Tuesday, April 2, 2013

‘Desperate’ Husband and Jamie-Grace to Star in Upcoming Film

AJ Michalka

 MOVIES 

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions announced today that production on the upcoming indie film, Grace Unplugged has finished and it will be released into at least 500 theaters nationwide on October 4, 2013.

The movie’s cast includes AJ Michalka, James Denton , Kevin Pollak, Michael Welch and Shawnee Smith. The film will also feature Christian singer Jamie-Grace, American Idol Season 10 Finalist Pia Toscano, and an appearance by Christian artist/songwriter, Chris Tomlin. It was written and directed by Brad J. Silverman.

Today marks the beginning of a spring/summer promotion with Lionsgate and Roadside
James Denton
 Attractions previewing the movie to various Christian leaders and youth pastors in hopes of using it as a an outreach tool. In addition, today’s press release announced that both Capitol Christian Music Group and Lifeway Christian Resources have teamed up to promote the film. 


“We love Grace Unplugged, an entertaining story of a talented teenager rising in the music industry that gets a chance to achieve her dreams but realizes in the process the importance of family and her faith. While the story is specific to the world of music, the themes are universal to every family in this inspiring movie,” said Lionsgate President of Acquisitions and 
Co-Productions Jason Constantine.
“We are thrilled to be releasing Grace Unplugged, a terrific, emotional story of a
Jamie-Grace
contemporary father and daughter who must each reconcile their faith with their love of music and performing,” said Roadside Attractions’ Co-President Howard Cohen. 


Bill Hearn, CEO of Capitol Christian Music Group added, “We’re thrilled to be the music and soundtrack partner with Lionsgate which allows us to offer powerful songs to enhance this incredible story of reconciliation.”

Perhaps the most interesting feature about this feature is the odd variety of acting talent thrown in the mix. Michalka has acted in many TV shows and is known as half of the teen music duo, Aly & AJ, more
Shawnee Smith
recently known as 78Violet. She plays Grace Rose Trey, a Christian singer/songwriter wanting to break into the larger music industry. James Denton (from Desperate Housewives) plays her father, a former rock star and current worship leader. (Yes, he really sings). The film also stars Shawnee Smith (from the “Saw” movies and a regular role of the sitcom, Becker years ago) and Michael Welch from the Twilight movies. Add in Jamie-Grace and Chris Tomlin to this modern day prodigal daughter story and you have one intriguing cast. 

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