Christian Filmmakers DeVon Franklin and Alex Kendrick Discuss Navigating Faith and Hollywood

Alex Kendrick (L) and DeVon Frankling (R) speak at the TV & Film Summit presentations March 27 at Proclaim 19, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Anaheim, California. | The Christian Post/Leah Klett

Leading Christian filmmakers DeVon Franklin and Alex Kendrick discussed the importance of humility, integrity, and seeking God’s guidance as they navigate the crossroads of Hollywood and faith.

Franklin, president and CEO of Franklin Entertainment, shared how he strives to make films that are both relatable and inspiring during TV & Film Summit presentations March 27 at Proclaim 19, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Anaheim, California.

“With a film, you’re trying to tell the spirit of the story while still honoring the specificity in which the spirit of the story was experienced,” he said.

Franklin’s latest film is “Breakthrough,” set to release April 12, 2019. The film is based on mother Joyce Smith’s book that recounts her son John’s miraculous survival from a dramatic fall through into an icy lake. Starring Chrissy Metz, Marcell Ruiz, and Topher Grace, “Breakthrough” highlights the power of prayer.

The film is a result of a series of miracles, Franklin told the audience, revealing that “Breakthrough” is the only movie he has ever produced that 20th Century Fox accepted without a pitch.

“God’s had His hand on ‘Breakthrough’ since the beginning,” he said. “Part of this is God’s plan and faith and people working together to get it done.”

Franklin also pointed out that the cast and crew of “Breakthrough” are diverse, with females and minorities widely represented.

“Doing an interview, someone asked about diversity, and in the interview was myself, Marcel Ruiz, and Chrissy,” he shared. “And I said, ‘It’s amazing; here I am, a black man, a young Latino kid, and a woman. These were historically the groups that have been kept out of Hollywood, and we all happen to be believers.’”

During a Q&A, Franklin discussed how his faith affects his work in Hollywood and shared how, while on the set of “Breakthrough,” he would regularly pray on-set.

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