The last major faith-based film in theaters was “I Still Believe,” an Erwin Brothers production about the inspiring true love story of Christian singer/song-writer Jeremy Camp and his wife Melissa – a story demonstrating hope in the midst of life’s storms. Sadly, less than two weeks after it opened in March 2020, the COVID-driven lockdowns began and most movie theaters shut down. Of course this and other previous releases are now available via streaming, DVD and for licensed Church showings. Thankfully, in many areas most movie theaters have been opening again, and starting this September we will once again see a number of diverse, faith-based films opening in theaters. These movies touch and change lives, inspire and encourage believers, and provide a special opportunity for an uplifting experience for our families. These films can also be used for outreach since people who are hesitant to come to church might accept an invitation to see a movie, with some churches organizing groups to see the films in order to reach as many as possible. Let’s all start praying for and spreading the word about these upcoming films.
Faith-Based Theatrical Releases for Fall/Winter 2021
Some of these films will show in a limited number of theaters while others will be wide releases. Check each film’s website for additional information. Release dates for most of these films are final, but some are subject to last-minute changes. A few additional films might be added later. 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.
“Show Me the Father” (starts 9/10) New life-changing film by the Kendrick Brothers (Facing the Giants, Fireproof, War Room) is a documentary that powerfully shares the importance of family and fatherhood. showmethefathermovie.com
“Courageous Legacy” (starts 10/15) 10th Anniversary re-release with never-before-seen footage of this classic Kendrick Brothers film about the importance of fatherhood and of courage in standing up for what we believe. courageousthemovie.com
“Where Hope Grows” (**Fall) A hopeless alcoholic, former pro-baseball player (and single father) meets “Produce,” a young man with Down Syndrome. What happens when hopelessness meets unconditional love? wherehopegrowsmovie.com
“Journey with Jesus” (**11/15, 16, 17) A special tour of Israel with Dr. Tony Evans.
“The Jesus Music” (starts 10/1) A special look at the music from the Jesus movement featuring artists like Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and more. By the Erwin Brothers (I Can Only Imagine, I Still Believe). lionsgate.com/movies/the-jesus-music
“God’s Not Dead: We The People” (**10/4-10) A dramatic portrayal of the attack against religious freedom in this country as Reverend Dave defends a group of Christian homeschooling families in a landmark congressional hearing. godsnotdead.com
“Don’t Say My Name” (Fall) Story of human trafficking survivor Adriana, following her story through escape, survival and recovery. Inspired by true events. Featuring Cameron Arnett. dontsaymyname.com
“American Underdog: Kurt Warner Story” (starts 12/10) Story of St. Louis Rams QB Kurt Warner (Zachary Levi: Shazam), who went from stocking shelves at a supermarket to become a two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl champion, and Hall of Fame quarterback. Also starring Dennis Quaid and Anna Paquin. Directed by the Erwin brothers (Woodlawn, I Can Only Imagine). facebook.com/AmericanUnderdg
Early Info about 2022 Releases
“Redeeming Love” redeeminglovemovie.com
“Johnny Cash: American Icon” (**2/22,23,24)
“Unbreakable Boy” (starts 3/18) By the Erwin Brothers imdb.com/title/tt5181260
“Tyson’s Run” (starts 3/4) imdb.com/title/tt3580748
“The Case for Heaven” (3/14,15,16)
“Family Camp” imdb.com/title/tt11535358
“The Passion of the Christ: The Resurrection” Long-awaited sequel by Mel Gibson
“Reckless Love” By DeVon Franklin (Breakthrough, The Star)
“Reagan” (Late 2022) reaganmovie.com
Ways you can help these films touch more lives
- Stay informed about upcoming faith-based films through sites like 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/