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11/11/2011 - Seven Days in Utopia DVD Debuts in Stores Nov 29
SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA will be available on DVD at all major retailers on Nov. 29, 2011. The G-Rated family-friendly movie about life, love and faith has been called “an inspirational movie about God’s mysterious ways . . . and how significance will always trump success!” by Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family.
Based on the best-selling book, Golf’s Sacred Journey, by David Cook, SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA stars Academy Award winners Robert Duvall (Best Actor, TENDER MERCIES) and Melissa Leo (Best Supporting Actress, THE FIGHTER).
SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA follows the story of Luke Chisolm (Lucas Black), a talented young golfer set on making the pro tour. When his first big shot turns out to be a very public disaster, Luke escapes the pressures of the game and finds himself unexpectedly stranded in Utopia, Texas, home to eccentric rancher Johnny Crawford (Robert Duvall). But Johnny is more than meets the eye, and his profound ways of looking at life, love, and faith force Luke to question not only his past choices, but his direction for the future.
“I was attracted to this because it’s a great tale about a man’s journey, and about how you survive life’s unexpected curve balls,” Duvall said.
SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA reunites Duvall and Black, previous co-stars in SLINGBLADE and GET LOW. The film also features True Blood's Deborah Ann Woll as Sarah Hawkins, a beautiful young citizen of Utopia who helps Luke get back in the game. Melissa Leo plays Woll’s mother, Lily, who once similarly helped Duvall’s character.
Shot in the beautiful Texas Hill Country (in part, in the real town of Utopia), SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA not only tells a story of faith in the face of life’s challenges, it delivers some of the most realistic golf scenes on film. To accurately capture the game at the pro level was essential for Cook, the film’s executive producer and co-writer. Cook is a nationally recognized mental training coach, named a Top 10 Mental Game Expert by Golf Digest. He wrote Golf’s Sacred Journey—Seven Days at the Links of Utopia, the novel serving as the basis for the film.
Director Mathew Dean Russell, a creative visionary known for his visual effects on such films as NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM and LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, was equally fixed on sports accuracy.
“We were 100 percent committed to getting everything right,” said Russell, “from the arc of a pro swing to the language golfers really use.”
Besides the top-flight cast of Hollywood stars, SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA features PGA of America pro golfers such as K.J. Choi and many other celebrity golfers.
In addition to outstanding Hollywood and PGA talent, the film features a new recording of the hit song “Born Again” by Third Day.
The SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA DVD includes three bonus features:
• Beyond the Game – A look at finding the “sweet spot” in golf . . . and life
• PGA Certified – PGA golfers on the quality of play depicted in the film
• Who’s Your Johnny? – Professional athletes, sports commentators, actors and writers on the importance of mentors in their lives
“Life is never the same once you’ve been to Utopia.”
8/10/2011 - Free Ministry Resources for “Seven Days in Utopia,” an uplifting coming-of-age movie starring Academy-Award winning actor Robert Duvall.
Pastors and Ministry Leaders now have an opportunity to download FREE ministry clips, banners, and sermon guides on www.UtopiaResources.com. In support of the G-rated film, SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA, the ministry site launched on Thursday, August 4, the same day that Pastors nationwide attended free screenings of the inspirational coming-of-age movie starring Academy-Award winner Robert Duvall, Academy-Award winner Melisssa Leo, Lucas Black, and Deborah Ann Woll.
SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA follows the story of Luke Chisolm (Lucas Black), a talented young golfer set on making the pro-tour. When his first big shot turns out to be a very public disaster, Luke escapes the pressures of the game and finds himself unexpectedly stranded in Utopia, Texas, home to eccentric rancher Johnny Crawford (Robert Duvall). But Johnny’s more than meets the eye, and his profound ways of looking at life force Luke to question not only his past choices, but his direction for the future.
The filmmakers hope that the combination of early screenings and free ministry resources, written by Dr. Craig Detweiler, Ph.D., from Pepperdine University, will motivate Pastors to rally behind a G-rated movie filled with themes of self- reflection, the importance of faith, forgiveness, and recovery.
The movie is based on the best-selling book, Golf's Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia, by Dr. David L. Cook whose ministry and retreat center in Utopia, Texas has helped transform the lives of countless men and their families. For more information on Dr. Cook and his ministry, please visit: http://www.linksofutopia.com/cms/.
SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA, will be released in theaters on Friday, September 2.
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