The star of the ABC TV show Growing Pains may have recently hit 41 years of age, but he’s not staying shy of the camera. Since starring in the $33.5 million box office success Fireproof in 2008, he’s been working on several projects, including a new feature-length documentary he plans to release later this month called Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure. For a one-night event on Tuesday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT/5:30 p.m. MT/8:00 p.m. PT, this film will be shown at over 550 select theaters across the country, including ten movie theaters in Georgia.
A listing of all the theaters showing the film can be found on the Fathom Events web site, and tickets for the film can be pre-purchased at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.
Monumental, directed by Duane Barnhart, chronicles Cameron’s personal journey to historic sites across Europe and the U.S. to discover the secret that has made America the freest and most prosperous country in the word. As Cameron retraces the heroic and faithful beginnings of America, he discovers a monument to the founding fathers that answers what core principles will keep America strong, free, and well: freedom, justice, education, morality, and religion.
“What I’ve discovered is that our history has not just been forgotten — it’s been re-written,” Cameron says in the film. “Time is flying by too quickly and our children‘s futures won’t wait. We’ve got to do something now.”
But last week Cameron caused a stir among some groups when he was interviewed by CNN’s Piers Morgan and was asked about his opinion of homosexual marriage. “These issues are interesting to me about what you would tell your kids, who you’re trying to protect, for example,” said Morgan on the interview. “Would you tell them that gay marriage is a sin?”
“I belive that marriage was defined by God a long time ago,”replied Cameron. “Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the Garden [of Eden] between Adam and Eve, one man, one woman, for life ’til death do you part.”
Cameron’s statement infuriated GLAAD, who said that “Cameron is out of step with a growing majority of Americans” and launched an online petition for fans to tell Cameron “he’s no longer your idol.” Though the organization has successfully convinced many celebrities to apologize for their comments about homosexuality over the years, one suspects Cameron, now a Christian, won’t be backing down from his beliefs anytime soon.
In terms of affecting the loyalty of his core-supporters, it’s doubtful that anyone who would have paid to see Monumental in theaters come March 27 would be deterred by Mr. Cameron’s recent statements. Most of them are either Christians who agree strongly with his beliefs or are die-hard devotees familiar with his traditional style. If anything, the remarks might embolden fans to come out more determinedly in show of support —in spite of the rising gas prices inclining a growing number to favor the Redbox over the theaters these days.
Moved by the current economic, political and moral issues facing the country, Monumental reveals the story of the unlikely men and women who risked all for liberty, including the struggles of the Pilgrims, and shares stories of faith that helped shape education, government and civic life in the United States. This special in-theater event will also include live performances from popular Christian music artists, as well as exclusive interviews with media, faith and political figures who will share simple and practical ways to keep America’s ideals alive, beginning at home.