August 29, 2017 : By Liberty University News Service
For the first time in history, a feature film created by a university film program will release in movie theaters nationwide. “Extraordinary,” produced by the Liberty University Cinematic Arts, Zaki Gordon Center and Working Title Agency, will release in more than 400 select theaters across the country, including in Lynchburg, Va., for a one-night premiere through Fathom Events on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in all time zones.
Based on the real-life experiences of acclaimed ultra-marathoner and longtime Liberty professor David Horton, “Extraordinary” stars Shari Rigby (“October Baby”), Leland Klassen (“Altar Egos”), Karen Abercrombie (“War Room”), and Kirk Cameron (“Fireproof”). The film follows Horton as his dream of tackling a nearly 3,000-mile run takes its toll on his body and brings his marriage to the breaking point.
“‘Extraordinary’ will encourage couples to go the distance in their marriages and is a wonderful opportunity to start a dialogue about honoring your family, persevering, and finishing well,” said Liberty University President Jerry Falwell. “Daily, we challenge our students and faculty to engage the world through Christian media and ‘Extraordinary’ does that in a big way. This movie truly is a labor of love for Liberty University’s film school.”
Liberty University’s Cinematic Arts Department will celebrate “Extraordinary” with a red-carpet event Thursday, Sept. 7, at 5:30 p.m., at the Regal River Ridge Stadium 14 in Lynchburg. Moviegoers can walk the red carpet, pose for photos with actors, and enjoy a pre-show at 6:30 p.m. The film’s cast will be in attendance.
Immediately following the feature content, Fathom Events will present a panel discussion, including the filmmakers, “Extraordinary” stars, and host Tim Clinton of the American Association of Christian Counselors to discuss the importance of maintaining a healthy marriage, along with practical ways to improve relationships. As Horton’s marriage was tested during his grueling run, the panel will explore the impact that following your dreams can have on those closest to you.
Tickets for ‘Extraordinary’ can be purchased online by visiting ExtraordinaryMovie.com or at participating theater box offices. For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website.