A pastor and a prostitute: Faith-based film with local ties gets limited release in Richmond


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The makers of a faith-based film with local ties selected only two cities in the country to screen their project: Richmond and Atlanta. “Sinners Wanted” is a movie about faith and sin and locals have an opportunity to catch it this weekend at the Victory Theater.

The film’s writer and director, Jimmy Jenkins, spoke with 8News in a Skype interview on Thursday. 

“We’ve only shown it to select groups of people in select cities,” Jenkins explained. 

Jenkins, who is also a producer on the project, said one local pastor helped bring the film together as an executive producer. 

“One of Richmond’s finest, Dr. Lance Watson of St. Paul’s Baptist Church, he is the executive producer on the film,” Jenkins told 8News. 

Another local pastor, Frederick Wyatt, owns the Victory Theater in Richmond and has provided it for the screenings. He said the grand opening last weekend brought out thousands of supporters. 

“We had our first grand opening of the movie showing this past weekend,” Wyatt said, “we had over 1,500 people come out to see the film.” 

The next step for Jenkins and the other producers is to attract more attention and fill theaters. 

“If we have two good weekends in Richmond, we’ll have enough data to take to a national distributor,” Jenkins said. “If Richmond shows up this weekend if we do well if we can get some sellouts we can take this film all over the country and maybe all over the world.”  

Pastor Wyatt hopes people come out to see the film this weekend and believes it’s a way for locals to support Richmond.

“I always tell people don’t complain about Richmond if you won’t support it,” he said, “you have a film that you can support this weekend.” 

People interested in watching the film in Richmond will have 10 chances to catch it this weekend at the Victory Theater on Midlothian Turnpike. You can find a full synopsis and information about getting tickets here

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