Director Timothy Chey Screens Latest Faith-Based Film at Cannes

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The director screened the film in front of German, French, Japanese, Chinese distributors in a packed screening.

Tim Chey screened his latest film ’20 Minutes’ at Cannes. The director screened the film in front of German, French, Japanese, Chinese distributors in a packed screening.

“I’m very blessed to be able to travel here and show the film,” says Chey. “I think I’m the only one showing a faith-based film here,” he adds laughing.

’20 Minutes’ is about an incoming ballistic missile to Hawaii that changes twelve people's lives when they discover they have 20 minutes to live.

The characters in the film range from a conservative Republican and a liberal Democrat; atheist and Believer; and a Japanese billionaire and Native Hawaiian – all seeking refuge as the missile approaches.

“The movie ponders the ultimate question,” says Chey. “What if I had twenty minutes to live?”

The film was included in the Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Screen International magazines and people from around the world were intrigued by the film.

“I met a guy onboard a super-sized yacht at Cannes,” says Chey. “He came to the screening and brought six of his friends. I warned him it was faith-based, but he still came. There’s a real hunger for things about God these days.”

“20 Minutes” comes on the heels of the ballistic missile warning in Hawaii in 2018 that caused many to panic and think of their eternal destiny. The false warning made worldwide news and graced the front pages of the BBC, Yahoo, CNN, Fox News, and 350 major news outlets.

“I was a former atheist,” says Chey, “but became a Believer later in life. I know how both sides think and both sides are represented here as they have twenty minutes to live.”

“It’s amazing as we approach death to see how insignificant politics and race become,” says Chey, who was in Hawaii at the time of the false missile alert that struck 1.5 million cell phones and caused state-wide panic.

Timothy Chey also produced ‘Freedom’ (Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, Sharon Leal) that was shot on the Amistad and ‘David and Goliath’ filmed in North Africa and London. He also produced and directed Sony Pictures ‘Slamma Jamma’ (Michael Irvin, Chris Staples).

“20 Minutes”
In Theaters February 2020

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