Hello everyone! Executive producers the Kendrick Brothers have a brand-new film opening in theaters Friday, September 9, 2022! I received an advanced screening link for their new movie LIFEMARK, co-executive produced by Kirk Cameron as well. Keep reading for more info plus where you can get tickets in your own area!
David’s comfortable world is turned upside down when his birth mother unexpectedly reaches out to him, longing to meet the 18-year-old son she’s only held once. With the encouragement of his adoptive parents, David embarks on a journey of discovery that leads to a staggering truth from his past. From executive producers Kirk Cameron and the Kendrick Brothers—creators of War Room and Fireproof—comes LIFEMARK, inspired by an incredible true story that celebrates the gift of life.
Watch the trailer for LIFEMARK here!
Joy. Adventure. Fear. Family. Adoption. Told in a beautiful and moving film.
My thoughts about this film
I am a little embarrassed to admit this to you.
I overlooked the tiny print below the film’s title with a VERY KEY PIECE of information. Do you see it? “Inspired by a true story.”
So you might imagine how I felt at the end of the movie when there is a fantastic series of photos showing the cast members with the real humans they portrayed! “Shocked” as well as “delighted” express my reaction pretty well. (If you watch the interview Jean Thomason does below with two of the film’s cast members you’ll get to hear more of that amazing story.)
I’ve noticed that the films that I love the most draw me to love the characters and to care about their journey. You fall in love with them as characters and you want a happy or fulfilling ending for them. And LIFEMARK did that for me. Honestly, by the time that David met his birth mom, I was totally engaged in his story. He had fantastic parents–his adoptive mom and dad–but there was still a piece of his journey that he didn’t know. And of course, some trepidation about meeting his birth parents. (Fortunately, David’s best friend Nate, and his antics, help to relieve some of that tension.)
I also adored both sets of parents; the adoptive ones (Rebecca Rogers Nelson and Kirk Cameron) and the birth parents (Dawn Long and her new “husband,” Alex Kendrick). I felt moved quite a few times at just the huge amount of love expressed in the film. But the real crying set in when the birth mom, Melissa, meets David. (In fact I am tearing up even thinking about that again!) Melissa’s utter vulnerability as she meets the son she’d given up so long ago; and her willingness to tell *all* the parts of her story, are just remarkable.
LIFEMARK is a story that touches on so many parts of the human condition. Love. Loss. Teen pregnancy. Human will and human choice. What can a young woman do when she discovers a pregnancy; and she’s not even out of high school yet? This is an incredibly timely movie, given the true events that are happening in the public arena even now. But as you can imagine from the synopsis of this film, the story of adoption is the one that is told here–and the one that Melissa has chosen. But it also tells about her journey to get to that choice. And it’s a remarkable one.
LIFEMARK invites us into the life of a son given up for adoption; the husband and wife who adopted him; and the young mom who held him briefly, then released him to the ones who would raise him. This is a wonderful film, and one that is going to make you feel a lot of emotions as you go along for the ride. It is a *good* ride, though; and one you’ll be very glad you’ve taken.
Purchase movie tickets here–plus more
You can purchase tickets to see LIFEMARK in theaters in your own area! Just click below on the Purchase link. That will take you to the film’s website. You can also find more info there on the cast, the film, and additional resources like a Bible study, a book, and the original documentary!
Jean Thomason’s interview with LIFEMARK costars Dawn Long and Rebecca Rogers Nelson
Jean Thomason from Momentum Influencer Network is a marvelous interviewer–and here, she speaks with the women who play David’s adoptive and biological moms in LIFEMARK.
Enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card!
In celebrating the premiere of LIFEMARK, I’ve been given the opportunity to give away a $10 Amazon gift card to one FINCHNWREN reader! To enter, just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on 9/18/22. One winner will be selected. Best wishes!
And last but not least…
If you’d like to hear more about the true story LIFEMARK is based on, head back to the movie’s website and watch the documentary video called “I Lived on Parker Avenue.” (It’s under Resources, fyi.)
With hugs! –Wren
Many thanks to WTA Media for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.