Flywheel poster

Directed by

Alex Kendrick

Produced by

Alex Kendrick
Stephen Kendrick

Written by

Alex Kendrick
Stephen Kendrick


Sherwood Pictures

Release Dates

April 9, 2003 (Theatrical)
2003 (DVD)

Running Time

120 min

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Flywheel is a 2003 American drama film directed by and starring Alex Kendrick. The cast and crew are composed of volunteers from Sherwood Baptist Church. thumb|300px|left


Jay Austin (Alex Kendrick) is a car salesman who consistently rips his customers off, even to the point of overcharging his pastor. He also taught his employee Bernie Meyers (Tracy Goode) to do likewise. He occaiusionally attends church, but does not let his assumed faith affect the way he sells cars. Eventually, Austin realizes that he is lying, and decides to give his car lot to God. However, he is still thousands of dollars in debt and is facing the loss of all his cars to the bank if he does not catch up on his payments. He also decides to return money to the customers in which he cheated and seeks the forgiveness of those he has hurt, including his wife, son and local community. By faith, Austin trusts in God for the troubles he is facing.


Production and marketingEdit

Flywheel is the first full-length feature film by Sherwood Pictures, a production company created by Sherwood Baptist Church, in Albany, Georgia.

Alex Kendrick, media director at Sherwood Baptist Church, created the storyline for Flywheel after trying to buy a new car. Sherwood's Senior- and Executive Pastor, Michael Catt and Jim McBride, respectively, agreed with the ministry direction and approved the project. The church received $20,000 in private donations for the film.

Flywheel was mainly shot with one digital video camera (Canon XL1) and a homemade dolly and jib crane. No actors in the film were paid and no sets were constructed. All scenes in the film were shot in church members actual homes and businesses. The cast and crew were composed of volunteers, some with previous experience in making movies.

Flywheel premiered at the Carmike Wynnsong 16 Theater, in Albany, on April 9, 2003, after six months of production. It ran six weeks, beating out 12 Hollywood movies also playing there. Word began to spread about the film and soon pastors were promoting it to their congregations and families affected by it were emailing other families.



Flywheel was shown in three theaters in Georgia, aired on five Christian television networks, followed by a DVD release. It has sold more than 100,000 copies and may be rented in many markets. TBN and other family television networks have shown the film, exposing it to more than 63 million viewers. More than 200 churches have also shown the movie.