'Courageous' movie to open Sept. 2011

ALBANY, Ga. (BP)--"Courageous," the next film from the makers of "Fireproof" and "Facing the Giants," will be released Sept. 30, 2011, according to its distributor.

Principal filming for the new movie concluded in June, and officials with Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga. -- which made the film -- are putting the final touches on it. They have finished the editing process and are involved in post-production, a stage that includes adding the musical score.

The 10-month window between now and the release will allow the film's distributor, Provident Films, to show the movie to Christian leaders and build momentum for it, as happened with Fireproof. A rough cut of the movie already has been shown to leaders with the Marriage CoMission, a group that seeks to strengthen marriages.

Courageous will follow the story of four police officers and their attempt to be better fathers. Its budget of around $1 million is twice that of Fireproof, the top independent film of 2008.

"As the Sherwood team continues with all of the Courageous post-production work, we are starting to partner with churches and ministries to help get people excited about opening weekend," Provident Vice President Kris Fuhr said in a statement. "Late September is an ideal time for churches to rally around a film as a new ministry year is beginning. Leading up to that, we will be providing churches with clips and other Courageous resources for use with Father's Day 2011."

Director Alex Kendrick noted, "We live in a time when 40 percent of children are born in a home with no father around. Our guide for moviemaking is simple: What does the Lord want us to do? Every member of our team felt strongly that now is the time for the message that Courageous brings to life."


Compiled by Michael Foust, assistant editor of Baptist Press. For information on the movie, visit CourageousTheMovie.com

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