TBN Thrilled over Success of Bishop T.D Jakes’ New Film “Woman, Thou Art Loosed”

Los Angeles, CA: “TBN could not be more thrilled for our friend, Bishop T.D. Jakes,” said Paul Crouch Jr., Vice President of Administration at TBN. “We are overjoyed by the success of ‘Woman, Thou Art Loosed’ and how this dynamic film is being used in a powerful way to reach mainstream secular audiences and impact the lives of those who see it.”

“‘Woman, Thou Art Loosed’ is a remarkable contribution to film and is once again sending Hollywood a powerful message that ‘faith’ is not a taboo subject to American film-going audiences,” said Crouch.

Following in the footsteps of this year’s mega-blockbuster hit “The Passion of the Christ” and the acclaimed “The Gospel of John,” the film, “Woman Thou Art Loosed,” by Magnolia Pictures, is based on Jakes’ 1993 best-selling book of the same title. The film debuted at #6 on its opening weekend with an impressive $2.35 million gross on only 408 screens.

According to Variety, this marks the first time a film has debuted in the Top 10 on so few screens in nearly seven years (Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad” opened with $4.6 million from 322 theaters in 1997). The film has earned rave reviews from both The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.

“This truly is the dawn of a new day for Christian Filmmakers everywhere,” said Susan Zahn, 44, a Christian Publicist in Phoenix, AZ, and Director of WDC Media Agency. “The fact that ‘Woman, Thou Art Loosed’ opened in only 408 theaters and ranked #6 against films in 2000 cinemas speaks volumes about Christian films and their power to attract real numbers at the box office.”

The 90-minute movie is based on “composites” of women whom Bishop Jakes has counseled. It tells the story of Michelle Jordan (Ms. Elise), whose life is a “dark abyss of drugs, prostitution and prison,” the result of her having been sexually abused as a child by her mother’s boyfriend. Eventually, Michelle makes peace with her past, her mother—and herself. Starring in the movie are Kimberly Elise, Loretta Divine, and Bishop T.D. Jakes.

Jakes was recently a guest on the Oprah Winfrey show. Winfrey, who herself has made no secret of the abuse she suffered as a child, has personally invited the Good Bishop back for a second program—a Q and A session with her studio audience that resembles a Dr. Phil format. Could there be a Bishop T.D Jakes primetime talk show in the works?

T.D. Jakes is founder of the 30,000 member nondenominational Potter’s House Ministry in Dallas. He has a broadcast presence via the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and Black Entertainment Television (BET). Jakes is also the best-selling author of 29 books and a Grammy-winning gospel singer. He was the subject of a 2001 Time magazine cover story that asked: “Is This Man the Next Billy Graham?”

TBN is the world’s largest religious network and America’s most watched faith channel. TBN reaches every major continent via 46 satellites and over 10,000 television and cable affiliates worldwide. In the United States, TBN is available to 92% of the total households, and its website receives over 25 million visitors per month.

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