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FARMINGTON — Farmington filmmaker Luke Hawthorne said Christian films sometimes struggle to reach a wide audience.

"It's kind of hard to stomach just in the fact that the characters aren't relatable," Hawthorne said.

With his upcoming film, "Agnostic," Hawthorne hopes to reach an audience that might not feel welcome in church. He said the film will touch on subjects that aren't necessarily welcome topics in churches.

The film's producer, Brent Garcia, said filming should begin in Farmington on July 18. Hawthorne and Garcia hope to release "Agnostic" later this year or early in 2017.

"Agnostic" tells the story of Chance Grey, who drops out of college after losing a scholarship and turns to selling drugs for a living. When circumstances lead to him being abandoned in the desert, he turns to God for help. Eric Hunter, who starred in the film "In The Middle of the River," will be playing Chance Grey in "Agnostic."

"He's really struggling to find who he is," Hawthorne said.

Garcia and Hawthorne hope people will find echos of their own lives in the Chance Grey character.

"He had it all and, through no fault of his own, that was taken from him," Garcia said.

The choices people make when they lose everything defines who they become, he said.

"I think that is just a universal thing that people can relate to," Garcia said.

Garcia said the film's message is ultimately about grace and redemption. He said everybody has made mistakes and needs a second chance.

"God does love them and he does offer them a second chance and they can be redeemed," he said.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

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