Angel Studios’ SOUND OF HOPE: THE STORY OF POSSUM TROT Launches with an A+ CINEMASCORE and 97% RottenTomatoes Audience Score

Provo, UT—July 5, 2024

Angel Studios—the audience-driven platform and studio empowering filmmakers to crowdfund, create, and distribute films —is announcing its latest release, SOUND OF HOPE: THE STORY OF POSSUM TROT, has achieved an impressive A+ CinemaScore. The film is resonating with audiences of all demographics, boasting a 97% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

“The Angel Guild consistently supports projects that are powerful true-stories of inspiring people making a local impact that transforms the world,” said Brandon Purdie, EVP and Head of Theatrical Distribution at Angel Studios. “The families of Possum Trot, Texas are no exception. They made an extraordinary commitment to open their homes to the most vulnerable kids in the foster system, and their story is igniting a movement of hope that is sweeping the country. It’s an honor to bring their story to big screens as a wide release.” 

SOUND OF HOPE: THE STORY OF POSSUM TROT joins SOUND OF FREEDOM as one of only 2% of films that achieve the prestigious A+ CinemaScore, placing it alongside cinematic masterpieces like A FEW GOOD MEN, SCHINDLER’S LIST, and THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST.

The film launched yesterday, July 4, in 2,196 theaters, and growing to 2,209 theaters today. SOUND OF HOPE: THE STORY OF POSSUM TROT is directed by Joshua Weigel (The Butterfly Circus), and stars Nika King (Euphoria), Demetrius Grosse (Justified, The Rookie), and Elizabeth Mitchell (Outer Banks, Lost). SOUND OF HOPE is executive produced by Letitia Wright (BLACK PANTHER, THE SILENT TWINS) for 3.16 Productions and is written and produced by Joshua and Rebekah Weigel for Peacetree Productions. 

SOUND OF HOPE: THE STORY OF POSSUM TROT: Audience and Critics Scores *

  • CinemaScore: A+

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 80% Critics, 97% Audience

Film Synopsis: The fight for kids begins July 4. Inspired by the powerful true story, Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot, follows Donna and Reverend Martin as they ignite a fire in the hearts of their rural church to embrace kids in the foster system that nobody else would take. By doing the impossible–adopting 77 children–this East Texas community proved that, with real, determined love, the battle for America’s most vulnerable can be won.


About Angel Studios:  Angel Studios is a values-based distribution company for stories that amplify light to mainstream audiences. Through the Angel Guild, over 330,000 members choose which film and television projects the studio will market and distribute. 104,000 Angel Guild members in 155 countries have invested nearly $80M in projects distributed by the studio to date. Angel Studios is behind the global box office hit, SOUND OF FREEDOM, which has earned $250 million in theatrical box office. Learn more at

* Scores as of 8:00am ET on July 5, 2024

SOUND OF HOPE Media Kit available HERE