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The high-profile slam-dunk competition movie, ‘Slamma Jamma’ commences shooting in January 2016.

The film, from director Tim Chey (‘Freedom’, ‘David and Goliath’), will hit theaters nationwide in September 2016.

The ground-breaking movie follows the character of Michael Diggs who gets out of prison and wins the national slam-dunk competition and in the process finds redemption. It’s like the the basketball version of ‘The Blind Side’. Already the film is receiving raves reviews in Hollywood as agents are lining up to pitch their clients for the film.

“I’m thrilled the audience will finally witness the art of street slam-dunking,” says Chey. “The dunkers wow audiences around the world.”

Like other competition movies like ‘Pitch Perfect’ and ‘Bring it On’, Chey believes there will be a huge audience for the film when it comes to theaters next fall. “There’s no doubt in my mind that we can hit a home run at the theaters,” says Chey.

Chey promises to fill the movie with sports stars. He’s directed NBA star David Robinson and NFL star Bo Jackson in two of his well-known films, including ‘Fakin’ Da Funk’ that was the highest rated movie on cable networks in 2000. The film starred Pam Grier, Tatiana Ali, Duane Martin, Tone Loc, John Witherspoon, et al.

Chey also produced the 2014 film ‘Freedom’ starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, and Sharon Leal that was shot on the Amistad and ‘David and Goliath’ shot in North Africa and London.

It took Chey seventeen years to bring ‘Slamma Jamma’ to fruition. “I wrote the first draft in 1998 when street slam dunk contests were just beginning to pick up,” says Chey. “Now these contests are every week around the world.”

“Slamma Jamma”

In Theaters September 2016

A Tim Chey Film

Directed by Tim Chey

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January 11, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Islands Movie

The biggest movie in Hawaiian history, ‘The Islands’ commences shooting April 2016.

The film, from director Tim Chey (‘Freedom’, ‘David and Goliath’), will hit theaters nationwide in December 2016.

The ground-breaking movie is based on the incredible true stories of Hawaii’s beginnings from Captain Cook’s arrival to King Kamehameha’s unification wars through the chaotic last months of the monarchy of Queen Liliʻuokalani.

“I’m thrilled the audience will finally witness the untold stories of Hawaii incredible history,” says Chey. “No one knows how the islands really came to being.”

Like other historical movies such as ‘Master and Commander’ and ‘Dances With Wolves’, Chey believes there will be a huge audience for the film when it comes to theaters next fall. “There’s no doubt in my mind that we can hit a home run at the theaters,” says Chey. “Anything Hawaii is red hot.”

Chey also produced the 2014 film ‘Freedom’ starring stars Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, and Sharon Leal that was shot on the Amistad and ‘David and Goliath’ filmed in North Africa and London.

So will Chey win the Oscar with ‘The Islands’?

“My hope is the film will be Oscar-worthy, not necessarily Oscar-winning,” says Chey. “Politics unfortunately enters the race sometimes and the best films don’t always win.”


January 7, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

‘CARRY ME HOME’ – Epic Movie on John Newton’s Life Coming to Theaters

‘CARRY ME HOME’ – Epic Movie on John Newton’s Life Coming to Theaters

October 15, 2013The epic, big-budget Christian film, ‘Carry Me Home’, from Writer/Producer Tim Chey, comes to theaters in 2014. The film looks at two stories, one of them on the early life of John Newton, the former slave trader who wrote ‘Amazing Grace’

“John Newton’s life patterns mine in so many ways,” says Tim Chey. “He found Christ in a storm and his life changed forever.”

It took Chey eight years to research and write the script and nine years to bring the project to the big screen. The under $20 million dollar film has the 3rd highest budget for a Christian film after ‘Passion of the Christ’

“I was thrilled when Cuba Gooding, Jr signed on,” says Chey. “He was my first choice. He read the script and said, ‘I’m in.’

Chey’s friend, Dean Cundey (‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Back to the Future’) also shot the movie. “The entire movie’s terrific look is because of one person: my friend Dean. He did a phenomenal job.”

Chey traveled from Fiji to Mississippi to Nova Scotia scouting locations. He chose Connecticut because of the natural beauty and Mystic Seaport.

“I picked Connecticut because of the tremendous historical significance,” says Chey. “We also filmed on the Amistad ship with Dean in a helicopter covering some truly epic moments.”

The highly-anticipated film is slated to open wide in theaters throughout the U.S. in 2014

A sweeping, high-profile, and ambitious musical film, ‘Carry Me Home’ blends two powerful, redemptive stories into the background of Gospel/blues songs.

Official site: https://Carrymehomemovie.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarryMeHomeMovie

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjH8Um_uyt8

‘Carry Me Home’

Writer/Producer Tim Chey

Cinematographer: Dean Cundey

Associate Producers: Anna Sims, Christopher Purdy

Starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., Sharon Leal, William Sadler

October 15, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Final: The Rapture opening in theaters September 13!

PRLog (Press Release)Jul. 20, 2013LOS ANGELES, Calif.July 22, 2013 In what is becoming the most ‘scariest Christian movie of the decade’, the movie, ‘Final:

The Rapture’ will open in select theaters in September 13, 2013 starting in Houston.
The film is slated to open in select theaters throughout the U.S. starting in September 2013 starting in Houston and then on to LA, NY, Portland, Seattle, San Antonio, Nashville, and other cities.
“It was one of the best received films I’ve done,” says director Tim Chey. “A lot of people told me later they cried at several scenes.”
The film premiered to a standing-room only crowd at the new LA Live theater in downtown Los Angeles.  The packed theater cheered in the end.

