|The Grace Card|
|Directed by||David Evans|
|Produced by||Howard Klausner
John R. Saunders
|Written by||Howard Klausner|
|Starring||Louis Gossett, Jr.
|Cinematography||John Paul Clark|
|Editing by||Mark Pruett|
The Grace Card is an upcoming 2010 Christian film directed by David Evans, from GraceWorks Pictures and Calvary Pictures. It is currently being filmed in Memphis, Tennessee. The film focuses on Memphis police officers, starring comedian-actor Michael Joiner in the lead role along, with actor Louis Gossett, Jr. and Stephen Dervan, who portrayed Wayne Floyd in Fireproof.
In Memphis, Tennessee, a personal tragedy has left police officer Mac McDonald a bitter, angry person, blaming his downward spiral on others, "the system" and God Himself. Who better to bring this simmering kettle to a boil than an African American pastor-cop named Sam, who's just been promoted in front of Mac, and assigned as his new partner?
When a routine burglary call goes horribly wrong, Mac McDonald hits bottom, and stares into the Abyss of losing everything: his career, family, and even his will to life. His only lifeline is Grace, offered by the God he's abandoned, through the gift of a man he can barely stand. The question is, will he take it?
Filming for The Grace Card began in Memphis, Tennessee on October 14, 2009, and is scheduled to end November 20. The climax of the film will be shot at Messiah Missionary Baptist Church on Chelsea. Other locations include St. Francis Hospital and the downtown banks of the Mississippi River. Screenwriter Howard Klausner explained, "We look at this project as Fireproof 2.0. The Sherwood Baptist guys have opened up a door for all of us, proving that faith-based features can stand up in the marketplace... Maybe it’s just because so few films coming out of Hollywood reflect the values we [Christians] hold dear.".
The Calvary Church of the Nazarene in Cordova is the film's "sponsoring church." Church volunteers are working in the catering, wardrobe, hair and makeup departments, in addition to the professional filmmakers who are handling the film's technical aspects. Director David Evans said about 90 percent of the 40 full-time crew members are Mid-Southerners, as are almost all the 100-plus supporting actors and extras. They volunteered more than 10,000 hours, working day and night to shoot the film in 28 days. The film's budget is under $500,000.