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I'm Not Ashamed

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material, teen drinking and smoking, disturbing violent content and some suggestive situations.

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Teens Adults
Christian Biography Drama
1 hr. 52 min.
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USA Release:
October 21, 2016 (wide—500 theaters)
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courage / bravery

FEAR—What does the Bible say? Answer

standing up for Jesus Christ your Creator and eternal Savior, no matter what the cost

determining that you will use your life to make a difference in the world

being a good ambassador for Christ

compassionate / caring / love for your fellow human beings

Rachel Joy ScottAbout Rachel Joy Scott (Wikipedia)

faith / truth

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Featuring: Masey McLain … Rachel Joy Scott
Ben Davies … Nathan Ballard
Cameron McKendry … Alex Dickerson
Terri Minton … Beth Nimmo
Victoria Staley … Madison
Taylor Kalupa … Gabby
Emma Elle Roberts … Celine
Sadie Robertson … Charity
David Errigo Jr. … Eric Harris
Cory Chapman … Dylan Klebold
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Director: Brian Baugh—“To Save a Life” (2009), “The Ultimate Gift” (2007—Director of Photography)
Producer: All Entertainment
Visible Pictures
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Distributor: Pure Flix Entertainment

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “‘I'm Not Ashamed’ is the story of Columbine victim, Rachel Joy Scott. She was not ashamed to share her faith in Jesus, even to her killers. The Columbine Massacre of April 20, 1999 completely redefined America's view of the life of high school students. The I'M NOT ASHAMED film is the ‘story inside the story.’ Drawn straight from Rachel Joy Scott's words, through the insight of her mother, Beth Nimmo, it is the story of a high school student whose compassionate, caring faith caused her to reach out to fellow students including her killers and made her a target of their murderous plan.

‘I’ve always been drawn to hands. I think it’s because it’s the way we touch people,’ Columbine High School student Rachel Joy Scott wrote in her journal. ‘If one person could go out of their way to show compassion, it could start a chain reaction.’

Growing up, Rachel knew the love of God, but she wasn’t always ready to receive it. At times her faith was on fire … and at other times it was at odds with her everyday life.

As she wrote in her journal: ‘I don’t understand why having a walk with God is so hard for me. I’m so weak. At school, with friends, at work.’

Having reached a breaking point when her relationship with a non-believing boyfriend ended, Rachel found inspiration from her ‘big brother’—a former homeless teen she helped lead to Christ.

After praying, ‘Father, use my life to touch the world and let your light shine through me,’ her renewed commitment to Jesus played out compassionately and powerfully at her high school … and around the world.

Pure Flix presents I’M NOT ASHAMED, the inspiring true story of Rachel Joy Scott at Columbine High School. When her hopes and dreams seemed to end, God was just getting started. Based on Rachel’s honest and heartfelt journals, I’M NOT ASHAMED is a hope-filled reminder that when we put our lives in God’s hands, we can make a world of difference.”

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Positive— Pureflix, the creators of “God’s Not Dead,” heralds the movie, “I’m Not Ashamed,” as the beauty amidst the ashes. It’s based on the life of Rachel Joy Scott, a student murdered in the Columbine High School Massacre. Rachel uses a diary to draw and chronicle her most innermost thoughts. Like her peers, she craves for acceptance, a boy-girl relationship, and an opportunity to hang-out with friends. As a Christian, Rachel struggles with her love for God and a need to fit-in at school. After experiencing a devastating heartbreak and an unexpected betrayal by a friend, Rachel reaches out to God wholeheartedly, with a new determination to “live out loud” for Christ. Disappointingly, Rachel’s “open” Christian identity doesn’t mesh with the ideals of her peers. The murderous duo, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold plot for months on how to ambush Columbine High School and victimize targeted individuals.

On April 20, 1999, twelve innocent people die at their hands, including Rachel Joy Scott. Unlike the others, Rachel is given an ultimatum—renounce God or die. This would be her last opportunity to witness for Christ. Without hesitation, she takes the bullet. The Motion Picture Association of America gives “I’m Not Ashamed”, a PG-13 rating, due to some material and the cap for children under 13. One of the film’s producers, Nise Davies says that Rachel’s mother wants others to see her daughter’s real life struggles. With this in mind, the film’s creative force meticulously mirrors the images, personalities, events, and cultural themes of Rachel’s day (bullying, dating, sex, alcohol, discrimination, rejection…).

“I’m Not Ashamed” is a must see inspirational film. It depicts the realness of life with its temptations, trials, and pitfalls. I encourage churches, youth groups, and the unchurched alike to see this film. The beauty of Rachel Joy Scott’s life is that she learns from her mistakes, and values her love for God more than life itself. I pray that when I’m faced with death, “I will fear no evil.”
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Loretta Lang-Jefferson, age 52 (USA)

…the inspirational movie of the year…
—Michael Foust, ChristianExaminer

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