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Friday, May 12, 2017

Family Movie Night: Champion

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this screener, free of charge,from Christian Cinema for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

What do you do when the person you blame, is the person you need to find forgiveness, so you can move on?

This new movie looks at that idea from a new angle, and comes out in theatres May 18th:

champion poster


Racecar driver Sean Weathers was at the top of his game…beautiful daughter, top sponsors, the best crew money could buy and an ego that trumped them all. Just weeks before ending the best season of his life, he was in control—or so he thought. When a grudge series with another racer turns personal, the ego and arrogance that propelled him to the top causes a tragedy that sends his life spinning.

Jack Reed was successful as a businessman, but he struggled as a father. Just when they were reconnecting, he got the news his only son Ray was dead. Through his grief Jack discovers the truth that Ray had wanted to share with him, that the road to understanding and peace would have to begin with forgiveness.

Andrew Cheney (BEYOND THE MASK) stars with Gary Graham (Star Trek “Renegades”, ALL THE RIGHT MOVES) and Robert Amaya (COURAGEOUS, MOM’S NIGHT OUT). Directed by Judd Brannon (WAR ROOM), the film is produced by Brannon Pictures.

About the Movie

Director and producer Judd Brannon sees the adrenaline-fueled plot of dirt track racing as a unique advantage for CHAMPION. “I saw the community and family involvement in the dirt track industry and felt it would be the perfect setting to provide both excitement and a family-centered focus.” First Baptist Church Woodstock, GA, and Pastor Johnny Hunt supported Brannon from the beginning. Hunt, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has been involved with racing as a chaplain for Dixie Speedway for 25 years.

The heart of the story is in its theme of forgiveness. “The film tackles forgiveness in a way that is very creative,” said Hunt. “In CHAMPION, the viewer sees the need for forgiveness but doesn’t imagine how it’s going to happen. Then, all of a sudden there’s a ‘wow’ moment.”

Another theme woven into the film is foster care, and the important work done by families who feel called to this unique ministry. Brannon and his wife have been foster parents for years, and wanted to bring attention to the impact that fostering a child can have in the lives of vulnerable children. “The driving force for the plot was my desire to reach people with the love of Christ,” said Brannon.


Miss Grace and I watched this film together. and I was really surprised at how she grasped the idea of forgiveness readily, and was stunned by the core level of forgiveness of the back story. The entire film centers on different levels of forgiveness- how we forgive ourselves, others and how that forgiveness can have a domino effect into the lives of others. I was also thrilled to see foster care in such a POSITIVE, nurturing light, showing it as we have known it to be.It was great to see how everyone came together at the end of the movie and how sometimes family is NOT what we think of, but it is the people who have been there and shown kindness. All together the movie is an amazing film that spurs family discussion on forgiveness and how we share it with others. We highly recommend everyone see it, not just those looking for a faith based film! 

About Brannon Films

With a heart for bringing stories to life, Judd Brannon has had the opportunity to direct and produce multiple video projects. His music video "For Freedom," featuring the music of Avalon, and was selected to be a part of Sean Hannity's "Freedom Tour." His recent projects include working on the Kendrick's feature film "War Room." Currently, Judd serves the people of First Woodstock in Atlanta, GA where he is the staff video producer. Judd is thankful for the support of his wife and two boys.

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