Runtime: 129 minutes
Director: Marc Forster
Producer: Robbie Brenner
Stars:Gerard Butler, Michelle Monoghan, Michael Shannon
Starring Gerard Butler, this is the inspirational true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds an unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children. Gerard Butler, who was last seen in the internationally acclaimed action blockbuster 300, delivers a searing performance as Childers, the impassioned founder of the Angels of East Africa rescue organization. The moving story of violence and redemption is directed by Marc Forster whose credits include Monster’s Ball and Finding Neverland.
On hand to introduce the film will be MPower president and producer John Shepherd.
When ex-biker-gang member Sam Childers makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war, he is outraged by the unspeakable horrors faced by the region’s vulnerable populace, especially the children. He leads armed missions deep into enemy territory to retrieve kidnapped children, restoring peace to their lives – and eventually his own.
Butler solidified his leading-man status when he starred as the bold and heroic King Leonidas in Zack Snyder’s 300. He has a highly anticipated film being released this fall, Coriolanus, co starring and directed by Ralph Fiennes. Butler gave voice to the leader of the Vikings, Chief Stoick, in the Oscar®-nominated animated film How to Train Your Dragon.
Machine Gun Preacher also stars Michelle Monaghan (Due Date), Kathy Baker (Cold Mountain), Madeline Carroll (Mr. Popper’s Penguins), Academy Award® nominated Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) and Souleymane Sy Savane (“Damages”).
“It is exciting to welcome films of this quality and character to BIFF,” says Executive Director Roddie Beaudoin. “This moving story required a special venue to show it in all its power so we have engaged one of the theatres at Luxury 10 Cinema for this single showing.”
The 2012 Beloit International Film Festival is sponsored by the Hendricks Group in association with Beloit College and with funding from Visit Beloit. It is supported and underwritten by many local businesses, organizations and individuals.