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Saturday September 28 2019 at 7:30 PM
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× Benjamin Bernard has lived his life in the shadow of his brother. Torn between jealousy and loyalty, Benjamin takes out his aggression as a mixed-martial arts fighter. After an event nearly shatters the life of his brother, Benjamin must face his overwhelming feelings of anger and resentment as he discovers the truth about his family. As one brother fights for his life, the other must fight for reconciliation and redemption inside and outside the cage. This family film explores love, forgiveness, loss, healed relationship and, ultimately, the realization that we are all God’s Favorite. The Favorite hits theaters this September 13th


Stone Hall
502 3rd Ave West
Bradenton FL 34205

Performance Notes

INSPIRATION March 9, 2013 Luke Bernard was in a near fatal car acci-dent. He entered L.A. County Hospital with barely a pulse. He had a GCS of 3 with dilated and fixed pupils, and had a zero chance of survival. The neurosurgeon performed emergency surgery. A 4 x 5 inch piece of his skull was needed to be removed allowing the damaged brain to swell. Doctors removed two blood clots on his brain. He had two broken vertebrae in his neck and back, as well as facial and rib fractures. Thousands were mobilized to pray for complete recovery. Luke had a miraculous recovery, returning home to Florida after six weeks in the hospital.

DREAM BECOMES MOVIE Two months after returning home, Luke had a crani-alplasty to replace his skull. Those with brain trauma typically have insomnia. Luke was no exception. However, one evening he had a deep sleep and God gave him a dream. The next morning, he was excited that he had slept and told his parents about the dream. His parents encouraged him to write the dream down, believing it would be good for his rehab. One month and 90 pages later, Luke had written the first draft of The Favorite. Six months prior to this, Luke was relearning to write his name.

ABOUT THE FILM The Favorite is about two brothers. One brother, Luke, is a star college soccer player converging on a pro career. The other brother, Benjamin perceives his brother is the favorite. Soccer is his father’s favorite sport. Ben pursues MMA fighting in hopes to win his father’s favor.

The two brothers reluctantly are on a double date. A car accident oc-curs. One brother suffers the same injuries as Luke Bernard. The mi-raculous recovery is also depicted. Through a series of events, Benja-min realizes that his perceptions of favoritism were wrong and recon-ciles with God, his father and brother.

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This is a festival seating performance - the seats are on a first come, first serve basis when you arrive at the theatre.

Doors open 1/2 hour prior to start of performance.