“Champion,” a story of forgiveness set in the world of dirt track racing, features south Fulton resident Cameron “Camy” Arnett in the role of Logan Evans.
The film premieres May 19 in Fayetteville and also can be seen at theaters in Canton, Columbus, Gainesville, Kennesaw, Roswell and Woodstock.
Arnett, CEO of television, film and entertainment company Camy Arnett Production Studios, is also head of the Bring Your Own Bible, Baby independent film and television portal and record label.
He said he enjoyed the spiritual aspect of the movie.
“It felt encouraging because Christians were not just making a film, they were being Christians making a film,” he said.
According to a news release, the plot concerns a moment of personal rivalry that leads to tragedy with one man fighting for his family and another fighting to forgive.
“Forgiveness – it won’t erase your past, but it can help you re-write your future,” Arnett’s character Evans says in the film.
Arnett said the audience take-away is a message of hope.
“There is nothing that God won’t forgive you for,” he said.
Arnett’s credits over a 30-year acting career include television roles on NBC’s “Miami Vice,” Fox’s “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” ABC’s “China Beach” and “Doogie Howser M.D.” and Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns.”
Film credits include “Marc Pease Experience,” “Man’s Best Friend” and the five Dove Award-winning “Stand Your Ground.”
He also played Pastor Barnes in the film “Adrenaline,” which he and his wife, B.J. Arnett, associate produced.
His new film won Best Feature Film and Audience Choice Awards at the Christian Worldview Film Festival.
It is produced by Brannon Pictures with support from First Baptist Church of Woodstock.
Director and producer Judd Brannon, who is also the church’s staff video producer, said he sees the adrenaline-fueled backdrop of dirt track racing as a unique advantage.
“I saw the community and family involvement in the dirt track industry and felt it would be the perfect setting to provide both excitement and a family centered focus,” he said in a statement.
Church pastor the Rev. Johnny Hunt said he supported Brannon from the beginning.
Hunt, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has been involved with racing as a chaplain for Dixie Speedway in Woodstock for 25 years.
“In ‘Champion,’ the viewer sees the need for forgiveness but doesn’t imagine how it’s going to happen,” he said in a statement. “Then, all of a sudden, there’s a ‘wow’ moment.”
The film stars Andrew Cheney of “Beyond the Mask” as race car driver Sean Weathers and Gary Graham of “Alien Nation” and “Star Trek: Enterprise” as businessman Jack Reed.