Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired US theatrical rights to California-based New Song Pictures’ faith-based coming-of-age drama To Save A Life.

The distributor has set a January 22, 2010 release and is working in association with Outreach Films and New Song Pictures to market, promote and publicise the film.

Brian Baugh’s feature directorial debut follows an all-American teenager whose seemingly idyllic life is devastated following the death of his childhood friend. Randy Wayne, Deja Kreutzberg, Kim Hidalgo and Sean Michael Afable star and Jim Britts wrote the screenplay.

Samuel Goldwyn Films president Meyer Gottlieb negotiated the deal with New Song Pictures managing producer Steve Foster.

“We are confident that To Save A Life will continue our proven track record of releasing faith-based films,” vice-president of acquisitions Peter Goldwyn said. “To Save A Life is not only deeply moving but also entirely engaging. Brian and Jim have done a great job of really depicting the challenges that today’s youth face.”