Colorado Springs, Colo. – Pine Creek Entertainment in association with Focus on the Family, Kindred Image and Fathom Events will present a special event for three nights only in select cinemas nationwide on March 3, 4 and 5, 2015, with the debut of “The Drop Box.” This feature-length documentary will include an exclusive panel discussion.
Focus on the Family’s first film, “Irreplaceable,” attracted more than 130,000 people in more than 700 theaters across the United States and Canada in May 2014.
“The Drop Box” tells the story of one man’s efforts to protect and care for newborn babies who might have otherwise been abandoned on the streets of Seoul, South Korea. Pastor Lee Jong-Rak built a “baby box” – a safe harbor to welcome and care for these babies. So far, more than 500 babies – many of whom have disabilities – have been helped. A portion of the film’s proceeds will go to support Pastor Lee’s ministry.
“‘The Drop Box’ is ultimately a story of hope,” said Focus President Jim Daly. “Even in the midst of a heart-wrenching situation, we see the heart of a father’s love in Pastor Lee. Not everyone is called to do what he’s doing or adopting a child themselves, but all Christians are called to care for orphans. Watching this documentary changes a person – it draws you to care even more deeply for the most vulnerable among us.”
November Premiere Event in Atlanta
Focus on the Family is hosting a world premiere of “The Drop Box” on Wed. Nov. 12 at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center in Duluth, Ga. This event will feature a panel discussion on the plight of orphans with Daly; Grammy and Dove Award winning recording artist Stephen Curtis Chapman; Mary Beth Chapman, president of Show Hope, an internationally recognized voice for orphan advocacy; Brian Ivie, director of “The Drop Box”; Kelly Rosati, Focus’ vice president of community outreach; and Dr. Sharen Ford, Focus’ program director of adoption and orphan care.
“The Drop Box” is the Second Film in Focus’ Series of Documentaries
“The Drop Box” is part of Focus’ Reclamation Series, documentaries that focus on the importance of marriage, family and a Christ-centered response to the social issues presented in each film.
Daly explained why Focus is investing its energies toward film efforts: “There’s a reason why Jesus chose to teach in parables. We’re drawn to compelling stories, especially those told through the power of film. Audiences will leave theaters empowered to make a difference – it happened with ‘Irreplaceable,’ and it will happen with ‘The Drop Box.’”
“The Drop Box” was directed by Brian Ivie, a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. “Through this movie, we’re hoping that people would see more than Christians working on behalf of orphans,” said Ivie. “We’re hoping that people would see a God who has always and will always love the broken and the lost.”
Ivie was personally impacted as he directed “The Drop Box.” As he accepted the “Best of Festival” award for the documentary at the 2013 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, Ivie told the audience: “I became a Christian while making this movie. When I started to make it, and I saw all these kids come through the drop box – it was like a flash from heaven. Just like these kids with disabilities had crooked bodies, I have a crooked soul. And God loves me still.”
The Dove Foundation awarded “The Drop Box” five Doves, the highest rating available, in its review of the documentary.
To coordinate media interviews for “The Drop Box” or the event in Atlanta, please email Allison Meggers at Allison.Meggers@fotf.org or call 719-266-7557.