Director Sean Anders Talks About His Own ‘Instant Family’

Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne’s comedy/drama film, Instant Family appears to be an instant hit with both critics and audiences alike. Sure, not everyone is a fan, but I suspect that people don’t actually have kids themselves. Those that do, appreciate all of the chaos and (at times) the corniness that is a part of family life. In the movie, Wahlberg and Byrne play a couple who want to start a family, but sort of feel that they are a bit old to be just starting and find themselves looking into foster care adoption and end up adopting a teen girl and her two younger siblings. Unrealistic you say? Try telling that to Sean Anders who co-wrote the script and directed the movie. He lived it. Well, mostly.

I met Anders last week to talk about Instant Family just before the film opened and my biggest question for him was how much of this film was actually based on real life. “A lot of it,” he said and then went on telling me a story about how his family came to be.

“First of all, my …

John Corbett Say ‘All Saints’ Was the Best Decision That He’s Ever Made

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John Corbett stars in All Saints (Affirm Films)


John Corbett from Northern Exposure, Sex in the City and the two Big Fat Greek Wedding movies stars in the upcoming faith-based film All Saints. He says it has been the best decision he has ever made when he was feeling very reluctant to do so. “I felt like I’ve been playing ‘nice guy’ roles like this for decades and on one level that is kinda boring to me and I wanted to do something different acting-wise and I was going to say ‘no’ to this,” says Corbett. “Someone close to me read [the script] and said, ‘You got to do this.’ … So I read it a second time and I said, ‘You’re right. I gotta go do this.'”

Although the title isn’t very exciting, it gets its name from a small church called All Saints that wouldn't still be around if one didn't listen to a still, small voice. Produced by Affirm Films, Sony Pictures and Provident Films, All Saints shares the story of how salesman-turned-pastor, Michael Spurlock and his wife Aimee, not only saved the church, but a local community of refugees as well.

In the movie, Spurlock is sent to shut down a very small country church. At the time, it only had about a dozen members and the bills were not getting paid. Spurlock’s job was to sell the church and its large property, a tough job to be sure, but things become more difficult when a large group of Karen (pronounced kuh-REN) refugees from Burma show up. Suddenly, the church congregation is more than twice its size – but still not making money to survive. It is during this time that Spurlock feels that God is telling him to turn their fertile land into a working farm to pay the church’s bills and feed its newest people.

“Jeopardizing his family’s future by ignoring his superiors, Michael must choose between completing what he was assigned to do—close the church and sell the property—or listening to a still, small voice challenging the people of All Saints to risk it all and provide much-needed hope to their new community,” says the makers of the film.

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The real All Saints church and land served as a backdrop for the production, and many of the Karen refugees from the real story appear in the film. Executive Vice President of Provident Films, Ben Howard, said, “When the Karen people knocked on his door, it would have been very easy to say, ‘sorry we are too busy today, we’re closing a church and we won’t be able to help you.’ But he reached out, and he loved them, and look what it led to. It's a powerful story of how actively loving others can change the course of people's lives, and ultimately the world.”

All Saints is directed by Steve Gomer and also stars Cara Buono, Barry Corbin, David Keith, Chonda Pierce, and Nelson Lee. The movie comes to theaters on August 25, 2017. To learn more about the making of the movie, check out the official website.

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