I am a few weekends late on writing this, but two weekends ago the movie of the year came out in theaters!! You all really, really need to go see October Baby, featuring Rachel Hendrix and Jason Burkey.
Directed by Andrew and Jon Erwin, October Baby is a Christian-based film with a Hollywood-quality that captures the hearts of audience members. The plot line involves a 19-year old girl named Hannah (Hendrix) who suffers from many health problems, including her own identity. She often feels depressed, lonely, and unwanted for no reason at all.
After fainting during a theatrical performance, she and her parents sit down with her doctor to discover that all of her long-term health problems were related to one thing: her premature birth due to a failed abortion attempt.
Crushed, confused, and devastated, Hannah questions her parents and finds out that she was also adopted. These discoveries lead her on a road trip to Mobile, Alabama, where she hopes to seek out her identity, finding her whole story and her birth mother.
Without ruining the plot, I will stop by saying this is a movie of reconciliation, friendship, and forgiveness. It is one of those films after which people are silent and still. Most of the audience at my theater stayed to sit through a video of the actors thoughts as well as and the entire string of credits.
My companions and I were extremely humbled after watching the film, and two of us sat at my apartment for hours afterwards crying, talking, and discussing the pain of rejection and forgiveness in our own lives. One thing I noticed during the credits was that the film was supported by dozens of ministries and churches around the nation. In fact, the movie’s website says that the film’s producers are donating 10% of the movie’s profits to the Every Life is Beautiful Fund, which will help organizations and women facing abortion and other related issues.
Another very inspiring part of the credits, was a hidden story from one of the actresses, Shari Rigby, who actually lived out the character she played in the film. How inspiring a movie must be to carry the theme of forgiveness throughout the plot line and into the credits as well!
The directors Andrew and Jon Erwin have worked on many other faith-based projects such as Casting Crown’s “Until the Whole World Hears” video, God Provides, and Gospel Goes Classic. I think these two men might be very under-recognized giants in the faith. We should praise God for their boldness and thank Him and them for stepping out of the Hollywood norm.
As my friend Kaity put it, “If you’ve had an abortion, go see this movie; if you haven’t had an abortion, go see this movie. It’s out in theatres now and extremely fantastic!”
Support life, faith, and forgiveness. Go watch October Baby this weekend. Also check out the resources page on the film’s website for ministry tools and opportunities.