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Arkansas Film Commission hosts screening for ‘God’s Not Dead 2’
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 · 9:29 am
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (March 15, 2016) – The Arkansas Film Commission, a division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, held a private screening of the new movie “God’s Not Dead 2” on March 14 at Riverdale 10 Cinema in Little Rock for Arkansas’ cast and crew members. The movie was shot in central Arkansas from May to September 2015.
Joining the Arkansas cast and crew for the screening were Melissa Joan Hart, lead actress in the movie, Director Harold Cronk and Producer Brittany Lefebvre.
“There was no better way to kick off the release of ‘God’s Not Dead 2’ than reuniting with our Arkansas cast and crew at the newly remodeled Riverdale 10,” said Cronk. “We are grateful that our friends from Mutiny FX opened our eyes to the possibility of shooting in Arkansas. From the moment Christopher Crane gave us our first tour we felt as though we were part of the Arkansas family. We look forward to future adventures in the Natural State!”
The movie, the highly anticipated sequel to the beloved Pure Flix movie from 2014, will be released in theaters on April 1. According to the movie’s official synopsis, when a grieving student (Hayley Orrantia) asks a question about Jesus in her classroom, the response by her teacher (Melissa Joan Hart) leads to an epic court battle that could cost the teacher her career and expel God completely from the classroom.
“Watching the film with the cast and crew who put endless hours of hard work into it was an honor and a privilege,” said Lefebvre. “We are eternally grateful to the state of Arkansas for embracing this production.”
“Arkansas has a rich history in the film industry,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson. “We were honored to host this production for several months in 2015 and the impact of this film will reach beyond just the time they were here. The beauty of our great state highlighted in the movie will drive additional tourists to Arkansas for years to come. We appreciate Pure Flix choosing Arkansas and hope to continue working together on future productions.”
“Film production is an important component of economic development,” said Mike Preston, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. “‘God’s Not Dead 2’ is a testament to the fact Arkansas has locations that are secondary to none and a workforce well-prepared to handle large-scale productions. Thanks to the Arkansas cast and crew for representing our state well.”
Several Arkansas landmarks are prominently featured in the movie such as the State Capitol and the Pulaski County Courthouse. In addition, a short film promoting Arkansas as a tourism destination will be a special feature on the movie’s DVD. This promotional film was provided to PureFlix by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.
For more information about the movie, visit www.godsnotdeadthemovie.com/.