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Scottsdale, AZ – An exhilarating true story of determination, spiritual revival and reconciliation on and off the football field, Woodlawn comes to Digital HD on January 5, 2016 and Blu-ray™ combo pack and DVD on January 19, 2016.
Pure Flix, the leading independent faith film studio, will release Woodlawn on Blu-ray™, Digital HD, and DVD into the general consumer market with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Extras include over an hour of behind-the-scenes bonus features, including deleted scenes and a revealing documentary, giving viewers a seat at the 50-yard-line for this transformative film.
In a moving and inspirational retelling of a real event, love and unity overcome hatred and violence in a newly desegregated Birmingham, Alabama high school in the early 1970’s. Woodlawn chronicles the life of high school athlete and future NFL superstar Tony Nathan (Caleb Castille), who is set on the path to gridiron greatness by hard-driving coach Tandy Gerelds (Nic Bishop).
Woodlawn stars Sean Astin (Rudy, The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Nic Bishop (Covert Affairs, Body of Proof), Caleb Castille (in his feature film debut), C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders, Red Dawn) Sherri Shepherd (The View, Precious) and Academy Award®-winner Jon Voight (Coming Home, Ali, National Treasure). The film is directed by the Erwin Brothers (Moms’ Night Out, October Baby) from a script by Jon Erwin and Quinton Peeples (“11.22.63,” “Unforgettable”). Executive producers are Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.
“Woodlawn is the story about the redemption of a cynic through a reluctant hero with the influence of an unabashed optimist,” director Andrew Erwin says. “These three men mixed together in the midst of this spiritual awakening in the early ’70s called the Jesus Movement. Something special happened, and a city healed.”
The film takes place in 1973 after a government-mandated desegregation in Birmingham, Alabama, where students are living in a city that erupts with cross burnings and riots. But a spiritual awakening has captured the heart of nearly every player on Birmingham’s Woodlawn High School football team, under the guidance of newly changed Coach Tandy Gerelds (Nic Bishop) and a Chaplain Hank (Sean Astin).
The team’s dedication to love and unity leads to the best-attended high-school game ever played and the rise of superstar Tony Nathan (Caleb Castille), who would go on to become a formidable running back for the Miami Dolphins.
A faith-based drama with a modern-day purpose and explosive sports action, Woodlawn had James Ward of the Chicago Sun Times proclaiming “The football scenes are shot with a ferocious speed and power, putting audiences on the field as the high- school players hurl themselves at each other like teenage missiles.”