Inspired by a true story, October Baby chronicles a young woman's search for the truth about her past. After collapsing on stage in her college theatrical debut, Hannah learns she was adopted after a failed abortion attempt.
Bewildered, angered and confused, Hannah joins some friends on a Spring Break road trip to uncover her hidden past and finds that life can be more than what is planned, according to Provident Films, which has marketed the film to faith audiences.
When October Baby opened in theaters in March, it was among the Top 10 movies playing at the time and ranked No. 3 in per-screen average, and Provident Films said it "even saved lives." The movie's tagline is "You saw me before I was born," Psalm 139:16.
The DVD is available at LifeWay Christian Stores and through LifeWay.com, along with two 4-session small group Bible studies, one for adults and one for students. Through movie scenes, Bible study, and group discussion, adults and students can examine questions of forgiveness, who they are in Jesus Christ, and restoration.
Churches that want to host a movie night for the film and show it to a larger audience need a site license which can be obtained through LifeWay Films at Lifeway.com/films.
Here are other ways to use it as a ministry tool:
-- Download the free trailer at www.octoberbabymovie.net, add your event information in the space provided at the end, and show it in church services, on your church website or on local television.
-- Visit the movie's resources site (www.octoberbabymovie.net) and use the "Every Life is Beautiful" videos along with free sermon outlines leading up to the showing of the film.
-- Hang a banner outside your church or pregnancy resource center and one in your lobby announcing the special movie night.
-- Find businesses willing to place posters and lay out bulletin inserts for customers to take.
-- Ask supporters to lay out bulletin inserts at work or hand out tickets to coworkers, neighbors and friends.
The October Baby soundtrack is available on iTunes, featuring Chris Sligh, Tenth Avenue North, The Afters and others.
On DVD and Blu-ray, October Baby includes bonus features such as commentary from Jon and Andrew Erwin, the brothers who directed the film; bloopers and deleted scenes from the movie; Every Life Is Beautiful videos; heartwarming stories, including one from Gianna Jessen, the woman who inspired the film; a Q&A with the lead characters; The Afters' "Life Is Beautiful" music video and more.
Provident Films also promoted "Fireproof" and "Courageous," movies by Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., and helped churches use those films as ministry tools.
Compiled by Erin Roach, assistant editor of Baptist Press. October Baby is available for purchase at LifeWay.com and other retail outlets. Get Baptist Press headlines and breaking news on Twitter (@BaptistPress), Facebook (Facebook.com/BaptistPress ) and in your email ( baptistpress.com/SubscribeBP.asp).
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