The new independent Christian film "Unconditional" produced by local residents Jason and Shannon Atkins, opened in theaters last month and can now be seen in this area.
Unconditional, written and directed by Brent McCorkle, was inspired by true events. It is the first film by Harbinger Media Partners, founded by Jason and Shannon Atkins, which aims to "produce high quality theatrical films that honor God and inspire viewers to pursue Him and serve
The film is based on the actual story of Joe Bradford, who grew up in a rural area of Tennessee. When he developed kidney disease, Joe and his wife Denise were forced to move to a low-income area of Nashville.When they arrived, they were confronted by the needs of the underprivileged children in their neighborhood. Joe and Denise began to reach out to them and also started directing a choir of inner-city children. Many of the fatherless children embraced Joe, who became known as "Papa Joe." Together with his wife, he founded Elijah's Heart, a non-profit organization, in 2005 to help children in need.
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In the film, Samantha Crawford is living a storybook life: she's happily married, she lives on a ranch where she keeps her beloved horse, and the stories she's told and illustrated since childhood have become published books.
When her husband Billy is killed in a senseless act of violence, Sam loses her faith and her will to live. But a death-defying encounter with two children leads to a reunion with Joe, her oldest friend. Inspired by true events, UNCONDITIONAL stars Michael Ealy (Think Like A Man) and Lynn Collins (John Carter).
As Sam watches "Papa" Joe care for and love the kids in his under-resourced neighborhood, she begins to realize that no matter life's circumstances, the love of God is always reaching out to us.
Jason and Shannon Atkins founded Harbinger Media Partners in Nashville in 2009 to produce inspirational films. Prior to founding Harbinger Media Partners, Jason served as general partner and portfolio manager of a hedge fund, managing resources for prestigious groups. He made his mark as an investor who identified coming waves of change. His visionary skills led to the establishment of a foundation that impacts humanitarian organizations across continents. Recognizing the influence of art on the ideals and pursuits of man, Jason founded The Doorpost Film Project in 2007. This passion would lead Jason to closing his investment fund and forming Harbinger Media Partners LLC in 2009. UNCONDITIONAL is Harbinger's first film.
The Atkins' own a local farm and they attend the Smithville Cumberland Presbyterian Church.