Summer is the time to attend the movies, but here in Warner Robins it also is the time to make movies.
A production team from Color Green Films arrived last week in Warner Robins to film portions of a movie about Rich Mullins in various locations throughout the city. Sites included two homes in the Leisure World subdivision as well as at the historic old church located on Ga. 96 near Houston County High School.
Rich Mullins was a Christian songwriter who released several albums. He may be best known as the writer of the song Awesome God, a popular praise chorus.
Mullins brother, David Mullins, was in Warner Robins last week and has been involved with the movie since its inception three years ago.
The movie will tell the story of Richs life and his pursuit of God and Gods pursuit of him, David said. It is about hurt and healing and about downfall and redemption. The Scriptures say we are as jars of clay, empty vessels and God will fill. God worked through Rich.
The old church on Ga. 96 will be an important part of the film. A few days before his death in a car accident in 1997, Rich Mullins had walked into an almost identical church with only a guitar and a cassette player and recorded nine songs. The cassette was salvaged from the wreck, and the songs were recorded for the album The Jesus Record by artists such as Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. The second side of the album includes the recordings Mullins made in the little church.
An extremely successful singer and songwriter, Mullins received numerous awards from the Gospel Music Association, including Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. However, he did not profit from his music. Early in his career, Mullins set up a trust for the proceeds from his tours and album sales. He was paid a salary and the rest of the money was divided between charities.
Watching a film being made about his brothers life and death has been emotional for David. Other family members are involved in the film, including Davids son Jonathan, who is playing Rich Mullins as a teenager, and daughter Kacie, who is playing one of their sisters.
It has been challenging to see some of the scenes shot, David said. They bring back a lot of memories. A few of the scenes have been hard. I have spent a lot of time preparing myself to watch the scene filmed of the accident.
David, who is a producer on the film, says they hope to have a spring release date.
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