For the modern Christmas listener, it’s Casting Crowns who made Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s song, “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day,” famous (or Bing Crosby, Johnny Cash, Chris Tomlin, etc…).
Still, while generations know his name – and some, possibly the song – most aren’t aware that that classic poet authored the Christmas tune. They also may not know the story behind it.
Beginning today, I Heard The Bells premieres in theaters for a limited time. This based-on-a-true story movie marks the first feature from the newly-formed Sight & Sound Films, a branch of the world-famous Sight & Sound Theatre productions.
(Click the video below. It’s my chat with the film’s director.)
Henry’s story will take readers back to the 1800s, during the days of the Civil War, and early beginnings of the United States of America.
It is during this tumultuous time that Henry experiences the most painful loss and heartache, allowing viewers a peek into his life that they may not have known before. It is through his pain, and the redemption he experienced because of it, that led him to pen the beautiful Christmas hymn, “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day.”
As a person who very much admires vintage Christmas and European-themed Christmas decor, I enjoyed the film from a visual perspective. From a storytelling perspective, I was captivated throughout the entire time, and was truly in awe at the story of Henry’s life.
I absolutely recommend families take time to watch this precious film.
Watch the trailer below, and click here for showtimes. “I Heard the Bells” is out in theaters until December 8.