Out on October 16th is the release of the new inspirational movie Woodlawn. It is a Christian sports drama film directed by The Erwin Brothers, Andrew and Jon Erwin. The film, which is based on the true story of Tony Nathan, stars Sean Astin, Nic Bishop, Caleb Castille, Sherri Shepherd and Jon Voight. It was produced by Kevin Downes, Provident Films and Pure Flix Entertainment.
Here's the movie's synopsis: After a government-mandate, Tony Nathan, a gifted high school football player, and other African-American students desegregate Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama in 1973. As cross burnings and riots erupt in the city, Tandy Gerelds, the Woodlawn Colonels football coach, struggles to ease racial tensions between his players. It's only when Gerelds allows Hank, an outsider, to speak to his team that real change begins. Hank, who has been radically affected by the message of hope and love he experienced at a Christian revival meeting, tells the players a "better way" is possible through following Jesus. More than 40 players, nearly the entire team, black and white, give their lives over to Jesus Christ and the spiritual change has a profound effect on the coach, the school and the community.
The movie also features singer and songwriter Francesca Battistelli. Francesca shared the news on social media, saying, "I'm so excited to tell you about a great new film called Woodlawn that I'm honored to be a part of. It's a true story set in 1970s Birmingham, Alabama and is about a great revival that took place in our nation told through the eyes of the city's high school football team. This revival healed the wounds of a city torn apart by race and unified it through Christ."
She continued, "It's an incredible film, and I'm honored to have a small role in it! The film was created by the Erwin Brothers, who also brought you October Baby, Mom's Night Out, and my music videos for "Beautiful, Beautiful" and "Free to be Me!"
Check out the trailer below and head to the theater today to see it in person!