90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN - Houston Premiere

90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN - Houston Premiere



'90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN' Premieres Sept. 11

The Real Don & Eva Piper Celebrate with More "Real" People from the Film

The gripping Houston-based story that sold 7 million books--starting with a car crash outside Huntsville, Texas--is a new movie starring Hayden Christensen (STAR WARS, JUMPER) and Kate Bosworth (BLUE CRUSH, SUPERMAN RETURNS). On Sept. 11, the red-carpet premiere of 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN comes home--to the AMC Gulf Pointe 30--as author Don Piper and his wife, Eva, and many people from the real story, kick off the nationwide theatrical debut of the movie about Don’s “death and life.”

Houston red carpet for 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN features the Piper family—Don, Eva, Nicole, Chris and Joe, along with the real Cliff McArdle (played by Michael W. Smith), David Gentiles (played by Jason Kennedy) siblings and daughter, Jay B. Perkins’ (played by Fred Dalton Thompson) son and granddaughter, Dick Onarecker’s (the pastor whose prayers brought Don back to life) wife, Anita WoodOnarecker, and church members past and present (many who served on “Don Patrol”).

Friday, Sept. 11—Red Carpet/Premiere/Q&A
AMC Gulf Pointe 30
11801 South Sam Houston Pkwy E
Houston 77089

5:00 p.m.—Media check-in and reserved seating
5:15 p.m.—Invited guests red-carpet arrivals
6:15 p.m.—Red-carpet arrivals of Piper family
7:00 p.m.—Don Piper intro; 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN rolls
9:10 p.m.—Q&A

For press credentials to attend the red carpet, screening, and Q&A, contact: Lucas Fairchild or Monique Sondag 214-536-4319

Don Piper died Jan. 18, 1989, when a semi-tractor truck crushed his car. Declared dead by the first rescue workers to arrive on the scene, Don’s body lay under a tarp for the next 90 minutes. His soul, meanwhile, experienced love, joy and life as he’d never known before. Don was in Heaven.

When another pastor’s prayers helped bring Don back to life, he became a living miracle. Yet this is one miracle Don wished never happened. Heaven’s bliss was replaced by excruciating pain and emotional turmoil. With the support and prayers of his beloved Eva, their three kids and friends near and far, Don clung to his faith in God and fought to regain a semblance of his previous life. The Piper family’s incredible true story of perseverance and overcoming the challenges of life—and death—brings hope and encouragement to all who see it.

Starring Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth, 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN is based on the inspiring New York Times bestseller with 7 million books sold. In theaters everywhere September 11, hope lives.


An International Bestseller Comes Home to Houston

Near I45 in Huntsville 26 years ago, in hard rain, a semi-tractor trailer hit Don Piper’s car and killed him. Ninety minutes later he was alive again but facing 15 months at Hermann Hospital. What happened in those 90 minutes led to a runaway bestseller and, now, a national movie featuring Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth. On Sept. 11, the real people from the story will gather for its world premiere.

What about ‘Heaven Tourism’ Stories?
The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven recently came out as fabricated and publishers rushed to pull it. What about other accounts? 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN details Don Piper’s immediate death from a head-on collision, his 90-minute visit to heaven and his return to a life of faith-shaking pain and physical rehab. And for years he kept the story to himself. “Piper struck me as a reliable witness,” Christianity Today editor Mark Galli wrote. “Piper simply had the look and sound of sanity, of someone who was telling the truth, whose word was his bond.” Talk to filmmakers about their focus on the true telling of an amazing story.  

Giving Films Gives Away the Profits
When has a film company formed to send all profits to charities that help women and children? 90 MINUTES Producer Rick Jackson founded Giving Films to be a “giving engine,” and persuaded Don Piper to trust him to tell his story accurately.

For interviews, contact: Lucas Fairchild,  214-577-9852 or Monique Sondag 214-536-4319

For more about 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN, and for press materials, go to:   

About Giving Films
Giving Films tells stories that reach faith-and-family film audiences through high-quality production and storytelling and open doors to wider audiences. All profits from Giving Films go to charity.

About Samuel Goldwyn Films
Samuel Goldwyn Films is a major independently owned and operated motion-picture company that develops, produces and distributes innovative feature films and documentaries, working with world-renowned and emerging writers and directors. Goldwyn is committed to filmed entertainment, offering original voices in uniquely told stories.


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