“Somebody dropped a water bottle,” said one pastor who saw the film, “and it sounded like a canon went off”.

Another viewer commented, “I thought the Rapture was coming right then.”
‘Final: The Rapture’ was filmed in six countries and took almost five months of shooting.
Breathtaking, gripping, layered, and astonishing, Final: The Rapture is a gritty, international tale of four separate stories woven together by a common theme: the Rapture.

In Los Angeles, Colin Nelson desperately attempts to flee to Bora Bora. Keenly aware that he’s in the Tribulation period, his only hope is in a mysterious man. In Tokyo, a journalist, Masashi, tries to unravel the disappearance of millions of people as the government closes in on him. In Buenos Aires, Marie searches for her final relative as time runs out. And on a deserted island in the South Pacific, Tom Wiseman, an avowed atheist, attempts to be rescued after his plane goes down.


August 3, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Epic Journey Wraps Production

EPIC JOURNEY flyerEpic Journey Wraps Production

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 2, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — ‘The Epic Journey,’ the new film by Tim Chey, wrapped production after the camera team visited 27 countries in four months. “It was an incredible journey and a miraculous adventure,” says Chey. “I see God’s incredible hand in every story and every city we covered.”

The film documents amazing stories of people who found Christ in impossible situations (a’la John Newton, writer of ‘Amazing Grace’). The film team traveled to Tokyo, Cairo, Jerusalem, Istanbul, Nairobi, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Rome, Lima, Buenos Aires, et al.

The incredible stories range from a Kenyan woman who ran out of food for her orphanage to a kidnapped victim in Afghanistan who was rescued by a Christ-like figure.

“These are profound, tear-jerking stories that will shake the most hardened, cynical atheist,” says Chey, who is also the co-host along with Annie Sims.

It’s been a busy year for Chey who also produced and wrapped production on ‘The Underground Railroad’ starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and is currently shooting the much-anticipated movie ‘Final’ in six countries based on the acclaimed novel. The film looks at the days immediately following the Rapture in four character’s lives.

January 24, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Just finished ‘Epic Journey’!

ImageWow, just finished a 27 country epic journey called ‘Epic Journey: The Quest to Find God’. God is really moving around the world in these last days. Incredible testimonies. Amazing stories. We were so blessed to travel to Tokyo, Cairo, Jerusalem, Istanbul, Nairobi, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Rome, Lima, Buenos Aires, et al.

God is great and continues to show His presence everywhere. Also finishing ‘FINAL’ shot in six countries. And finally ‘UNDERGROUND RAILROAD’ starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. – Busy year – God be given all the glory!

January 24, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Why I Support Faith-Based Films…

One of the most discouraging things about being a Christian filmmaker are the blood-thirsty ‘critics’, both secular and Christian, who attack our films. Of course, I remember Jay Schroeder, the former NFL quarterback saying the worst thing he hated about playing football was enduring the sports critics who never wore a jock-strap. I guess it’s the same with me – movie critics who’ve never picked up a camera.

However, I’ve learned just to forgive. The Lord has blessed me so much – I’ve directed 6 films that have reached over 96 million households on TV and in the theaters.

Here’s 3 important verses in Scripture that every ‘critic’ needs to read before bashing films that honor God:

Isaiah 5:20-21

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.

2 Chronicles 19:2

Jehu the seer, the son of Hanani, went out to meet him and said to the king, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Because of this, the wrath of the LORD is upon you

John 15:18-19
If the people of this world hate you, just remember that they hated me first. If you belonged to the world, its people would love you. But you don’t belong to the world. I have chosen you to leave the world behind, and that is why its people hate you.

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‘Suing the Devil’ opens March 2011.

It’s amazing how fast a year goes as you get older.

2010 was the best year of my life.

I feel I’m really walking close to the Lord and listening to Him.

‘Suing the Devil’ is my best film and the one I’m the most proud of after ‘Live Fast, Die Young’. It opens in theaters in March. Please pray for it. That it really opens the eyes of a jaded world in search of peace. The spiritual battle has been fierce around the film, but we never backed down. And God rewarded us for it.

I want to wish all of you – my friends – a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

God is great!

December 28, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Political Christians

I keep meeting political Christians where ever I go.

And it’s a tragedy.

Jesus Christ was not political. There were many times he could have discussed Rome’s politics of the day. It was well-known that whatever was discussed in the Forum of Trajan and the Pantheon spread throughout all of the Roman empire.

Yet Jesus never engaged in the politics of the day – he focused on the Gospel.

I don’t care who wins in 2012. I care about lost souls. I care about the imminent return of our Lord and Savior.

December 28, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Live Fast, Die Young Movie in Dayton, Columbus

A team of us are currently in Dayton and Columbus, Ohio where we’re releasing our latest film, ‘Live Fast, Die Young’.

The people of Ohio are terrific – I spoke at several Bible study groups and churches here.

This morning I was on the radio with my good friend Judah, an evangelist, and we discussed how often we’re persecuted for doing the most simple things – like even handing out tracts or postcards with a Gospel message.

But there’s real unity and brotherhood in Christ in Ohio. People are real and they’re rock solid in their faith.

God bless everyone here.

February 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment