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A film called "Like Dandelion Dust," which earned Mira Sorvino best actress honors at the San Diego Film Festival, will be among the freebies being shown this weekend as part of the Projecting Hope Film Festival at Waterworks Cinemas near Fox Chapel.

The event, which typically attracts more than 5,000 patrons, is now in its seventh year and is notable because all movies are free.

Projecting Hope offers Christian-friendly movies such as "Fireproof," a returning favorite, along with new selections such as "Like Dandelion Dust" with Sorvino, "No Greater Love" starring Anthony Tyler Quinn, "Sarah's Choice" with Rebecca St. James and "Saving God" showcasing Ving Rhames.

Tickets are free and available on a first come-first served basis. The ticket booth opens each day at 11:30 a.m. and you can get tickets for that day's showings only.

A limited number of advance tickets also can be ordered until midnight the day before the movie. A $5 service fee applies to those orders.

Go to www.ProjectingHope.com to buy tickets, see a list of sponsors and find other details. You can also call 1-814-265-0485.

Here is the announced lineup:

FRIDAY

Noon: "Lion of Judah" -- Ernest Borgnine and Michael Madsen are among the actors lending their voices to an animated adventure about stablemates who leave their barn to free a trapped lamb.

12:15 p.m.: "VeggieTales: Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella" -- Larry the Cucumber is Minnesota Cuke, a children's museum curator and part-time detective hired to find Noah's Ark but sidetracked by the search for a mysterious umbrella.

1:30 p.m.: "VeggieTales: Saint Nicholas" -- Story of a girl whose father may lose his job and a boy whose discovery in Bethlehem changes Christmas.

2 p.m.: "Fireproof" -- Kirk Cameron is a self-centered firefighter whose marriage is slipping away in this commercial hit.

3 p.m.: "Set Apart" -- Four troubled inner-city children reach crossroads in their lives when invited by a pastor to spend a summer out West.

4:30 p.m.: "VeggieTales: Noah's Umbrella."

5:15 p.m.: "Sarah's Choice" -- Singer Rebecca St. James plays a junior account executive at an ad agency who gets pregnant and faces life-changing choices.

5:40 p.m.: "The Heart of Texas" -- A story of tragedy, grace and forgiveness, set against the Texas plains.

7 p.m.: "No Greater Love" -- Anthony Tyler Quinn is a husband and father whose wife falls into a deep depression after the birth of their first child. She disappears for a decade, only to reappear as he's about to open a new chapter in his life.

7:15 p.m.: "To Save a Life" -- When a popular boy's best friend, an outcast, walks onto campus with a gun in his pocket, lives are changed and one question asked, "Could I have saved him?"

9:10 p.m.: "In the Blink of an Eye" -- A Los Angeles detective in Mexico must deal with the disappearance of his wife and friends while vacationing on the yacht of a shady music promoter in this film with David A.R. White, Eric Roberts and Andrea Logan White.

9:30 p.m.: "Saving God" -- After serving 15 years for manslaughter, a reformed pastor (Ving Rhames) is determined to make amends with the neighborhood he abandoned. He returns to his late father's church and reaches out to a teen on a self-destructive path, ever mindful of his own history of violence.

SATURDAY

12:30 p.m.: "VeggieTales: Saint Nicholas."

2 p.m.: "Lion of Judah."

3 p.m.: "No Greater Love."

4 p.m.: "The River Within" -- A law school grad returns to his small Southern town to study for the bar, takes a job with a church youth group and re-evaluates his passion and purpose in life.

5 p.m.: "Faith Like Potatoes" -- True story of a rugged South African farmer whose manic quest for material success is slowly transformed into love for God and people.

6 p.m.: "The Heart of Texas."

7:15 p.m.: "Like Dandelion Dust" -- A privileged couple learn they could lose their 6-year-old adopted son when the boy's biological father (Barry Pepper) is released from prison and wants to start over with his wife (Sorvino) and son. Based on Karen Kingsbury's novel, it also stars Cole Hauser and Kate Levering.

7:30 p.m.: "Sarah's Choice."

9:30 p.m.: "To Save a Life."

9:40 p.m.: "Faith Happens" -- Drama about a diverse group of church members, from a pastor and his gravely ill wife to a 9-year-old girl, and their questions and reliance on faith.

SUNDAY

1 p.m.: "The Lost & Found Family" -- Story of a foster-care family and their live-in landlord. Cast includes Lucas Till from "Hannah Montana: The Movie" as a rebellious teen.

1:15 p.m.: "VeggieTales: Noah's Umbrella."

2:45 p.m.: "No Greater Love."

3 p.m.: "Set Apart."

5 p.m.: "Sarah's Choice."

5:15 p.m.: "VeggieTales: Saint Nicholas."

6:30 p.m.: "The Heart of Texas."

7 p.m.: "In the Blink of an Eye."

7:45 p.m.: "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story" -- Inspired by his mother to never give up, Detroit native Ben Carson (Cuba Gooding Jr.) overcomes poverty and prejudice to become a world-famous neurosurgeon.


Post-Gazette movie editor Barbara Vancheri can be reached at bvancheri@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1632.


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