STEVE MCQUEEN: AMERICAN ICON
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TITLE – STEVE MCQUEEN: AMERICAN ICON
SYNOPSIS – STEVE MCQUEEN: AMERICAN ICON explores the life of one of America’s most enduring and intriguing movie stars. This inspiring story of redemption chronicles Steve’s exodus from the world of fame and fortune and his little-known search for meaning, truth and significance. The documentary unfolds as a gripping search for the untold story of McQueen’s final chapter, and the redemption he found in the skies above Santa Paula, California, as he learned to fly a single-engine, yellow bi-plane.
In his mint replica of McQueen’s classic Ford Mustang from the film BULLITT, Greg Laurie—one of America’s best-known pastors—leads audiences on the adventure. An avid, lifelong McQueen fan, Laurie experienced a troubled childhood similar to that of the actor known as “The King of Cool.”
STEVE MCQUEEN: AMERICAN ICON dives into McQueen’s life through in-depth interviews with his wife, model Barbara Minty McQueen, debuting candid photographs she took of Steve in his last years. Other interviews include Academy Awardâ-winning actor Mel Gibson, renowned stuntman Stan Barrett, celebrated McQueen biographer Marshall Terrill, actors Barbara Leigh and Mel Novak, as well as the pilots who taught Steve to fly.
PRODUCTION – American Icon Films LLC
DISTRIBUTION – Fathom Events
RELEASE – One Night: Thursday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m. local time
DIRECTORS – Jon and Andrew Erwin
HOSTED BY – Greg Laurie
- Message from Greg Laurie
- Special performance by MercyMe
RUN TIME – 110 minutes, plus bonus content
NEWS HOOKS – THE KING OF COOL DID WHAT?
He was “The King of Cool” and among the highest-paid actors of his era in Hollywood. But late in life, Steve McQueen embarked on a little-known spiritual journey that led him to faith in Jesus Christ. Ask Pastor Greg Laurie why McQueen’s unlikely final chapter is hardly known.
WHERE IS BILLY GRAHAM’S BIBLE?
Use that bit of trivia to stump friends over dinner. Billy Graham befriended Steve McQueen as the world-renowned actor came to faith. Graham gave his personal Bible to McQueen, and Steve’s wife, Barbara Minty McQueen, has it now.
WAIT . . . GREG LAURIE DRIVES A MINT REPLICA OF MCQUEEN’S FORD MUSTANG FROM ‘BULLITT’?
The founder and pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, with 15,000 people in attendance weekly, like McQueen, also grew up a lonely outsider. Laurie changed his life trajectory with faith in Christ as a teenager, and he felt an affinity for McQueen and stayed an avid fan. Greg drives a mint replica of the classic Ford Mustang from the film BULLITT. Ask Greg how a pastor identifies so closely with an actor’s painful past.
BIO – GREG LAURIE is senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, one of the nation’s Largest churches, with campuses in California and Hawaii. In 1990, Laurie began the large-scale public evangelistic event known as Harvest Crusades. Personal attendance and live webcast views for these events now exceed 7.6 million. In 2013, Laurie was honorary chair of the National Day of Prayer; he serves on the board of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. His nationally syndicated radio program, A New Beginning, airs on 800-plus radio outlets worldwide; he also has a weekly television program.
Laurie’s 70-plus books include Live Love Fight, Tell Someone, Greatest Stories Ever Told, Hope for Hurting Hearts, As It Is in Heaven and his autobiography, Lost Boy. The accompanying documentary film, Lost Boy: The Next Chapter, won eight awards at international film festivals. His 2013 film Hope for Hurting Hearts features his story of trusting God through tragedy.
Greg and Cathe Laurie have two sons, Christopher and Jonathan. Christopher went to be with the Lord in 2008. Greg and Cathe also have five grandchildren.
For interviews, contact: Michael Conrad, Michael@Lovell-Fairchild.com, 214-616-0320
For press material, visit www.Lovell-Fairchild.com
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About Greg Laurie
Pastor Greg Laurie serves as the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, one of the largest churches in America; is the author of more than 70 books; is the creator of 3 feature films; hosts the nationally syndicated radio broadcast, A New Beginning; and is the founder of Harvest Crusades, a large-scale evangelistic ministry attended by more than 7.6 people worldwide, both in-person in stadiums & arenas across the U.S., Canada, Australia & New Zealand, and via live satellite broadcasts.
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. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 897 locations and 1,387 screens in 181 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
Michael Conrad 214-616-0320