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Hollywood’s Junkie Turned Preacher

After I met Sam Childers, a criminal turned savior for kids in Sudan, I had to make a movie. By Marc Forster

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My long-time friend Robbie Brenner, whom I wanted to work with since I left NYU film school, called me up one day and told me that I needed to hear this “one of a kind fascinating” pitch by a writer called Jason Keller.

I met the two of them the next day and Jason pitched me the story of Sam Childers, a preacher who rescues orphaned Sudanese children from a life of warfare and despair. My first reaction was, is this really true, or is this a fictitious character? I decided that before I could get more involved, it was essential for me to meet Sam.

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