An Exclusive One-Night Premiere Event Comes to Cinemas
September 28, 2016
LOS ANGELES, Calif – September 6, 2016 – Liberty University has partnered with Tim LaHaye Productions and EchoLight Studios in sponsoring the special one-night premiere event of VANISHED | Left Behind: Next Generation. A fresh, new Young Adult version — inspired by the New York Times best-selling book series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. Screenings will be held in conjunction with Fathom Events and EchoLight Studios in more than 600 U.S. movie theaters on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. Following the feature, audiences will experience an exclusive Q&A with the stars and filmmakers, hosted by prominent national speakers and youth leaders Doug Fields and his co-founder of Download Youth Ministry, Josh Griffin.
The movie stars Amber Frank (Nickelodeon’s “Haunted Hathaway’s”), Dylan Sprayberry (MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” “Man of Steel”) and Mason Dye (MTV’s “Finding Carter,” Lifetime’s “Flowers in the Attic”), along with principal veteran actors Tom Everett Scott (“That Thing You Do,” “American Werewolf in Paris”), Jackson Hurst (“Drop Dead Diva”), Brigid Brannagh (“Army Wives,” “Underground”) and Rachel Hendrix (“October Baby,” “Perfect Wave”).
"I am elated to be partnering with Liberty University for the theatrical premiere event of VANISHED | Left Behind: Next Generation,” says Randy LaHaye of Tim LaHaye Productions. “The LaHayes and the Falwells have a long history of working together to reach the next generation for Christ and VANISHED is a perfect fit to honor and further that legacy.”
Dr. Tim LaHaye was an integral part of the fabric of Liberty University, receiving his Doctor of Literature in May of 1999. LaHaye served on the Board of Trustees from 2002-2015 and several buildings on the Liberty campus bear the LaHaye name, including The LaHaye Ice Center and The LaHaye Recreation and Fitness Center.
“I’m very happy that a whole new generation can experience the same sort of story, the same sort of powerful, positive message as the Left Behind series through this film,” said Jerry Falwell, President, Liberty University. “The LaHayes have made many important contributions to further the growth of Liberty University and to spread the word of God. Through this partnership, Vanished continues that important mission.”
Reminiscent of “Twilight,” “The Walking Dead” and “The Hunger Games,” VANISHED | Left Behind: Next Generation takes its characters — and the audience — far beyond their own fears and desires, opening them to the questions of purpose and whether their lives and choices really matter. When a billion people around the globe suddenly vanish and chaos engulfs the nation, headstrong 15-year-old Gabby (Frank) is thrust into adulthood way too soon. The event forces Gabby, along with her younger sister and the two teen boys vying for Gabby’s affection, Josh (Dye) and Flynn (Sprayberry), to try to figure out what has happened and how to survive in this dangerous new world. Produced by veteran writer/producer/showrunner Dave Alan Johnson (“The Client,” “Doc,” “Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye,” “High Incident”) alongside Randy LaHaye (grandson of Left Behind co-author Dr. Tim LaHaye). Larry A. McLean (“Pacific Rim,” “Christmas with Tucker”) directed the feature from the screenplay written by Kim Beyer-Johnson (“When Calls the Heart,” “Doc”) and Joan Considine Johnson (“The Wild Thornberrys,” “Rugrats,” “Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye”).
Tickets for the VANISHED | Left Behind: Next Generation event can be purchased online by visiting www.thevanishedfilm.com or at participating theater box offices. Audiences throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom Event’s Digital Broadcast Network.
About Liberty University: Located in Central Virginia, Liberty is a liberal arts institution with 16 colleges and schools and offers programs in fields such as education, counseling, religion, law, aviation, cinematic arts, business, and more. Students can choose from over 500 programs of study, from the certificate to the doctoral level, and classes are available online or residentially on Liberty’s more than 7,000-acre campus. Part of the Big South conference, Liberty fields 20 NCAA Division I athletic teams and 37 Club Sports teams, offering an exceptional college sports experience. Liberty graduates are sought after by prestigious companies for their integrity, personal discipline, and versatility. They are confident and competent, ready to make a lasting impact on their profession and their community.
About Fathom Events: Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions such as the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live’s Hamlet, sporting events like FS1 Presents USA v Mexico, concerts with Roger Waters and One Direction, the TCM Presents classic film series and faith-based events such as The Drop Box and Four Blood Moons. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 887 locations and 1,354 screens in 181 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.