God Bless the Broken Road, a 10 West Studios film, premieres Wednesday night in Grand Rapids, Los Angeles

September 6, 2018

“God Bless the Broken Road,” a 10 West Studios film directed and co-written by Harold Cronk and filmed mostly in Manistee, has two premieres tonight: one in Los Angles and one in Grand Rapids at Celebration Cinema North.

Through elements of faith, patriotism, stock car racing and country and Christian music, “God Bless the Broken Road” tells the story of a young mother, Amber Hill (Lyndsay Pulchipher), whose husband is killed while on patrol in Afghanistan and of the struggles she endures to raise their daughter in his absence.

Cronk calls it a story of hope and redemption coming to the screen at the perfect time.

Liam Matthews, a founding member of 10 West Studios who plays Amber’s husband Darren Hill, will be on hand tonight (Sept. 9, 2018) at the Celebration Cinemas Theaters Grand Rapids North, 2121 Celebration Dr. NE, Grand Rapids, where the red carpet photo ops begin at 6 p.m. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at https://tickets.godblessthebrokenroad.com/

The event is a fundraiser for the Disabled American Veterans and the theater is donating its portion of the proceeds to the DAV. Bobby Body, a combat-injured, single-amputee veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom who is the DAV’s 2016 Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year, will also speak. The Michigan veteran subsequently became a power lifter who has won several gold medals in national and international competitions subsequently.

10 West Studios plans to donate 5 percent of any profits the film ultimately makes to the DAV. Cronk said they want to demonstrate that “putting love for others into action was more than just a theme on the screen, we wanted it to carry over into society. So, 5 percent of profits are going to be given in support of military heroes and their families.”

Cronk will be in Los Angeles tonight for the premiere there of the film.

The film opens in Manistee at The Vogue and Ludington at AMC theaters Thursday at 7 p.m. and on more than 1,000 other screens on Friday. Cronk plans to be in Manistee Friday for the 7 p.m. show. It will also be shown at the Vogue throughout the ensuing week. AMC as of Wednesday noon only listed the Thursday night screening.

“I think it’s a solid number that shows that the film is getting a lot of traction,” Cronk said of the more than 1,000 screens that will show “God Bless the Broken Road” this weekend. “We’ve actually had many exhibitors reaching out to our distributor asking that the film come to their city. That number could climb as the film gains momentum.”

“But it’s very important that we need to have a great turnout opening weekend. If we want to have options like this at the theater,” Cronk said,” we need to get out and support these types of film. You can’t wait for Netflix or DVD, because if we do that we won’t have that choice at the multiplex or in the theaters.”

Most of the film was shot in Manistee. Dunes in Ludington State Park were used as the set for the military action in Afghanistan with a digital set extension process used to layer in the mountains of Afghanistan behind the dunes. Rosie’s Diner on M-37 in Newaygo County and the Berlin Raceway in Grand Rapids also are featured prominently in the film, despite the story being set in the South.

Others in the cast include Robin Givens, Jordin Sparks, Andrew Walker, Gary Grubbs, Makenzie Moss, Kim Delaney and Ian Van Houten.

Other locals with roles or appearances include Rick Plummer and Dave Swanson. Edgar Struble is one of the producers. Shelly Newman is associate producer.

For more on the film, look for a story in an upcoming Ludington Daily News edition.

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