‘Same Kind of Different as Me’ Producer Shares How Film Sparked Movement of Kindness
“Same Kind of Different as Me,” the inspirational, real-life story of Ron Hall and Denver Moore and their unlikely friendship, was among the top five faith-based movies in 2017, bringing in $6,360,709 at the box office.
The nonfiction book by Hall and Moore, which the film is based on, also experienced staggering success, making The New York Times best-sellers list three times.
But it also sparked a movement no one quite expected.
Starring Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou, and Academy Award-winning actress Renee Zellweger, “Same Kind of Different as Me” follows Hall, an international art dealer, who, at his wife Debbie’s behest, befriends a homeless man in hopes of saving his struggling marriage. In the process, Ron’s perspective on race, economic status, and the meaning of friendship is entirely transformed.
In an exclusive interview with The Christian Post, producer Darren Moorman revealed that the film inspired hundreds of people to help those experiencing homelessness, abuse, hunger or addiction.
“Early on, we showed the movie to about 200 people that run rescue missions across the country,” he said. “About two days before the movie opened nationwide, 150 rescue missions across the country, because they were so moved by the movie, partnered with us and held red carpet events and brought in hundreds of people to serve and donate. It was one of those amazing nights where the film was used to impact cities across the country.”
Before Denver died in 2012, Hall and Denver shared their story at speaking events throughout the country and visited more than 200 shelters nationwide. The two reportedly helped raise $32 million for the homeless through their speaking engagements, and Hall continues the nationwide tour today.
In a culture that seems increasingly divided, Moorman said viewers are drawn to the themes of unity, compassion, and acceptance woven throughout “Same Kind of Different as Me.”
“Tragically, we live in a time when love is not very prevalent in our country and in the world,” he said. “The media typically highlights all of those negative things, which really drives a wedge between people as opposed to telling great stories of unity and love. This movie is all about forgiveness and reconciliation, and that is so timely.”
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Source: Christian Post