Principal photography has begun on ALL SAINTS, an inspirational drama from AFFIRM Films, a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company and Provident Films, starring Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee John Corbett (MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, “Northern Exposure”) and Cara Buono (“Stranger Things,” “Mad Men”). Filming continues through mid-October on location in Nashville and Smyrna, Tennessee.
ALL SAINTS is inspired by the true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.
Michael’s first assignment as their new pastor is to actually close down All Saints, a dilapidated country church with a dozen devoted members … and a mortgage well beyond its means. But when the church hesitantly begins welcoming Karen refugees from Burma—former farmers scrabbling for a fresh start in America—Michael feels called to an improbable new mission.
Toiling alongside the Karen people, the congregation attempts to turn their fertile land into a working farm to pay the church’s bills and feed its people. Jeopardizing his family’s future by ignoring his superiors, Michael must choose between completing what he was assigned to do—close the church and sell the property—or listening to a still, small voice challenging the people of All Saints to risk it all and provide much-needed hope to their new community.
“The AFFIRM Films team has been working alongside our director Steve Gomer and writer Steve Armour for 5 years to bring their vision for this important and timely story to life. It’s a joy to see the amazing cast and crew come together to pour their hearts and craft into presenting the journey of Michael and Aimee Spurlock. These ordinary people did extraordinary things as they cut through to the heart of what God called them to do in putting their faith in action and reaching out to the refugee Karen community in Nashville.” Says Rich Peluso, head of AFFIRM Films.
The real All Saints church and land serves as a backdrop for the production.
ALL SAINTS is directed by Steve Gomer (“Blue Bloods,” “Private Practice”), and also stars Barry Corbin (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, “One Tree Hill”), David Keith (AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, BEHIND ENEMY LINES), comedian Chonda Pierce, and Nelson Lee (“Law & Order”) with a screenplay by Steve Armour (LOSING GRACIE).