What many people don’t know is that the movie was produced, not by the famous millionaires of Hollywood, but by the most unlikely people on earth—2 pastors and members of an evangelical Baptist Church. The director is Pastor Alex Kendrick. He serves as associate pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church, Albany, Georgia. The producer is his brother, Pastor Stephen Kendrick. He is Senior Associate Pastor of the same church. They and their movie team of 1,200 volunteers of the church prayed and worked hard to make it happen.
For various roles, they chose, not just believers, but mature believers. They were always sensitive to God’s leading. God guided them along the way. Michael Foust wrote, “Their 2006 hit ‘Facing the Giants’ had a price tag of $100,000 but made $10.1 million at the box office, while the 2008 sensation ‘Fireproof’ cost $500,000 to make but grossed $33.4 million. And those figures don’t even include DVD sales.” (http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29880. Accessed February 16, 2009).
The film won an Epiphany award for the most inspiring film in 2008. There is an even greater reward to them. Because of this movie, many couples have been rescued from the fire that threatened to consume their marriages.
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