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The pro-life film “Unplanned” has had to fight an unusually difficult and unfair uphill battle, both during production and distribution. James Hirsen (NewsMax) reports,

“As the producers sought licensing rights for songs that they felt might assist the mood of certain scenes in the movie, they received the cold shoulder from the music industry.”

After the film was given a surprising R-rating by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the film’s co-writer/co-director Cary Solomon said,

“The standard used to rate our movie is being applied inconsistently as it relates to bloody images on-screen. In fact, [the new slasher murder film] ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ has far more blood and gore than our film, and it received a PG-13 rating. And the blood in ‘Unplanned’ is in no way gratuitous.”

On April 10, 2019, the film’s other co-writer/co-director Chuck Konzelman was called before the U.S. Senate’s Judicial Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). The hearing was titled “Stifling Free Speech: Technology Censorship and the Public Discourse” and addressed whether social media giant Twitter and other tech companies are censoring conservative speech, including the new pro-life film “Unplanned.”

Here is Konzelman’s distressing testimony:

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Text of his comments:

Chuck Konzelman (left) and Cary Solomon at the Senate Subcommittee hearing

Senator Cruz, and members of the committee, I appear here today with my lifelong friend and business partner, Cary Solomon, the co-writer, co-director and co-producer of the film “Unplanned,” which is the true life story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood surgical abortion clinic director, who—after seeing an abortion take place in real time, on a sonogram screen—the image created via the ultrasound probe that Abby herself was holding—turned her entire worldview upside down, and became a pro-life advocate. That film is playing in theaters nationwide, as we speak.

From the outset, making a pro-life film in a pro-choice town (Los Angeles), we knew we would face a number of challenges. Moving past the challenges of production and post-production, limiting my comments to the marketing campaign, allow me to highlight some of these:

The MPAA saddled us with an “R” rating, which strongly discourages much of the Christian audience, and all of the Church of Latter-day Saints from seeing our film, since they have a general prohibition against seeing “R” rated films. It also precluded us from using the single most effective form of motion picture advertising—paid placement of our theatrical trailer before other films in theaters. But with an “R” rating, we were prohibited from advertising before anything but other “R” rated films, without special permission, which we sought—and were denied.

We also looked to advertise on cable television. But with the exception of Fox News and CBN, we were systematically denied access to the outlets where we sought to advertise—among which were Lifetime, UP TV, Hallmark, HGTV, USA Network, Food Network, The Travel Channel, DIY and the Cooking Channel.

In fact, LIFETIME, which is owned by A&E Networks, a joint venture of Walt Disney and Hearst Communications, told our buyers that they were refusing due to the ‘sensitive nature of the film’, but had previously promoted an interview with Scarlett Johansson in which she promoted Planned Parenthood. We consider these blanket refusals highly unusual and highly discriminatory, and have formally petitioned the FCC to look further into matter.

In this environment, we rather naturally looked to go to social media with our advertising spend. But once again… we found ourselves stymied.

Google Ads (formerly known as Google Adwords) blocked the entirety of the “Unplanned” pre-release banner ads.

For the effectiveness of Google advertising, we will quote Google itself:

“When you advertise on the Google Display Network—which has over 2 million sites and reaches over 90% of the people on the internet—your ads can appear across a large collection of websites, mobile apps, and video content.”

We were convinced of the advisability of advertising with Google. But we were blocked from doing so. Google cited a policy regarding abortion-related ads. Just one problem: We weren’t doing abortion related ads. We were marketing a movie.

It’s important to note that this prohibition was solidly in place for the entire leadup to our theatrical release. Why is this important?

Because much like the advertising spend in a political campaign, the vast majority of the dollars spent in promoting a film are spent to help build up a white-hot-intensity and awareness around one particular date. But instead of election day? For films, it’s the Friday night of opening weekend. Because that all-important opening weekend’s results determine the course of the film’s theatrical run… and even how much will make in ancillary markets and overseas.

And after the film’s release? Google came up with yet another restriction, concerning event ticket sales… one which our film’s marketers had never come across or even heard of in multiple similar campaigns. In short, we firmly believe they were sharpshooting us; hiding behind highly selective and discriminatory enforcement of their own guidelines.

It is impossible for me to quantify the damage done by Google’s refusal, but it’s absurd to think that there wasn’t damage done.

