September 11th, 2015 | Articles | Comments »
Moviegoers nationwide to participate in “Captive: Night of Purpose” on September 17, 2015
One day prior to the theatrical release of the upcoming film “CAPTIVE,” moviegoers will gather in theaters for “Captive: Night of Purpose” to witness the life-changing story of Ashley Smith and Brian Nichols in the Paramount Pictures thriller. The event will take place on September 17 at 7:00 p.m. In more than 50 markets around the U.S.
Attendees at the event will enjoy a private showing of the film and view an exclusive panel discussion hosted by Gayle King with cast members David Oyelowo (“Selma”) and Kate Mara (“House of Cards”), along with producer Terry Botwick, Ashley Smith and Brian Nichols” mother Claritha.
“CAPTIVE,” based on a true story that drew the attention of the entire nation, is the dramatic, thrilling, and spiritual journey of Smith and Nichols. After being taken hostage by Nichols in her apartment, Smith turns to Rick Warren’s inspirational book, “The Purpose Driven Life,” for guidance. In reading from the book, Smith not only finds purpose in her life but also helps Nichols find a more peaceful resolution to a harrowing situation.
Producer Terry Botwick says,
“Captive” is more than just an entertaining film. It is an authentic experience of an incident that could have ended tragically. ‘Captive: Night of Purpose’ serves as a perfect opportunity for all of us to remember that no matter how dark a time we may be going through, there is a place to turn and find meaning. Ashley Smith’s life was changed forever and she lives a powerful life today, which reminds us that every life has purpose.”
As September is National Recovery Month, in which the prevention, treatment and recovery from mental and substance abuse disorders is lauded, “Captive: Night of Purpose” is hoped to be a catalyst for the many organizations, churches and communities planning to attend to discover their purpose and engage on topics of recovery, prevention, city transformation, faith and redemption.
Screen buyouts and theater takeovers for this exclusive event were made possible by private donors, churches, business leaders and the following sponsors: Beliefnet.com, Book Fun Magazine, Christian Broadcasting Network, ChristianCinema.com, The Christian Post, The Dove Foundation, Jesus Daily, New ReleaseToday, Outreach, Inc., The Washington Times and WingClips.
In addition to Oyelowo and Mara, “CAPTIVE” also stars Leonor Varela, Jessica Oyelowo, with Mimi Rogers and Michael K. Williams. Directed by veteran filmmaker Jerry Jameson, “Captive” is based on the book Unlikely Angel by Ashley Smith with Stacy Mattingly. The film’s screenplay is by Brian Bird. Produced by Terry Botwick, Jerry Jameson, Lucas Akoskin, Alex Garcia, Katrina Wolfe, David Oyelowo and Ken Wales. The executive producers are Santiago Garcia Galván, Jonathan Gray, Brian Bird, Elliott Lester and Ralph Winter.
“CAPTIVE” opens in theaters on September 18, 2015, under the distribution of Paramount Pictures Corporation, a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, and a unit of Viacom.
For additional information about “Captive: Night of Purpose” or to find the film in participating markets, go to captivemovieresources.com/nightofpurpose. For more information on the film “CAPTIVE” and to view its official trailer, visit www.captivethemovie.com.
Also see previous article: “Captive”—Paramount Pictures releases trailer starring David Oyelowo and Kate Mara
September 10th, 2015 | Articles | Comments »
A faith-based period drama with a modern-day purpose and explosive sports action is headed to theaters nationwide October 16, 2015. WOODLAWN, is said to be an exhilarating high school football story about revival and reconciliation, offering hope for overcoming the racial crises facing America today.
The movie, an Erwin Brothers film produced by Kevin Downes, tells the true-life story of Tony Nathan (newcomer Caleb Castille), who lands in a powder keg of anger and violence when he joins fellow African-American students at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama, after its government-mandated desegregation in 1973. The Woodlawn Colonels football team is a microcosm of the problems at the school and in the city, which erupts in cross burnings and riots, and Coach Tandy Geralds (Nic Bishop) is at a loss to solve these unprecedented challenges with his disciplinarian ways.
