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A beautifully heart-wrenching story of hope that reminds us to believe miracles happen every day. BREAKTHROUGH will touch your heart the way it’s touched mine. Sign up today and you'll receive an email with payment instructions; pay the annual fee, then download and print your license.
Breakthrough (2019 film)
Run Time:116 minutes
In January 2015, 14-year-old John Smith fell through the frozen surface of a lake in St. Charles, Mo., and remained submerged for 15 minutes. He had no pulse when emergency workers pulled him from the freezing water, or for nearly 45 minutes after; it was reportedly only after audible prayers by his mother, Joyce, that his heart finally started up again. And over the next several days, as his community vigorously prayed for him, the young man made a full, seemingly impossible recovery.
Roxann Dawson’s faith-based film, “Breakthrough,” tells the story of John’s miraculous ordeal with an unassuming simplicity, focusing on the harrowing details of the case without an overreliance on proselytization. Though faith is ever-present — particularly through the devotion of Joyce (Chrissy Metz) and the town’s struggling young pastor (Topher Grace), who remain with John (Marcel Ruiz) every step of the way — the film also wisely dedicates plenty of screen time to the emergency workers and doctors struggling to bring the boy back to life. Here, religion is not in contention with medicine, but seems to work in tandem with it.
Life changing and necessary! BREAKTHROUGH touched me deeply as a man of faith. If you have ever echoed the words ‘I believe but help my unbelief,’ this movie will do just that! A must see!”
Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III
Presiding Bishop, Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Intl, Pastor, Mt Zion Baptist Church - Nashville
“The incredible true story of BREAKTHROUGH is proof that God still performs miracles if we’re just crazy enough to BELIEVE! Absolutely loved it!
David and Nicole Crank
BREAKTHROUGH is a must-see, uplifting, true story about the power of prayer and a mother’s refusal to give up on her son’s destiny. … I will highly recommend this movie to all the pastors and churches in my national network.”
President, America Prays
“Good movies entertain. Great movies INSPIRE. BREAKTHROUGH does both! Far and away the most compelling real-life movie of the year. Don’t miss it. We are renting out whole theaters to make sure everyone has the opportunity to experience this.
Pastor Ray Johnston
A beautifully heart-wrenching story of hope that reminds us to believe miracles happen every day. BREAKTHROUGH will touch your heart the way it’s touched mine.
Event Planning Resources
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Printable Digital License Good For 12 Months
This annual digital license allows you to show the film anytime you want and as many times as you want during the licensing period at your specific location.
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Frequently Asked Questions
A license is required for all public performances regardless of whether admission is charged or not. You cannot require an admission charge, but if you need to ticket the event for seating capacity purposes, you may create a ‘suggested donation’ ticket. See other ways to cover costs or generate revenue under “Ways to use a Movie Night to raise funds for ministry:”
You may use clips from the film during your church service in the context of teaching or a sermon (including if you stream your service). However, if you wish to use them on your website or in social media, they should only be in conjunction with the promotion of your Movie Event or a church service connected to the story. The clips should be no longer than a full scene or 2-3 minutes…
Any showing outside of a private home requires that a license must be obtained regardless of the number of people attending the event. Movie license pricing is based on average weekly church attendance, not the event attendance. If your showing is not connected to a church, the standard license is required, regardless of the size of the expected audience.
Any organization’s public exhibition of a film without proper licensing is subject to steep and significant penalties through The Copyright Act (as much as $150,000 per exhibition). Even inadvertent infringers are subject to the Copyright Act. If your organization has unknowingly shown this movie while not in copyright compliance, contact us directly to solve the matter 844-422-8259 to purchase a retroactive license.
- Offer free admission, but sell concession tickets for drinks, popcorn, candy etc.
- If you need to ticket the event because of seating issues, list a “suggested donation” on the ticket (remember, you cannot require an admission price).
- Collect a freewill offering or leave baskets at the doors to collect gifts. People are accustomed to paying to see a film, so giving a donation to cover costs would not be unusual.
- Ask a local business to sponsor the event, give them placement on your promotional materials and do a short sponsorship “commercial” to thank them prior to showing the film.
- You can also sell DVDs of the film at the event, and keep all sales proceeds above the wholesale cost. Please contact us to learn more and arrange to sell DVDs at your event.
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