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Inspiring film to debut in Alexandria

A new film, Seasons of Gray: A Modern Day Joseph Story, is opening in eight theaters across the country on Friday, October 18, including at Midway Mall Cinema 9 in Alexandria.

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The film, distributed by EchoLight Studios, a faith-based entertainment studio run by former presidential candidate Rick Santorum, shares a timely response to the age-old question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”

“If you’re human and you’ve experienced disappointment and confusion, the story of ‘Seasons of Gray’ will resonate with you,” said Todd Wagner, the senior pastor at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas, which made the film.

Seasons of Gray is the culmination of a nearly decade-old dream by former Watermark staff member Paul Stehlik, now a missionary in Africa, to share biblical stories through the medium of film, updated in a modern cultural context for contemporary audiences. It tells the story of Brady Gray (played by Andrew Cheney), the favored son of a two-time widower, and begins on location at a Texas ranch. After Brady’s father lavishes him with accolades and gifts, his half-brothers, fed up with his privileged position and arrogant attitude, kick him off the family ranch with a stern warning to never return.

What lies ahead is a roller coaster of ups and downs as Brady goes from restoring his life, obtaining a job and developing a love interest, to being wrongly accused of sexual assault and thrown in jail. Throughout the story, despite questioning his life’s purpose and plan, Brady remains devoted to his faith and learns the true meaning of forgiveness.

“Seasons of Gray is an inspiring story that proves that through the good and bad times in your life, God is with you,” said Santorum. “Losing everything is what made Joseph who he was. Despite encountering extreme hardships, he remained faithful to God and his family. In the ‘me-centered’ culture in which we live, the film powerfully shares this vital message.”

Reviewers have praised the performances and high production values in the movie, which won audience awards at the San Diego and San Antonio Christian film festivals.

Besides Alexandria, Seasons of Gray will open in in Dallas-Fort Worth; Little Rock, Arkansas; Phoenix, Arizona; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Chicago, Illinois; Kansas City, Missouri; Stillwater, Oklahoma; and San Antonio, Texas.

EchoLight has also partnered with interested individuals, organizations and churches to bring the film to select cities for hosted theater events. For the cost of a ticket, any individual can choose to host a showing in his or her local theater. The showings are contingent on a minimum ticket purchase threshold, typically around 60 tickets. More information is available at http://seasonsofgray.com/promoters/.

For more information on the film, visit www.seasonsofgray.com.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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