Breaking stereotypes is the challenge of THE SONG
How do you break movie stereotypes? For years, science-fiction films were mostly laughable melodramas with silly costumes, poorly done special effects, worse acting and ridiculous plots. Hopefully you were lucky enough to miss 1964's "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians."
And can anyone who squirmed through the 1959 box-office disaster "Plan 9 From Outer Space" ever forget such dialogue as "We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future."
But, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, "StarWars" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" destroyed the stereotype and pushed sci-fi into the mainstream. Now that same challenge has been accepted by director Richard Ramsey -- battling the consensus that faith-based films are filled with perfect people finding plastic answers amid poor acting and plot holes big enough to perplex even the most forgiving fan.
"2014 has proved to be the year of the faith-based film with 'Son of God,' 'God’s Not Dead,' 'Heaven Is For Real' and 'Mom’s Night Out' proving small budgets geared towards a Christian audience can reach an audience," writes Brandon Jones for Global Dispatch. "Next up will be THE SONG, a music-themed love story deeply rooted in the life of Solomon from scripture.
"THE SONG ventures into powerful and challenging territory dealing with temptations of sex, fame, alcohol, greed and abuse. Starring Alan Powell from Anthem Lights and Ali Faulkner of Twilight fame, THE SONG gets brutally honest with Christians about the challenges of a dark world pushing humans towards pleasure and away from commitment and a higher power."
This is all part of the stereotype-busting plan, says THE SONG's producer Tony Young. “Our film is a redemptive tale inspired by the life and writings of Solomon, on his quest for fame, fortune, love, acceptance and ultimate satisfaction.”
"Director Richard Ramsey didn’t make a Christian film pretending to be a big budget film competing with Hollywood." marvels Jones after attending a screening of THE SONG. "Nor is it a low budget Christan film with a good story – this is a just a good movie through and through."
Will it break the stereotypes? Is this the StarWars of faith-based movies?
See it for yourself and let us know. THE SONG is set to arrive in theaters September 26, 2014.