Erwin Brothers

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Andrew Erwin
Born
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, film producer
Jon Erwin
Born
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, film producer

Andrew and Jon Erwin, known as the Erwin Brothers, are American Christian film directors, screenwriters and film producers known for such films as Woodlawn,[1] October Baby,[2] Moms' Night Out[3][4] and I Can Only Imagine. They are the leaders of the production company Kingdom Studios.

Biography[edit]

The Erwin brothers were born in Birmingham, Alabama.[5] They are the children of the senator Hank Erwin.

Career[edit]

After stopping their studies at a film school, the Erwin brothers perform The Cross and the Towers, a documentary about the steel cross found in the debris of the World Trade Center towers after September 11 attacks.[6]

In 2014, they released their first feature film, October Baby, a pro-life film that tells the story of a young woman who was nearly aborted in the belly of his mother.[7]

In 2017 the brothers and their filmmaking partner Kevin Downes announced the formation of a new company, Kingdom, that will make a series of original movies that will be distributed through LionsGate. Some will be directed by the Erwins, while other movies will use newcomers and other veteran directors.[8] Jon Erwin compared it to a "Christian Pixar" or "Christian Marvel." As Baptist Press put it, the company will specialize "in a specific area"—the faith-based genre—and be able to "work on multiple films at one time."[8]

Their most successful movie to date is I Can Only Imagine, which grossed a worldwide total of $83.5 million against a production budget of $7 million,[9] with only 1629 theaters for its opening week.[10] The Erwin brothers are the grandsons of Henry Erwin, a Medal Of Honor recipient from World War II.

In early 2019, the Erwins revealed that their next film, which is entitled I Still Believe, will be focusing on the life story of Christian songwriter Jeremy Camp.[11] It is set to be released on March 20, 2020.[11]

In 2019, they founded the production company Kingdom Studios. [12]

Filmography[edit]

Film Year Distribution studio Box office
October Baby 2011 Provident Films and Samuel Goldwyn Films $5.3 million
Moms' Night Out 2014 TriStar Pictures $10.5 million
Woodlawn 2015 Pure Flix $14.4 million
I Can Only Imagine 2018 Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions $85.4 million
I Still Believe 2020 Lionsgate n/a

References[edit]

  1. ^ McNary, Dave (2014-11-20). "'Woodlawn': Jon Voight Starring as Bear Bryant in Football Movie". Variety. Retrieved 2015-08-21.
  2. ^ The New York Times
  3. ^ The New York Times
  4. ^ Scriptmag.com
  5. ^ Gregory E. Miller, Brothers want to ‘build a bridge’ between Hollywood and Christians, nypost.com, USA, 15 mars 2018
  6. ^ Bob Carlton, 'October Baby,' first feature for Birmingham's Erwin brothers, opens this weekend, al.com, USA, October 27, 2011
  7. ^ Melena Ryzik, Film Inspired by ‘Abortion Survivor’ Is Quiet Hit, nytimes.com, USA, APRIL 4, 2012
  8. ^ a b Foust, Michael. "Erwins unveil next plans, envision 'Christian Pixar'". www.bpnews.net. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  9. ^ "I Can Only Imagine (2018)". The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  10. ^ "I Can Only Imagine (2018). Weekly". Box Office Mojo. Amazon. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Longs, Herb. "Jeremy Camp Inspired 'I Still Believe' Movie Coming March 20, 2020". TheChristianBeat.com. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  12. ^ Hanno van der Bijl, Erwin brothers launching new film studio, bizjournals.com, USA, April 1, 2019

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