Studio behind God’s Not Dead & Do You Believe? partners with filmmakers the Erwin brothers (Moms’ Night Out, October Baby) and Provident Films (Fireproof, Courageous).
Alabama football movie stars Jon Voight, Sean Astin, Nic Bishop, and newcomer Caleb Castille
LOS ANGELES, April 2, 2015—Pure Flix announces an unprecedented partnership and distribution deal for the release of the upcoming feature film Woodlawn in theaters nationwide October 16, 2015.
Written and directed by the Erwin Brothers (Moms’ Night Out, October Baby) and produced by Kevin Downes, Woodlawn relives the true story surrounding the spiritual awakening that captured the heart of Woodlawn High School football team in Birmingham, Alabama during the 1970’s as they fight against racial prejudice and hatred.
The Woodlawn football team’s dedication to love and unity leads to the largest high school football game ever played in the torn city of Birmingham, and the rise of its first African American superstar, Tony Nathan, who later became a NFL running back for the Miami Dolphins (1979-1987). The official web site is www.woodlawnmovie.com and the trailer is available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xb8fhck0ks
The cast includes Jon Voight as the iconic college football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, Sean Astin as the team’s counselor and chaplain Hank Erwin, and Nic Bishop as Woodlawn coach Tandy Gerelds. Newcomer Caleb Castille is star running back Tony Nathan. Also featured are C. Thomas Howell as the rival coach George “Shorty” White, Sherri Shepherd as Nathan’s mother, Lance Nichols as Nathan’s father and Richard Kohnke as rival quarterback Jeff Rutledge.
“We are thrilled to be working with the Erwins and producer, Kevin Downes, on Woodlawn, as we are dedicated supporters of their work, and believe this film fits with their talents, and Pure Flix’s mission in terms of film content and quality,” said Pure Flix’s founding partner David A.R. White. “This opportunity also creates a great partnership to work with Provident Films, who has been a consistently successful player in theatrical faith movies over the past decade.”
Provident Films is the lead equity investor in the Woodlawn feature film. Provident is part of the theatrical marketing team, and they will be distributing the DVD title in the Christian market.
Founded in 2005 by Michael Scott, David A.R. White, Russell Wolfe, and Elizabeth Travis, Pure Flix has become the largest independent faith and family studio in the world.
About Provident Films:
Provident Films, a division of Provident Music Group, develops, produces and markets faith-based films, and has been a pioneer in developing the current landscape of this business and ministry. Provident’s partnerships include The Erwin Brothers (October Baby, Moms’ Night Out), Sherwood Pictures/Kendrick Brothers (Facing the Giants, Fireproof and Courageous), and Kirk Cameron (Unstoppable, Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas). Nashville-based Provident Music Group, a division Sony Music Entertainment, has been a worldwide leader in inspiring entertainment for more than three decades.
Presented by: Pure Flix Entertainment and Provident Films
Release date: October 16, 2015 select theaters nationwide
Directors: Andrew Erwin and Jonathan Erwin
Producer: Kevin Downes
Executive Producer: Michael Catt