Pure Flix Releases Official Trailer For Samson

ACTION-PACKED BIBLICAL EPIC COMING TO CANADIAN THEATRES FEBRUARY 16TH

WATERLOO, ON – Jan. 5th, 2018 – Announcing the official trailer for the highly anticipated biblical epic SAMSON. From Pure Flix, the world’s leading independent faith-and-family studio, SAMSON is the thrilling retelling of a champion’s calling, betrayal and redemption.

“If you’ve ever faced adversity and wondered if God was big enough to see you through it, this is your film,” says Pure Flix CEO Michael Scott.

SamsonThe action-packed film stars Billy Zane, Golden Globe® winner Rutger Hauer, Jackson Rathbone, Lindsay Wagner, Caitlin Leahy, and Taylor James in the title role of Samson.

Premiering in select Canadian cities February 16th, SAMSON is based on the powerful, biblical epic of a champion chosen by God to deliver Israel. His supernatural strength and impulsive decisions quickly pit him against the oppressive Philistine empire. After being betrayed by a wicked prince and a beautiful temptress, Samson is captured and blinded by his enemies. Samson calls upon his God once more for supernatural strength and turns imprisonment and blindness into final victory.

In addition to releasing the film across North America, DREAM Label Group and Pure Flix Entertainment will release the movie soundtrack – Samson: Songs From and Inspired By the Motion Picture. Available February 2nd, these 10 emotionally-charged songs from a talented group of worship leaders and churches all spring from the biblical story of SAMSON.

SAMSON was shot on location in South Africa, directed by Bruce Macdonald and written by Zachary Warren Smith, Jason Baumgardner, Galen Gilbert and Timothy Ratajczak.

To view the official movie trailer, visit https://youtu.be/mSolF3QBVBY. For more information on the film, visit https://faithfilms.ca/samson-february-16-2018/.

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Pure FlixFounded in 2005, and led by partners Michael Scott, David A.R. White, Elizabeth Travis and Alysoun Wolfe, Pure Flix is the leading independent faith and family studio in the world. Its recent releases include: The Case for Christ, God’s Not Dead 2, God’s Not Dead, Do You Believe?, Woodlawn, A Question of Faith and Same Kind of Different as Me. With offices in Los Angeles and Scottsdale, Pure Flix has produced, acquired, marketed and distributed over 100 faith and family-friendly films. Aligned with their vision to influence the global culture for Christ through media, Pure Flix is the industry leader in creating high-quality inspirational feature film content. The studio’s official website is Pureflixstudio.com. The company also features a leading streaming video on demand service, with thousands of movies, originals, TV shows and more emphasizing faith, family and fun. For more information, go to Pureflix.com.

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Affirm Films and Sony Pictures Animation Announce “The Star: The Story of the First Christmas”

ANIMATED CHRISTMAS FILM OPENS ACROSS CANADA STARTING NOVEMBER 17, 2017

WATERLOO—October 24th, 2017— Affirm Films and Sony Pictures Animation launch their brand new, fully animated Christmas film, THE STAR, on November 17th. This highly anticipated movie is the first animated, Bible-themed, major motion picture in the past two decades. THE STAR tells the story of a small but brave donkey named Bo who yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. Bo sets out on a journey and ends up befriending newlyweds Joseph and Mary. On his adventure, he teams up with a wide assortment of fun and eccentric stable animals, who together follow the star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.

The Star - Movie PosterTHE STAR, a film written and produced with the whole family in mind, is backed by a noteworthy cast and crew. The star-studded voice cast will be led by Steven Yeun (Bo the donkey), Kelly Clarkson (Leah the horse), Aidy Bryant (Ruth the sheep), Keegan-Michael Key (Dave the dove) and Kristin Chenoweth (Mouse), and with Oprah Winfrey (Deborah), Tyler Perry (Cyrus) and Tracy Morgan (Felix) as the three camels, and Christopher Plummer (King Herod).

In addition, THE STAR is directed by Academy Award® nominated writer/director Timothy Reckart (HEAD OVER HEELS); executive-produced by DeVon Franklin (MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN), Lisa Henson and Brian Henson (The Jim Henson Company); produced by Jenni Magee Cook; with a story by Carlos Kotkin and Simon Moore; and screenplay by Carlos Kotkin.

“THE STAR brilliantly tells the story of the first Christmas from the perspective of the adventurous animals who contributed to the journey and bore witness to the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ,” said Executive Producer DeVon Franklin. “The entire family will laugh and be inspired as they experience the power of faith, friends and courage through the eyes of these brave, heroic animals.”

THE STAR features an original motion picture soundtrack that is both tasteful and fun, and features powerhouse vocalists like Mariah Carey, Fifth Harmony, Kirk Franklin, and Pentatonix, among others. Affirm Films has also developed a collection of online activities, and printable colouring sheets, which are available on the website: www.TheStarMovie.com. While advertised primarily as a children’s film, THE STAR has been directed and produced, with its music, humour, and faith-based themes, to be relevant, fun and touching for all members of the family as they pause to experience the Christmas story from a whole new perspective.

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 Sony Pictures Animation - The Star Sony Pictures Animation produces a variety of animated and family entertainment for audiences around the world. The studio is following its worldwide comedy hits—the record-breaking monster comedies Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2, the hybrid live action/animated blockbusters The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2, and the mouth-watering Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movies—with the fully animated reboot Smurfs: The Lost Village available on digital and Blu-ray now; a surprising and comic take at the secret world inside our phones with The Emoji Movie in theaters now and on Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD in October 2017; the inspirational The Star in November 2017; Hotel Transylvania 3 in July 2018; and an animated Spider-Man feature from the minds of directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord in December 2018. The studio, in conjunction with Aardman Animations, has produced two critically acclaimed feature films: the CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas; and the Academy Award® nominated stop-frame animated high-seas adventure, The Pirates! Band of Misfits. In 2007, Surf’s Up also received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Feature Film; a sequel entitled Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania is now available on digital and DVD. The division, whose first feature film Open Season led to a very successful movie franchise including the brand new Open Season: Scared Silly now available on digital, DVD and Blu-ray, was founded in 2002. Sony Pictures Animation is a division of the Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group. www.SonyPicturesAnimation.com

Sony Pictures Entertainment - The Star

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. www.SonyPictures.com.

Affirm Films - The Star

AFFIRM Films produces, acquires and markets films that inspire, uplift and entertain audiences around the world. Since releasing its first theatrical film – The Kendrick Brothers drama, FACING THE GIANTS in 2007, AFFIRM Films has released numerous quality faith-based films including SOUL SURFER; WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL; WAR ROOM, which hit #1 on the domestic box office chart; RISEN, and was the faith-based marketing partner with Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures for their films, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN and the #2 faith-based film of all time, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL. Most recently released is ALL SAINTS, based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor, Michael Spurlock (John Corbett). AFFIRM Films is a division of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. www.AFFIRMFilms.com

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