VidAngel, the market-leading entertainment platform empowering users to filter language, nudity, violence, and other content from movies and TV shows, has been engaged in a high profile legal battle with Disney, Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, and Lucasfilm. While these Hollywood studios work to eviscerate the 2005 Family Movie Act and prevent VidAngel from lawfully empowering parents and families to filter content on modern devices, the Utah-based company is offering its own original, family-friendly content for its fan base through VidAngel Studios.

Last weekend, VidAngel Studios offered its very first theatrical title in limited release, TIM TIMMERMAN, HOPE OF AMERICA. Endorsements and rave reviews from key organizations, a strong turnout by VidAngel fans, and enthusiastic responses from audiences contributed to the film’s strong showing at the box office. TIMMERMAN boasted a per screen average of $4,095, putting the independent film at #2, right behind #1 20th Century Fox Film LOGAN in the Salt Lake City DMA.

“VidAngel was created on the premise that untold millions in America are looking for clean, high-quality content they can enjoy together as a family. Last weekend’s success offers yet another proof point that this is true as audiences flocked to support TIM TIMMERMAN. We were blown away by the strong, enthusiastic response from moviegoers, they love this movie,” said Neal Harmon, CEO of VidAngel. “Along with our partners, we’re now looking to take this film national. Clearly, TIM TIMMERMAN has what it takes to succeed.”

VidAngel Studios, Picture Picture Films, and Purdie Distribution were behind the exclusive, limited theatrical release of TIM TIMMERMAN, HOPE OF AMERICA. Rated PG-13, TIM TIMMERMAN screened at select Megaplex and Cinemark Theatres throughout Utah initially, and will now be followed by a nationwide expansion.

TIMMERMAN earned strong reviews from The Parents TV Council, The Dove Foundation, Plugged In, Movieguide, and Common Sense Media in addition to a 94% Rotten Tomatoes audience score.

TIM TIMMERMAN is a semi-autobiographical film about Director Cameron Sawyer’s (SHE’S A FOX) experiences as a student body president in Utah in the mid 90’s, and is loosely based on his experience as quite possibly the worst high school student body president in high school history (Orem High, Class of ’95). Test-screening audiences have described the film as “Ferris Bueller meets Napoleon Dynamite.”

The film has received incredible acclaim on the festival circuit, and screened as an Official Selection at the Academy Award®-qualifying Heartland Film Festival, winning Audience Choice for Best Picture at the St. Louis International Film Festival and Audience Choice for Best Comedy at the Woods Hole Film Festival in Cape Cod, among many other accolades. It is quite possibly the most successful festival film to come out of Utah made by a Utah filmmaker. TIM TIMMERMAN is produced by Sawyer, Courtney Sawyer, Cameron Earl, and Travis Morgan and distributed theatrically by Purdie Distribution.

Film Synopsis: Mount Vista High's student-body president Tim Timmerman (Eddie Perino, Disney’s LAB RATS) — class of 1994 — has aspirations of attending Yale and becoming a famous politician. Once elected as president, however, Tim has zero interest in doing any actual work: he simply coasts, believing that his student-body president title rubber stamps his future dreams. When Tim’s laziness and incompetence endanger his dreams, he realizes that a deaf student, Sydney (Chelsea Maidhof), could actually provide the easiest route to glory for Tim - her father’s position as a U.S. senator. Nothing will stop Tim from reaching the top…except himself.

About VidAngel Studios

VidAngel Studios is a new venture from VidAngel, offering originally produced, family-friendly content for the values audience. In 2017, VidAngel Studios is offering original movies, a weekly, family-friendly Dry Bar Comedy Show, and other content based on VidAngel’s new Tip NOW technology that empowers users to tip artists and performers while they are watching.

About Picture Picture Films

Picture Picture Films is an award-winning production company focused on comedic feature films, theatrical shorts, and series. Its premier short film, SHE’S A FOX, starred Academy Award®-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld (TRUE GRIT, THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN), was featured in more than 60 film festivals worldwide, and garnered numerous awards.

About Purdie Distribution

Purdie Distribution is an independently-owned film distribution company known for releasing independent films nationwide. Established in 2011, Purdie Distribution led the distribution of SAINTS AND SOLDIERS: AIRBORNE CREED and THE VOID, THE SARATOV APPROACH, FREETOWN, ONCE I WAS A BEEHIVE and is generally focused on films that elevate the human experience. Founder Brandon Purdie played a key roll in the establishment of the family and faith-based film market with his previous work on the release of SAINTS AND SOLDIERS, THE WORK AND THE GLORY trilogy, and FOREVER STRONG.