The inspirational drama "King's Faith" is coming to Charleston for a one-night showing and will include professional actors as well as local connections.
The film may be seen at 7 p.m. Thursday at Marquee Cinema at Southridge Centre.
"'King's Faith' is about second chances, especially for those that many have overlooked," said Director Nicholas DiBella. "We wanted to tell the story of these amazing foster kids and their families."
More than 40 national screenings will be presented in partnership with Bethany Christian Services to benefit a campaign called NOW, an acronym for No One Without. The NOW campaign has an initiative of making sure no child goes without a loving family.
The film has local connections.
Executive producer is the Rev. Kirk Dueker, former pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Charleston and current pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Rochester, N.Y.
Kanawha County Magistrate Mike Sisson appears in some scenes and also serves as an advisor.
Dueker and Sisson became acquainted a few years ago when they worked together to present dramas at Redeemer Lutheran. Dueker left Charleston in 2007 after serving as pastor for 15 years at Redeemer.
Jim Pavone, a member of Dueker's congregation in Rochester, is executive producer of the film. Pavone noted that the original screenplay had good content but lacked faith elements. Pavone and DiBella asked Dueker to weave a faith message into the movie.
"They asked me to help bring a Christian theme," Dueker said. "I said I would if it would help teens and adults receive messages of hope, grace and good news. That was 2010 and we started filming in 2011."
Enter Sisson, who was asked to assist with his drama experience as well as his insight into law enforcement. Before becoming a magistrate, Sisson had been a police officer, security officer and process server.
Filming was done in Rochester with a lot of locals appearing as extras.
Sisson, who appears in the credits as an ATF agent, choreographed a drug raid scene in a smoky setting and can be heard yelling, "Let me see your hands. Put your hands up."