I CAN ONLY IMAGINE….In theaters Friday, March 16, 2018
Releasing this Friday and starring the amazing cast of J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Trace Adkins, Priscilla C. Shirer, Cloris Leachman and Dennis Quaid, I Can Only Imagine (PG) is based on the true story of MercyMe’s lead singer, Bart Millard. Here’s your chance for an I Can Only Imagine ticket giveaway!
Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive access to the film in exchange for this review and post. More rules below. This post contains affiliate links.
It’s a song with lyrics that brings hope to so many … often in the midst of life’s most challenging moments. Amazingly, the song was written in mere minutes by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard. Yet in reality, the lyrics took a lifetime to craft.
I am so excited to see the film next week with my family and am blessed to offer a reader a chance to WIN TWO TICKETS! Will it be you? Keep reading to enter below! The more you share, the better your chances of winning!
Behind the Scenes
“It’s the song you know,” says Jon Erwin, co-director, “but the story you don’t.” The Erwin Brothers also directed OCTOBER BABY, MOMS’ NIGHT OUT, and WOODLAWN. It was the Erwins’ third collaboration with producing partner Kevin Downes (COURAGEOUS). “What I’m most excited about is people seeing this who have never heard the story.” Downes said. “This is a powerful story that I believe is going to bring hope to people all over the world.”
“I just thought it was a compelling, universal story,” says Quaid, who plays Millard’s father, Arthur. “I’ve done a lot of father-son stories, and this was different in a way because it wasn’t so, should I say… Hollywood? What attracted me to Arthur was that he was a guy who has redemption in the end. But he starts from a very low place.”
Interestingly, the Erwins’ opportunity to tell Bart’s story actually came about because of one of their other films.
“On a whim, we invited Bart to a screening of one of our films,” recalls Andy Erwin, co-writer/director. “Just kind of reached out to him and said, ‘Hey, we travel in the same circles, but we’ve never really hung out.’”
Bart saw the show and gave the brothers some surprising news.
“He said, ‘I don’t know if you know this, but the studio’s been developing my life story for several years now as a movie. I’d like you guys to consider directing it,’” says Andy. “I laughed and said, ‘Well, the funny thing is they sent us the script this morning.’”
A few years later, they found themselves in Oklahoma City making a movie about Bart Millard’s amazing story.
Bart Millard’s Story
Although he found faith at a young age, life wasn’t easy for Bart. He leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life. As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father. But a career-ending injury—combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential—set Bart on a musical pathway.
Chasing a dream while running from broken relationships with father and Shannon, his childhood sweetheart, Bart hits the road on an old, decrepit tour bus with his new band MercyMe—named for his grandmother’s favorite expression. With the guidance of a grizzled music-industry insider, the band begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined.
“The movie is a powerful reminder that no one is ever too far from God’s love,” says Millard, “and that heaven is promised to those who find hope in Christ.”
Visit the official website for more info and tickets, including group sales: https://icanonlyimagine.com/ Follow the hashtag #ICanOnlyImagine on social, and enter the giveaway below for your chance to win two tickets. Drawing March 21.
A full list of theaters, show times, and tickets can be found at https://icanonlyimagine.com/theaters
Get your tickets now, and take advantage of a way to share hope with others. Bring your friends, family, and community group. Be encouraged in your own journey and see change in your life by experiencing this true story. You can even get small group, church and discussion materials and even children’s resources here. Download a sample today.
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