Pure Flix (studio)

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Pure Flix
Private
Industry Entertainment
Founded 2005
Founders David A. R. White
Russell Wolfe
Headquarters Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
Key people
David A. R. White
Michael Scott (CEO)[1]
Products Christian films
Services Educational curriculum
Divisions Pure Flix
Website pureflixstudio.com

Pure Flix (stylized as PURE FLIX) is an American production and distribution company founded by David A. R. White and Russell Wolfe.[2] It is known for producing and distributing Christian films such as God's Not Dead (2014), Do You Believe? (2015), I'm Not Ashamed (2016), and The Case for Christ (2017).

History[edit]

Pure Flix was founded in 2005 by David A. R. White, Michael Scott, Russell Wolfe and Elizabeth Travis.[3][4]

Since its foundation, the company has created many films, such as The Wager,[5] Home Beyond the Sun, In the Blink of an Eye, Sarah's Choice,[6] A Greater Yes: The Story of Amy Newhouse, The Book of Ruth: Journey of Faith, Holyman Undercover and Samson.

The company produced Jerusalem Countdown in 2011, with 10 West Studios.[7]

They also produced the first two seasons of TBN's Travel the Road. God's Not Dead (2014) starring Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper and Dean Cain[8] earned over $60 million in the U.S. box-office and was released in digital format by Lionsgate on August 5, 2014.[9]

Since late 2015, Pure Flix had its own theatrical distribution arm.[10] In late 2016, Pure Flix announced a homeschooling curriculum for families with home-schooled children[11] and decided to allow their users to delete words such as "hell" and "damn" from their programming.[12] The company has teamed up with the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference to supply further opportunities for Hispanic actors to improve the media representation of the Hispanic community.[13]

In 2016, Pure Flix announced that it has struck a long-term multi-year distribution deal with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, which would officially manage the home media releases of every Pure Flix-produced film, starting with Woodlawn.[14]

God's Not Dead series[edit]

Their film God's Not Dead was 2014's highest grossing independent film[15] and one of the most successful independent faith-based films of all time despite negative criticism.[16] In 2016, God's Not Dead 2 grossed over $1.4 million in Brazil[17] and was considered by Vox to be "moderately commercially successful".[18] A third God's Not Dead film was announced,[19] and released on March 30, 2018. The Christian band Newsboys appear in and provide music for the first two films in the series.[20] Legalities related to the Johnson Amendment were referenced in the second film.[21] [22]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2014 God's Not Dead Inspirational Film of the Year - GMA Dove Awards Won[23]
Film Television Impact Award - KLOVE Fan Awards Won[23]

Productions[edit]

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

On-demand service[edit]

Pure Flix Entertainment also has an Internet video on demand service simply named Pure Flix.[33] The company was founded by David A. R. White, replacing the streaming platform "I Am Flix".[34] It specializes in Christian streaming media and video-on-demand online.[33]

In 2016, Pure Flix started to produce original content, and also uses the parent company's productions as original content.[35]

The company has headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Subsidiaries[edit]