It’s only when Hank (Sean Astin), an outsider who has been radically affected by the message of hope and love he experienced at a Christian revival meeting, convinces Coach Geralds to let him speak to the team that something truly remarkable begins to happen. More than 40 players, nearly the entire team, black and white, give their lives over to the “better way” Hank tells them is possible through following Jesus, and the change is so profound in them it affects their coach, their school and their community in ways no one could have imagined.
The Colonels make a run at the state playoffs led by Nathan, who achieves superstar status in Birmingham and attracts the attention of legendary University of Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant (Jon Voight). It’s the miracle, Hank says, of what happens when God shows up. Director Andy Erwin says,
“It is the story about the redemption of a cynic through a reluctant hero with the influence of an unabashed optimist. And these three men mixed together in the midst of this spiritual awakening that really hit America in the early ‘70s called the Jesus Movement. Something special happened, and a city healed.”
Adds Producer Kevin Downes:
“It’s a special film that’s really going to touch the lives of many people across the country and around the world. I think it transcends different backgrounds in such a way that it can bring healing. People have separation and brokenness in their lives—and this film can really help people in ways that are unexpected.”
A trio of books will also be released in conjunction with the film: Woodlawn: Dare to Believe, written by Todd Geralds (son of Tandy Geralds), on which the movie is based; and Touchdown Tony: Running With a Purpose, Tony Nathan’s autobiography, are both available September 15, 2015 from Howard Books. A devotional book, When God Shows Up, releases October 1, 2015 from Broadstreet Publishing.
WOODLAWN, distributed by Pure Flix in conjunction with Provident Films, stars Sean Astin (“Rudy,” “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “Mom’s Night Out”), Nic Bishop (“Covert Affairs,” “Body of Proof”), Caleb Castille (in his feature film debut), C. Thomas Howell (“The Outsiders,” “Red Dawn”), Sherri Shepherd (“The View,” “Precious”) and Academy-Award winner JON VOIGHT (“Ali,” “National Treasure,” “Coming Home”). It is directed by The Erwin Brothers (“October Baby,” “Mom’s Night Out”) from a script by Jon Erwin and Quinton Peeples and is produced by Kevin Downes (“Faith of Our Fathers,” “Courageous”).
To learn more about the movie, visit www.woodlawnmovie.com
September 10th, 2015 | Articles | Comments »
“One Generation Away” is a fast-paced film that travels the United States (and Europe) in search of a deeper understanding of the religious freedom clauses in the Constitution’s First Amendment. From Hobby Lobby to the Mt. Soledad Cross in San Diego to wedding service providers in the Northwest, “One Generation Away” asks hard questions about the status of religious liberty in America today. The film includes leading voices on both sides of the issue. “One Generation Away” discovers that our “first freedom” religious liberty is one that demands attention at this critical point in American history.
In the wake of county clerk Kim Davis being jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kentucky, the “One Generation Away” Film Tour is headed to The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky on September 15.
The “One Generation Away” Film Tour also includes screenings in Ohio, West Virginia, Georgia, and Iowa in coming weeks. “One Generation Away,” which explores the changing face of religious liberty in America, recently won Best Documentary at the 2015 Christian Worldview Film Festival in San Antonio and the 2015 ICVM Crown Awards in Orlando. The Film Tour includes a Question and Answer session with producer/director Ken Carpenter and special guests at each stop on the tour.
Director Ken Carpenter says,
“With events such as Davis’ actions leading to her eventual arrest and jailing last week, we’re finding more and more that ONE GENERATION AWAY serves the purpose of ‘cueing up’ the conversation that needs to be had at this time. While a lot of the religious liberty issues out there are complicated—and there are no easy answers—people are realizing that the issues can’t be ignored.”
