Hawai‘i-Made ‘Running For Grace’ to Premiere July 20

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Hawai‘i-made Running For Grace will premier at the Regal Makalapua in Kona and across the state for two weeks beginning on July 20, 2018.

It will open at the Hilo Palace Theater on July 27.

“The film will start screening on the mainland on Aug. 17, but Hawai‘i is getting a sneak peek as a thank you for all the local community buy-in for the film,” said Derek Hall, managing director of Honua Studios, Hawai‘i’s largest independent film studio.

“Hawai‘i Island Creative Industries was involved in the production of the film, which was made almost exclusively on-island,” said Hall. “It’s a 90-minute postcard for the islands and something the whole family can watch and our community can be proud of.”

Directed by David L. Cunningham, Running For Grace is a timeless tale that takes place against the backdrop of the segregated coffee fields in 1920s Hawai‘i. It’s a coming of age journey about a young man who transcends the boundaries of race and class in pursuit of a forbidden love.


By showing these themes in a fictional and historical setting, rather than present day, the film removes the political controversy from the topic and makes it an issue that all audiences can feel comfortable with.

The romance film is rated for family viewing, with faith-friendly message and strong values. The film delivers a positive and uplifting message that all family and faith groups can relate to. It delivers this message while telling a compelling story that is also entertaining on its own merits.

Although the film will appeal to faith-oriented groups, it will also have crossover appeal to general family audiences.


The film stars Matt Dillon and Jim Caviezel. Ryan Potter and Olivia Ritchie portray star-crossed lovers Jo and Grace.

Caviezel played the role of Jesus in the blockbuster Passion of the Christ. His support and presence in the film gives it star power and credibility for faith-based audiences, especially for parents who might be making ticket-buying decisions.

Dillon’s many memorable roles, such as There’s Something About Mary, gives the film further interest—particularly for the parent demographic.

Rising star Potter, who was the lead voice in Big Hero 6, provides appeal and interest for young audiences.


The Regal Makalapua Stadium 10 is located at 74-5469 Kamakaeha Ave. in Kailua-Kona. Go online for screening times and dates.

The Palace Theater is located at 38 Haili St. in Hilo. Go online for screening times.

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