New Movie Addresses Themes of Love, Sex and Meaning in Hollywood’s ‘Year of the Bible’
“I’ve always been skeptical of faith-based films, but I gave THE SONG a chance, and it did not disappoint. This film blends a moving biblical narrative with an entrancing modern love story while maintaining the integrity of both. This movie is gripping, transcendent, and a whole lot of fun. THE SONG is a faith-filled musical love story that will make your heart sing.” – Jonathan Merritt, Senior columnist for Religion News Service and author of Jesus is Better Than You Imagined
“A real interpretation of life on the road, and a STAR performance from Alan Powell – THE SONG is not your glossy Christian movie.” – Chuck Howard, multi-platinum, award-winning music producer/songwriter who created hits for country stars LeAnn Rimes, Trick Pony, and others
Gritty American Roots music combines with ancient wisdom and a classic love triangle to deliver the most provocative film in Hollywood’s “Year of the Bible” – THE SONG. Releasing nationwide on September 26(th) from Samuel Goldwyn Films and City on A Hill Studio, THE SONG takes an honest look into the life of a world-weary recording artist searching for meaning and love. Inspired by Song of Solomon (known for its poetic language about love and lovers), THE SONG features 11 original songs with an American Roots flavor.
Executive Producer of THE SONG and Teaching Pastor of America’s fourth largest church, Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, Kyle Idleman hopes the film will generate honest conversations about topics often avoided in ministry settings.
“I think the church often hides under the covers, so to speak, when it comes to the issues of love, sex and marriage, and by doing so popular culture continues to shape how we think about these subjects. It seems like it might be good for [the church] to step back and ask the question, ‘How’s that workin’ out for us?'” says Idleman.
THE SONG follows aspiring singer-songwriter Jed King (Alan Powell of Anthem Lights) as he struggles to catch a break and escape the long shadow of his father, a country music legend. After reluctantly accepting a gig at a local vineyard harvest festival, Jed is love-struck by the vineyard owner’s daughter, Rose (Ali Faulkner, TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN), and a romance quickly blooms. Soon after their wedding, Jed writes Rose “The Song,” which becomes a breakout hit. Thrust into a life of stardom and a world of temptation in the form of fellow performer Shelby Bale (Caitlin Nicol-Thomas, “Nashville”), Jed’s life and marriage begin to fall apart.
Renowned family therapist, author, and radio host Dr. Greg Smalley, says, “This movie honestly portrays what is good and messy and even sexy in marriage, better than any faith-based movie I’ve seen. You’ll see people you know–even yourself–in this story of real-life consequences, and grace. I love it.”
“[THE SONG] deals truthfully with relationships, dating couples and marriage. It doesn’t shy away from the messiness of life and its consequences. I love it! It’s raw. It’s honest. It’s compelling,” says Susan Merrill, Director of iMOM.
Woven throughout the story is voice-over narration taken from verses in Song of Solomon, Ecclesiastes and Proverbs; metaphorically, the film draws on the life and writings of King Solomon, thought to be one of the wisest men in history, and known for his book on love and intimacy. However, with its entertaining blend of music, romance and heartbreak, THE SONG plays to wider audiences and is reminiscent of films like WALK THE LINE, COUNTRY STRONG, and CRAZY HEART.
“THE SONG has the potential to resonate with anyone, regardless of their beliefs or background. I think movie-goers will appreciate this film as a stand-alone music-driven drama that plays as a cautionary love story and not a cinematic sermon,” says writer and director Richard Ramsey.
THE SONG soundtrack will release on September 16(th) featuring 11 original songs and three covers of much-loved hits, with contributions from artists including Ricky Skaggs. In the months leading up to the release of THE SONG Powell and Nicol-Thomas will reprise their roles as Jed King and Shelby Bale, making appearances at several music festivals across the country.