Friday, February 25, 2011
The Grace Card
Today is a big day for many Memphians. It's the wide release of The Grace Card, a film about race, forgiveness, and reconciliation that was created and produced by members of my parents' church. The filming took place here in Memphis in October 2009, and it was a 24-hour-a-day effort that involved the entire congregation. My mom worked in wardrobe, and my dad was on the security team and guarded Louis Gossett Jr.'s trailer. :) A lot of other local churches were involved too - a member of my own church played a doctor!
My parents invited me to the pre-pre-screening of The Grace Card for the congregation last summer. In all honesty, my expectations were pretty low. I kept hearing that the movie was as professional as Fireproof, but as much as I admired everyone's hard work, I wasn't sure that a bunch of relative amateurs could pull off something of that caliber. But they really did. I was VERY impressed, and I felt honored to be part of the excitement in that sanctuary, with a crowd of people who had just received visible proof that what they had done meant something. There are few things more satisfying than creating something great, and then sending your creation off into the world knowing that it'll have an impact for good. I'm very confident that this movie will.
If the general themes of this movie don't grab you, but you're interested in Memphis, see it for the local influence. :) In my opinion, it's an accurate representation of Memphis and its good and bad attributes.
To find a theater near you that's showing The Grace Card, go here.