“One Generation Away” is a designed as a fast-paced film that travels the United States and Europe in search of a deeper understanding of the religious freedom clauses in the Constitution’s First Amendment. The film visits recent religious liberty hotspots, ranging from Hobby Lobby to wedding service providers (bakers and florists) in the Pacific Northwest. “One Generation Away” also includes leading voices on both sides of the issue, including Eric Metaxas, Tony Perkins, James McElroy (ACLU), Dan Barker (Freedom From Religion Foundation), and many more.
Ken Carpenter reports,
“The challenge before believers is to better discern what a rightful understanding of religious liberty should be, especially in the face of emerging cultural changes that appear to be in contrast to biblical teaching. It puts a lot of people in a great deal of conflict. Hopefully, ‘One Generation Away’ helps us steer toward seeing the issue of religious liberty more clearly.”
For more information about “One Generation Away,” visit www.onegenerationawaymovie.com. For more information about the “One Generation Away” Film Tour, e-mail email@example.com.
About Ken Carpenter
Award-winning Producer/Director Ken Carpenter has been recognized for a wide variety of film, video, and television projects, ranging from dramas to documentaries to music videos. His work includes projects with Amy Grant, Newsboys, dcTalk, Casting Crowns, Stephen Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Jeremy Camp, and numerous others. He’s done films for organizations including Focus on the Family, Tyndale Publishers, Compassion International, Big Idea, PAX TV, Joni and Friends, and many more. He is currently finishing “Last Best Summer Ever,” a feature film for EchoLight Studios.
EchoLight Studios is an entertainment studio specializing in bringing first-class, redemptive media to the marketplace. EchoLight Studios produces, directs, funds and distributes faith-based films that bring communities together. For information, visit www.echolight.com.
September 10th, 2015 | Articles | Comments »
Greg Gudorf, a senior technology/marketing executive with a track record of success at such companies as Technicolor, Diego and Sony Electronics, is joining Pure Flix Digital as CEO.
With the number of streaming video households in North America expected to reach 76.5 million by 2020 (an increase of 26 million from 2014) according to a Digital TV Research forecast, Gudorf will be responsible for directing and driving the anticipated growth of the new PureFlix.com subscription video-on-demand service.
The service, which launched earlier this summer, offers more than 2,500 full-length feature films, independent and educational films, kid’s animated titles, television series, documentaries and more for the entire family at home or on the go. Pure Flix Digital is currently available on Roku and via iOS and Google apps, for use on smart phones, tablets, laptops/PCs, or televisions.
Pure Flix Founding Partner Michael Scott says,
“Greg’s technical experience in the video streaming space, along with his ability to successfully take new platforms and services to market, makes him a welcome and valuable addition to the Pure Flix family. We have ambitious plans to provide our faith-driven content to families anytime, anywhere and I’m confident Greg and his team will deliver.”
Before joining Pure Flix Digital, Gudorf served as COO of MGO.com, a premium digital streaming service and joint venture between Technicolor and DreamWorks Animation now serving several million consumers. Prior to that position, he was CEO at Digeo, a Paul Allen-owned company that introduced the Moxi® High Definition Digital Video Recorder, which allowed consumers to discover, enjoy and share HD content from their digital cable provider, PCs on the home network and the Internet.
At Sony Electronics, Gudorf and his team launched SonyStyle.com, the company’s first foray in audio/video online/retail sales. He was also responsible for marketing the company’s innovative televisions, which defined Sony as a brand for years.
Another former Sony Electronics executive, Brian Pancarik, is also joining Pure Flix Digital as vice president of operations and support. Pancarik will help drive the strategy and deployment of the company’s SVOD platform. He most recently was a senior product marketing and business manager at Sony Electronics, based in San Diego.
Sony Pictures/AFFIRM Films/Provident Film’s faith-based family drama WAR ROOM continues to exceed expectations, on pace to take the box office crown in its 2nd weekend. After opening as the #1 faith based movie of 2015 and the highest in the genre since HEAVEN IS FOR REAL (4/16/14), WAR ROOM had an incredible hold in its second weekend. The film is poised to take in $12.3 million from 1,526 locations for the 4-day holiday weekend, which brings the estimated total to $28.663 million.
