Principal Photography Begins in Nashville on 'The Second Chance,' Starring Acclaimed Christian Music Artist, Michael W. Smith

Oct 14, 2004, 01:00 ET from Cedar Partners

    NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Principal photography began
 September 29 on "The Second Chance," starring award-winning and multi-platinum
 recording artist Michael W. Smith in his first leading role in a feature film.
 The film is directed by Steve Taylor from an original screenplay by Taylor,
 Chip Arnold and Ben Pearson.
     Smith plays Ethan Jenkins in the film, which revolves around Jenkins and
 Jake Sanders (introducing Jeff Carr), both passionate pastors who worship the
 same God from the same book ...  but that's where the similarity ends. White
 and well-to-do Ethan is comfortable in his music ministry at the media-savvy
 suburban mega-church, The Rock; Jake is a street smart African-American who
 ministers to the gang members, teen mothers, and drug addicts of the urban
 Second Chance.
     When they are suddenly thrown together in a tough neighborhood and forced
 to work side by side, Ethan discovers there is no boundary between the streets
 and the sanctuary. But can the faith these two men share overcome the
 prejudices that divide them to give themselves and a struggling urban church a
 second chance?
     The film is produced by Taylor, Clarke Gallivan and Coke Sams in
 association with Ruckus Films. Executive producers are Ben Howard and Michael
 Hagerty. Cedar Partners is financing the project.
     Over his twenty-year career, Michael W. Smith has amassed an impressive
 catalog of achievements. His 18 albums have garnered multiple honors including
 an American Music Award, 3 Grammy Awards and 40 Gospel Music Association Dove
 Awards. In addition, he holds 13 Gold and 5 Platinum albums and has been named
 one of People Magazine's Most Beautiful People. In addition to being a
 celebrated artist, Smith has scored film projects and written 11 books. His
 tours consistently rank among the largest in the country and he has performed
 to capacity crowds throughout the world. Constantly giving back to the
 community, one of his current projects is Rocketown -- a nightclub for teens
 in his hometown of Nashville, Tenn. -- which serves as safe place for young
 people to enjoy music and for artists to be discovered. He is married to
 Debbie Smith and has five children. Healing Rain, Michael's 18th album,
 releases October 26.
     "The Second Chance" will shoot in Nashville through October. The film is
 slated for a Fall 2005 release.
      CONTACT:  Tracey Zemitis

SOURCE Cedar Partners