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
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
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