Word of mouth, media attention, grassroots marketing and social media sharing continued to propel audiences to the theater over the holiday weekend.
“Through several key elements including the strategic screen expansion, the targeted chase media campaign and promotions, the growing support from both the core audience as well as key leaders, churches, organizations and ministries in the faith community, we were able to ensure greater awareness of and access to WAR ROOM this past weekend”
said Tana Evans, Vice President of Marketing and Distribution for AFFIRM Films.
“There is obviously a demand for quality content that resonates with the faith audience. AFFIRM Films is excited to have partnered with Provident Films and the Kendrick Brothers once again on a film that is affecting the lives of millions of people across the country and the world.”
WAR ROOM is the fifth film from Alex and Stephen Kendrick (COURAGEOUS, FIREPROOF, FACING THE GIANTS, FLYWHEEL) and has enjoyed media coverage from outlets such as Associated Press, Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Forbes, USA Today, Entertainment Tonight, CBS, FOX News, and others.
“This was a huge team effort between AFFIRM, Provident, the Kendricks and hundreds of churches and ministries to share an authentic story of faith that clearly resonated with the audience”
The budget for this PG-rated film was $3.5-million. With an A+ CinemaScore, WAR ROOM is expected to have long legs well into the fall season.
A Kendrick Brothers production, WAR ROOM is distributed by Sony’s TriStar Pictures with marketing by Provident Films and AFFIRM Films. A Kendrick Brothers production, WAR ROOM is distributed by Sony’s TriStar Pictures with marketing by Provident Films and AFFIRM Films.
“Escaping Common Core: Setting Our Children Free” exposes the socialist origins of Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
August 24th, 2015 | Articles | Comments »
Exodus Mandate announces new movie
Because of the comprehensive and accelerating failure of the government school system and the encroachment of Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Exodus Mandate (Frontline Ministries, Inc.) has launched a new film, “Escaping Common Core: Setting Our Children Free” (Volume 1). Common Core is a major issue in the 2016 presidential campaign, and this new DVD will impact the national debate about the best and biblical alternatives for K-12 education and why public school reform is not possible.
This film explains the origins of Common Core and the history of progressive education, contrasted with biblical Christian education. It exposes the socialist worldview agenda, its dangers, and why Christians and churches can no longer participate in public schools. In 2011, the “IndoctriNation” DVD (IndoctriNationmovie.com), educated parents on the history of the public schools, for which Chaplain E. Ray Moore was executive producer. Chaplain Moore wrote the script and is the executive producer of this new movie, as well.
Dr. Bruce Shortt says in the DVD,
“The government schools teach a toxic mixture of post modernism, secular humanism, feminism, environmentalism, Gramsci Marxism, and a whole lot of other things… just not Christianity.”
Ellen Gerwitz, one of the speakers in the movie stated,
“This is a MUST-SEE DVD. We must help parents, especially Christian parents, understand that putting their children in public schools is not only destroying their children, but also helping to destroy our freedoms, one generation at a time.”
Other speakers include Dr. Bruce Shortt, Chaplain E. Ray Moore, Dr. Brian Ray, Dr. Dennis Cuddy, Mac Dominick, Dan Smithwick, Dr. Voddie Baucham, Kevin Swanson, Ohio Representative Andy Thompson, Heidi Huber, Ed Gamble, Matt and Ellen Gerwitz, Kevin Novak, and more.
Chaplain Moore states,
“You will learn how to use this powerful, new film to help make an impact in the lives of other Christian families and churches. There is no reason Christian parents should send their precious children to a pagan, atheistic, hostile public school – it would be like sending sheep to the slaughter. Scripture commands families to provide Christian education, not a secular or godless education.”
