JESUS REVOLUTION Screenings Move Non-Christians to Tears
By Movieguide® Contributor
Early screenings of JESUS REVOLUTION have touched Christian and non-Christian audiences alike.
“There’s people from all walks of life in our crew…[and] all different belief systems, and it’s just really amazing to see people weep and cry and be moved as they would see footage—because the [the footage] felt very special,” co-director Brent McCorkle said.
“It felt guided,” he added. “It felt bigger than a bunch of humans running around with cameras. It feels important. Even people at Lionsgate were moved to tears. They’re not all Christians, but they’re moved by the story.”
JESUS REVOLUTION tells the true story of the hippie-led “Jesus Movement” revival of the 1960s and 1970s.
The movie highlights pastor Chuck Smith, who opened his church to hippies, and also features the work of hippie evangelist Lonnie Frisbee and future pastor Greg Laurie.
“[Smith’s] choice to include these people [hippies] that were so hated at the time and not only include them but invite them into his little square church was…a sea change,” McCorkle added. “It was very powerful.”
“We live in a world today where we feel more comfortable sanitizing everything,” he told Christian Headlines. “But if you really take a hardcore look at the people in the Bible—they were flawed, very messy, broken people.”
“Our movie dives into this idea that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be flawed and still participate in something very powerful and very spiritual,” McCorkle concluded.
THE JESUS REVOLUTION is set to release in theaters on February 24.
Movieguide® previously reported on JESUS REVOLUTION when it was first announced:
THE CHOSEN’s Jonathan Roumie, Kelsey Grammer, Joel Courtney and Anna Grace Barlow are set to star in JESUS REVOLUTION, a movie by Kingdom Story Company.
The movie follows Greg Laurie’s book, Jesus Revolution, about “the true story of a national spiritual awakening in the early 1970’s and its origins within a community of teenage hippies in Southern California.”
THE KISSING BOOTH’s Courtney will portray Laurie with Barlow as his wife, Cathe. Grammer will replace Jim Gaffigan as Chuck Smith, and Movieguide® Grace Prize® Winner Roumie will take on the role of Lonnie Frisbee.
Movieguide® Award winners Jon Erwin and John Gunn will write the script, with Gunn directing.
“Pray for the cast and crew, that they will either come closer to Jesus or some might even meet him for the first time!” Laurie wrote on Instagram. “Our prayer is that this film will prompt young people (And all people for that matter) to say, ‘Do it again, Lord!’. It’s been said, ‘The fame of revival spreads the FLAME of revival.’”
“The Jesus Movement was the last great American spiritual awakening,” he added. “Some historians have said it was the greatest revival of all time. Let’s pray for another. I also appreciate prayers as this film goes into production.”
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