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Church excited as film goes world wide

January 29, 2007

Albany --  A movie made by an Albany Church that sold ten million dollars in tickets at the box office comes out on DVD Tuesday.   Fans of the movie created a huge pre-sale demand for the DVD, and Sherwood Baptist Church film makers are excited.    

You can't own one just yet, but this is already a red hot seller. "Facing the Giants" is the second largest DVD pre-seller behind only "the Passion of the Christ," with tens of thousands already pre-ordered. It is the 25th most ordered movie on Amazon.com even before it is available.

Associate Ministers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, who wrote and produced the film, say it is overwhelming.  Kendrick said, "after three years of working and praying the church is going to see the fruit of it's labors with the DVD hitting the stores tomorrow."

"Giants" is the story of a Christian high school football team that turned it's losing season around by dedicating their play to Jesus Christ. It was made in Albany and Lee County with mostly church volunteer actors and crew members for one hundred thousand dollars, and sold more than ten million dollars in limited release.

Tuesday the DVD goes on sale at Wal-Mart and Target across the country, and the sales are expected to be huge. Alex Kendrick said "it's neat to think that from a church in Albany Georgia we have a chance to touch the world through this movie."

"Giants" DVD's will be sold in 56 countries, including China, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt; non-Christian nations where the Kendrick's hope the film will be seen by people of other faiths.  "Michael Katt, our Pastor, shared his dream of reaching the world from Albany Georgia, and we feel like this opportunity is our way to do that."

Kendrick said "we know there are believers in a lot of those countries, but we think it will also challenge people to consider faith after they see the movie and hear the story."

The Kendrick's say Sherwood Baptist Church has heard from thousands of people that say "Facing the Giants" impacted their lives. Now they hope the DVD Will make as big an impact world wide.  

You can buy a copy of "Facing the Giants" on-line or at most stores where DVD's are sold for $19.99. Sherwood Baptist will use proceeds from "Giants" to build a public recreation center near their high school and to finance their next movie project.

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