Liberty University to premier nationwide feature film

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- For the first time in history, a feature film created by a university film program will release in movie theaters nationwide.

LU's "EXTRAORDINARY" feature film (WDBJ7)

Liberty University's “EXTRAORDINARY” will premier next week.

The movie is based on the real-life events of Dr. David Horton, an LU Professor and ultra-marathon runner who ran from California to New York in 62 days. "The world needs to hear this message. It's a message dear to my heart,” said Austin Stumvoll, the Assistant Producer of the film. “When things get tough you can't just throw in the towel."

The film chronicles Dr. Horton's marriage with his wife, Nancy and their attempt to finish their marriage race well.

Creators of the film say the movie is meant to change lives. "This movie will encourage you, it will inspire you, it will challenge you,” said film Director and Producer, Scotty Curlee. Curlee also works as a professor in the Cinematic Arts department at LU.

"Film is forever and to be able to leave something forever that's going to make a difference in people lives versus just entertain people and will be forgotten,” explained Stumvoll.

So what went in to making the movie? The team was granted exclusive filming time at Mount Rushmore and had the Hoover Dam shut down for several hours. "To have the Hoover Dam... you know we're literally driving on the wrong side of the road - everything's locked down, the cameras sticking out of the car, the runner is running along. It was spectacular,” said Curlee.

The film was produced and directed by staff and students at LU.

Curlee says working with students at the university was his greatest joy. "To have 60 film students working on this movie and then to see it on the big screen has been the biggest joy,” he said.

The nationwide premier of Extraordinary will be Thursday, September 7 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Regal Cinemas in Lynchburg.

The movie is showing in more than 400 theaters nationwide. So far, the film has sold out five screens at the Lynchburg theater for the premier.

For more information on the film or to purchase a ticket, go to extraordinarymovie.com.