For more information, please go to exodusmandate.org
Official site: escapingcommoncore.com
July 31st, 2015 | Articles | 1 Comment »
Biopic about Christian teen martyr will release on anniversary of Columbine massacre
Duck Dynasy’s Sadie, Korie, Bella Robertson join cast
Visible Pictures, LLC and Big Film Factory announced that principal photography has commenced on “I’m Not Ashamed,” a faith-based biography drama about the first student killed in the Columbine High School massacre, directed by Brian Baugh (“The Comeback Kids”). The film began shooting in and around Nashville, Tenn. on July 13 and will wrap on August 10, 2015. Mother/daughter reality stars Korie Robertson (A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” “God’s Not Dead”), Sadie Robertson (A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” “Dancing with the Stars”) and Bella Robertson, will join Ben Davies (“Courageous”), Nancy Stafford (“Matlock”), Jennifer O’Neill (“Summer of ’42”), Matthew Schuler (“The Voice”), Jaci Velasquez (“Let the Lion Roar”), and newcomer Masey McLain, who plays “Rachel Scott.”
I’M NOT ASHAMED plans to release April 20, 2016, the 17th anniversary of the Columbine massacre. Rachel Scott was 17 when she died.
“Rachel’s story will break your heart and lift you up all in the same teardrop,” says Brad Allen, producer. “Her truly unique relationship with God as revealed in her writings is an amazing display of truth and honesty that is every bit as relevant today as it was 16 years ago.”
Based on Rachel Joy Scott’s personal journals, the film tells the story of the young girl’s search for acceptance, her journey of faith and her desire to show kindness and compassion to everyone—from the in-crowd to the outcasts. I’m NOT ASHAMED follows Rachel’s life leading up to the Columbine shootings, and illustrates what it truly means to have a faith in Jesus strong enough to die for.
“Rachel wrote that she would one day touch the lives of millions,” says Benny Proffitt, executive producer. “We are honored to help make this dream a reality.”
On April 20th, 1999 at Columbine High School, two teenage boys entered their high school with guns and homemade bombs planning to kill hundreds of their classmates. They would murder 12 students and 1 teacher before turning their guns on themselves.
The first student that died was Rachel Joy Scott. She was eating lunch in the courtyard outside when she was shot and multiple times. The killers knew Rachel. They were in classes together, and Rachel had shared her faith in Jesus with them. Moments before her death, they mocked her, “Do you still believe in your God?” With a gun at her head she replied, “You know that I do.”
“I’m Not Ashamed” is Rachel’s story from her own words. Drawn directly from her writings, we discover the hope in this tragedy. We find the story of a student who showed radical compassion to the hurting and unnoticed. It’s the true story of a girl who was not ashamed to share her love for Jesus to those around her, even to her killers.
For more information visit ImNotAshamedFilm.com
The International Christian Visual Media conference has announced its choices for best Christian film and television programs of the year
Here’s a partial list:
- “Old Fashioned” — Gold award
- “The Song” — Silver
City On A Hill Productions
- “The Cokeville Miracle” — Bronze
BEST EVANGELISTIC FILM
- “Born To Win” – Gold
- “Polycarp” — Silver
- “The War Within” — Bronze
House of Grace Films
BEST YOUTH FILM
- “The Current” — Gold
Bridgestone Multimedia Group
- “Messiah’s Promise” — Silver
- “Wild Brothers” — Bronze
Answers in Genesis
BEST CHILDREN’S VIDEO
- “Torchlighters: The John Wesley Story” — Gold
- “Khumbula—I Will Remember” — Silver
- “Messiah’s Promise” — Bronze
- “Foundations of Freedom” — Gold
Bridgestone Multimedia Group
- “My Worship: Real Or Replacement” — Silver
Good News Productions International
- “The Life Story: Financial” — Bronze
The Crown Awards are designed to recognize excellence in production and content of films and videos that are created to reflect Christian values in a secular world. Since 1973, when a group of distributors began to honor the work of Christian film producers, the traditional awards ceremony has taken place at the end of the ICVM conference each year.
For a complete list of winners and categories, see ICVM.
June 16th, 2015 | Articles | Comments »
Film based on a true story to hit theaters September 18, 2015
Paramount Pictures released the first trailer for its upcoming film “CAPTIVE,” starring David Oyelowo (“Selma,” “A Most Violent Year”) and Kate Mara (“Fantastic Four,” “House of Cards”).
