On May 27, Pure Flix founding partner and producer Russell Wolfe passed away at age 50 from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).
Since his diagnosis in December 2013, Wolfe and his family publicly shared his ALS journey through social media and public appearances, including the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Last year, Wolfe, along with his family and his Pure Flix colleagues, participated in the “Walk to Defeat ALS” in Phoenix, AZ.
In 2014, Pure Flix – the largest independent faith and family film studio – released the feature film God’s Not Dead, which Wolfe produced and co-starred. The film became the highest-grossing indie faith film of the year. It was in the midst of that celebration that Wolfe was diagnosed with ALS.
“As one of the founding partners of Pure Flix, Russell always represented the vision to make a positive impact in our culture for Christ. He did this consistently through his work, life, and relationships,” said producer and Pure Flix founding partner David A.R. White. “Working beside Russell has been an honor and he will be profoundly missed.”
Through the support of his family, his Christian faith, and his medical care, Wolfe lived with a positive outlook and continued to work until his death, including producing the film God’s Not Dead 2, scheduled to be in theaters in spring 2016.
“I've been through a lot of storms in my life, and God has turned them around so that in retrospect, I can look back at those, and I'm thankful that they happened,” Wolfe told Movieguide® this past February. “I have looked at my diagnosis as an opportunity to stand in my faith, and see how God will use this for His Glory… and as a reminder that God is good all the time.”
Producer and Pure Flix founding partner Michael Scott shared his remembrance of Wolfe, stating, “He was a friend, business partner and truly a blessing to all who ever met him. His legacy will continue to influence the world for Christ through film and television.”
Pure Flix COO Steve Fedesky added, “Russell was a great friend, inspirational servant-leader, who loved God, his family and others. His courageous faith in Jesus Christ was a catalyst of hope through his work, and that leaves a lasting legacy.”
Movieguide® Founder and Publisher Dr. Ted Baehr, who also serves as the Chairman for the NRB Film Standing Committee, noted how “Russell was always gracious and interested in those who spoke with him.
“He was always kind and generous,” Dr. Baehr shared. “Jesus is rejoicing to have Russell at His banquet in heaven, but those of us who are left behind will miss him.”
Wolfe is survived by his wife, Alysoun, and their two children, who find comfort in knowing they will one day be reunited with him.
By NRB Staff
Published: June 4, 2015