Monday, May 16, 2011

The Impractical Movie Critic

This afternoon, I received the following e-mail:

Dear Mr. Layne,

I found your blog online, and I’m writing to invite you to a pre-release leadership screening of “Courageous,” the new film on Fatherhood from Sherwood Pictures, which produced “Fireproof,” the top independent film of 2008.

Here is a link to the trailer for “Courageous” —
Like “Fireproof,” “Courageous” is set against the background of public service – this time, however, it’s law enforcement. Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes and the fellow officers willingly stand up to the worst the world has to offer. Serving and protecting seems natural to them – much more so than the challenges of fatherhood.

Viewers will find themselves laughing, crying and cheering – sometimes simultaneously – as they experience the inspiration of everyday heroes who learn to be the kinds of dads who make lifelong impacts on their children.

The screening is June 7 in Plano. [Registration link follows.]

Thanks for your time and consideration. We hope you can attend!
Timothy J. (Tim) Lilley
Director of Communications
The Maximus Group
Anthony S. Layne, film reviewer? Steven Greydanus shouldn't look to his laurels just yet; this is probably a one-shot deal.

Anyway, as Lilley mentioned, Courageous is produced by Sherwood Pictures, which is connected with Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia (which is also where all four of their films have been shot so far). Alex Kendrick, associate pastor, directs and stars, as well as sharing writing and production credits with brother Stephen, senior associate pastor. The film also stars Ken Bevel, Ben Davies and Kevin Downes.

Here's the trailer for it:

I'm looking forward to this opportunity. My hope is that, if I'm hired to work before then, I'll be able to get the time off. More on this as developments warrant.