Movie filmed partly in Upstate to be screened locally
A movie partially filmed in Greenville will have three local screenings at Regal Cinemas theaters this month and next.
“Only God Can” stars Lisa Sheridan of “Scandal” and “CSI,” Donna D’Errico of “Baywatch,” Robbi Chong of “The Cosby Show,” Vanessa Evigan of “Holiday in Handcuffs,” Greg Evigan of “B.J. and the Bear” and Greenville actress and radio personality Debra Capps. The movie, produced by Inspire You Entertainment of Charleston, was filmed in Charleston, Greenville and Los Angeles two years ago.
Scenes were filmed at Springwell Church in Taylors, Simpsonville First Baptist Church in Simpsonville, and at Outman Cigars in Greenville, which doubled as a coffeehouse in the story.
Some cast and crew, including director Randall Owens of Greenville, gathered for the movie’s premiere March 3 at Regal Hollywood Stadium & RPX in Greenville. Executive producer Linda Flannery said she chose to have the premiere in Greenville because so many of the movie’s crew were from the Upstate.
“The director is from Greenville, one of the five lead actresses was from Greenville, and many of the crew members were from Greenville,” Flannery said. “We have three premieres, and I chose to do the first one in Greenville to honor the crew and cast. I flew out Donna D’Errico from L.A. for the Greenville premiere and I think everyone who attended loved it.”
The faith-based movie is about five women who attended the College of Charleston and who get together for a reunion every year to celebrate their friendship. It has been approximately 20 years since the women graduated from college and they’re now facing problems such as alcoholism, troubled marriages, divorce and motherhood.
“The movie is about the relationship between the women and the relationship they lack with God,” Flannery said. “It’s a very reflective movie of the way women relate to each other.”
She said each of the movie's lead actors are Christians and wanted to make the best film possible in order to reach audiences.
Capps plays one of the movie’s five main characters, Glen, a woman active in her community both professionally and socially who seems to have the perfect life. As the story develops, it becomes clear she is suffering a crisis in her personal life.
Capps is a co-host of the “Love in the Morning” radio show with Bill Love on 103.3 and 95.9 Earth FM WRTH, appears frequently on WSPA’s “Your Carolina” and “Scene on 7” and the CW’s “Studio 62,” and is an active performer with Centre Stage, The Warehouse Theatre, the South Carolina Children’s Theatre and other local theater groups. She’s done short films, commercials and voice-over work, but “Only God Can” is her first major film role.
“I knew the production team, and I was literally driving home from the gym when I got a phone call that said, ‘Can you come read for a role in a movie that we’re going to shoot down in Charleston in a week?” she said. “It happened very quickly.”
Capps said it was a dream-come-true opportunity to work on a major production with actresses she’d only ever watched in television and film.
“I’d never done anything that had this wide of a release, and I’d never worked on anything that truly had this level of experienced actors in it,” she said. “To be able to be around those people was kind of like a master class. They all happened to be incredibly lovely.”
Capps said audiences should be able to recognize something about their own lives in the story and in the five main characters, who are each facing different struggles.
“I’m a Christian, but I don’t particularly like Christian films,” she said. “Sometimes I feel as though they get very much where everyone becomes perfect and always has faith and never doubts, and if they go through a hard time, all they have to do is pray and everything is fine. That has not been my experience as a Christian. I’ve had some darker times. I’ve had some very sad and unfortunate losses in my life. Those times were really difficult, and you doubt — even when you have faith — you doubt it. It’s a relationship, and every day, it takes work.”
Capps also appreciates that the movie is female driven.
“These women are going through some really human experiences,” she said. “The darker times of human life are shown. No one is perfect, and it’s not all tied up in a pretty bow. It is about the struggle we all have to cope with what life throws at us. It’s also a great story about how faith can help you get through those times.”
Flannery said the movie is using a “theatrical on demand” distribution method for its release, which means additional screenings can be requested through a form on the movie’s website.
Screenings are planned for 7:30 p.m. March 14 at Regal Hollywood Stadium & RPX and 7:30 p.m. March 31 at Regal Cherrydale Cinemas in Greenville and 7:30 p.m. April 5 at Regal Simpsonville Stadium 14 & IMAX in Simpsonville. Tickets can be purchased at www.OnlyGodCanMovie.com.
“It’s lovely to support something filmed in the state, but the fact that it was filmed in Charleston and a lot in Greenville is very encouraging,” Capps said. “I’m very proud of the Upstate. I’m very proud to be living here. I’m proud of what we have to offer, and I’m proud of this film.”
You can go
What: “Only God Can” screening
When: 7:30 p.m. March 14 at Regal Hollywood Stadium & RPX and 7:30 p.m. March 31 at Regal Cherrydale Cinemas in Greenville and 7:30 p.m. April 5 at Regal Simpsonville Stadium 14 & IMAX in Simpsonville.
Cost: $11 per ticket
Tickets can be ordered online at www.OnlyGodCanMovie.com