So, part of being a blogger that talks about books AND movies means that occasionally, I have to have some kind of update about a movie that is coming to theaters. Luckily, this Wednesday, I have one.
I’m Not Ashamed is a Christian drama/biography that was shot by PureFlix (the creators of God’s Not Dead and God’s Not Dead 2) in August of 2015 and tells the true story of Rachel Joy Scott, the first student shot in the 1999 Columbine High School massacre.
I am excited to say that I was able to take part in the project (literally just a teeny, tiny cameo role) and see a lot of the shooting. I’ve been working in films for 3 years now and so far, this has been my best on-set experience.
The movie comes out OCTOBER 21st―if you couldn’t see it on the poster. Trust me when I say you’re going to want to see this movie. It’s definitely heartbreaking; I’ve seen it three times and I’ve cried (maybe a little cry, but definitely got teared up) all three times. And if you follow my posts or know me at all, you are well aware that I’m not an emotionally sappy person. Sit me down in a room full of other girls and put on a sad chick flick, and chances are I won’t cry. But Rachel’s story was inspiring and tear-jerking. Why? Not because you get attached to the character, but because 99% of what you see in I’m Not Ashamed actually happened!
So let me let you in on a little secret. Rachel Joy Scott wrote everything down in a journal, and obviously her mother kept that journal. The producers then were able to hold onto that journal while filming the movie. Most of the lines you hear in the movie are STRAIGHT OUT OF RACHEL’S JOURNAL. While I was filming I’m Not Ashamed with PureFlix, I noticed Masey McLain (the actress playing Rachel) reading the same over and over. SHE WAS READING THAT JOURNAL.
The movie is inspiring because it’s not just based on Rachel’s life―it is her life.
I’ve heard plenty of people talking about how this is going to be a terrible movie because Rachel is the only girl featured in it, and that most of what happens in it isn’t true, so let me go ahead and refute that before you go see it.
This movie is about Rachel Joy Scott, but it honors all of the students who tragically lost their lives at Columbine. Names are listed before the credits scroll. Pay attention to the names! This movie is dedicated to showcasing these students―though the background does center around one student. Unfortunately, we couldn’t tell the stories of all the students.
As for those people who claim half of the lines and actions in the movie are false or made up as “propaganda” from PureFlix? Trust me, guys. It’s not. I was ON SET. There was an eyewitness to what the shooters said to Rachel before she died, and what Rachel said in response. There’s a recording of it that is licensed by Visible Pictures LLC and I’m in the process of getting that link for you guys.
All that to say, I’m Not Ashamed is an inspiring story with a good message. If you aren’t a Christian, I still encourage you to go. It’s a memorial for the lives lost at Columbine. Definitely a sweet story.
To all the people who lost friends or family at the 1999 Columbine shooting, you will be remembered!
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