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February 15, 2018

LYNCHBURG, Virginia – A nationwide church initiative will launch March 4, 2018, when churches and organizations throughout the United States and Canada host an interview and panel discussion recorded live at Liberty University.

This event features Jim Caviezel—star of the anticipated film PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST—fielding questions about the making of the movie that vividly brings to life Paul’s final days and the life-or-death struggle of the early church. Caviezel will be joined by some of the nation’s foremost biblical scholars and theologians discussing the life and writings of Paul. Details of the panel will be announced soon through simulcast partner in:ciite Events. http://www.inciiteevents.com

Caviezel, who portrays the physician and evangelist Luke, talks with Liberty’s Vice President of Spiritual Development David Nasser on campus on Wednesday, Feb. 28, before an audience of 13,000 students. The event will be recorded live and available for churches and organizations to host on successive Sundays March 4, 11, 18 and 25 to an expected audience of over 200,000. Churches and organizations can register now to host this event at http://www.PaulMovie.com/simulcast

Viewers get a sneak peek at an exclusive clip from the film and a look at the film’s official trailer, as well as featurettes, which include Caviezel’s comments on the 30-day shoot on the island of Malta. Following the Q&A and trailer, Nasser leads a panel discussion on the birth of the Christian church, what life was like in Rome for persecuted believers and Paul’s conversion from persecutor of the church to its pgreatest proponent.

PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST stars Caviezel (THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST), James Faulkner (Downton Abbey), Olivier Martinez (S.W.A.T.), Joanne Whalley (A.D. The Bible Continues) and John Lynch (THE SECRET GARDEN).

PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST is the story of two men. Luke, as a friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul, who is held captive in Nero’s darkest, bleakest prison cell. But Nero is determined to rid Rome of Christians and does not flinch from executing them in the grisliest ways possible. Before Paul’s death sentence can be enacted, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of “The Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church.

Bound in chains, Paul’s struggle is internal. He has survived so much—floggings, shipwreck, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst, cold and exposure—yet as he waits for his appointment with death, he is haunted by the shadows of his past misdeeds. Alone in the dark, he wonders if he has been forgotten . . . and if he has the strength to finish well.

Two men struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message to the world.

AFFIRM Films, a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company, in association with Giving Films, presents an ODB Films production in association with Mandalay Pictures. PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST is produced by T.J. Berden (FULL OF GRACE) and David Zelon (SOUL SURFER). Executive Producers are Eric Groth, Rick Jackson, Harrison Powell and Jim Caviezel.

PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST premieres in theaters across North America on Friday, March 23, 2018.

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About in:ciite Events
in:ciite Events is a Nashville-based simulcast events company with a mission of helping build God’s kingdom by creating remarkable experiences through media products and events that are culturally and spiritually relevant. http://www.inciiteevents.com

About ODB Films
ODB Films is a Catholic ministry dedicated to fostering an encounter with Christ through artfully made, spiritually rich films. Founded in 2005 with the goal of providing a Christian presence in the social reality and a digital platform to meet teenagers where they are while striving to provide a Christian response in today’s social media. In its first decade, ODB Films produced and distributed more than 200 short films reaching thousands of young people in Catholic churches, dioceses, and other Christian faith communities throughout the world. In 2016, ODB Films produced its first feature film, the award-winning FULL OF GRACE, that is distributed domestically by Cinedigm Corporation and world-wide by Mission Pictures International. www.odbfilms.com

About Mandalay Pictures
Mandalay is a motion picture company that finances, produces and distributes motion pictures for the global marketplace. With its strong financial base, the company is known for its ability to assemble premier talent and develop properties that appeal to a global audience. Mandalay is led by an experienced and creative team of individuals with proven track records and the ability to effectively navigate the constantly evolving film marketplace.

About Giving Films
Giving Films was established by Richard L. Jackson and Fred Bernstein as an affiliate of Astute Films, LLC to finance and produce movies that spark conversations around faith. All of Giving Films’ profits are donated to charities, with an emphasis on those serving foster care. www.givingfilms.com

About AFFIRM Films
AFFIRM Films produces, acquires and markets films that inspire, uplift and entertain audiences around the world. Since releasing its first theatrical film—The Kendrick Brothers’ drama FACING THE GIANTS, in 2007, AFFIRM Films has released numerous quality faith-based films including SOUL SURFER, based on the inspirational true story of surfer Bethany Hamilton; WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL, the sports drama inspired by the story of the De La Salle Spartans; WAR ROOM, which hit No. 1 on the domestic box office chart; RISEN, which followed the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer; and was the faith-based marketing partner with Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures for their films MIRACLES FRM HEAVEN and the No. 2 faith-based film of all time, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL. AFFIRM Films also released ALL SAINTS in August 2017 and the animated film, THE STAR, in partnership with Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures, in November 2017. AFFIRM will next release PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST on March 28, 2018. AFFIRM Films is a division of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. AFFIRMFilms.com

About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., which is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition, and distribution; television production, acquisition, and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. SPE’s Motion Picture Group includes film labels Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, and Sony Pictures Classics. For additional information, visit http://www.sonypictures.com/corp/divisions.html.