NASHVILLE, Tenn.â€” Premiering in more than 700 movie theaters nationwide for a one-time special presentation, Fathom Events/Fuseic Entertainmentâ€™s â€œRuss Taff: I Still Believeâ€ was the #2 per screen average (PSA) movie in America for the night of October 30, according to data collected by Comscore. With multipleÂ screen sellouts in several citiesâ€”including Dallas, Minneapolis, Nashville and Tulsa, Oklahomaâ€”the documentary is one of Fathom Eventsâ€™ top faith-based music-themed presentations.
â€œRuss Taff: I Still Believeâ€Â chronicles the GRAMMYÂ®Â and Dove Award winning artistâ€™s unparalleled musical journey and behind-the-scenes battle with alcoholism.Â Taff candidly reveals how a tumultuous past fueled his own addiction and the ultimate healing he embraced in the power of Christ’sÂ love and forgiveness.Â Immediately following the presentation, theater audiences were treated to a special acoustic session with Taff and GRAMMYÂ®Â Award-winning singer/songwriters Amy Grant and Steven Curtis Chapman.
â€œI had no idea what it would feel like to sit in a theater with many of the people I love most in this world and watch some of my darkest moments and deepest regrets play out,â€ Taff says of the filmâ€™s premiere. â€œWhat I was completely unprepared for was the wave of unconditional love, compassion, acceptance and encouragement I felt in telling the truth.â€
â€œOur prayer is that this movie starts a conversation about the impact of addiction and trauma,” he adds. “I believe God can use our story to help coax other hurting people out of the shadowsâ€”and that is worth every moment of pain it took to get here.â€
â€œWe are humbled and overwhelmed by the response we have received from the movie,â€ said director Rick Altizer, Fuseic Entertainment. â€œGod has done amazing things with this story. We are hearing from people struggling with addictions or marriage issues who saw the film and recognized their own need for help. It took courage for Russ and Tori to be this honest, and their heart to see others find healing is apparent in â€˜I Still Believe.â€™â€
Pictured (l-r) at the Franklin Theatre: producer Kent Songer, Fuseic Entertainment;
Russ and Tori Taff; director Rick Altizer, Fuseic Entertainment.
Rising to prominence with The Imperials, trailblazers of the contemporary Christian music movement of the 1970s, Taff was the voice behind such quintessentialÂ hits as â€œPraise the Lord,â€ â€œTrumpet of Jesusâ€ and â€œIâ€™m Forgiven,â€ among many others. His genre-defying sound later endeared him to Southern Gospel audiences, and he spent nearlyÂ three years as a member of the world-renowned Gaither Vocal Band. Taff has recorded 11 solo albums to date, including industry benchmarksÂ MedalsÂ (1985),Â RussÂ TaffÂ (1987) andÂ Under Their InfluenceÂ (1991), and his classic singles include â€œWe Will Stand,â€ â€œIâ€™m Not Alone,” “Not Gonna Bow”Â and â€œLove Is Not A Thing.â€ From rock giants Kings of Leon to MercyMeâ€™s Bart Millard and Newsboysâ€™ Michael Tait, Taffâ€™s influence is felt throughout the music world.
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