Actress Candace Cameron Bure says in a new interview that her role at Great American Family has given her the opportunity to make faith-based movies with "depth and purpose" that can entertain but also change lives.
Bure left Hallmark earlier this year for an executive role at rival Great American Family, which was launched in 2021 by former Hallmark executive Bill Abbott. Bure's company, Candy Rock Entertainment, is producing some of the content for Great American Family.
The new network is debuting 18 original Christian movies this holiday season, including two by Candy Rock: Christmas on Candy Cane Lane (Dec. 3) and A Christmas … Present (Nov. 27). Both will reappear in reruns.
Bure told CBN News' Billy Hallowell that A Christmas … Present is not a "typical" romantic comedy.
"The biggest theme that is most important to me in this film is the theme of God in our lives and the Christian faith," Bure said. "I mean, this is a Christmas movie that actually talks about Christ. And that's another major theme that I've never been able to talk about at length in my Christmas films. And listen, I love the big-city girl in the small-town-country boy Christmas movies. I love them. I'm gonna continue to make those kinds of movies. But I also want to make movies that have depth and purpose, and meaning that can actually change someone's life.
"I don't and haven't specifically chosen to make movies of faith or in the faith genre because I want to do them well," Bure said. "And I want to do them in a way that's relatable and where people can see themselves in them. And that's not heavy-handed. And so, this movie is so important to me because it really is the first one that I've done. And I think we got it right in this movie. I hope people feel that way."
One specific character in A Christmas … Present, she said, discusses the hope his faith has given him during the Christmas season in spite of his wife's death.
"He knows he's going to see his wife again. And his daughter is going to see her mom again one day," Bure said. "And that's a really big theme throughout the movie."
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.