SCOTTSDALE, Az., Dec. 10, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Pure Flix Entertainment announces the release of the film GOD’S NOT DEAD on over 600 screens nationally March 21, 2014 through Freestyle Releasing.
“The trailer has been viewed by 4.8 million people and we’ve generated 230,000 fans on Facebook — about ten times the social media numbers for other films in this genre at this point before release,” said Russell Wolfe, CEO of Pure Flix Entertainment. “With over 1,100 requests from churches for group tickets, we attribute this interest to the film’s topic as well as our outstanding cast, which includes Willie and Korie Robertson of ‘Duck Dynasty.'”
Beyond the film, there is renewed interest in the music and book properties associated with the movie. The film’s title, “GOD’S NOT DEAD,” was inspired by award-winning recording artists Newboys’ track of the same name. Released almost two years ago it has surged once again and recently hit #3 on the iTunes Christian music chart and is featured prominently in the movie. The band also makes an appearance in the film.
Rice Broocks, pastor of Bethel World Outreach in Brentwood, Tennessee, and co-founder of Every Nation, a world-wide association of churches, is the author of the book God’s Not Dead which recently also enjoyed a resurgence of popularity on Amazon.com. Broocks believes the film may spark a movement. “GOD’S NOT DEAD is a rallying cry for churches to equip and encourage believers to reach non-believers with the Gospel. It provides reasons to believe and confidence to take a stand for Christ in an increasingly secular society.”
The film features a star-studded cast, reality stars and musicians including Kevin Sorbo (“Soul Surfer,” “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”), Shane Harper (“High School Musical 2,” “Flipped”), David A.R. White (“Six: The Mark Unleashed”) and Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”), with special appearances by Newsboys, and Willie and Korie Robertson of the smash TV series “Duck Dynasty.” The film is rated PG.
In GOD’S NOT DEAD, college freshman and devout Christian Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper) finds his faith challenged by a dogmatic and argumentative philosophy professor (Kevin Sorbo) who requires his students to disavow the existence of God on the first day of class or face a failing grade. Josh finds himself having to choose between his faith and his future. Can he fight for what he believes? Can he prove the existence of God?