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Woodlawn Brings MLK’s Dream to Life, Says Niece of Iconic Civil Rights Leader

In the Erwin Brothers film Woodlawn, the city of Birmingham (circa 1973) is finally taking a deep breath from decades of racial tension and civil unrest. But the chasm between blacks and whites is as deep and wide as ever before. Forced integration within the public school system isn’t going well and the African American…

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Woodlawn Already Sells Out At Dallas Theater BEFORE Opening Weekend

All great revivals start with prayer. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that the runaway smash hit War Room (the Kendrick Brothers movie about prayer that grossed over $60 million) is paving the way for the new Erwin Brothers film Woodlawn, which features a story about how a high school football team sparked a spiritual…

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Sports Illustrated Lauds Woodlawn For Sharing ‘Universal Truth’

In the October 12th edition of Sports Illustrated, writer Alexandra Fenwick gave the Erwin Brothers film Woodlawn a positive review: “Former Bama DB Caleb Castille provides authenticity as (Tony) Nathan and a starry supporting cast (Jon Voight as Bear Bryant, Sean Astin—aka Rudy—as the evangelist) gives the film a glossy film,” she wrote. Fenwick concluded…

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65 High School Students Make Life-Changing Decisions At Woodlawn Screening

In Chandler, Arizona, on the campus of Valley Christian High School, over 300 students gathered for a special pre-screening of the forthcoming Erwin Brothers film Woodlawn. Former NCAA and NFL champion Jeff Rutledge, whose character is featured in the film, is the school’s head football coach and helped facilitate the event as part of an…

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125 Athletes Accept Christ at FCA Woodlawn Screening

In Canyon, Texas, on the campus of West Texas A&M (WTAMU), 250 student-athletes recently gathered for a special pre-screening of the forthcoming Erwin Brothers film WOODLAWN. What happened afterwards were equal parts miraculous and inspirational. FCA representative and athletic chaplain Pat Ford says what happened that night was like nothing he’s experienced in 20 years…

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Public Show of Prayer in NFL Goes VIRAL!

On September 17, the Denver Broncos faced the Kansas City Chiefs in yet another installment of the historic NFL rivalry. Late in the fourth quarter, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning led his team on a game-tying 80-yard touchdown drive. Then, the Denver defense picked up a Chiefs fumble and returned it for the game-winning score. But…

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Football Coach Under Fire For Post-Game Prayer

As Christian coaches and athletes are becoming more open about their faith, this is also opening them up to more attacks from those who believe public expressions are, in some situations, unconstitutional. This seems to be the case with Bremerton (WA) High School assistant football coach Joe Kennedy. For years, he has been going to…

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Rival Teams Unite Behind Woodlawn’s Message of Reconciliation

In the upcoming Erwin Brothers film WOODLAWN, two rival football teams come together under the banner of Christ and help bring reconciliation and healing to an entire city. With that same spirit of unity, two Indianapolis high school football teams met in an unusual location and for an incredibly inspiring purpose. On August 17th, Lawrence…

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Church Draws Ire from School Board after Mass Baptisms on Football Field. Will They Be Punished for Their Faith?

In the upcoming Erwin Brothers film WOODLAWN, a high school football team comes under fire for its corporate expressions of worship such as reciting the Lord’s Prayer before games and gathering at FCA sponsored Bible studies. Yet again, it seems that life is imitating art. Last month. Kevin Williams, pastor at First Baptist Church in…

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Could football Chaplains be outlawed?! An atheist group wants to do just THAT!

In the upcoming Erwin Brothers film Woodlawn, a high school football team experiences a spiritual transformation and helps spark a revival throughout Birmingham, Alabama. But not everyone is excited about the change. The school board takes issue with the presence of a team chaplain and its association with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). In…

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