Cannes: Jon Voight’s Football Film ‘Woodlawn’ Set for Oct. 16 Launch

Faith-based distributor Pure Flix has set an Oct. 16 release at 1,500 U.S. locations for high-school football drama “Woodlawn” and will launch foreign sales at Cannes.

Woodlawn” stars Sean Astin, Jon Voight as Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, former University of Alabama player Caleb Castille and C. Thomas Howell.

The sibling directing team of Jon and Andrew Erwin shot “Woodlawn” in Birmingham, Ala., from a screenplay by Jon Erwin, who also produced.

The story is focused on star African-American player Tony Nathan and the spiritual awakening during 1973-74 season at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham amid forced integration of Alabama’s public high schools. Nathan was successfully recruited by Bryant to play for the University of Alabama and went on to a successful professional career.

Pure Flix will also be selling “Do You Believe?,” “Faith of Our Fathers” and”Old Fashioned” at Cannes. “Do You Believe?” starring Mira Sorvino, Cybill Shepherd and Sean Astin, has grossed over $12 million at the U.S. box office and romancer “Old Fashioned” has grossed about $2 million.

 

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