Dothan church gets into movie making business

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Dothan, AL (WSFA) – Titles like "Facing the Giants" and "Fireproof" have become nationally recognizable; they're movies made by a church in Albany, Georgia.

Now, a church in Dothan is also jumping into the movie making business, and after nearly a year of planning, Calvary Baptist Church has finally begun to film its first ever movie.

At 8:00 PM most nights, you can find a group of high-schoolers at the church, learning a dance.

But it's not just any dance, it's part of a sequence they'll soon act out for the big screen.

"It's been pretty awesome," said Josiah Brooks, who plays "Pete" in the movie, called "Writing Christmas Cool."

All the lead roles are played by fellow teenage members of the church.

The idea came from a Christmas play written by Wayne Patterson, also a member of the church.

It was such a hit, they decided to make it into a movie.

Patterson said, "I expected it to be filmed on a little camcorder and to just being able to show it to people at church.  It has turned into so much more."

The story follows a group of friends, who after a bad day of choir practice, set out to create their own Christmas musical.

Along the way, they discover the real story they're trying to tell is how God is affecting each of their lives through each other.

It's something Patterson says is also playing out in real life.

"Each one of these kids comes from a different place, and that's what each one of the characters is like.  They are uniting for one purpose."

Inspired by the success of movies like "Facing the Giants" and "Fireproof", they sought out advice from the church behind those films.

Nancy Brooks, the movie's production manager, said, "We didn't have to reinvent the wheel.  They gave us a lot of help in getting organized and staying organized."

Patterson said, "They have been such a huge encouragement throughout the process.  Every time we had a new event, they would be praying for us."

While they wouldn't mind that same kind of recognition, they say, a true measure of success is simple.

Brooks said, "It's 'one more'; it's been our goal from the get go.  If this movie is able to reach one more person that will have a relationship with Jesus Christ, then we have succeeded."

They're hoping to change lives with their shot at the spotlight

The movie will be filmed at the church and around the community over the next few weeks.

You can expect to see it in local theaters between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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