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Erwin brothers’ movie ‘Woodlawn’ recreates 1970s story of faith, football

As young filmmakers, Jon and Andy Erwin dreamed of moving to Los Angles to start a career in movies, but with the success of their first feature film, “October Baby,” filmed mainly in Mobile, the Birmingham-based brothers realized they did not have to move west. They could successfully film movies right here in Alabama.

“We still can’t believe that we get to stay at home and do stories that are intrinsically Alabama in Alabama,” Andy Erwin said. “Our experience with ‘October Baby’ was so great that we decided, let’s keep as many of these projects here as possible.”

Their latest film, “Woodlawn,” opening in theaters Oct. 16, tells the true story of the 1973 Woodlawn High School football team in Birmingham and how a spiritual revival that starts within the team — despite the turbulent times around them — spreads throughout the school and into the community. A special screening is scheduled for Oct. 15 at the Carmike Patton Creek in Hoover.

At $25 million, the movie has the largest production budget for a Christian-themed film since Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ.”

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