The powerful story of the youth revival of the 1960s and 1970s will be told in the new movie “Jesus Revolution,” which will be in theaters in February.
The movie tells the story of a young Greg Laurie who is searching for truth in all the wrong places until he meets a hippie street preacher named Lonnie Frisbee. Along with Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel, played by Kelsey Grammer, open the doors of a Southern California church to an unexpected revival and a newfound love for Jesus that leads to a spiritual awakening.
“I hope people feel tearful and joyful, all at the same time, and maybe inspired to rediscover their own faith,” Grammar said.
“Jesus Revolution” is a Kingdom Story film in collaboration with Lionsgate. Filmmaker Jon Erwin of “I Can Only Imagine” and “American Underdog” is directing the new film.
“It was a time of fear and doubts in a generation that was looking for all the right things but in the wrong places came to the end of themselves,” he said. “It was just a powerful move of God that was undeniable. It shaped culture, and it shaped America. We haven’t experienced anything like it. It’s been seven years to the screen for this movie and every other movie we made along the way … t’s all been leading to this.”
The film is based on Laurie’s book of the same name, which outlines “the true story of the national spiritual awakening in the early 1970s and its origins within a community of teenage hippies in Southern California.” After getting saved, Laurie would start Harvest Christian Fellowship, in Riverside, Cali., which is now one of the largest churches in America. The church has sponsored its local SoCal Harvest event for three decades, making it one of the longest-running evangelistic events in the nation, attended by millions of people.
“I don’t think we necessarily knew we were a part of history, but we knew we were part of something very special,” he said. “Thousands of young people were coming to Christ and being baptized. We called it the Jesus Movement.”
Laurie recently told CBN that America is primed for another spiritual revival. “It was a very dark time in American history,” he said “God intervened, and it was sort of like little brush fires starting in different parts of the country and even the world. Young people just started coming to Christ.”
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice News