“What If” to premiere in Grand Rapids

August 10th, 2010 at 8:15 am by under Entertainment

“What If” will premiere in Grand Rapids August 10th, cast and filmmakers scheduled to be in attendance

 UPDATED 8/11/10:

Fundraiser raised more than $20,000 for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

Updated 8/10/10:

The first theater sold out, “What If” will be showing in two theaters.  Some general admission tickets still remain you can get them at: www.devoschildrens.org/whatif.   The movie will have a limited release starting August 20th in select markets throughout the country, including Grand Rapids where the movie will be playing at Celebration! Cinema theaters and will be part of the Grand Rapids Film Festival.


Originally published 7/28/10:

Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules”), John Ratzenberger (“Toy Story”, “Cheers”), Kristy Swanson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” movie), and Debby Ryan (“Disney Channel’s Suite Life on Deck”) are coming to Grand Rapids for the premiere of “What If” which was shot in Grand Rapids and Manistee June/July 2009.

The premiere of the family movie will be Tuesday, August 10th at 7:30pm at Grand Rapids’ Celebration! Cinema North.   The event is open to the public and a fundraiser for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.  All proceeds are said to benefit the HDCH; general admission tickets are $25 and tickets can be purchased at www.devoschildrens.org/whatif.  A VIP reception will be held prior to the premiere at 6 p.m. in the Celebration! Cinema Wave Room. Tickets to the VIP reception are $100 and can also be purchased at www.devoschildrens.org/whatif

So far about 400 tickets have been sold for the 500 seat main theater #1, but organizers say that if there is enough interest, they will use two theaters at the same time.

Russell Wolfe, Producer of “What If” and director Dallas Jenkins will also be in attendance and plan to speak before the presentation and introduce the cast to the audience.


7-year-old Grand Rapids resident Taylor Groothuis is also in the movie and plays Sorbo’s younger daughter in the movie.

The film is a co-production between 10 West Studios in Manistee and Jenkins Entertainment and Pureflix Entertainment, both of Los Angeles.

More info from the press release

“The premiere is a double win; it’s a film the whole family can truly enjoy and it benefits an incredible organization,” said Tom Kyros, a Varnum partner and member of the Foundation’s board. “This is entertainment that is uplifting as well as entertaining for whole family.  We at Varnum and at DeVos Children’s are proud that Grand Rapids has been chosen for the premiere.”
Stars who will attend the premiere the evening of August 10 include:
        Kevin Sorbo; Hercules
        Kristy Swanson; Buffy the Vampire Slayer
        Debby Ryan; Disney Channel’s Suite Life on Deck
        John Ratzenberger; Cheers, Toy Story I, II and III, A Bugs Life, Monsters, Inc.,
        Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, WALL-E and Up.
        Taylor Groothuis, local actress
        Russell Wolfe, Producer of What If and CEO of Pure Flix Entertainment
        Dallas Jenkins; Director of What If

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6 Responses to ““What If” to premiere in Grand Rapids”

  1. SD says:

    I had the pleasure of seeing a screening of this film last weekend in Manistee. As an extra in the film I was very pleased with the final product! It has a great story and represents Grand Rapids and Manistee very nicely! Hopefully it will spark peoples interest in Manistee and the beauty of a great Lake Michigan town!

  2. Sumire says:

    Darn. I wish it was in Los Angeles! I would go. Will definitely check it out.

  3. Sandi says:

    Sorry but if this is the message we want to send our children that angels hit just to get you to pay attention and do what the angels say then I’ll pass on this movie – I know that God is a better supreme being then to send one of their angels to hit one of God’s children – so sad on the Directors part!

  4. Craig says:

    The only thing that’s sad is that there are so many out of touch Christians like Sandy

    1. Sandi says:

      No offense Craig but the God I serve is LOVE so tell me how is hitting some guy done out of LOVE that would mean God is a VIOLENT God – do you believe he is violent? I am not a CHRISTIAN and I have never claimed to be but you look at all the movies and series that have been done about angels and you tell me who would you follow “An angel that does not hit” but “Touches with love and peace”

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