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September 29, 2006

Albany --  The release of a full-length movie written, directed, shot and produced by an Albany church hit silver screen's nationwide today.   Facing the Giants is a Christian-themed movie by Sherwood Baptist Church that tells the story of God's role with a high school football team.    

The first group of people who saw Facing the Giants just finished up the 4'oclock show. The movie is playing at 150 cities across the country and on more than 400 screens.

But here in Albany, movie-goers say the movie is extra special. Locals came early to get their seats to the show. But movie-goers at Albany's Wynnsong theater say "Facing the Giants" is inspirational for the positive message about God, and that it's a local movie they relate to.

"It's about a local football team, and a small Christian school football, and I went to a Christian school, grew up and I used to play on a football team for a Christian school," said Cuthbert's Richard McNair.

It's a story McNair says will have a positive message. The movie tells the story of a high school football coach battling his failures coaching the Shilo Eagles. 

When 17-year-old Jesse Knight takes a closer look at the movie on the big screen, it hits home. "I know some of the people that helped out with the movie, and I know Sherwood, and I know people that go to Sherwood. So it's really cool knowing that people I know helped out with the movie," said Knight.

Knight will see the flick with his brother and friend who are both seen on-screen. And about 500 more local volunteers that produced, shot, or appeared in the movie. "I teased them at work and told them that I'd finally made it to the big screen," said Julie Taylor.

It's local support like this that drives ticket sales here in Albany, but some locals say it's the powerful message from God that will give the movie strength in other markets. "All the big movies out of Hollywood, the fact that this is a local production out of Albany, Georgia just magnifies the success of this tenfold," said Kay Evans.

Locals say the movie is already a success coming from a small city like Albany, and it's a story they say has power to influence people nationwide as well.  Wynnsong's manager says the movie has been received very well by movie-goers. It's sold out sneak previews in the past, and they've already had several church and civic groups buy large numbers of tickets to the show.  

Facing the Giants is being shown eight different times at Albany's Wynnsong Theater. The last showing is at 9:55.

 Sony Pictures picked up the movie and if it does well opening weekend, distribution of the movie may be expanded.

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