Franklin Theatre Hosts ‘Believe’ Movie Release with Local Ties

Outside of the Franklin Theatre, the Salvation Army bells were ringing and the trombone played.  Hosting the premeire of the Christian movie – ‘Believe’ featuring Issac Ryan Brown (“Blackish”), Shawnee Smith (“Anger Management,” “Grace Unplugged,”), Danielle Nicolet (“Central Intelligence,” “The Flash”), David DeLuise (“Wizards of Waverly Place,” “3rd Rock from the Sun”) and Kevin Sizemore (“Fear TheRyan Walking Dead: Flight 462,” “Woodlawn”) who also serves as producer.

It’s  a feel good Christmas movie about a the Peyton family who provides their small town of Grundy, Virginia with a holiday treat each year—the annual Christmas pageant. When Matthew Peyton (Ryan O’Quinn) inherits the family business, the responsibility of the Christmas pageant also falls on his shoulders. But as financial hardships fall on the town, Matthew finds himself overwhelmed. As his business profits plummet and his workers begin to strike, Matthew is forced to make a decision between selling the family business and canceling the beloved pageant or sticking out hardships despite his rapidly declining popularity in the community.

Through chance events, Matthew meets Clarence (Issac Ryan Brown), a boy who believes in miracles, and his mother Sharon (Danielle Nicolet). His newfound friends impact Matthew’s life in a way he never thought possible and teach him to believe and give faith a chance.

The movie was filmed in Virginia but as the credits roll, you will see several members of Journey Church in Franklin listed.

“It was a privilege for us to be a part of the ‘Believe’ film. There is wonderful artistry amongst the Journey Church community that we celebrate in the telling of this beautiful story. It was a real collaborative effort. Songwriting, score composing, film editing, camera operators, photography, social media, sound editing, sound engineering, executive production and acting, including some of our kids in the nativity scene, ” said Brett Mabury Arts Collective Pastor of Journey Church.

The film was written, directed and produced by Billy Dickson, but Mabury shared a moment when he sat down with Billy Dickson.

“One of my favorite stories was Adrian Walther and I getting to sit with Billy Dixon, the director of the film, to talk about music in the early stages of filming. We had the idea of composing what ended up becoming the Mothers Theme. I contacted Susie Dunham, A poet and good friend of mine whose daughter faces the daily challenge of a major physical ailment. I asked her to write a lyric that she would sing over her daughter to give hope in the midst of pain. Two days later she sent me the words for the song. This was the first time she had ever written a lyric. This theme and song is featured throughout the film,” said Mabury.

He went on to say, ” I could tell many more stories of the creative endeavors of our people, but more than this is the heart in which they created. Everyone came laying down their ego for the message of this film.”

They hope that many lives will be touched by the story of the movie. Here are all of the members who are credited on the film below:

Music Supervisors:
Seth Earnest-Franklin, TN
Composers for Believe:
Michael Reola-California
Adrian Walther-Franklin, TN Journey
Brett Mabury-Franklin, TN Journey
Seth Earnest- Franklin, TN

Song Writers:
Rachel Taylor- Franklin , TN Journey
Adrian Walther-Franklin, TN Journey
Brett Mabury-Franklin, TN Journey
Seth Earnest-Franklin, TN
Matt Maher-East Nashville, TN
Justin Morgan- Nashville. TN
Dana Jorgenson- Franklin, TN Journey
Ethan Hulse- Franklin, TN Journey
Dan Russell- Boston, MA
Chris Stevens- Nashville, TN

We were able to sit down with Isaac Ryan Brown who plays Clarence and Aaron Cole along with John Reuben who tell us more about the end of the movie that you don’t want to miss, how the Salvation Army comes into the movie, and where you can find out more about the ‘Believe’ movie.  Watch our Facebook Live interview below.

‘Believe’ was released to theaters  nationwide on Friday, December 2 and playing now at Carmike Thoroughbred 20 with showtimes of 12:55p, 4:10p, 7:00p, and 9:50p.

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