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City gets a taste of "Fireproof"

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

July 1, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Fireproof. It's the new movie that Sherwood Pictures just wrapped up, but it's also what the films writers hope marriage in America will become.

Tuesday, the Albany city commission got a sneak preview of some of the movie clips as the Albany Fire Department was praised for their role in the movie's production.

It didn't take much convincing for Albany Fire Chief James Carswell to say yes to his department being the highlight in Fireproof, the latest movie by Sherwood Films.

"They had me at 'Hello,'"he says.

Tuesday, Brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick who wrote the movie, thanked the city commission for allowing the use of the fire department, equipment and personnel for the movie.

"We hope it represents Albany well," said Alex Kendrick. "We're so proud of the Albany Fire Department, Phoebe Hospital, the Police Department, how everybody came together and helped and we think it's a movie that represents our community well."

"They came in and allowed us to have some input in the fire scenes, laying the groundwork so it's realistic so that what people see is what we do everyday and so we're real proud of the finished product," said Ron Rowe of the Albany Fire Department.

And proud of the impact the movie could have. "I think the way the Kendrick brothers have it written is going to have a huge impact on the world, not just here in Albany."

The movie is based on a firefighter, portrayed by Kirk Cameron, whose marriage is falling apart after seven years.

He won't leave a partner behind in the flames of a fire, but isn't quite as committed to the partner he made a lifelong promise to.

Stephen Kendrick hopes that after married couples see the movie, they will place more value on marriage. "We would love it if the city of Albany and the families of Albany would be impacted by the movie as we raise up the standard of unconditional love."

Coming out of the flames unscathed because they are Fireproof. Fireproof will open in theaters from Albany to Alaska September 26th.

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