LEESBURG, Fla. (September 20, 2022) — Kingstone Studios announces the streaming debut of BOOKED UP on SalemNOW starting September 23. An inspirational film for the whole family based on a true story. The film follows a jaded reporter who finds her cynicism slowly changing as she breaks news about a church struggling to buy a motel for homeless families and befriended an addict in the process.
Starring Dean Cain (GOD’S NOT DEAD, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), TC Stallings (COURAGEOUS, WAR ROOM) and Sean Young (DUNE, BLADE RUNNER) BOOKED UP had a successful theatrical debut nationally through Fathom Events, finishing at #3 on average per screen and #10 at the domestic box office on the day of its release.
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“The SalemNOW team is really looking forward to it BOOKED UP into the homes of families everywhere,” said Rob Ellis, general manager of SalemNOW. “We believe this film will inspire others to make a difference and bring hope to their own communities.”
“This film is very close to the real events,” said screenwriter, producer and pastor Art Ayris. “After a number of local and even international news channels covered what our church is doing to help the homeless, we realized we had a very unique story to tell. Our church is used to trying the impossible, so we made a film.”
The film speaks powerfully about homelessness and addiction and sends a message to the church about what is possible when you trust in God even in the worst of circumstances. First Baptist Leesburg, the church portrayed in the film, not only bought a motel for homeless families now called the Samaritan Inn, they also built a medical clinic for the needy, which is now staffed by 50 doctors and 8 dentists and has a 16- Bed addiction facility for women, a 30-bed addiction facility for men, a pregnancy counseling center and a free counseling center. They give away 15 tons of food each week to those in need in their community.
“Even if not every community can do this, we can all do something,” says Ayris. “This true-to-life film portrays the immense struggles and miracles that followed, and we hope this film inspires others to see what is possible when we trust God with what seems impossible.”
BOOKED UP is also available for church exhibits, with resources available as part of their Welcome to Hope campaign, including a Bible study and idea sheet called 101 Ways to Impact Your Community. For more information, visit https://novacancymovie.com/#events and follow social media @novacancymovie.
News reporter Brandi Michaels finds the 2007 economic and housing slump in central Florida a fitting metaphor for her tumultuous life. As if a looming divorce and her mother’s Alzheimer’s weren’t enough, her dreams of journalism are dashed when she’s relegated to a rural outpost by Orlando. But when her editor sends Brandi to cover a story about a church struggling to buy a motel for homeless families during the Great Recession, she finds her cynical news personality challenged when she meets Cecil, a winning former drug addict , and convinced herself of the selflessness and epic struggle of the church trying to care for the homeless in her community. Her reporting of the story eventually helps the Church overcome opposition to acquiring the motel, and also plays a part in Brandi’s personal redemption as she witnesses the stories of everyone involved firsthand. Her article becomes an award-winning piece that serves as a catalytic model to help homeless families in other communities, giving her the journalistic impact she’s been craving all along. Based on the true story of First Baptist Leesburg, Cecil Johnson and the Samaritan Inn.
Photo Courtesy: ©Kingstone Studios, used with permission.
About Kingstone Studios
Kingstone Studios is a Central Florida comic, film and animation company with numerous awards including Best Feature Florida Film and Television, Best Feature Angel Awards and Best Feature Independents Film Festival. Her publishing vertical, Kingstone Comics, published the Kingstone Bible, which was a finalist for Christian Book of the Year in the children’s category.