Image launches Slingshot Pictures

Debuts in November with 'Alleged' DVD release

Image Entertainment is expanding with the launch of Slingshot Pictures, focusing on faith-based titles and managed by industry vet Suzette Schafer as senior VP.

The Slingshot Pictures brand will debut in November with the DVD release of “Alleged,” a romancer set during the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial with Nathan West, Ashley Johnson, Fred Dalton Thompson, Brian Dennehy and Colm Meaney. Future Slingshot titles may include theatrical runs.

Image Entertainment chief acquisitions officer Bill Bromiley made the announcement Tuesday.

“With a current estimate of $4.5 billion annually, the faith-based market continues to grow and, at present, is underserved,” Bromiley said. “With the addition of Suzette and her vast knowledge of this market, we have identified several films that we feel are perfect for audiences and will continue to add more films to the label’s library.”

Slingshot has also acquired two titles for release next year — family drama “Decision” and “The Heart of Christmas.”

“Decision” stars singer Natalie Grant as a widow who struggles to make ends meet after the tragic death of her firefighter husband and begins to lose control of her heartbroken teenage son.

“One Last Christmas” tells the story of one family’s quest for their 2-year-old son, stricken with leukemia, to experience one last magical Christmas. The films stars Candace Cameron Bure, Jeanne Neilson and George Newbern.

Schafer most recently served as the head of faith and family division for the Weinsteins’ Genius products and was a senior VP at GT Media. She’s worked with Family Christian Stores and been involved in faith-based properties as “Megiddo: The Omega Code 2.”

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