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  • Writer's pictureThomas Bonifield

Top Honor for "I Still Believe"

Updated: Dec 14, 2020

Coronavirus protocols clipped the movie's theatrical run, but it's still getting its due from the Gospel Music Association.

K.J. Apa and Britt Robertson in a scene from the movie. Image: Kingdom Story Company/Lionsgate.

I Still Believe, a biopic about Christian musician Jeremy Camp, picks up some hardware at the 51st annual GMA's Dove Awards, landing the trophy for Inspirational Film of the Year. From the faith-based filmmaking team of Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin, the movie tells the true story of Camp's courtship and brief marriage to his first wife, Melissa, who died of cancer months after their nuptials.

The picture, which is the first from the Erwin Brothers under their new deal with Lionsgate, features a big-time cast, including K.J. Apa and Britt Robertson in the lead roles. That helped propel it to the top spot at the US box office on its opening night back in March: a rare feat, indeed, for a faith-based movie.

Unfortunately, that momentum came to a screeching halt about a week later halt when theaters across the country shut down because of the coronavirus, drastically shortening the film's theatrical run and forcing it to go the on-demand route prematurely. So while this award certainly won't help make up for the lost revenue, it is a well-deserved consolation for a compelling story well told.


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