Well, that’s one way to promote a “faith-based” film.

Well, that’s one way to promote a “faith-based” film. March 2, 2016

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Miracles from Heaven — the latest in a series of “faith-based” films about people who get a glimpse of the world beyond this one — opens this month, on March 16 to be precise. The film stars Jennifer Garner. To promote the film, Garner is now the subject of a cover story in Vanity Fair. And, as cover-story subjects sometimes do, Garner has participated in a video posted on the magazine’s website — and the video, in this case, consists of Garner reading the children’s-book parody Go the F**k to Sleep.

More on that in a minute. First, an excerpt from the article that looks at how Garner was working on the film while her personal life was turning into tabloid fodder:

It was during this trying time last summer that Garner was working on Miracles from Heaven, directed by relative newcomer Patricia Riggen (The 33). Perhaps it’s no coincidence that she gives one of her most emotionally wrenching performances to date in what is her first lead in years. Garner plays a real-life Texas mother, Christy Beam, whose young daughter Annabel (played by Kylie Rogers) is ill with a life-threatening disease that miraculously heals after a near-fatal fall from a tree. (The film is based on Beam’s best-selling memoir of the same name.) Think Terms of Endearment with a fair share of spiritual overtones. “The book kept me up all night,” Garner says. “It was so compelling and tangible. Her pain, the daughter’s pain, what it did to the family. Christy was so steadfast; she didn’t try to whitewash what was wrong with her daughter. She was next to her helping her know she was strong enough to get through it, and I wanted to be in her skin.” She adds: “I certainly was never on set thinking of my own life, except for my own gratitude. One of the great gifts of the movie was the perspective that came with it.”

And now, the (uncensored) video, in which Garner — who plays a real-life Christian in Miracles from Heaven — assumes the persona of a parent swearing at a child:

You can’t help wondering if the folks at Affirm Films knew about this Vanity Fair video before it went live. In any case, here are the promotional videos that have gone out with Affirm Films’ approval, starting with three featurettes:

Next, some clips from the film, some of them via WingClips:

And finally, some TV spots:

I posted the film’s theatrical trailer back in November.

March 4 update: This new 15-second TV spot, called ‘Healed’, is basically a shorter version of the 30-second ‘Do You Believe’ spot above:

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