CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1990 |
Several thousand of the faithful and the curious gathered at a shopping mall here Saturday for a Hollywood-style promotion of "China Cry," a feature film produced by Tustin television evangelist Paul F. Crouch. Such a glitzy event--complete with remote broadcasts, rap singers and a movie star--might be standard procedure in the movie business, but Saturday's razzle-dazzle was one of the few traditional things about Crouch's venture into the film industry.
October 18, 1990 |
Proclaiming that he is "not willing to surrender the motion-picture media to the devil," Trinity Broadcasting Network President Paul F. Crouch is breaking into the movie business with a $6-million feature film, aimed at mainstream theater audiences and financed entirely by donations. "China Cry" is based on the life of Chinese-American evangelist Nora Lam and carries the subtitle, "A True Story."
May 31, 1991 |
James F. Collier, a writer and director of religion-based films, has died at the age of 62. Collier died Monday of complications after a fall at his Creston, Calif., home, a spokesman for his film distribution company said Thursday. The filmmaker worked extensively for evangelist Billy Graham's World Wide Pictures during the late 1950s and the 1960s, writing, assisting producers and finally directing about 50 documentary projects and features.
November 25, 1990 |
Irene Cara goes into a studio this week to record "No One but You," the love theme from the Christian-funded feature film "China Cry"--which has been in release for more than three weeks. The song will be hurriedly edited over the credits of 200 existing prints of the film as they are in transition to new theaters. The belated, highly unusual move will also result in a single to be released by Warner Alliance, along with the soundtrack album, when the movie broadens its release in January.
November 9, 1990 |
"China Cry," the inspirational film produced by Tustin-based Trinity Broadcasting Network, grossed $609,660 in its first weekend of release, making it one of the top 20 moneymakers in the nation for that period. Now showing in 135 theaters nationally, the film averaged $4,516 per screen, ranking it third in the country in that category. In Orange County, where it is playing on 13 screens, "China Cry" grossed nearly $50,000, averaging nearly $4,000 per screen.
March 18, 1991 |
Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa and the two individuals who first raised the issue of discrimination in the casting for the Broadway production of "Miss Saigon" will be honored tonight by the Assn. of Asian Pacific American Artists during its annual media awards ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.