Christian film to show at Cinemagic, has Austin tiesPublished 11:05am Friday, January 24, 2014
A story of faith and God’s power, with Austin, Minn., ties, will be on the big-screen this weekend at Cinemagic 7 at the Oak Park Mall.
“The Current,” a new family-friendly and Christian faith-based feature film from independent production company ii FiLMS will show at Cinemagic 7 at 4:30 p.m. this Saturday.
“The Current” was written and produced by Minnesotan Scott A. Peterson, whose brother-in-law, Dave Simerson, pastors Cornerstone Church in Austin. His mother-in-law, Bunny Simerson, lives at the Cedars. Dave Simerson, who saw the film at a private “cast and crew screening party” in September, was instrumental in bringing the film to town. He said the film has a strong message of faith and hope he is excited to bring to the community.
“The message of ‘The Current’ tells us that life can get messy, even as a Christian, but even when we go through seasons of anger God never tires of loving us,” Simerson said. “… Having seen the movie, I’m excited to bring it to our community and let its message echo through the lives of our people.”
“The Current” is the story of 13-year-old Jake Larson, who lives in Chicago and loves everything about life when his parents decide city violence is hitting too close to home. Jake’s parents make the life-changing decision to move the family to a campground in rural Minnesota. At the campground, a rebellious young Jake meets Peter — a boy from the farm across the river. The two form a fast friendship that God uses to transform Jake’s life in ways that Jake never could have imagined.
The script for “The Current” was a finalist for the Kairos Prize competition for spiritually uplifting screenplays in 2011. The movie is part of a growing movement by Christian filmmakers to create family-friendly, faith-based entertainment as a means of impacting American culture. Peterson says the movie is largely a response to the script’s recognition in the competition combined with a challenge from his pastor to a group of church members from Northgate church in Ramsey, Minn., to do “something impossible” for God. Peterson and an all-volunteer cast and crew filmed “The Current” in summer 2012 in locations around Minnesota and Chicago.
For more information or to see the movie trailer, go to www.iifilms.com. Tickets are available at the theater’s box office.