From the Courthouse to the Movie House Pro-Life Supporters Look to Hollywood to Create Culture Change
The Supreme Court's reversal of a Texas law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges and abortion facilities to meet basic health standards is a signal to the pro-life movement to push for social change in other ways, says Jason Jones, co-executive producer of the new pro-life film VOICELESS.
Jones, founder of Movie to Movement, a non-profit organization that uses the medium of motion pictures to engage audiences on the nature and dignity of the human person, is working with the VOICELESS film team to add 100 screens to the release of new pro-life film VOICELESS which debuts in theaters nationwide on October 7 and sees the recent court ruling as a major catalyst which will prompt pro-life organizations, churches and individuals to action.
"Inch by inch, we are fighting to take back our culture from Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry," said Jones. "We must help those battling bravely in the legislatures and courts by reshaping the national discourse-one way we do that is through the arts and films such as VOICELESS. We see this as a shift from the courthouse to the movie-house in an effort to transform our nation."
Executive Producer of the influential pro-life movies BELLA and CRESCENDO, Jones knows the power of film to change culture. BELLA, inspired countless women to make the choice to keep their baby-over 1000 women wrote the producers sharing their stories. Jones' short film CRESCENDO, thanks to the tireless work of executive producer Pattie Mallette, raised millions of dollars for pregnancy centers and launched a national conversation on the importance of pregnancy centers.
"VOICELESS is a call to the church. Now more than ever as we see no relief from our judiciary or legislative branches, the church must stand up and take a leadership role in protecting the vulnerable. We are issuing an urgent call to churches and church leaders to recommit themselves to protecting the sanctity of life."
The film launches theatrically nationwide on October 7, 2016 and will be distributed by ArtAffects Entertainment. Battling his own inner-demons, Jesse (Rusty Joiner: Last Ounce Of Courage, Dodgeball, "Days of Our Lives") encounters a young, pregnant teen overcome with grief that, after an impulsive abortion, has her family blaming Jesse for more than just her final decision. Jesse's wife Julia (Jocelyn Cruz: Strike One, This Is Our Time) must come to terms with her own choices and decide if she can support her husband as opposition mounts against him. Comedian Paul Rodriguez also stars as Virgil with James Russo as Pastor Gil.
The winner of multiple awards, VOICELESS has been honored as Northeast Film Festival's Best Feature and People's Choice for Best Feature Film and Best Feature Film from the California Independent Film Festival.