GMC TV, announced today that it will present the world television premiere of “Abel’s Field,” the moving story of a teen’s struggle to heal in the face of almost overwhelming adversity. The film stars MovieGuide Awards winner Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules,” “Three Times A Lady”, “What If”), Samuel Davis (New Hope, Parkland) and Richard Dillard (TV’s Dallas), and will premiere exclusively on GMC TV on Sunday, February 24 at 7, 9 and 11 p.m. ET. The inspiring story of faith, friendship and finding hope in unlikely places, “Abel’s Field” debuted on DVD Jan. 22 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and AFFIRM Films/Provident Films.
In the town of Sinai, Texas–dry, dusty oil patch of West Texas–football reigns. But high school senior Seth McArdle (Davis) has little time for it as he strives to support his young twin sisters. Left motherless by tragedy, abandoned by his alcoholic father and shunned by his older brother, he has no support system.
At school, he endures the daily bullying of the football team. But fighting back only finds him singled out for punishment and assigned to an after-school work detail under the supervision of the reserved groundskeeper, Abel (Sorbo). Much to his surprise, Seth discovers that Abel may be the only one who truly understands his struggles and that the groundskeeper is becoming an unlikely support. As dark times lure Seth toward desperate measures, the reluctant Abel may be the one person who can point him back toward the light.
The DVD comes with the bonus featurette “From the Sidelines: The Making of Abel’s Field,” which provides a behind-the-scenes look at the story and characters, as well as what it was like to shoot in Texas. Directed by Gordie Haakstad from a screenplay by Aron Flasher, “Abel’s Field” was produced by Tore Knos with Sorbo as Executive Producer.
With a running time of approximately 108 minutes, “Abel’s Field” is rated PG for thematic elements, brief violence and a smoking image.
Sorbo, a Christian, recently told “The Blaze” that recovery from an aneurysm and subsequent strokes was extremely difficult and caused him to feel some anger toward God. He said that he came to a point of acceptance and turned to God for guidance.
“I’ve always been a religious guy and I probably blamed God for a while — and bad things happen and it’s life,” he said. “I just asked him to give me the strength to keep fighting. The first year and a half was hell– it was brutal.” Sorbo also stated he believes we have “reached a very low depth of morality in this country…”
Movies like “Abel’s Field” help bring some moral center to entertainment.
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