Pure Flix owns a subsidiary known as Quality Flix.[36] Quality Flix works with international films, in contrast to Pure Flix, which is primarily focused on distribution of films within the United States.[37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scribner, Herb (July 11, 2018). "'This isn't just about a movie': Pure Flix CEO explains why he wants movie rights to Thai cave rescue story". Deseret News. Retrieved August 2, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Genius Products Announces Exclusive DVD and Digital Rights Distribution Agreement with Pure Flix Entertainment". BusinessWire. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014. BusinessWire Genius 
  3. ^ Mia Galuppo, hollywoodreporter.com, Faith-Based Company Pure Flix Launches Theatrical Distribution Arm, USA, November 17, 2015
  4. ^ KATHERINE ROSMAN, nytimes.com, Forget Netflix and Chill. Try Pure Flix and Pray., USA, APRIL 22, 2017
  5. ^ "New Production Releases On DVD November 17". BREATHEcast. November 18, 2009. Retrieved December 12, 2009. 
  6. ^ Donovan, Kevin P. (November 23, 2009). "Pro-Life Movie Starring Rebecca St. James Hits Stores". The Christian Post. Retrieved December 12, 2009. 
  7. ^ Jokich, Alex; Greg Miller (April 13, 2010). "Movie Shoot Aboard S.S. Badger". WWTV. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  8. ^ Faughnder, Ryan (11 April 2014). "Can 'God's Not Dead' relive its early success this weekend?". Box Office. The Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 17 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014. The indie film about a college student who debates his atheist professor about the existence of God has grossed about $35 million in ticket sales so far, making it one of the biggest surprises of the year, with little sign of stopping as it enters its fourth weekend in theaters. 
  9. ^ Sandler, Jennifer (10 July 2014). "LIONSGATE ACQUIRES DOMESTIC DIGITAL, VOD AND TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS TO FAITH-BASED BOX OFFICE HIT 'GOD'S NOT DEAD'". The Wall Street Journal. 
  10. ^ Patrick Hipes. "'God's Not Dead' Producer Pure Flix Launches Theatrical Distribution Arm". Deadline Hollywood.  Retrieved November 2016
  11. ^ Billy Hallowell, Deseret News (November 2016). "Hollywood movie house launches free curriculum for home-school families". East Idaho News. 
  12. ^ Gene Maddaus (2016-12-19). "PureFlix Lets Users Delete Words Like 'Hell' and 'Damn'". Variety.com. Retrieved 2018-04-09. 
  13. ^ Kevin Porter (November 2016). "Pure Flix, NHCLC Transform Hispanic Roles in Hollywood With Ambitious Film Industry Project". The Christian Post. 
  14. ^ Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. "Pure Flix Entertainment & Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Enter Into Long Term, Multi-year Distribution Agreement". CISION® PR Newswire. Retrieved 2 June 2018. 
  15. ^ Efrem Graham. "'God's Not Dead' Creators Hope for Double Blessing". Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved 2016-11-04. 
  16. ^ Jeannie Law (December 2016). "'God's Not Dead 3' Is in the Works, Says Actor-Producer David AR White (Interview)". The Christian Post. 
  17. ^ "God's Not Dead 2". Boxofficemojo.com. 2016-04-01. Retrieved 2018-04-09. 
  18. ^ Alissa Wilkinson (December 2016). "How 2016's movies and TV reflected Americans' changing relationship with religion". Vox. 
  19. ^ Mark Judge. "Confirmed: There Will be a 'God's Not Dead 3'". CNSNews.com.  Retrieved November 2016
  20. ^ Don Thrasher. "7 fast facts about Newsboys before Fraze show". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved 2016-11-05. 
  21. ^ Alissa Wilkinson (November 2016). "Mike Pence's church pitch, the Johnson Amendment, and the decline of the religious right". Vox. 
  22. ^ God's Not Dead - Renegade Cut-YouTube
  23. ^ a b Emma Koonse. "'God's Not Dead' Earns Two Prestigious Awards, Sequel Film in Development". The Christian Post. Retrieved 2016-11-04. 
  24. ^ "What if..." AllMovie. 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  25. ^ "Jerusalem Countdown". AllMovie. 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  26. ^ Buchanan, Jason (2012). "Apostle Peter and the Last Supper". AllMovie. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  27. ^ "Book of Esther". AllMovie. 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  28. ^ "The Book of Daniel". AllMovie. 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  29. ^ "God's Not Dead". YouTube: GodsNotDeadTheMovie. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  30. ^ McNary, Dave (28 October 2014). "AFM: Faith-Based 'Do You Believe?' Aims to Match 'God's Not Dead' Success". Variety. Archived from the original on 3 February 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2015. “Do You Believe?” focuses on a dozen different lives that intersect on the streets of Chicago, starting with a local pastor (Ted McGinley) being moved by the visible faith of an old street-corner preacher, played by Delroy Lindo. 
  31. ^ webadmin (7 April 2015). "Woodlawn: Dare to Believe Will Come to Theaters in October". PeopleNet. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  32. ^ Jeannie Law. "Ex-Atheist Lee Strobel's Journey From Atheism to Christ Hits Theaters in Spring 2017 (Trailer)". The Christian Post.  Retrieved November 2016
  33. ^ a b Rosman, Katherine (2017-04-08). "Forget Netflix and Chill. Try Pure Flix and Pray". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-08-19. 
  34. ^ "'God's Not Dead' Creators Launch Video on Demand Service for Families; Offers Unlimited Access to Pure Flix Faith Based Films [SEE HERE] | Jeannie Law". breathecast.com/. Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
  35. ^ "'The Encounter' Series: New Episode Every Friday on Pure Flix | Jeannie Law". insider.pureflix.com/. Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
  36. ^ Arkin, Daniel. "How a faith-based movie studio is seizing the moment in Trump's America". NBC News. NBC UNIVERSAL. 
  37. ^ "Pure Flix / Quality Flix". Quality Flix. Retrieved 22 August 2018. 

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