Faith-based ‘Pass the Light’ Set for U.S. Distribution via Carmike’s DigiNext

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Vision Vehicle Productions has sold worldwide rights to its faith-based movie “Pass the Light” and its comedy “Construction” to Carmike’s DigiNext platform.

Both films will be released theatrically and downstream early next year through DigiNext, which has been used to release alternative content such as documentaries and independent features. Carmike bought DigiNext owner Digiplex in Mayacquiring 200 screens across 21 theaters in a deal worth north of $45 million.

Vision Vehicle is headed by actor Malcolm Goodwin (“Breakout Kings”), Broadway actor Victor Hawks and producer Angie Canuel of Awaken Entertainment. Longtime Digiplex topper Bud Mayo told Variety that access to the Carmike chain — the nation’s fourth largest with 2,600 screens — will  give alternative content a much bigger footprint.

“We are delighted to forge this new distribution agreement with Malcolm, Victor, and Angie of Vision Vehicle Productions,” Mayo said. “We expect ‘Pass the Light’ and ‘Construction’ to play very well across Carmike’s large and growing national footprint.”

Mayo told Variety that both titles should play well in Carmike’s core territories in the the South and Midwest.

“Pass the Light” is directed by Goodwin from a script by Hawks about a 17-year-old high school student played by Cameron Palatas of MTV’s “Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous.” Disturbed by a congressional candidate’s use of religion to spread hatred and intolerance, he runs for Congress on a message of love and community.

The film also stars Alexandria DeBerry (“A.N.T. Farm”), Jon Gries and Milena Govich.

Goodwin also directed “Construction” as a romantic musical with a script from Hawks, which follows blue-collar New Yorker (Hawks) in his pursuit of Broadway dreams and the girl he loves (Brooke Nevin of “Breakout Kings”). The film also stars Alexandra Chando (“The Lying Game”), Devin Ratray (“Nebraska”) and Gino Anthony Pesi.

Freestyle Releasing released Vision Vehicle Productions’ first feature, “A True Story,” in 2013.

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  1. CbinJ says:

    How about instead of passing the light we step into the Light and pass the Truth? More Christians–especially my generation (the millennials)–should be standing up against this movie on social media because even though this one may not become a massive hit, the next progressive “Christian” movie might be. If we don’t start speaking up now, the progressives will hijack the Christian movie industry before we even have a chance to really get it off the ground. Don’t believe me? Let me remind you of some other recent attempts to hijack Truth: Noah and Exodus. Enough said.

    “Pass the light”(lower case “l” added for emphasis) wallows in false stereotypes with the straw man Senator, the white knight homosexual, and innocent (really naive) young protagonist, meanwhile undermining its own premises. Less than 4% of the US population is affected by the LGBT form of lust (LGB)/ mental illness (T) according to the CDC. We even have a straight actor playing a G character–proof that this whole activist agenda is fueled by an extremely small minority that hate freedom and Light and Truth and love sin. My point with the latter argument is that most real people are heterosexual–there are more LGBT characters in current TV and Movies than there are in the country–proportionally speaking. I have compassion for anyone who struggles with behaviors and attractions that they feel like they cannot control, but this movie is about swaying culture a certain way not the fueling of a real debate about how to help people in the Church overcome their sin.

    We can rarely argue about what the Bible says with regards to the LGBT debate because many proponents of various “civil rights” causes do not believe in the Bible. But since this is billed as a Christian movie, I think it is perfectly valid to give some verses in addition to the feel good ones the movie advertises (btw, one of my favorites, Galatians 3:28, is used and abused). The Bible along with saying that we “shall not judge” says: “sin no more”, discern rightly the wrong doings of others (John 7:24, Galatians 6.1, etc.), and do not be in close relationships with the unrighteous (Corinthians 5:9-13, Ephesians 5:8-12, etc.). The Steve character is quoting the Bible saying we are all one in Jesus Christ. I respond with a question, “What does it mean to be in Christ?” Answer: a relationship in which you surrender your life including your sin–sins outlined in the Bible–to the living God. There are many who are not in Christ–hence the Universal message is defeated by real Christian Theology.

    There I started a real debate, a debate in which much more could be written. You may not realize it, though, because progressives are rarely challenged to even know what an actual intellectual debate looks or sounds like. This is it.

    #PasstheTruth #TruthistheLight –Let’s those of us who stand for Christian doctrine blast back on social media.

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