|'Fireproof' wins Epiphany Prize|
|Thursday, 12 February 2009 03:42 PM EST|
The surprise hit drama Fireproof and The Christmas Choir were the big winners in this year's John Templeton Foundation Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Movies and TV.
The film starring Kirk Cameron as a firefighter who turns Christ to save his marriage received the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Film, while the movie broadcast on the Hallmark Channel garnered the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Television during the 17th Annual Movieguide Faith & Values Awards & Report to the Entertainment Industry, held last night in Beverly Hills, Calif., the Associated Press reported.
Produced for just $500,000, Fireproof earned more than $33 million at the box office and is now a best-selling DVD. Fireproof also inspired The Love Dare (B&H Books/B&H Publishing Group)--a book that was a focal point of the movie and written by the film's co-producing brothers Stephen and Alex Kendrick. It has sold more than a million copies and spent 17 weeks on The New York Times Paperback Advice best-seller list, B&H officials said.