Billy Graham's The Climb to Air in Prime Time Throughout the U.S. and Canada

Billy Graham Evangelistic Assn
Wednesday, 29 May 2002

Marking 50 Years of Filmmaking, Billy Graham's World Wide Pictures Offers Action-Packed Adventure in "The Climb" on Television, Video and DVD

"The Climb," the latest action-adventure film from World Wide Pictures, the motion picture division of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, airs on nation-wide television the week of June 2 and throughout Canada on June 22. The television release coincides with the 50th anniversary of World Wide Pictures.

"The Climb" is the harrowing story of two solo rock climbers, Michael Harris (Ned Vaughn) and Derrick Williams (Jason George), who meet on a daring rescue. The man saved in the rescue is the son of retail mogul Mack Leonard (Dabney Coleman) who rewards Michael and Derrick with a dream climb at Mount Chicanagua. The two highly esteemed climbers approach the sport very differently. Michael is a safety-conscious plodder driven by the beauty of creation. His goal is to reach the summit, and take whatever precautions necessary. Derrick is a flamboyant self-promoter bent by anger. He's a risk taker and will reach his dream at any cost. A clash of pride, styles and character put both of their lives on the line.

Other characters of "The Climb" include Derrick's girlfriend Cheryl Martin (Kyli Santiago); Cheryl's father, Mr. Joseph Martin (Clifton Davis); and friend Eddie (Todd Bridges). The film is directed by John Schmidt, produced by John Shepherd, and written by Robert Pierce and Patrick Egan.

Station times and dates for the television broadcast can be found in local listings or "The Climb" Web site www.theclimbmovie.com.

In addition to the international television broadcasts in June, "The Climb" will be released on video June 4 and on DVD in September. The film opened in theaters in February.

World Wide Pictures began 50 years ago as Billy Graham Films, a documentary film company. Their first full-length feature film premiered at the Hollywood Bowl in 1951. "I recognized the fact that not everyone would respond to the Gospel as the result of coming to a stadium to hear me preach," Billy Graham said. Five decades later, having produced over 125 films, including nine major motion pictures, World Wide Pictures is a leading independent film production company keeping up with the demand for quality entertainment. Other productions by World Wide Pictures include the following award-winning titles: "Road to Redemption," "Something to Sing About," "A Vow to Cherish," "The Ride," "Joni," and "The Hiding Place."

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is a nondenominational, nonprofit organization that reaches millions of people each year through Billy Graham Missions and television broadcasts, Franklin Graham Festivals, Decision magazine, "Hour of Decision" and "Decision Today" radio programs, the Internet, World Wide Pictures and World Wide Publications. Based in Minneapolis, Minn., the organization has 670 full-time staff worldwide.

For more information, or to contact Billy Graham Evangelistic Assn, see their website at: www.billygraham.org

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