• Thomas Bonifield

"Lifemark" E.P. Stephen Kendrick Shares a Personal Connection to the Film's Adoption Theme

Updated: Aug 25

The new faith-based picture from the Kendrick Brothers releases next month and features Kirk Cameron in the lead role.

Lead actor Kirk Cameron appears in a scene from the Kendrick Brothers new movie "Lifemark."
Kirk Cameron appears in a scene from the Kendrick Brothers' new movie "Lifemark." Image: The Kendrick Brothers/Lifemark Film Holdings.

With box office hits like Overcomer, Courageous and Fireproof to their credit, the brother duo of Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick are among the top filmmakers in the Christian genre. Unlike all those movies, however, their latest feature film is based on a true story.

Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick appear in a screenshot from a promotional video for the movie.
Stephen Kendrick (left) and Alex Kendrick appear in a screenshot from a promotional video for the movie. Image: The Kendrick Brothers/Lifemark Film Holdings.

Lifemark focuses on a woman with an unexpected pregnancy who rejected abortion. She instead chose to give birth and put her baby boy up for adoption, only to meet him two decades later.


The issue of adoption is one that resonates personally for executive producer Stephen Kendrick since he and his wife adopted one of their six children. A baby girl from China, he tells Movieguide that she had a heart defect at the time, but that "the Lord led" them to take her into their family. It has been a "real faith journey," as he puts it, adding that he and his wife "have seen God all over that."

"He's taught us so much about how your heart can expand in love toward an adopted child just as much as biological children, so it's been incredible."

Lifemark stars Kirk Cameron (who also starred in Fireproof) as the adoptive father, which will definitely be a case of art imitating life - to flip the phrase - because four of his six adult children are adopted and his wife, actress Chelsea Noble, was also adopted as a child. So, between him and Stephen Kendrick, this film should bring tremendous authenticity to its portrayal of the subject.


The movie, which also features Alex Kendrick in a principal role, will be in theaters for just seven days, beginning September 9th. You can find a theater near you and buy tickets via this link to Fathom Events, the distributor of Lifemark.