Faith-based films have come a long way — with bigger budgets, bigger stars, and bigger Christian audiences who can do without the foul language, sex, and violence of mainstream blockbusters.
One of those uplifting and inspiring films came this summer from American Family Studios, a division of the American Family Association.
“I Am Potential” follows the true-life story of Patrick Henry Hughes, a wheelchair-bound young man whose father helped him overcome impossible odds and allowed the world to see his God-given potential. Hughes was born without eyes but dreamed of joining the high school marching band. Patrick’s loving father helps his son realize this dream, even though his father had dreamed of raising an athlete.
This summer, “I Am Potential” debuted in theaters in Tupelo, Miss., where the movie was filmed and where the headquarters of AFA are located; Louisville, Kentucky; and Evansville, Indiana.
Now, even more will have the chance to see the Hughes family’s uplifting story. “I Am Potential” premieres at 7:00 p.m. ET this Sunday, October 18, on UPTV.
“AFA is excited that millions will have the chance to watch the amazing story of Patrick Henry Hughes and his dedicated father in ‘I Am Potential’ this weekend on UPTV,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “Their story is one of love, commitment, perseverance, and faith that will undoubtedly speak into many lives. American Family Studios has been honored to be a part of this project and bring this story to the world.”
“Last fall, American Family Studios and UPTV partnered to bring our first feature film, ‘Summer Snow,’ to an at-home audience via the UPTV network following its theatrical debut,” said AFA Senior Vice President Buddy Smith. “This year, we are pleased to announce the ‘I Am Potential’ partnership and to say that we greatly appreciate the wholesome programming and entertainment that UPTV provides for families across America.”
“I Am Potential” is also available on DVD for pre-order now at the AFA Store. Copies of the film are $16.99 and will begin shipping next week. The film makes a wonderful Christmas gift or an evening of entertainment for small groups.
“Summer Snow” was released on DVD last fall and is also available in the AFA Store. It stars David Chisum, Cameron Goodman, Garrett Backstrom, Brett Rice, and Rachel Eggleston, who plays the 8-year-old Hallie Benson – a small girl with a very big heart. Whether baking cookies for a grumpy neighbor or selling toothbrushes to help a friend, Hallie always thinks of others. Unfortunately, her “creative” ways of helping people often leave her father, Dan (Chisum), with a mess to clean up. Dan struggles to keep it all together after his wife’s death. He doesn’t cook, do hair or know how to help his three children without his beautiful wife and her unshakeable faith in God.
“Summer Snow” will air on UPTV at 5:00 p.m. ET this Sunday, just before the 7:00 p.m. debut of “I Am Potential.” Click here for more details.
UPTV is found on DIRECTV Channel 338, DISH Channel 188, Verizon FIOS Channel 224, and on most cable systems in the U.S.