Actors, producers and directors of the feature film The Grace Card attended the film's New England premiere. From left: Calvary Church Pastor Lynn Holmes and wife Robin Holmes; Grace Card star Michael Higgenbottom; Executive Producer Esther Evans; and Director/Executive Producer Dr. David Evans. Photo by Erica McGrath.
Faith and film were seamlessly interwoven this past weekend, when Eastern Nazarene College hosted the New England premiere of the feature film The Grace Card.
Held February 18 at the Mann Student Center, the premiere featured a pre-screening reception for members of the ENC community and invited guests, including the film’s lead actor, Michael Higgenbottom; Director/Executive Producer Dr. David Evans; Executive Producer Esther Evans; and Lynn Holmes, senior pastor at Memphis’ Calvary Church of the Nazarene, which formed Calvary Pictures to produce The Grace Card.
Following the film, guests had an opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with the film’s production team. Moderated by ENC Director of Student Development and Multicultural Affairs Robert Benjamin, the discussion focused on some of the movie’s key themes, such as race, grace, faith and reconciliation.
“I like to do things to grab people by the heart,” said Dr. David Evans, the film’s director and executive producer. A Memphis optometrist, Evans drew on both his professional training as a doctor and his experiencing producing passion plays for Calvary Church to direct the film, which tells the story of an African American cop and part-time pastor who reaches out to his white partner, a man who has become angry and embittered following the loss of his son.
At the Eastern Nazarene College screening, Evans and some of the film’s cast members – many of whom had never before appeared on film – discussed working with The Grace Card’s best known star: Academy Award®-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. It was noted that Gossett – who won an Oscar for his portrayal of a tough drill sergeant in An Officer and a Gentleman – created the non-profit Eracism Foundation in 2006 to combat racism through cultural, educational and historical enrichment programs.
“The quality of the premiere event was outstanding,” said ENC Vice President for Institutional Advancement Scott Turcott, who noted that a second “sneak preview” and discussion was held for ENC students the following afternoon. “Our team, led by Scott MacFarland, ENC’s Director of Marketing, was praised several times by the film’s writer, director, producers, and lead actor. ENC was proud to be associated with the New England premiere of this culture-shaping film.”
The Grace Card opens in theaters around the country on February 25. For more information, visit www.thegracecardmovie.com.
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