Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Spiritual movie producer speaks with students

     ORLANDO, Fla. -- David Nixon produces and directs Christian themed movies from his Orlando based film production company, Possibility Pictures. His past two films were small budget projects that have grossed over 100 million dollars combined and have been released all over the world. Nixon came to speak with students and staff at Valencia’s West Campus on Thursday, Dec. 3 to discuss his next film entitled, "Letters to God."


     "Movies have such a power to touch people’s hearts and change their perception," said Nixon. When asked why he has decided on a Christian based message Nixon said, "I know that these movies have that power to touch people’s lives."

     The film, "The Passion of the Christ," produced and directed my Mel Gibson six years ago, was also an independent Christian themed movie that went on to make more than 370 million dollars at the U.S box office. This success inspired Hollywood to start looking into what they now saw as an underappreciated market. With his film, "Facing the Giants," Nixon was surprised to see, not only interest in the film, but they were looking to give it the normal distribution as opposed to a limited release.


      It’s been a long standing fear in Hollywood that religious films would offend too many people, which wasn’t the case, as can be seen through the on-going success of his last two films, "Facing the Giants" and "Fireproof". With "Letters to God" Nixon feels the story, which also deals with cancer, will help bring in more people to the film through not only the religious message, but the message of love and faith in the worst of situations.

     The story, written by the real boy’s father, tells of his young son writing letters to God to ask for help not for himself, but the people around him negatively affected by his illness. Much care was put into keeping a solid message about the selfless compassion given from the child, which many people going through this illness can learn from and use to find comfort.

     This movie has a much larger budget of three million dollars compared to the less then 500,000 dollar budget of his last two films. Working on a grass roots style of marketing through word of mouth, internet promotions, and private screenings that also serve as charity fundraisers, this is still small compared to the majority of Hollywood films today.

     "Orlando, I always felt, is such a good base of operations for making films because the talent, technicians, and facilities are just as good here as anywhere else in the world," said Nixon. The world premier will be at the Palm Theater in Winter Garden, Fl, as well as a special pre-screening in Nashville, Tn. at the church the young boy attended. On April 9, 2010 the film will be released in 800 theaters around the country.

By - James Tutten

jtutten@valenciavoice.com

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