Highly Anticipated Follow-Up to Fireproof Opens Nationwide Today

Nise' Davies, Alex Kendrick and Ben Davies

Nisé Davies, veteran modeling and talent agency founder, is proud to represent five actors who star in the film Courageous, the highly-anticipated new movie opening nationwide today from the producers of the blockbuster films Facing the Giants and Fireproof, the No. 1 independent film of 2008.

Sherwood Pictures worked with Davies’ company, Advantage Models & Talent, while casting the movie.

“Needing several actors we couldn’t find, Advantage Models & Talent worked with us when Sherwood Pictures recently shot our upcoming film Courageous,” says Terri Catt, casting director, Sherwood Pictures. “We cast five cast members through them and were more than pleased with the excellent job these actors did in our film. The agency, as well as the actors, was professional, easy to work with, and ‘spot on’ for the parts we cast them in.”

The Advantage actors featured in Courageous are Ben Davies, in his first feature-film role, as David Thomson, the youngest of the film’s five main characters; T.C. Stallings, also making his film debut, playing T.J.; Angie Nelson in the role of Carmen Martinez; Damien Horne as Lamont and Jose Rodriguez as Jamar Holloman.

“The reputation of everyone at Sherwood Pictures is stellar,” says Nisé Davies. “All of us at Advantage were excited for our actors who were able to be a part of such a high caliber movie as Courageous.”

Pictured (L to R):
Nisé Davies; Sherwood Pictures’ Alex Kendrick, co-writer and director of Courageous; Ben Davies at the recent advance screening of Courageous in Atlanta.

About Advantage Models & Talent:
Founded by Nisé Davies in 1987, Advantage Models & Talent has represented thousands of actors and models, including Miley Cyrus, country music singer Chris Young, Charlotte Dodds (Vogue and Jump magazine covers, ads for Target and L’Oreal, runway shows for Versace and Donna Karan), and Adair Tishler, whose movie and TV credits include Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong, Saving Grace, Charmed and her Young Artist Award-winning role of Molly Walker on Heroes.Nisé Davies, through the agency, is personally committed to helping her protégés develop their God-given talents from a faith-based perspective.

“Our culture emphasizes what we look like over who we are,” she says. “But it’s only when we realize our true value in God’s eyes that we can truly shine.”

Davies and her team, which includes Ben Davies, have developed Advantage Style Bootcamps, which they will conduct in various locations throughout the United States in the coming months. The Advantage Style Bootcamp tour is being represented by Charles Dorris & Associates in Nashville (www.charlesdorrisandassociates.com).

“Whether the stage is the classroom or the boardroom, behind a microphone or in front of a camera, the Advantage Style Bootcamp can help people shine brightly from the inside out,” Nisé Davies says.

In addition to the Advantage Style Bootcamp, Advantage Models & Talent offers an array of long-term, in-depth acting and modeling classes at its Franklin, Tenn., studios.

“There has never been a greater need for a healthy, balanced approach to beauty and style,” says Nisé Davies. “Whether the stage is the classroom or the boardroom, behind a microphone or in front of a camera, the Advantage Style Bootcamp can help people to shine brightly from the inside out.”

For more information about the Advantage Style Bootcamp, visit www.advantagemodel.com.

About Courageous:
Courageous, produced by Sherwood Pictures and marketed by Provident Films, releases nationwide today. To view the trailer or learn more about Courageous, visit www.courageousthemovie.com.


Film Opens Nationwide September 30th

TriStar Pictures and Sherwood Pictures are pleased to announce that COURAGEOUS, the latest installment from Sherwood Pictures, has reached more than $2 million in pre-sales ticketing in anticipation of Friday’s national release.

Pre-sales numbers for COURAGEOUS more than double that of Sherwood Pictures’ most recent film, Fireproof, which opened at $6.8 million and went on to gross more than $33.4 million at the box office.

COURAGEOUS is the fourth release from the moviemaking ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia.  The first release was Flywheel (2003), followed by Facing The Giants (2006) and Fireproof (2008).  With each release, Sherwood Pictures continues to entertain moviegoers with films that affect lives through heartfelt stories of faith and hope.

“Such great advance momentum reaffirms that the topic of fathers is universal and that COURAGEOUS touches a nerve,” Sherwood Pictures Executive Producer Michael Catt said. “Present or absent, fathers shape lives and we’re excited to use drama, adventure, humor  . . . to inspire men to the high adventure of full-on parenting.”

COURAGEOUS is the story of four police officers with one calling: to serve and protect.  As law enforcement officers, the men are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle:  fatherhood.  With God’s help, they struggle to be able to find a way to serve and protect those that are most dear to them. COURAGEOUS is rated PG-13 (for some violence and drug content) and runs 129 minutes.

Sherwood Pictures is the movie-making ministry of Sherwood Church of Albany, Georgia, known for its authentic and faith-filled stories of everyday life. Executive producers are Michael Catt and Jim McBride; Alex Kendrick is director, and Stephen Kendrick producer.  To date, Sherwood Pictures has produced Flywheel (2003), Facing the Giants (2006), Fireproof (2008), and now COURAGEOUS. www.SherwoodPictures.com

TriStar Pictures is film label of Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, a unit of Sony Pictures Entertainment.  Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation.  SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; worldwide television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 142 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.


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