“I Still Believe” is based on the true story of Christian singer/song-writer Jeremy Camp’s rise to prominence intertwined with the ups and downs of his real-life romance with Melissa Henning, who eventually became his wife. This movie is being promoted as a love story, but Jeremy and Melissa’s story is so much more. At the center of their story is Melissa’s on and off struggle with cancer, both before and after their marriage. It is in the midst of this struggle that, not only is their faith tested, but also the degree of Jeremy’s commitment to Melissa. As Tom Camp, Jeremy’s father, says to him at one point – “You chose willingly to walk into the fire with her – right beside her. That’s what love is!” And out of the ashes of Jeremy’s despair and sorrow was birthed his song (and the movie’s title song) – “I Still Believe.”
“I still believe in Your faithfulness
I still believe in Your truth
I still believe in Your holy word
Even when I don’t see, I still believe”
“I Still Believe” Chorus (Jeremy Camp)
Jeremy is played by KJ Apa, who is known especially as the teen heartthrob Archie in CW’s “Riverdale” TV series, and from the feature film “A Dog’s Purpose..” Melissa is played by Britt Robertson, known for the films “Tomorrowland,” “The Space Between us,” and as starring opposite KJ Apa in “A Dog’s Purpose.” Jeremy’s father is played by Gary Sinise, who has been featured in numerous stage, TV and movie productions including “Apollo 13” and “CSI: NY” but is probably best remembered as Lieutenant Dan Taylor in “Forrest Gump.” “I Still Believe” was directed by the Erwin Brothers (Jon and Andrew), known for “I Can Only Imagine,” “Woodlawn” and other faith films.
This is a story that shines hope in the midst of sadness. Many of us have faced times of deep heartache and sorrow, and this is a story that will help to bring comfort and perspective to those times. Much benefit can come from times of sorrow when we understand that these painful times can bring much growth in our lives. “Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better” (Ecclesiastes 7:12-13 KJV).
In the midst of her trial, Melissa tells Jeremy that, “if one person’s life is changed by what I go through, it will all be worth it.” Many lives have already been impacted through the years by Jeremy sharing their story, and now millions of us are looking forward to being touched by their story through this film – a story that is full of a wide range of emotions – love, joy, despair, sadness and more. But most importantly, it is about real people finding and demonstrating faith, hope and love in the midst of tragedy. And that is something that can help and inspire young and old alike.
“I Still Believe” will open in most theaters nationwide March 13th. We can all help this film touch and change lives by praying, helping to spread the word, and by bringing groups to see it opening weekend. To see a list of theaters and purchase tickets, see the trailer, and access of additional info and resources, go to: istillbelievemovie.com.
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Stanley Goldenberg has been involved in grassroots promotion of Christian films for 13 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.