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ALCON ENTERTAINMENT PICKS UP FEATURE “HILLSONG – LET HOPE RISE”
An Up Close and Personal Journey with the World’s Most Successful Worship Band
LOS ANGELES, CA, July 1, 2014—Alcon Entertainment has acquired HILLSONG – LET
HOPE RISE for worldwide release by Warner Bros. Pictures, it was announced today by Alcon
principals Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
The full-length feature documentary, directed by Michael John Warren (Jay-Z’s “Fade to
Black”), chronicles the spectacular rise to prominence of the Australia-based Christian worship
band Hillsong UNITED. Matthew Weaver of MediaWeaver Entertainment and Jonathan Bock
of Grace Hill Media are producing. B. Wayne Hughes, Jr. and Greg Campbell of Cantinas
Entertainment, which is financing the feature, are executive producing. Warner Bros. Pictures
will release the film on April 3, 2015.
The movie will present the band’s remarkable journey from a youth group band at Hillsong
Church to worldwide sensation, routinely performing sold-out stadium concerts and selling more
than 16 million albums all over the world.
In a joint statement, Kosove and Johnson said, “In terms of reach, Hillsong UNITED is one
of the biggest bands out there, Christian or otherwise. But at their core, they’re just a group
of unassuming individuals impacting the world with their music. We’re thrilled to be part of
bringing their extraordinary story to the big screen.”
Led by Joel Houston, son of Hillsong Church founders Brian and Bobbie Houston, all of
Hillsong UNITED’s 11-member band are volunteers or employees of the church. Their songs are
so popular is it estimated that on any given Sunday, more than 30 million churchgoers around the
world are singing one of Hillsong’s worship songs.
“With songs like Mighty to Save, Oceans, Hosanna and From the Inside Out, anyone who
regularly attends a church knows Hillsong’s music by heart. That’s how influential they’ve
become,” Bock said. “And yet despite the fame and adulation, they’re still just a simple worship
band trying to do what tens of thousands of other worship bands try to do every week — glorify
God through their music. How they balance that is a fascinating and surprising story.”
The filmmakers will follow the band as it completes its current tour and prepares to record its
next album. The film will marry live concert footage with a narrative structure.
“It’s a little weird and a lot humbling to have a movie made about us,” Joel Houston said. “But
we didn’t say ‘yes’ to this to draw attention to ourselves. It’s our hope that by sharing an up-
close and unvarnished look inside our music and lives, we can shatter pre-conceived notions of
what it means to follow Jesus in today’s modern world.”
Hillsong Church spans 12 global locations with more than 100,000 weekly attendees, including
thriving congregations in New York and Los Angeles. In addition to its music efforts, Hillsong
sponsors worldwide ministry work – examples include feeding and educating children in the
slums of India, building housing for those living with AIDS in Africa and rescuing victims of
human trafficking around the globe – outreaches paid for in part through proceeds from Hillsong
UNITED music and merchandise sales
ABOUT ALCON ENTERTAINMENT
Co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson founded Alcon Entertainment in 1997
with partner Frederick W. Smith, the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx. Warner
Bros. distributes Alcon’s motion pictures via the companies’ long-term output distribution agreement.
Alcon has financed and produced, and/or co-financed/produced 23 films to date, including My Dog
Skip; Insomnia, starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank and directed by Chris Nolan;
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; P.S. I Love You, starring Hilary Swank; the Academy Award
nominated Best Picture The Blind Side, which earned Sandra Bullock a Best Actress Oscar; The Book of
Eli, starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman; the hit family film Dolphin Tale, starring Morgan
Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson; Prisoners, the critically acclaimed
thriller directed by Denis Villeneuve starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal; and Transcendence,
starring Johnny Depp. Alcon’s next release is Dolphin Tale 2, a sequel to the 2011 box-office success that
reunites the original cast. Alcon is currently in pre-production on Point Break, a reimagining of the classic
action movie, starring Edgar Ramirez.
Alcon Television Group is currently producing the drama pilot Hysteria with Shaun Cassidy and Adam
Schroeder for Amazon; a four-hour mini-series documentary for HBO about the life and times of Frank
Sinatra, directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney; and The Expanse, a ten-episode epic space
thriller for Syfy Network.
ABOUT CANTINAS ENTERTAINMENT, LLC
Cantinas Entertainment, LLC, founded in 2014 by Greg Campbell and B. Wayne Hughes Jr., seeks to
inspire and engage audiences disillusioned with the landscape of cynicism – and to offer a dependable
choice in entertainment. Upcoming projects include a film based on Brenda Spahn’s book “Miss Brenda
and the Loveladies,” with Donald Petrie (“How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” “Miss Congeniality,”) set to