I Still Believe is more than just a story about love and faith, it’s a true story. In the early 2000s, Jeremy Camp burst onto the Christian music scene with multiple gold albums and award nominations. But behind his inspiring music was a story many fans had no idea existed. I Still Believe tells the love story of Camp and his wife Melissa Lynn Henning-Camp who tragically passed away to ovarian cancer less than a year into their marriage.
In the role of Camp is New Zealand actor KJ Apa, best known for his role in the teen drama Riverdale. Playing Melissa is actress Britt Robertson, known for her many roles in films like Dan in Real Life and Tomorrowland. Our very own Brittany Caldwell was able to get the inside scoop from the cast on the red carpet.
KJ Apa and Britt Robertson share convincing chemistry and you find yourself rooting for them from their first moments together on screen. Adding to the film’s atmosphere are the performances of Camp’s music. His songs are skillfully woven into the narrative and never feel like a deviation from the moment, but serve the emotional momentum of the couple’s journey. Hearing Camp’s songs imparts a depth, almost like we were getting to read pages from his diary as his romance with Melissa unfolds. The culmination of this musical arc comes with the performance of I Still Believe, the song for which the film is named. The song was Camp’s response in the wake of his heartbreak surrounding the loss of Melissa.
As the film progresses, the audience is taken with the young couple through the ups and downs of their story. But even in the valleys, hope remains a constant theme.
Just like the lyrics of I Still Believe, where Camp sings “Even when I don’t see, I still believe,” this story is an affirmation of faith no matter what comes.
The film is produced by Studio Kingdom, the studio created by brothers Jon and Andrew Erwin in partnership with Lionsgate. The Erwin brothers were the force behind the hit film I Can Only Imagine, another musical biopic, which told the story behind the bestselling Christian song of all time. The brothers directed I Still Believe and, in addition to Apa and Roberston, enlisted Shania Twain and Gary Sinise to round out the cast. The film has already garnered plenty of buzz. It will be the first faith-based drama to be released in IMAX and has been named the number one romantic movie of 2020 by Seventeen Magazine.
I Still Believe will be released nationwide March 13. Check out the trailer and buy tickets to see it in theaters here.