit song “Reckless Love.” By DeVon Franklin (Breakthrough).
“Flamin’ Hot” (Late 2022) Inspiring story of the Mexican American janitor behind the iconic Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Produced by DeVon Franklin.
Ways you can help these films touch more lives
- Stay informed about upcoming faith-based films through facebook.com/LightinDarkPlace and/or by joining the movie email list (details below).
- Pray! Any successful ministry needs effective prayer (and fasting).
- Spread the word via social media, fliers, posters, church bulletins, etc. Share this list of upcoming films with your church.
- See the films on opening weekend and help your church or organization to organize groups (large or small) to attend.
- Purchase tickets as early as possible. Advanced ticket purchases can expand a film’s release to additional theaters and larger auditoriums.
See you at the movies!
For email notices about upcoming releases, advanced screenings, group discount tickets and more, fill in your information at bit.ly/faithfilms. For up-to-date information, follow (“LIKE”) Stan’s Christian movie Facebook page (facebook.com/LightinDarkPlace) and Twitter @LightDarkPlace.
Stanley Goldenberg has been involved in grassroots promotion of Christian films for over 15 years. He hosts a regular “Movie Connection” program on LIFE-FM (90.9 FM) in Miami. He is also a federal hurricane research meteorologist who has published scientific articles and appeared in numerous TV hurricane specials.
For more on faith-based movies, visit https://www.goodnewsfl.org/topic/culture/movies/