Focus on the Family to release The Drop Box through Fathom events in cinemas nationwide March 3, 4 and 5, 2015
Award-winning documentary highlights a South Korean pastor’s heroic efforts to embrace and protect the most vulnerable members of society
ATLANTA, Nov. 7, 2013 – Pine Creek Entertainment, in association with Focus on the Family, Kindred Image and Fathom Events, will present a special event for three nights only in select cinemas nationwide on March 3, 4 and 5, 2015, with the debut of “The Drop Box.” This feature-length documentary will include an exclusive panel discussion.
Focus on the Family’s first film, “Irreplaceable,” attracted more than 130,000 people in more than 700 theaters across the United States and Canada in May 2014.
“The Drop Box” tells the story of one man’s efforts to protect and care for newborn babies who might have otherwise been abandoned on the streets of Seoul, South Korea. Pastor Lee Jong-Rak built a “baby box” – a safe harbor to welcome and care for these babies. So far, more than 500 babies – many of whom have disabilities – have been helped. A portion of the film’s proceeds will go to support Pastor Lee’s ministry.
“‘The Drop Box’ is ultimately a story of hope,” said Focus on the Family president Jim Daly. “Even in the midst of a heart-wrenching situation, we see the heart of a father’s love in Pastor Lee. Not everyone is called to do what he’s doing or adopting a child themselves, but all Christians are called to care for orphans. Watching this documentary changes a person – it draws you to care even more deeply for the most vulnerable among us.”
November Premiere Event in Atlanta
Focus on the Family is hosting a world premiere of “The Drop Box” on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center in Duluth, Georgia. This event will feature a panel discussion on the plight of orphans with Daly; Grammy and Dove Award-winning recording artist Stephen Curtis Chapman; Mary Beth Chapman, president of Show Hope, an internationally recognized voice for orphan advocacy; Brian Ivie, director of “The Drop Box”; Kelly Rosati, Focus’ vice president of community outreach; and Dr. Sharen Ford, Focus’ program director of adoption and orphan care.
“The Drop Box” is the Second Film in Focus’ Series of Documentaries
“The Drop Box” is part of Focus’ Reclamation Series, documentaries that focus on the importance of marriage, family and a Christ-centered response to the social issues presented in each film.
Daly explained why Focus is investing its energies toward film efforts: “There’s a reason why Jesus chose to teach in parables. We’re drawn to compelling stories, especially those told through the power of film. Audiences will leave theaters empowered to make a difference – it happened with ‘Irreplaceable,’ and it will happen with ‘The Drop Box.’”
“The Drop Box” was directed by Brian Ivie, a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.
“Through this movie, we’re hoping that people would see more than Christians working on behalf of orphans,” said Ivie. “We’re hoping that people would see a God who has always and will always love the broken and the lost.”
Ivie was personally impacted as he directed “The Drop Box.” As he accepted the “Best of Festival” award for the documentary at the 2013 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, Ivie told the audience: “I became a Christian while making this movie. When I started to make it, and I saw all these kids come through the drop box – it was like a flash from heaven. Just like these kids with disabilities had crooked bodies, I have a crooked soul. And God loves me still.”
The Dove Foundation awarded “The Drop Box” five Doves, the highest rating available, in its review of the documentary.
To request a screening link or to schedule an interview, please contact Kevin Wandra (866-777-2313, ext. 701 or KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com) of Carmel Communications.
About Focus on the Family
Focus on the Family, which reaches about 238 million people in 130 countries, is a global faith-based ministry that helps families thrive. Focus provides help and resources for strengthening believers in their faith and sharing the gospel; building resilient marriages that reflect God’s design; equipping parents to raise their children with a thriving faith; advocating for the preborn, orphaned and life at every stage; and engaging the culture through a biblical worldview. Visit Focus at FocusontheFamily.com or on Facebook and Twitter. You can also follow the Focus PR team on Twitter.
About Pine Creek Entertainment
Pine Creek Entertainment is a film production company that specializes in presenting inspirational stories that encourage, empower and serve as a positive purpose in strengthening and affirming family & faith.
About Kindred Image
Kindred Image is a non-profit organization that works to support the vision and legacy of a courageous pastor in South Korea. What began as a desperate one-man campaign to protect life in one small neighborhood is now an organized effort to love and serve mothers in crisis, and never see an abandoned child on the streets of Korea again. For the rest of the world, Kindred hopes to restore the idea of a God-given “kindred image,” thereby defending the dignity and value of all human lives.
About AC JV, LLC
Fathom Events is owned by a newly formed entity called AC JV, LLC. Fathom is the recognized leader in the alternative entertainment industry, offering a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, the performing arts, major sporting events, music concerts, comedy series, Broadway shows, original programming featuring entertainment’s biggest stars, socially relevant documentaries with audience Q&A and much more. Additionally, Fathom events take audiences behind-the-scenes and offer unique extras – creating the ultimate entertainment experience for fans of all ages. Co-owned by the three largest movie theater circuits in the United States, AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), Fathom’s live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live events to more than 750 locations in 171 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit http://www.fathomevents.com.
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