Alcon Entertainment has acquired the feature documentary Hillsong – Let Hope Rise, which Warner Bros will release in April. The film revolves around the popular faith-based Australian band Hillsong United, which began as an 11-member youth band and has now sells out and concerts worldwide and has sold more than 16M albums. The documentary, which will include concert footage, is being directed by Michael John Warren, who helmed the 2004 feature docu Fade To Black about rapper-producer Jay-Z. Matt Weaver of MediaWeaver Entertainment and Jonathan Bock of Grace Hill Media are producing. B. Wayne Hughes Jr. and Greg Campbell of Cantinas Entertainment, which is financing the feature, are executive producing.
All of the band members also are volunteers or employees of the Hillsong Church, which has a following of more than 100,000 parishioners and includes big congregations in New York and LA. Hillsong Church also does quite a bit of charity work, including helping to feed and educate children in the slums of India, building housing for those living with AIDS in Africa and rescuing victims of human trafficking around the globe (a growing problem) — and all paid for, in part, by proceeds from the band’s music and merchandise sales.
Alcon’s Andrew Kosgove and Broderick Johnson announced the acquisition of the film. Let Hope Rise will bow, specifically, on April 3. Cantinas Entertainment was founded this year by Campbell and Hughes.
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