Based on the true story that drew national attention in 2005, “CAPTIVE” promises to be a thrilling drama about the spiritual collision of two broken lives. When Brian Nichols—on the run as the subject of a city-wide manhunt and desperate to make contact with his newborn son—takes recovering meth addict Ashley Smith hostage in her own apartment, she turns for guidance to Rick Warren’s best-selling inspirational book, The Purpose Driven Life. While reading aloud, Ashley and her would-be killer each face crossroads where despair and death intersect hope.
Directed by veteran filmmaker Jerry Jameson, “CAPTIVE” is based on the book Unlikely Angel by Ashley Smith with Stacy Mattingly. The film’s screenplay is by Brian Bird. The film is rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving violence and substance abuse.
In addition to Oyelowo and Mara, “Captive” also stars Leonor Varela, Jessica Oyelowo, with Mimi Rogers and Michael K. Williams.
The film was produced by Terry Botwick, Jerry Jameson, Lucas Akoskin, Alex Garcia, Katrina Wolfe, David Oyelowo and Ken Wales. The executive producers are Santiago Garcia Galván, Jonathan Gray, Brian Bird, Elliott Lester and Ralph Winter.
“In March of 2005, Ashley’s story captivated the nation on news outlets everywhere,” said Botwick. “Her story is thrilling and redemptive as God intersected the lives of two very broken people in the most dramatic way. It has been amazing getting to know Ashley and to be working with such fine actors. I am so pleased also to be partnering with Paramount to bring this authentic encounter to a worldwide audience.”
Also see our article: “Captive” movie celebrates theatrical release with purposeful event
Bold film says Christians should not be silent about homosexuality—love can’t stay silent
Addressing what is the most culturally-divisive issue of the day—even among Christians—Living Waters Publications will release its newest film, “AUDACITY,” online June 24, 2015 along with bonus features and special materials.
Starring Travis Owens (“Friday Night Lights” TV series), Molly Ritter (“Atrophy,” “Madison”), and Ben Price (“Australia’s Got Talent”), “Audacity” explores the conflict between Christians and homosexuality using both a thought-provoking plot and real and unscripted street interviews conducted by Ray Comfort.
“Audacity” follows the struggle of Peter (Travis Owens) as he is confronted with the tension between the cultural acceptance of homosexuality and what the Bible says is true. While trying to live out his Christian beliefs, he finds that there are a lot of uncomfortable questions he has to answer. But acting out of love for his friends and even strangers, Peter is able to live out the values of the Bible and show others the courage it takes to follow the Bible when its teachings are not popular. Viewers will find “Audacity” to be culturally relevant but boldly sticking to its Biblical principles.
“A non-Christian recently questioned how any Christian could possibly stay true to the Bible and not be ‘homophobic,’” Comfort said. “After working on ‘Audacity’ for more than a year, I think we have (by the grace of God) done precisely that.”
Comfort continued with this story:
“I invited an outspoken atheist friend to a prescreening and without any provocation, he said, ‘Unlike most Christian films it is far from cheesy, and has a great, well-acted script. Most of all it is not heavy-handed, showing the Christian position on homosexuality without being intimidating or angry. Well done!’”
The filmmakers have also been encouraged to win two awards and to have “Audacity” enthusiastically commended by men such as Alex Kendrick (“Fireproof”) and Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis).
“I think this movie is going to dumbfound a skeptical world by showing how uncompromising Christianity can indeed demonstrate uncompromising love,” Comfort concluded.
“Audacity” is the fifth film produced by Living Waters Publications, a biblical evangelism media company led by Founder and CEO Ray Comfort. It will release through the film’s website at AudacityMovie.com.
Living Waters Publications
Living Waters Publications is a global media group with a mission to educate God’s people in the principles of biblical evangelism through strategic conferences, academic and practical training opportunities, networking platforms, and the production and dissemination of various printed and audio/visual media. For more information visit LivingWaters.com.