Russell produced and co-starred in 2014’s “God Not Dead,” which grossed $60 million dollars. He was diagnosed with ALS during the film’s release.
He continued to work during his illness, producing the sequel “God’s Not Dead 2,” planned for a spring 2016 release.
Wolfe was a co-founder of production company Pure Flix, which has produced and distributed nearly 100 faith and family properties. Among the other films he produced and acted in were “What If…,” “In the Blink of an Eye” and “Me Again.”
He is survived by his wife, Alysoun, and their two children.
Pure Flix kicks off sales at the Efm on Do You Believe?, the company’s follow-up to the faith-based Us box office hit God’s Not Dead.
Vice-president of international sales and distribution Ron Gell will be talking up the project, which explores how faith transforms a number of intersecting lives and is set to open in the Us via Pure Flix on March 20 on more than 1,000 screens.
Do You Believe? reunites the same creative team behind God’s Not Dead. Michael Scott, David Ar White, Russell Wolfe and Elizabeth Travis produced and Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon wrote the screenplay.
Gell will also be screening Hope Bridge, Dancer And The Dame, which recently sold in Turkey (Sinema TV), Australia (Crossroads) and Germany (MoreFilms), and The Black Rider, which went to Sinema TV in Turkey.
God’s Not Dead
“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.
Lionsgate’s “Insurgent: The Divergent Series,” starring Shailene Woodley, is also set for March 20, along with Open Road’s “The Gunman,” starring Sean Penn and Javier Bardem.
The cast also includes Mira Sorvino, Cybill Shepherd, Sean Astin, Lee Majors, Alexa PenaVega, Andrea Logan White and Brian Bosworth.
Jonathan M. Gunn directed the script from Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon — the same writing team behind “God’s Not Dead.”
Pure Flix will be selling “Do You Believe?” to international markets next week at the Berlin Film Festival.
Do You Believe? will open theatrically on March 20. Ron Gell, Pure Flix vice-president of international sales and distribution, will screen the film in Berlin for the first time.
The film explores the notion of faith and features an ensemble cast that includes Mira Sorvino, Cybill Shepherd, Sean Astin, Alexa PenaVega, Ted McGinley, Brian Bosworth, Andrea Logan White, Delroy Lindo, Madison Pettis and Lee Majors.
Jonathan M Gunn directed the story of 12 people in search of meaning whose lives overlap.
God’s Not Dead producers Michael Scott, David Ar White and Russell Wolfe reunite on the film, as do writers Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon.
Gell, whose previous appointments include positions at Sony, New Films International, Catalyst Productions and Rko Pictures, is named to the newly created position of vp of international sales and distribution.
“Ron’s extensive experience in licensing worldwide rights to highly competitive feature films is a perfect fit for us,” said Pure Flix CEO and managing partner Russell Wolfe. “We have a wealth of content ready to distribute to multiple markets.”
“Pure Flix is poised to become a major supplier of both major independent theatrical motion pictures, as well as a significant supplier of family programming for international broadcasters and digital content platforms,” said Gell.
Gell most recently launched and ran his own film sales and production financing company The G-Machine.
An FBI agent (David A.R. White) is on the hunt for seven suitcase nuclear weapons, and learns that the plot may be part of an apocalyptic series of events prophesied in the Bible. Also stars Lee Majors, Stacy Keach and Randy Travis. Based on the novel by John Hagee.
Directed by Harold Cronk.
Jerusalem Countdown is a solid action drama that mixes political intrigue with end-time Biblical prophecy. Mixing the Bible with contemporary human drama can be a hit-or-miss proposition, but when done correctly, it can give a film a deeper, more profound foundation to build upon. Even The DaVinci Code (with its twisted take on Christianity) benefited from using religious undertones to create an epic scope, and films like Megiddo used Christianity to craft an effective Armageddon thriller.
Despite its slower pace, Jerusalem Countdown
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