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‘God Bless the Broken Road’ screens tonight

August 25, 2018

Ramsdell to show Harold Cronk Film

Local audiences will be the first in the nation to see “God Bless the Broken Road,” the newest film from Mason County native Harold Cronk at a special early screening tonight at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts in Manistee.

The film — from Cronk’s 10 West Studios company — does not officially premiere until Sept. 5 in Los Angeles, and will not be released nationwide until Sept. 7, but the special red carpet screening will be held for local members of the cast and crew, as well as members of the community as long as tickets are available.

Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization.

“God Bless the Broken Road” follows the a the widow of an American soldier killed in Afghanistan and her daughter.

Cronk said he set out to make a movie that could impact the world in a practical way.

“After the success of ‘God’s Not Dead,’ I wanted to make sure that my next film was something that made a difference in our society. I have a huge place in my heart for our military and all of those people serving our country,” Cronk said. “There are so many families that are hurting from ... conflicts recently. We wanted to honor them with a story that showed the sacrifices they made, and also showed someone struggling through some incredibly difficult circumstances.”

Cronk said it was his goal from the outset to make a movie that not honored veterans not only on the screen, but in real life as well.

“We’re donating 5 percent of the profits to DAV,” he said. “The goal is not just to raise money for the DAV at Friday’s screening, but for the film in general to act as a fundraiser for the organization.

“Our goal is to make millions of dollars for DAV with this movie, and we don’t think that’s ever been done before,” he said.

Beyond just raising funds, 10 West Studios has also partnered with the DAV, which owns 5 percent of the movie overall.

Read the full story in Friday’s Ludington Daily News print and e-Editions

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