Lynchburg, VA- The stars were shining bright on the red carpet, movie stars that is. For even just one night, Lynchburg got a taste of Hollywood
The movie Finding Faith premiered Saturday night, at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg. The film is based on cases that Bedford Sheriff Mike Brown has investigated through his Internet Crimes Against Children, Task Force.
More than a year of planning, five weeks of filming, and months of editing all came to a conclusion Saturday Night.
The cast and crew, dressed to impress, for the first time saw the finished product of, Finding Faith.
More than 5,000 people packed Thomas Road's sanctuary and 2 overflow rooms, all to see the world premiere.
Executive Producer, Jason Campbell, says without the community, tonight wouldn't have been possible.
"Four-hundred people in the community came together to make this film, and they are all here celebrating this tremendous thing we have accomplished," said Campbell.
Finding Faith tells the story of Faith Garrett, a teenager who was abducted by an online sexual predator.
Jonathan Phillips plays the bad guy in the movie. He says while he's excited to see himself on the big screen, he says this movie is about much more than just telling a story.
"If we just save one child from a predator, we've done our job," said Phillips.
Lauren Paul plays Investigator Brooklyn Cole. She says filming was the easy part.
"Now it's just nerve wracking because I'm a little nervous to see myself on screen," said Paul.
"I hope that it increases awareness on Internet safety for teenagers," continued Paul.
The film is based on a true story, and an actual case that Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown investigated.
Erik Estrada plays Sheriff Brown. He says he hopes this movie, serves as a call to action.
"We need Internet safety education put in every school in this country, because the best way for protection, is prevention," said Estrada.
Estrada says the great thing about movies, is the message will long outlive, the messenger.
"Even after we're long dead and gone, this movie will still be around and some kid will watch it," said Estrada.
After Saturday, Estrada and several others will take the movie on tour visiting churches and community centers all over the country.