August 1, On DVD Release updates international information for the movie “Do You Believe” that has been theaters in 2015 and for its current release as a DVD. On DVD Release also adds ratings, reviews, a trailer and more for the movie. Pure Flix that has produced this movie shares its DVD and streaming services on PureFlix.com
Patheos.com has stated “Do You Believe?” “…is a question we must all answer in our lifetimes…’Do You Believe?’ is the latest faith-based drama from Pure Flix Entertainment, creators of last year’s Christian drama ‘God’s Not Dead’… ‘Do You Believe?’ tells the story of different souls–all moving in different directions, all longing for something more… troubled war veteran, the pregnant teen, the urban kid struggling to stay away from the gang, the childless couple, the emergency medical technician, the hardened attorney, the man facing a terminal illness…. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each discover that there’s power in the Cross of Christ.”
The all-star cast has included notable veteran actors: Academy Award-winner Mira Sorvino, Sean Astin, Cybill Shepherd and Lee Majors. The range of their stories and characters has provided something and someone with whom a wide range of people can identify. The stories, characters and themes in the movie of belief demonstrated by action and the power of the Cross are multi-faceted, multi-dimensional, and multi-layered.
This movie has raised the bar of artistry in faith-based films and the bar in its challenge to the character of each audience member in its honest view of the high costs of doing what is right in actions and relationships with others. This penetrating and compelling movie has been produced as a film for every man and woman, for any time, and for especially such a time as this.
On July 31, Senyo Amoaku (A-muah-ku) who has performed the role of Kriminal in this movie has given an exclusive interview for Austin Movie Examiner. His comments have been insightful. Senyo has worked with some amazing directors, actors, and studios for movies and television and has worked with most of the major film studios. He has shared how he got into acting for films and television. He has recounted how up to about 10 years ago he had been a Hip Hop musician in California; but it wasn’t fulfilling to him. His music manager encouraged him to try acting. He was reluctant at first, but his music manager is now his talent manager. He has worked as acting talent in many projects that led to performing in the “Expendables” with Sylvester Stallone and then with many veteran actors in “Do You Believe?”
Senyo brought realism, authenticity, and believability to his role. He has told how he personally related to the character, Kriminal. He has told how after his family moved to California from the Mid-West, at about 13-14 years of age, he became caught up in a big gang because he wanted to belong. He personally experienced and saw gang life. He also sympathetically saw gang members as complex and not one-dimensional bad people. Senyo played the role of Kriminal as open to the life of the pastor from whom Kriminal stole but did not kill.
Senyo Amoaku shared further how he has seen God’s hand in his life. He has told how when he was involved in gangs during his early teen years, he would be gone from home for days even weeks without calling. He did reckless actions without caring. He had been raised in the church and always knew he was heading down a bad one way street in his teens. His mother pleaded with him but nothing would work, until one day he was called out in class by a friend as being a gangster and it didn’t feel like an honor but a curse and disgrace. He then realized he no longer wanted the gang life. He got into an argument and fist fight with the gang’s leader during art class. While detained, the principal saw his life as more valuable than that of a gangster and patsy. The principal let Senyo out, for which he is eternally grateful. In his heart he knew God had saved him through the student calling him out and has been grateful that he has never been arrested or in jail. He does not think he lives a perfect life, but he does believe he is eternally blessed!
Amoaku talked about the greatest influence in his life, his mother. He said, “My Mom has been my greatest spiritual inspiration. She raised me in church and has been thrilled that her prayers for me have been answered.”
Concerning faith-based, Christian, and/or redemptive movies, television, or other media, Senyo thinks they are becoming more relevant, applicable to every man/woman, and are meeting people where they are. He observes that they are becoming more vulnerable, authentic, and believable. He thinks that they have more and more breadth and depth.
Senyo has shared some of his positive experiences working with Pure Flix directors, cast and crew. He has told how Producer Russell Wolf, who passed away recently of ALS, was a very fine and special man. Amoaku told how Jon Gunn, director, led the actors and crew to produce honest, engaging, captivating scenes with quality acting based on depth of back stories. He directed them in roles that were out- of- the-box and against type for most of us. He directed them in intense performances that would lead the audiences to care and to be motivated to take action. Senyo enjoyed working with Shwayze, who played Pretty Boy, who had also come a musical world into acting. Further, he appreciated working with Ted McGinley, who played the pastor.
Finally, he talked about the impact of the movie, which he said has personally challenged him in his faith and choices. He believes that the DVD of the movie will continue to impact audiences in homes or organizations because viewers will continue to relate to the different stories in honest and authentic ways. The stories present life’s challenges as complex without simple answers. The movie presents the realities and consequences of choices. The movies is very relatable with its complex/multi-faceted characters in realistic situations. He thinks the movie will continue to have a strong, emotional impact on viewers, especially at home and in other private settings.
This film is more than a movie in that it challenges all who see it with the question that all must answer in their lifetimes, Do You Believe? This engaging, captivating movie is for every man and woman, for any time, and for especially such a time as this.