I Still Believe – In Theaters March 20, 2020

From the makers of I CAN ONLY IMAGINE comes the true-life story of Christian music mega star Jeremy Camp. Jeremy’s remarkable journey of love and loss proves there is always hope in the midst of tragedy and that faith tested is the only faith worth sharing.

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Lionsgate Signs Deal With Erwin Brothers and Kevin Downes

Check out this fantastic news about friends of the podcast – The Erwin Brothers and Kevin Downes. All three have been guests on the Ed Boston Podcast.

LIONSGATE SIGNS MULTI-PLATFORM FILM AND TELEVISION FIRST-LOOK DEAL WITH THE ERWIN BROTHERS AND KEVIN DOWNES

The Filmmakers Behind Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions’ Faith-Based Hit “I Can Only Imagine” To Create Films and TV Series for Lionsgate

SANTA MONICA, CA, and VANCOUVER, BC, August 9, 2018 –
Significantly expanding its footprint in the growing faith-based market, global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) has signed a multi-platform film and television first-look deal with Andrew and Jon Erwin and producing partner Kevin Downes, the filmmaking team behind this year’s box office hit I Can Only Imagine, which was released by Lionsgate and sister company Roadside Attractions. The announcement was made today by Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Chairman Joe Drake and Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs.

As part of the multi-year agreement, the Erwin Brothers and Downes will develop, produce and direct feature films and television programming for the Company under their newly- created Kingdom banner. The deal follows Lionsgate’s breakout successes in the faith-based community, which include the double Oscar® winner Hacksaw RidgeThe Shack, and most recently, I Can Only Imagine, the highest grossing movie in Roadside’s history.

The Erwin Brothers are one of only a handful of directors to have received a rare A+ CinemaScore twice, having accomplished the feat on I Can Only Imagine and Woodlawn. Downes and the Erwins have been building their brand in the rapidly growing inspirational faith-based family market, having collaborated on three films in the last five years that have all opened in the top 10 movies in America. The Erwins have also directed numerous acclaimed documentaries and music videos, and Downes, a 20- year industry veteran, has produced 15 features.

“We’re proud to expand our relationship with Andrew, Jon and Kevin through this exciting and collaborative, cross-divisional partnership,” said Drake and Beggs. “This deal underscores our ongoing commitment to serve moviegoers with premium, faith- based content. We look forward to working with the Erwin Brothers and Kevin on film and television projects that resonate not only with the faith-based community but with viewers everywhere.”

“Our dream for launching Kingdom is to create the most trusted and respected brand in faith-based entertainment. We needed a partner that would catch that dream with us and Lionsgate is the perfect fit,” said Jon Erwin. “They aren’t like any other studio we’ve ever worked with and they have a passion to empower creative entrepreneurs. We can’t wait to work together on some exciting new projects.”

“Our creative ambition and directing sweet spot is to tell redemptive, inspirational stories that appeal to audiences everywhere. We need optimism and hope more than ever today, and those are the stories we love to tell,” added Andrew Erwin.

 

“We’re thrilled to begin this new venture with Joe, Kevin and the rest of the incredible Lionsgate team,” said Downes. “We have seen firsthand how Lionsgate champions an artist’s individuality and creativity. They have a proven track-record for reaching targeted audiences with diverse, high-end content and we could not be more thrilled to call Lionsgate our new home.”

The Erwin Brothers and Downes join Lionsgate’s elite portfolio of creative partnerships which includes Paul Feig, Eugenio Derbez, Kevin Hart, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, Justin Simien, Courtney Kemp,Yvette Lee Bowser, Ed Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz, and John Goldwyn, among others.

The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Motion Picture Group’s Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Eda Kowan, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions and Co- Productions, Bonnie Stylides, Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, and Adrian Lopez, Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs.

The Erwin Brothers and Downes are represented by WME’s Dave Wirtschafter and Matthew Johnson at Ziffren, Brittenham.

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Join VIP Text List and Get A Chance to Win an I Can Only Imagine DVD

How about a contest? How about a chance to win a copy of the DVD “I Can Only Imagine”? That will happen if you text “EdBostonPodcast” to 31996.

