Cronk’s latest film receives $2.6 mm Michigan grant

Faith-based “God Bless the Broken Road,” which finished filming in Grand Rapids last month, is one of the last films eligible to receive an incentive from the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office.

Manistee-based production company 10 West Studios will receive $2,665,959 based on its estimated total production, post, PR and ad budget of $7,711,238.

10 West founder Harold Cronk produced, directed and co-wrote with Jennifer Dornbush.

“God Bless the Broken Road,” starring Kim Delaney and Jordin Sparks, is about a war widow whose husband was killed in action in Afghanistan and struggles with her faith, financial challenges and raising her young daughter.

Inspired by the Rascal Flatts eponymous faith-based song, the film combines elements of faith, country music and stock car racing while paying tribute to those who serve our country.

Filming began April 5 in Manistee and Grand Rapids and includes filming at Berlin Raceway and will wrap shortly.

Cronk directed 2014’s “God’s Not Dead,” which amazingly grossed $61 million on a reported $2 million budget, and its upcoming sequel, “God’s Not Dead 2.”

A West Michigan native, he spent four years in LA in 2014 as an art director and production designer. Four years later he turned to Michigan and founded 10 West Studios to focus on family and faith-based content.

The film is expected to release to about 1,000 theatres nationwide in the fourth quarter or in early 2017, reported the Grand Rapids Business Journal.