Spring 2021 Magazine

Steph Curry named producer for 'Emanuel' documentary on Charleston church shooting

In the wake of this week’s Pittsburgh shooting, in which 11 were killed at a Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday, one of sports’ biggest names has signed on to shed light on the forgiveness that stemmed from a similar tragedy years before.

As Variety reported Thursday, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry has been named an executive producer for “Emanuel,” a 2018 documentary about the June 2015 shooting of nine African-Americans at a Bible study held at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. Curry has been attached to several movie projects since the formation of his Unanimous Media company this year, and he’s reportedly joined “Emanuel” to help the film find a distribution partner.

“Emanuel” was made in direct partnership with the city of Charleston and all 10 affected families, featuring interviews with survivors and family members. Producers describe the film as “a poignant story of justice and faith, love and hate, and the healing power of forgiveness.”

The documentary, which runs 75 minutes and premiered at Geena Davis’ 2018 Bentonville Film Festival in May, has also added Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis as an executive producer. As Curry announced via Unanimous, per Variety, it “highlights how a horrible tragedy can bring a community together and spreads an important message about the power of forgiveness.”

“Emanuel” isn’t the only film that has a chance to hit theaters soon thanks to help from Curry. The three-time NBA champion, whose Christian faith has been a driving force of his desire to spread hope through the entertainment industry, is also an executive producer for 2019’s “Breakthrough,” a faith-based drama starring Topher Grace. And as Variety previously reported, his company’s partnership with Sony Pictures has him involved in a number of holiday-themed pictures for down the road.

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