WDC Media News — Los Angeles (May 4, 2010) — Grab the popcorn and invite your friends and relatives over to watch 2008’s number one independent theatrical release, Fireproof, starring veteran television star and film actor Kirk Cameron (best known for the 1980s hit series Growing Pains and the Left Behind film trilogy franchise).
Fireproof will be shown in its entirety, commercial-free and without interruption, on America’s most watched faith channel and the world’s largest religious network, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) – the market leader in inspirational content, family friendly programming, and original Christian programming – on Friday, May 7th at 7:00PM Pacific standard time (and again on Monday, May 10th at 2:00PM and Saturday, May 29th at 9:00PM).
“It is a real blessing for us to premier this life-changing film,” said TBN founder Paul Crouch Sr. “Our prayer is that it will impact thousands for the kingdom of God as it is aired on our family network.”
The film was made for Sherwood Pictures – the production arm of Sherwood Baptist Church – on a $500,000 budget, with a production crew of 1200 volunteers and a professional film crew of eight people who worked at a discounted rate. Fireproof scored big at the box office, as well as in DVD sales. The film has also shown in over 6500 churches, and remains in high demand as a marriage outreach tool for pastors coast-to-coast (visit http://www.fireproofthemovie.com/resources to learn more).
Fireproof is the story of a firefighter, Captain Caleb (Kirk Cameron), who lives by the old firefighter’s adage “never leave your partner behind,” but when seven years of marriage to his wife Catherine (Erin Bethea) fails, neither one knows how to save the partnership, largely because neither understands the pressure the other faces.
Caleb claims that Catherine is too sensitive, and doesn’t show him any respect. Catherine tells her hospital co-workers that he is insensitive and doesn’t listen. As they prepare to file for divorce, Caleb’s father (Harris Malcom) challenges his son to commit to a forty-day “Love Dare” test. Caleb begins the test primarily because his father asked him to rather than for the sake of his marriage.
When Caleb discovers the book’s daily challenges are tied into his parents’ newfound faith (Caleb’s mother is played by Phyllis Malcom), his already limited interest is further dampened. Even though he wants to keep his promise to his father, Caleb becomes frustrated when every effort to win back his wife fails.
Eventually he asks his father how he is supposed to show love to somebody who constantly rejects him. His father explains that this is the same kind of love God shows to people; they constantly reject Him, yet He patiently – maybe even stubbornly – continues to love them. With this information, Caleb makes a life-altering commitment to love God, and with His help, Caleb begins to understand what it means to truly love his wife.
A engaging angle to Fireproof is the way it addresses the subject of being unsaved. The Holts are just two very real, very ordinary people with the kind of problems many married couples face. For them, however, God becomes present in their lives, first through Caleb’s friend, Lt. Michael Simmons (Ken Bevel), and then through his father. As a friend, Simmons takes an indirect approach in encouraging Caleb to make things right in his marriage, while his father takes an interactive approach.
Fireproof hits home for both men and women. It’s a film that goes behind the closed doors of every married couple facing the end of their marriage…the struggle to give unconditional love even when it breaks your heart. While marriage is at the center of Fireproof, there is something in the film for everyone including comedic relief and some intense, firefighting action scenes.
Cameron often supports Sherwood’s efforts. He attended the Hollywood screening of Facing the Giants, and instead of payment for his Fireproof role, Cameron asked that his Camp Firefly – for seriously ill children and their families – receive a donation from Sherwood’s church. Cameron is also a regular on the set of TBN’s long running flagship program, Praise the Lord, as well as the co-host of the network’s popular Way of the Master series co-starring evangelist and author Ray Comfort.
Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) is the world’s largest religious network and America’s most watched and requested faith channel. Each day TBN offers 24 hours of commercial-free inspirational programming that appeals to viewers from a wide variety of denominations and backgrounds. Beginning in 1973 as a single UHF station in southern California, TBN now reaches every major continent via 70 satellites and more than 15,000 television and cable affiliates worldwide. In the United States, TBN is available to 92 percent of the total households. Its website receives millions of visitors monthly. In addition to TBN, the network owns and operates seven networks, including the Church Channel, JCTV youth network, Enlace TBN USA Spanish language network, and Smile of a Child children’s network. For more information on TBN, visit www.tbn.org and www.tbnnetworks.com.
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