Upcoming Faith-Based Films Will Touch Many Lives

There are a number of diverse faith-based films coming to theaters in the next six months. These movies inspire and encourage believers and provide a special opportunity for an uplifting experience for our families. These films can also be used as an outreach, since many people who are hesitant to come to church might accept an invitation to see a movie. Previous faith-based films, such as “Unplanned,” “Run the Race,” “Breakthrough,” “I Can Only Imagine,” and more, touched many lives on the big screen and are now available on DVD and streaming. Churches can also purchase a license to show these films to their congregations. And for churches with CVLI, some of the films are covered by that license.


Faith-Based Theatrical Releases
Some of these will show in a limited number of theaters, while others will be wide releases.  Check each film’s website for additional information. Some release dates are subject to last-minute changes. All films listed with start dates will show for at least one week. Fathom Events (indicated by **), are scheduled for 1-3 nights only.


“Overcomer”  (still showing in some theaters) A cross-country coach helps an unlikely runner attempt the impossible in the biggest race of the year. From the Kendrick Brothers (Fireproof, War Room). overcomermovie.com


Skid Row Marathon” (**10/14) True story of a criminal judge who starts a running club on LA’s skid row and lives begin to change!  fathomevents.com/events/skid-row-marathon


The Reliant” (**10/24) A family fights for survival and to hold onto their faith as society collapses around them. An exciting and very unique thriller with solid Christian and subtle pro-Second Amendment messages.  Winner of 13 1st Place film festival awards (a fourth of those from secular film festivals!). A must-see film!  Written by physician Dr. J.P. Johnston, former resident of Ft. Lauderdale (graduate of Nova Southeastern), and founder of the Association of Pro-Life Physicians.  Co-produced with his wife Elizabeth, the viral video blogger “The Activist Mommy.” Dr. Johnston shared “I wanted to create a film that would honor God and vindicate liberty, but most importantly, would reach across the aisle to impact people with the Gospel who would never grace the doors of a church or otherwise watch a faith-based film.” Starring Kevin Sorbo and Brian Bosworth.  thereliantmovie.com


“No Safe Space” (starts 10/25) Documentary by Dennis Prager and Adam Carolla presenting the loss of First Amendment rights on our college campuses. nosafespaces.com


Faustina: Love and Mercy” (**10/28) Docudrama about St. Faustina, her vision of Jesus and mission of  Divine Mercy.  loveandmercymovie.com


 “Harriet” (starts 11/1) Incredible true story of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and how her courage, ingenuity and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. focusfeatures.com/harriet


“Christmas Jars” (**11/4) Based on the best-selling novel about the secret behind glass jars of coins and bills anonymously left for people in need.  fathomevents.com/events/christmas-jars


“The Divine Plan: Reagan, John Paul II & The End of the Cold War” (**11/6) The incredible true story about the result of the bond between a President and a Pope. thedivineplanmovie.com


“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” (starts 11/22) Based on the true story of how Mr. Rogers (played by Tom Hanks) uses love and kindness to reach the heart of a bitter journalist. Contains messages for young and old alike. abeautifulday.movie


“The Islands” (starts 12/6) Based on the incredible true story of Chiefess Kapiolani who descended into an active volcano to demonstrate her new-found faith and ushered in a new beginning in Hawaii. theislandsmovie.com


 “Blind Eyes Opened” (**1/23/20) Documentary about the sex trafficking industry in the U.S., exposing the darkness that fuels demand, and highlighting survivors’ transformations through Christ. blindeyesopened.com


Roe V. Wade” (March/April/20) True story of how people lied, and how the courts were manipulated to pass the law that legalized abortion in America. Produced by Dr. Alveda King (Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.). Roevwademovie.com


“I Am Patrick: The Patron Saint of Ireland” (**3/17,19/20) True story of Saint Patrick and how his faith changed a nation. northstarstudios.com/iampatrick.php


“I Still Believe” (starts 3/20/20) Film by the Erwin Brothers (“I Can Only Imagine”) telling the true story of Christian singer/song-writer Jeremy Camp and his song “I Still Believe.” Featuring K.J. Apa (Riverdale) as Jeremy Camp. istillbelievemovie.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 and more, fill in your information at bit.ly/faithfilms.  For up-to-date information, 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 12 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.


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