The character of Nathan Hayes, played by Ken Bevel, leads his family in a Bible study during a scene in the film “Courageous.”
ALBANY — Following the success of “Fireproof,” and with all the screenings complete, the people at Sherwood Pictures are now awaiting for their fourth film venture to be seen by the world.
The film “Courageous” centers around a group of law enforcement officers who, after tragedy strikes, resolve to be better fathers, husbands and leaders. It will open Friday to nearly 1,280 screens throughout the United States including Albany, Guam, Alaska, Hawaii and Maine.
Executive Producer Jim McBride, also the executive pastor at Sherwood Baptist Church, has a lot going through his mind as the public premiere approaches.
“I’ve been thinking of the journey, and the two years of prayer and hard work of the members of Sherwood,” he said. “I’m very excited to be at this point and to (soon) be able to share the film with the world.”
When inquired about the feedback received so far, McBride recalled a screening in which a 9-year-old boy turned to his mother afterward and said: “I want to be that kind of dad.”
There will also be showings in Canada on opening day, officials have said. The first showing in Albany will begin at noon Friday, followed by showings at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.
The upper campus students of Sherwood Christian Academy will be participating in a special showing at 9:30 a.m. on opening day, and area police officers have been given vouchers to attend a showing of their choice with their spouse, McBride said.
“My wife (who also worked on the movie’s set) and I invested a lot of time in this film. She and I will see it together, and we’ll be excited to see it as a couple and see the reactions of those watching it,” McBride said. “What fuels us is when emails come and people will tell you what the film inspired them to do.
“We’ll just be pleased that others will get to see it.”
In the last few weeks, “Courageous” has been one of the top films in advance sales on Fandango, McBride said.
“There has been a lot of excitement, a lot of buzz,” he said.
There will be an average of four showings per theater Friday. Some circuits will have special showings taking place today, as well as midnight showings.
On Aug. 26, a special red carpet event for the film was held at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, which drew more than 3,000 people.
Sherwood’s “Fireproof” became the top independent film of the year in 2008. The project, which took $500,000 to produce, made $6.8 million in ticket sales its first weekend. In all, it made a $33 million profit. The other films that have been made by Sherwood Pictures are “Facing the Giants” (2006) and “Flywheel” (2004).
Showtimes and tickets for “Courageous” are available through Fandango. The movie is rated PG-13 for “some violence and drug content.”
More information on the film can be found at www.courageousthemovie.com.