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Rich Mullins-inspired ‘Ragamuffin’ to hit theaters in May Print Email
Written by Jeremy Burns   
Friday, 28 February 2014 10:38 AM America/New_York

RagamuffinPoster-webRagamuffin, a film based on the life and legacy of best-selling Christian singer-songwriter Rich Mullins, is set to premiere in select theaters May 2. The full-length feature film from Color Green Films will release in 15 cities across the nation, including Nashville; Dallas; Indianapolis; Columbus, Ohio; Atlanta; Phoenix; Colorado Springs, Colo., and Wichita, Kan.

Ragamuffin is a stirring film that will touch audiences and challenge them to consider what is most important in their own lives,” said David Leo Schultz, the film’s director, producer and co-writer. “The movie’s heartfelt themes include redemption, forgiveness, faith and the true meaning of God’s unconditional love.”

The film stars Michael Koch as Rich Mullins, and includes the talents of several members of Rich Mullins’ family, including brother David Mullins serving as an additional producer. The film’s title comes from Mullins’ band name—A Ragamuffin Band—that was, in turn, inspired by Brennan Manning’s book The Ragamuffin Gospel.

Ragamuffin is supported by a diverse campaign that includes a comprehensive social media and grass-roots push led by Movie to Movement.

“The response has been overwhelmingly positive,” Schultz said. “God is using this film to touch lives, which is what we wanted to do in the first place.”

Mullins, who died in a 1997 motorcycle accident at the age of 41, wrote songs for Amy Grant, Debby Boone and other notable Christian artists and recorded nine solo projects with Reunion Records. He was nominated for 12 GMA Dove Awards throughout his career, and had many No. 1 radio hits. His worship staple, “Awesome God,” was voted in 1989 as one of the top three songs of the decade, according to the Christian Research Report.

In the build-up to the theatrical release, the Ragamuffin Movie Tour is screening the film in more than 70 cities across the nation.  Debuting to a sold-out house at the Orpheum Theatre in Wichita on Jan. 9, the tour will run through the end of April, hosting screenings in small venues, including churches, college campuses and community theaters.