Sony Pictures’ Pure Flix to Exclusively Stream Faith-Based Love Story ‘Sun Moon’ on May 5

Pure Flix, the Sony Pictures-owned subscription streaming platform, April 12 announced it would debut Sun Moon — a love story that explores family, faith and transformation as the characters travel to Taiwan to discover God’s plan for their lives — on May 5.

Written and directed by Sydney Tooley, the movie stars MacKenzie Mauzy (Into the Woods, “NCIS: New Orleans”), Justin Chien (upcoming Netflix Original Series “The Brothers Sun”), Madison McLaughlin (“Arrow,” “Chicago, P.D.”) and Michael Jong-Quin Huang (The Haunted Heart), among others.

A young woman’s (Mauzy) vision for her future is shattered when her fiancé leaves her at the altar. Heartbroken and humiliated, she leaps at the chance to escape her life and teach English in Taiwan.

Tooley says the movie is love letter to the country that helped her discover joy and purpose during a trying period of her life. She taught English in Taiwan after college and was able to draw inspiration for the script from her experiences.

“It reminds me of the phrase ‘Jesus take the wheel,'” Tooley said in a statement. “[The lead character] has to decide if she’ll follow the map that God has given her. It isn’t always the easiest choice but ultimately He’ll lead you back to the things that are most important.”

Pure Flix costs $7.99 monthly, or $69.99 annually.

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FilmRise Launches Free ‘Faith and Inspiration’ Streaming App

FilmRise, the New York-based film and television studio and streaming network, April 7 announced the launch of a new free app, FilmRise Faith and Inspiration. The app enables users to stream hundreds of hours of free faith-affirming series, holiday hits, inspirational movies and family content. The app is available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TVs and LG Channels.

The platform features several page-to-screen adaptations directly from the Bible. It also includes the animated film Pilgrim’s Progress, the sweeping tale of a pilgrim and his burden. Pilgrim’s Progress is based on John Bunyan’s book and features Jonathan Rhys Davies of Lord of the Rings.

In addition, the app includes a selection of coming-of-age stories that appeal to all ages, including Shirley Temple in The Little Princess, based on the novel by Francis Hodgson Burnett, about one girl’s resiliency. Viewers can also access the classic tale Heidi (1968), starring Jennifer Edwards as the titular strong-willed orphan.

The Faith and Inspiration app also offers classic animated series, including “Rupert” and “Babar,” as well as films Where The Red Fern Grows and Finding Rin Tin Tin. In addition, viewers can explore true faith stories such as the Torchlighters films and Biblical tales in “The Animated Bible Series.”

Finally, the app features a selection of modern-day secular titles, including Kate Hudson in A Little Bit of Heaven. The film features an all-star cast, including Kathy BatesGael Garcia Bernal and Whoopi Goldberg. Other titles include Canadian family drama “Heartland,” faith drama “Highway to Heaven,” starring Michael Landon, and 1950s Western series “The Roy Rogers Show.”

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Faith-Based Family Drama ‘An Unlikely Angel’ Due on Digital and DVD March 21 From Mill Creek

The faith-based family drama An Unlikely Angel is headed to digital and DVD March 21 from Pinnacle Peak Pictures and Mill Creek Entertainment.

The film follows Janie Caswell, successful, married and very pregnant, who is about to have it all — career, family, success — when she is blindsided by a vehicle and wakes up six years in the future where “having it all” is not what she expected. Will the chance meeting with an angel be an answer to her prayers?

An Unlikely Angel stars Jillian Murray (Code Black, Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero), Sam J. Jones (Ted, Flash Gordon) and Aaron Mees (All Is Calm, Christmas in the Pines) and is directed by Durrell Nelson. 

The film spent two months as the No. 1 film on PureFlix after its initial launch. 

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Faith-Based Drama ‘Heaven’ Due on DVD and Digital HD Oct. 5 From Virgil

The faith-based drama Heaven will be released on DVD and digitally Oct. 5 from Virgil Films.

