Saturday, January 31, 2009

DVD Release Party

It’s the night before the DVD release of the No. 1 independent film of the year. The movie’s co-writer/producer has gathered with one of the executive producers, the lead actress, and three other members of the ensemble cast.

But if you’re looking for red carpets, camera crews from “Access Entertainment,” or famous Hollywood landmarks, you’ll be looking for a long time. After all, we’re talking about FIREPROOF here!

To celebrate the release of the movie on DVD, a team from Sherwood traveled to Spartanburg, South Carolina, to meet and interact with nearly 500 fans at a great Christian store. For more than two hours, the team talked with and signed DVDs and books for their newfound friends.

Erin Bethea, Ken Bevel, and Jason McLeod meet FIREPROOF fans

“This is a great event,” said Stephen Kendrick, who was joined by Jim McBride, Erin Bethea, Ken Bevel, Harris Malcom, and Jason McLeod at Christian Supply. As he welcomed the crowd from the stage, he thanked store owner Chuck Wallington and the Christian Supply staff for hosting the event.

“We aren’t celebrities,” Stephen added. “We came to God with our five loaves and two fish … and God still uses those!”
Stephen Kendrick addresses the crowd at Christian Supply

People began arriving at the store at 5:30 p.m. for the 7 o’clock event. After hearing from the cast, they were able to meet the FIREPROOF team and have pictures taken with them.

Before that, Erin told the crowd how she had given up her job as an actress at Disney to make FIREPROOF … only to be offered her dream job there after filming concluded. “Trust the Lord with your desires and your goals,” she said. “He gave you your passions, desires, and abilities to serve Him.”

Ken told the crowd, “It’s a blessing to be here. God has done some awesome things in my marriage through FIREPROOF.” Harris, like Ken, said he brought no acting experience to his role as Caleb’s father. However, “I did have 30 years experience as a dad. We are thankful for the support of people like you that bought out show times and took your friends to see FIREPROOF.”
Ken, Jason, and Harris Malcom talk with new friends

Jason, who played Eric Harmon in FIREPROOF talked about his first film role: Brock Kelly in Facing the Giants. “Little did I know that God would use that opportunity to change my life. If God can use someone like me, He’ll use anyone.”

It’s a message that FIREPROOF fans in Spartanburg—and around the country—hear loud and clear!


TaggTroop said...

Wow, looks like a lot of fun!!! Come to Denver sometime!!!:D
~ Meggy T

a happy wife said...

I was extremely happy that your movie was available as a dvd. We don't go to the theaters to watch movies. I have loved all your films and hope to see many more in the future. I am just afraid that hollywood and fame or even money will start influencing you all and that your movies will grow weaker in their messages. Don't back down. Keep on keeping on pleasing God! God is using you all and people are hungry for truth, unconditional love, and the encouagement to get back to doing things God's way instead of the preverted way of this world. As long as your movies continue to have the God-centered messages that they have, we can ignore some poor acting and will be buying your films and promoting them to everyone we meet.( Every member in my family has the Dvd purchased as a prebuy for Christmas.) My aunt bought a dvd for every child for valentines day. thanks again.

Brandon Barr said...

I've heard nothing but great stuff about Fireproof, and Facing the Giants...I plan on picking them both up!!

wathe said...

We had friends over after church today and they have been married for over 30 years. The wife of the couple told me about the movie and I just thought I would google it and see what it was about. I am surprised I hadn't heard about it before, because I am such a fan of Kirk's work. I am in my 50's and have been married for just over 4 years. (not the first for either of us) We recently have been struggling and ironically we just ended up here. We never thought anything would come between us or cause us conflict. We always said that "God saved the best for last, and everything is inconsequential" We thought that would get us through anything. Well we know we have some issues to work on and I will be looking for the DVD Monday morning as well as the journal for our own 40 days to work on ourselves. Thank you to all who worked on this film and journal to help those of us who will benefit.
God Bless You
Watheleen Farley, Florida

Anonymous said...

I love that quote from Ken Bevel. Honestly though, I have a really hard time believing that he had no acting experience before the making of this film. He was one of the most believable and most lovable characters in the film. It really is a case of people living the world that they know on screen. I think those are some of the strongest characters in your films. Congratulations on the successful DVD release! If sales on our site ( ) are any indication, it seems like things are going well.

Jinx McHue said...

A poll for you to pass on to your readers:

"What movie had the most impressive box office run of 2008?"

Fireproof is on the list. Voting requires free registration.

Emily Roemmich said...


Just wanted to let you know I posted about Fireproof on my blog, Busy Mom.

We have almost 400 subscribed readers and followers. Here is a link to the post.

Thanks so much for all you do!

Merlot Chic said...

I just finished watching Fireproof. My eyes are swollen and my heart hurts, but in a good way. I'm going to do the Love/Dare to my husband when he returns from working out of state. I plan on buying the DVD tomorrow and with God's help, saving my marriage...
God bless to all of you that brought this movie out.. Truly a wonderful message and a movie...

Jonathan F. Pressnell said...

Great job guys. Its a great film with a great message!

Jonathan F.P.

Abby said...

We watched the movie on YouTube, had heard about it on Focus on the Family, and several other Christian radio programs. Last night, my sister purchased a copy of the DVD and we watched it! :)

I love this film, I think that it has been super blessed by God, and I am so excited at the impact it is making in our culture!

God's richest blessings on Sherwood pictures and all of the people who were involved in this film!!

~Abby K.

The Ignorant Fishermen said...

We just watched it! Well done again! Congratulations and To God be the glory! It was Excellent!!!

Dave and Amy Ct Usa

A P said...

I can't say enough about this movie, Erin and Kirt, were just like me and my husband, we had tears of repentance after this movie, its a MUST SEE MOVIE for all age couples. Thank you to all the directors and actors for producing this, there is no movie like this. May Lord Bless many more couples through this movie and through Lord's forgiveness and salvation. There is no WAY without God!

diancho said...

The movie is great.

I am not married and it gave me some views for the family life.

God bless all who are involvded in making ot this movie.

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