• Thomas Bonifield

The Christmas Film "I Heard the Bells" Releases in December

The movie tells the compelling true story behind Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's famous poem "Christmas Bells."

Lead actor Stephen Atherholt appears in a scene from "I Heard the Bells."
Lead actor Stephen Atherholt appears in a scene from "I Heard the Bells." Image: Sight & Sound Films.

The most popular American poet of his day - and our personal favorite, too - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow went into a tailspin during the Civil War when he suffered family tragedy. The death of his wife and the enlistment of his son in the Union Army affected him so deeply, that he stopped writing for a time.


It is that period of Longfellow's life, and the triumph that followed when he again picked up his pen to write the poem Christmas Bells, that I Heard the Bells will focus on. This faith-based production is the inaugural endeavor from Sight & Sound Films, a division of the Sight & Sound theater outfit, a Christian ministry known for its extravagant Biblical stage plays, as we have previously reported.


The movie stars players from the acting troupe and was shot on the same property that houses their theater in Lancaster, PA. It will play in movie theaters nationwide in a three-day limited engagement put on by distributor Fathom Events on December 1st, 3rd and 4th. You can purchase tickets now via this link to their website, and the trailer below will give you a feel for the picture in the meantime.