Releasing a movie in the middle of a pandemic wasn’t Jon Erwin’s preference.
But even he can see the irony in releasing a film about faith in the middle of trials – I Still Believe – in the midst of such a trial.
“Life is full of things that you can't control and things that don’t go according to plan,” Erwin, the film’s co-director, told Christian Headlines. “The whole theme of the movie is ‘I Still Believe even when I can't see.’ It's sort of fitting.”
I Still Believe – now on DVD, Blu-ray and digital home video – released in theaters March 13 just as the spread of the coronavirus was accelerating. It finished No. 1 on opening night and No. 3 for the weekend, but one week later, theaters were closed. By comparison, Erwin’s 2018 hit I Can Only Imagine was in theaters 17 weeks.
Still, I Still Believe has had a major impact in the middle of the pandemic, as families and individuals search for entertainment during a lockdown.
“We keep hearing stories of people coming to faith in Christ or being encouraged by the movie or finding hope while watching the movie,” Erwin said. “I'm glad we got the movie out.”
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