When you text “EdBostonPodcast” to 31996, you will be added to our VIP text list and will get occasional texts from us (no more than one per week). We will run contests, make major announcements, and lots of other fun things, but remember – we won’t flood your phone with messages, no more than one message per week.

This contest will run until 8 pm eastern on July 5th and the winner will be contacted within 48 hours to get where you want your copy of I Can Only Imagine delivered.

 

I Can Only Imagine Update

I was in Walmart a couple of days ago, and the picture above is the display for the movie I Can Only Imagine and yes, it’s sold out.

Here are the links to all of the interviews we have done for the movie.

Andy Erwin and Kevin Downes Talk About “I Can Only Imagine” DVD Release

3 Guests From “I Can Only Imagine” Talk About The Movie

Three Faith-Based Movies in the Box Office Top 12

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Check that out! Three faith-based movies all in the top 12 last weekend. Think maybe the movie industry will realize that this is a major market?  When you look at the gross ticket sales for the three combined – it’s $16.4 million.

If you’ve not seen any of the three, there is still time, and if you’ve already seen one (or more) it’s ok to go again. We certainly need to support our faith-based movies!

Here are the official websites for each movie:

I Can Only Imagine

God’s Not Dead – A Light in Darkness

Paul, Apostle of Christ

 

3 Guests From “I Can Only Imagine” Talk About The Movie

For this podcast, Ed interviews Jon Erwin, Madeline Corrall andBrent McCorkle, all have major roles in the movie I Can Only Imagine.

Jon is the co-writer and co-director along with being part of the famed Erwin Brothers. Madeline plays Bart Millard’s girlfriend/wife. Brent is the co-writer, co-editor and served as the 2nd unit director along with composing the score for the film as well.

The movie was released 3:16 (yes March 16 = 3:16).

HERE IS THE LINK TO THE INTERVIEWS

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Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate Film on I Can Only Imagine Release Today

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 16, 2018) – Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate Film’s I Can Only Imagine is off to a strong start with an estimated $1.3m in previews thru Thursday night at 1,392 locations. The film will play this weekend at 1,628 locations.  We will have additional information on the film’s performance on Sunday morning.

I Can Only Imagine is the fourth feature for the Erwin Brothers, whose previous films included October Baby, Moms’ Night Out and Woodlawn. The film was written by Jon Erwin & Brent McCorkle from a story by Jon Erwin & Brent McCorkle. I Can Only Imagine was produced by Kevin Downes, Cindy Bond, Daryl Lefever, Mickey Liddell, and Pete Shilaimon. Travis Mann, Tony Young, Scott Brickell and Simon Swart served as executive producers.

The film features an all-star cast including Golden-Globe® nominee Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow, The Rookie, Soul Surfer), Oscar®-winner Cloris Leachman (The Iron Giant, The Last Picture Show, Young Frankenstein), platinum-selling country music legend Trace Adkins, author and actress Priscilla Shirer (War Room), Madeline Carroll (Mr. Poppers Penguins) and Broadway’s J. Michael Finley (“Les Miserables”).

I Can Only Imagine brings to life the true story behind the song of ultimate hope, “I Can Only Imagine.” A transformed relationship with his troubled father inspired Bart Millard, the lead singer of the Christian band MercyMe, to write what is now the most-played radio single in Christian music history. A gripping reminder of the power of forgiveness,  I Can Only Imagine beautifully illustrates that no one is ever too far from God’s love — or from an eternal home in heaven.

I Can Only Image – In Theaters Tomorrow

Amy and I have seen the screener to the movie I Can Only Imagine, and we have tickets for opening night tomorrow. We hope you are able to go see this amazing movie.

We have a podcast that will be out later today that includes interviews with Jon Erwin, Madeline Carroll, and Brent McCorkle. Jon is the co-writer and co-director along with being part of the famed Erwin Brothers. Madeline plays Bart Millard’s girlfriend/wife. Brent is the co-writer, co-editor and served as the 2nd unit director along with composing the score for the film as well.

A little later on, Amy and I will be doing a special review of the movie. Enjoy the trailers below.