Based on the book Heaven: The Adventure Begins by author Alan Duprey and adapted to screenplay by screenwriter Angus Benfield,  the film tells the story of Jonathan Stone, a middle-aged paramedic who struggles to find meaning in the midst of his everyday life, until he wakes up one day in Heaven and discovers that his life had more meaning than he could ever have imagined. Set between Heaven and Earth, Heaven follows the life and afterlife of Jonathan and the lives of those around him from his past, present and future.

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Sony Subsidiary to Acquire Faith and Family SVOD Service Pure Flix

Sony Pictures Entertainment subsidiary Affirm Entertainment will acquire faith and family subscription streaming service Pure Flix, the studio announced.

The SVOD service provides movies and TV shows to viewers in the United States and Canada.

Following the closing of the deal, Pure Flix chief content officer and founding partner David A.R. White will join Affirm and will serve as head of outreach and special projects.

“Pure Flix is a natural fit with our Affirm brand, which is known for its high quality, uplifting, inspirational content,” Keith Le Goy, president of networks and distribution at Sony Pictures Entertainment, said in a statement. “We love creating and sharing stories that are both impactful and entertaining, and the Pure Flix service will enable us to do more of that every day. Pure Flix has done an amazing job building a robust community of engaged subscribers, and we look forward to continuing to grow and delight audiences with well-curated faith and family entertainment.”

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“For over 15 years, Pure Flix has strived and succeeded to bring faith and family entertainment to our loyal audiences,” Michael Scott, CEO of Pure Flix, said in a statement. “We are thrilled with the creative opportunities and the ability to reach a broader audience through this agreement with Affirm Entertainment. We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to our longtime Pure Flix supporters as we continue to bring them inspirational and high-quality content in the years ahead.”

Affirm has produced such films as Soul Surfer, War Room, Risen, Heaven Is for Real, Miracles From Heaven and, most recently, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood in partnership with TriStar Pictures.

‘The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland’ Due on VOD and DVD Nov. 17 From Mill Creek

The faith and family film The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland debuts on VOD, cable and DVD Nov. 17 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

In the movie from Vision Films, sparks fly between a famous model and a farmer with a young daughter when she visits her childhood home. The town is in danger of losing their beloved Santaland festival, but miracles can happen with a little love, family and faith.

The film stars Jenn Gotzon (My Daddy Is in Heaven), Jim E. Chandler (AMC’s “Lodge 49,” “Stranger Things”), Corbin Bernsen (Major League), John Schneider (“The Dukes of Hazzard”), Natasha Bure (Home Sweet Home, “Fuller House,” “The Voice”), Delilah (nationally-syndicated radio host), Robert Amaya (Courageous, October Baby) and introduces Adele Chandler.

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“We are thrilled to release this heartfelt family film on DVD,” Barrett Evans, Mill Creek VP of marketing, said in a statement. “The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland really stands out among the standard seasonal fare on TV and retail shelves. The underlying message of faith and family really hones in on the deeper meaning the holidays represent.”

DVD bonus features include deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, audio commentary and a digital redemption on Mill Creek’s movieSpree streaming platform. The film is available for preorder on Amazon and will be available at Walmart.

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Merchandise based on the film, available on QVC Nov. 17, includes:

  • A #Beauty Bracelet features five charms, each with two encouraging statements about the true nature of beauty. A significant portion of the proceeds will be donated to Point Hope, a nonprofit organization, founded by national radio personality Delilah that puts focus on the children within the U.S. foster care system and in providing water in Ghana.
  • A 30-day devotional and study Divine Beauty: Becoming Beautiful Based on God’s Truth by Michelle Cox (Hallmark’s devotional co-author, “When God Calls the Heart”) and Jenn Gotzon with online video Bible studies available, one for women, one for teens.
  • A children’s book that reinforces the film’s message — Beautiful Mable — by Mike Nawrocki, a co-creator of “VeggieTales” — and illustrated by Sara Jo Floyd.