The movie, “Last Ounce of Courage,” seeks to awaken Americans in a time of apathy and opens this weekend (Sept. 14) in more than 1,200 theaters nationwide. The movie has been released to coincide with Patriot’s Day and the eleventh anniversary of 9/11. It’s a reminder that freedom is a verb – something we must actively stand for and preserve. And it’s certainly not free.
The movie is about Mayor Bob Revere, who is grieving the loss of his son. As he works through the pain of losing his son, Revere finds his greatest battle is right at his own front door. A decorated war hero, Revere realizes the freedoms he fought for, and that his son died for, are eroding. From the removal of all public expressions of Christmas to the shock of his grandson’s Bible being confiscated at school, Bob is driven to action and ends up inspiring an entire town.
Kevin McAfee is producer and director of “Last Ounce of Courage” and the founder of Veritas Entertainment. McAfee was the executive producer of “End of the Spear” and “Beyond the Gates of Splendor,” which brought missions to the big screen. McAfee shared in an interview about the purpose and vision behind the film.
Q: What inspired the making of this film?
A: The movie began with missionaries Richard and Gina Headricks in Laurel, Miss., who had a dream to put Christ back in Christmas. These bikers were visionary people who’d never made a movie. They connected with Darrel Campbell and wrote a screenplay that touches the heart of America and where our nation is today.
Part of a promotional piece from Veritas Entertainment shows the stand some believers took to keep Christ in Christmas. Director Kevin McAfee hopes “Last Ounce of Courage” inspires poeple to stand for freedom.
Q: What are you hoping viewers will take away from this movie?
A: That one voice and taking a stand can make a difference. It begins with one man, one child, one school, one town who will stand up for the freedoms that are being taken away from us one by one. Hopefully, this movie will inspire people of all ages to stand for freedom and for God and country.
Q: Considering all that’s going on in America right now and the upcoming presidential election, is this movie calling people to political action?
A: Absolutely. It’s calling them to go to standusa.com and get involved. It’s calling them to believe in what our nation was founded upon. We have to stand up for what we believe in and know we can make a difference. Freedom for religion that allows all faiths to worship, or even the right to not worship, is germane to the dreams of our founding fathers and our Christian heritage. This nation was founded upon God and the Bible, and even President Washington said that without these two areas in our lives, we cannot govern.
Q: What prompted Chuck Norris to get involved in this film?
A: The lead actor Marshall Teague and Chuck Norris have been close friends for many years. Mr. Norris saw the film and wept. He wanted to “do something” so for the first time in his career, he’s promoting a movie that he’s not even in. This is huge.
Q: You’ve got some well-known, award-winning actors in this film. Are most of them Christians, freedom fighters, or both?
A: A combination of all. Marshall Teague, a navy hero and patriot, was a police officer. He took acting in order to catch the bad guys. He is a hero of our nation and a patriot. Jennifer O’Neill believes in the message of this movie and wants to promote it. Hunter Gomez and Jenna Boyd are strong people of faith. Rusty Joiner is involved in a Bible study in LA. He and his wife attend the same church Ronald Reagan attended.
Q: What is the website for the film so people can find a theater near them?
Q: Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
A: If this was the last movie I ever had the opportunity to direct and produce, I believe God would have granted me a great gift. In my heart, there is nothing more precious than the freedoms we have, and I believe filmmakers need to take a stand. For years, I’ve been a Christian filmmaker. Now, I’m changing to being a patriot who believes in God and country. Because of my faith, I am choosing to make films that lift up the name of Jesus and stand for truth.
I’ve made a commitment to make movies that are PG or G rated because the family has been largely ignored. It’s time to take a stand, and I pray we can impact culture with the visual language of film for family, faith and freedom.
As our film company continues to promote truth, we pray a community will come and join us in our crusade. We are only beginning. To view the movie trailer and pass it on to others go to http://lastouncethemovie.com/trailer.php.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Ginny Dent Brant is a writer and speaker. Her book about her spiritual journey with her father, Harry S. Dent Sr., Finding True Freedom: From the White House to the World, was released in 2010. She is a former trustee of the International Mission Board. She and her husband, Alton, live in Clemson/Seneca, S.C. More info at www.ginnybrant.com.)