New Erwin brothers film tells true-life story of revival, reconciliation

image7 RGBBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Martha Simmons) — Can faith and football heal a racially divided community? Absolutely — according to a new movie made by and about Alabamians.

Due in theaters nationwide Oct. 16, “Woodlawn” tells the true-life story of revival and reconciliation at Woodlawn High School following government-mandated desegregation at the Birmingham school.

Birmingham filmmakers Jon and Andrew Erwin shot most of the movie in Birmingham in fall 2014.

The Erwin Brothers are a writing, producing and directing team who create faith-based and inspirational feature films. They are the sons of former Alabama Sen. Henry Eugene “Hank” Erwin Jr., a Christian evangelical broadcaster who served as Woodlawn’s chaplain during the 1973 and 1974 events that sparked the movie.

“‘Woodlawn’ is a story of redemption and overcoming through Christ in a very racially charged climate,” Andrew Erwin told The Alabama Baptist. “When we set out to make the movie, we had no clue of the timely relevance. We felt we needed at least another six months to prepare for the film but one of our executive producers and spiritual advisers, Pastor Michael Catt, told us the time was now. God wanted us to make the film immediately.”

“So with our marching orders in hand we set out to make the movie,” he said. “The second week of filming, [the] Ferguson [unrest] hit the headlines and we realized the importance of the story we were telling. Not our story but a real story of what God did in the past. Our prayer is that God would move in our country and around the world like that again today.”

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