Angel Studios Illuminate 2023
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Angel Studios Illuminate 2023

by Angel Studios | May 12, 2023

Wow! Illuminate 2023 was an absolute success!

Actors, filmmakers, investors, and industry gurus gathered to mingle, celebrate Angel Studios' 2022 wins, and gear up for an incredible 2023 and 2024. Here's everything the night covered.

Watch the evening's event here!

Sound of Freedom Release Date and Trailer

We announced the official theatrical release date for Sound of Freedom: the upcoming film about a federal agent that risks everything to free dozens of children from human trafficking.

Sound of Freedom will be available in theaters on July 4. Get your tickets now! You can even Pay it Forward to help others see this important movie, too.

Angel Collectible Scenes

We finally revealed the official Golden Scenes for The Chosen. Fans and actors talked about their favorite moments—from Simon walking on water to Jesus healing at the Pool of Bethesda and so many more.

It was a moment that highlighted the power of collectible scenes and the joy that comes from being a part of stories that matter.

New Angel Originals

After updating livestream attendees on the status of current Angel Originals, we announced eight (Yes! Eight!) new projects coming up at Angel Studios.


A dystopian story of the power of family in the pressure cooker of an apocalypse.


An epic, multi-season, animated allegory of the seven deadly sins that's reminiscent of Moby Dick.

Gabriel and the Guardians

An anime style series based on traditional biblical narratives.

The Axiom Chronicles

An explosive animated series about one teen's fight to save his people from robotic rule.

After Death

A feature length documentary exploring near death experiences and realizations about the life beyond this one.


A multi-season drama chronicling the human side of overcoming addictions.

The Telegram

A feature film thriller about the sacrifice of one priest to keep Christianity alive in Communist Romania.

Live Not By Lies

A documentary series exploring the stories of dissidents in eastern European Communism.

Torch Awards

Every year, we give out awards to filmmakers that have the highest-rated Torch in the Angel Guild. This year, the winner for Series went to Tempest and the winner for Film went to His Only Son.

Congratulations to all the winners! Check out the Tempest Torch.

Other Highlights

Illuminate also included never-before-seen footage of The Shift, coming 2024; Angel Studios' partnership with AMC Theaters, Cinemark, and Regal; and even an appearance from Neal McDonough!

The night was one we won't soon forget. Relive it with us with these red carpet and event photos. We hope to see you at next year's Illuminate!

The Shift: Director Brock Heasley, Kristoffer Polaha, Neal McDonough, Ken Carpenter

Tuttle Twins: Jared Simpson, Jonny Vance, Daniel Harmon

After Death: Jason Pamer, Stephen Gray, Jens Jacob

Angel Studios CEO Neal Harmon

His Only Son Director David Helling Accepting the 2023 Torch Award for Film

Neal McDonough, Star of Angel Originals The Shift and Homestead

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