Erwin Brothers

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Andrew Erwin
Born (1978-09-01) September 1, 1978 (age 42)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, film producer
Jon Erwin
Born (1982-05-19) May 19, 1982 (age 38)
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 which have collectively grossed more than $120 million worldwide. They are the leaders and co-founders of the production company Kingdom Story Company.

Early life[edit]

The Erwin brothers were born in Birmingham, Alabama.[5] They are the children of the senator Hank Erwin and grandsons of Henry Eugene "Red" Erwin Sr., a Medal of Honor recipient and World War II veteran.

Career[edit]

After stopping their studies at a film school, the Erwin brothers produced 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]

Jon Erwin served as second unit director for Alex and Stephen Kendrick's 2011 film Courageous. When asked by Alex in reference to his career, "[w]hat is your purpose?", Jon and Andrew conceived the idea for their first feature film, October Baby, a Christian pro-life drama which was released in March 2014.[7][8] The brothers went on to produce and direct several other faith-based films, including comedy Moms' Night Out (2014), and sports drama Woodlawn (2015). Their 2018 music biopic I Can Only Imagine, became a surprise box-office hit with $17.1 million from 1,629 theaters during its debut weekend, and went on to become the most successful independent film of the year of 2018, as well as the third-highest grossing music biopic at the time of its release. It made more in box office receipts than all of their previous films combined and is their most successful film to date, with $86 million in worldwide box office against a production budget of $7 million.[9][10]

In 2018, the brothers and their frequent filmmaking collaborator Kevin Downes announced the formation of Kingdom Story Company, a production company specializing in Christian films that will be distributed through Lionsgate.[11] Some will be directed by the Erwins, while other movies will use newcomers and other veteran directors.[12] 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."[12]

In early 2019, the Erwins revealed that their fifth film, I Still Believe, would be focusing on the life story of Christian musician Jeremy Camp.[13] It was released on March 13, 2020.

In February 2020, Andrew Erwin related the Erwins' goal in filmmaking:

Our focus is still firmly rooted within the church, but it's focused out[.] . . . And so our goal is to reach out beyond the church walls to engage a generation that's walking away from the church – as an introduction to Christianity.

— Andrew Erwin, in an interview with Christian Headlines[14]

Filmography[edit]

As directors[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 $86 million
I Still Believe 2020 Lionsgate and Kingdom Story Company $10.7 million
A Rush of Hope 2020 Lionsgate and Kingdom Story Company n/a
American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story 2021 Lionsgate and Kingdom Story Company n/a
The Jesus Revolution 2021 Lionsgate and Kingdom Story Company n/a

References[edit]

  1. ^ McNary, Dave (November 20, 2014). "'Woodlawn': Jon Voight Starring as Bear Bryant in Football Movie". Variety. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  2. ^ Ryzik, Melena (April 4, 2012). "'October Baby' Film Makes a Dent at the Box Office". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (May 8, 2014). "Dad's Watching Us? Call Social Services". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Goforth, Dan (May 6, 2014). "Filmmakers The Erwin Brothers Schedule a Moms' Night Out".
  5. ^ Gregory E. Miller, Brothers want to ‘build a bridge’ between Hollywood and Christians, New York Post, 15 mars 2018
  6. ^ Bob Carlton, 'October Baby,' first feature for Birmingham's Erwin brothers, opens this weekend, al.com, October 27, 2011
  7. ^ Neil W. McCabe (March 11, 2012). "'October Baby' a comedy-drama of teen abortion survivor trauma". HumanEvents.com. Archived from the original on June 26, 2018. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  8. ^ Melena Ryzik, Film Inspired by ‘Abortion Survivor’ Is Quiet Hit, The New York Times, April 4, 2012
  9. ^ "I Can Only Imagine (2018). Weekly". Box Office Mojo. Amazon.com. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  10. ^ "I Can Only Imagine (2018)". The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  11. ^ Mia Galuppo (March 27, 2019). "'I Can Only Imagine' Producers, Lionsgate Set Faith-Based Film Slate". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  12. ^ a b Foust, Michael. "Erwins unveil next plans, envision 'Christian Pixar'". bpnews.net. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  13. ^ Longs, Herb. "Jeremy Camp Inspired 'I Still Believe' Movie Coming March 20, 2020". TheChristianBeat.com. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  14. ^ Michael Foust (February 19, 2020). "Director: "I Still Believe" Is a 'Huge Opportunity' to Reach the Unchurched". Christian Headlines. Retrieved February 19, 2020.

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