Coming Soon: A New First-Rate Faith-Friendly Film

Because of Gracia highlights the courage of a young believer under sexual peer pressure.

By Jason Scott Jones Published on May 31, 2017

There’s an exciting new film I’m involved in promoting. I wanted to share the news about it with Stream readers. It’s called Because of Gracia. Here’s what The Hollywood Reporter said about it:

An independent movie called Because of Gracia, which stars a former American Idol contestant who says her appearance on the former Fox show mirrors the experience of her character in the film, has picked up a distribution partner and set an opening date for Sept. 15, 2017, the filmmakers said Friday.

At age 16, Moriah Peters tried out for American Idol and told judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and Avril Lavigne that she was a Christian who was saving her first kiss for marriage.

Peters said the celebrity judges praised her looks and her singing, but belittled her chaste lifestyle. One judge told her, “You’re trying to be too perfect,” while another told her, “Go out, kiss a guy, come back,” she says.

Now, Peters stars in Because of Gracia, in which she plays a high school girl who is similarly saving herself for marriage. She also sings and is called β€œperfect” in the movie, just like on American Idol seven years ago.

It’s a fantastic movie, with great writing, acting, and production values. Stay tuned for news of where and how to see it. In the meantime, here’s a preview for Stream readers:


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