But we weren’t finished with social media woes: within hours of our theatrical debut…

In the early morning hours of Saturday, March 30, the film’s Twitter account—technically the account owned by the film’s single purpose marketing entity—was suspended. The reason for the suspension has not—to the best of my knowledge—been made clear, beyond being ‘accidental’. However when such ‘accidents’ occur within 12 hours of the film’s theatrical debut—and after 9 months of ownership, during which time there were zero suspensions—the ‘glitch’ is, of course, suspect.

The uproar came quickly—and was very loud. Apparently a number of media personalities—including Shannon Bream of Fox News, conservative commentator Dana Loesch, and television personality and pro-life supporter Patricia Heaton were aware of the situation, and made it known from their own social media platforms.

If any progressive or left-leaning pundits or influencers came to our support, on the basis of principle, I am unaware of it. However roughly 3 hours after the suspension, service was restored, although it’s also my understanding that our posting of a Twitter announcement with words to the effect of ‘We’re back’ was deleted from the account, without explanation.

Later on the same day, Twitter apparently deleted the vast majority of those listed as ‘followers’ for our account… reducing the number from something on the order of 200,000 to less than 200. A thousand-to-one reduction in our listed followers. And numerous people—including the subject of our film—Abby Johnson—and the star of our film—Ashley Bratcher—found themselves unable to follow their own movie on Twitter.

Dana Loesch’s tweet at 11:21 PM on that same day read—and here I quote:

“About five minutes ago I was following @UnplannedMovie and then I just checked after seeing so many say they had trouble even following the account and somehow, I wasn’t following them anymore.”

Again, this was all during the all-important first weekend of our release.

Begging the question, Why does this only seem to happen to conservatives? Or as the satirical website THE BABYLON BEE put it:

“Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood, an organization that actually kills babies every single day, still had an active Twitter account in good standing.”

Interestingly, on the one social media platform from today’s first panel where we didn’t have significant problems—on Facebook—our exposure exploded, and I believe the film’s Facebook site had something on the order of about 12-million trailer views by the time of our theatrical debut, and nearly 18-million to date.

And we credit this unrestricted access with much of the film’s success—highlighting the importance of access to social media.

For the record, we allege no collusion between any of the social media or cable media entities. At least not in the formal sense. They require no coordinated communication or agreement between them, because they are universally progressive in their orientation, political beliefs, and worldview… and likewise strongly predisposed toward stifling conservative thought.

But as evidence that the discrimination is one-sided, I posit this question: There are a number of pro-choice films currently in development in Hollywood. I will mention two: “Let Her Speak,” the story of Wendy Davis’ pro-choice filibuster on the floor of the Texas senate… to which Sandra Bullock is attached to star. And “This is Jane,” being produced by Amazon Prime, which tells the story of an underground abortion network in pre-Roe-vs-Wade Chicago. Is there any member of this committee who would like to go on record as saying they honestly expect either of those films to have trouble in buying advertising—on Google, or otherwise? I think not—because they won’t. Unless, perhaps, this committee elects to remember and closely scrutinize whether the standards are applied evenly.

And lest anyone be tempted to dismiss our film as some sort of right wing rant, I will quote from the final lines of an article by Marc Thiessen, published in the WASHINGTON POST, and reprinted in the NEW YORK POST—neither of which are generally regarded as bastions of conservative thought:

“Ultimately, the movie is a testament to the power of prayer. Abby’s family prays for her to leave Planned Parenthood, but they never reject her. They know she is a good person who does not yet understand the evil of abortion. There are millions like her. The film’s goal is to reach them by showing us the humanity of the unborn child. This is why abortion supporters don’t want you to see UNPLANNED. See it anyway.”

That is a Washington Post journalist’s description of the movie that social media went out of its way to restrict public awareness of.

In closing, if social media is allowed to presumptively and preemptively dismiss conservative thought as controversial, divisive, or “too sensitive”… then that is what they will continue to do. If they are allowed to apply their own broadly drawn ‘guidelines’ to dismiss one side of controversial issues—the side they don’t agree with—and do so with impunity? Then they will do so. It’s all too easy to label conservative thought as controversial or divisive, dismiss it as ‘contrary to our guidelines’ or roll out the dreaded phrase—HATE SPEECH.

But in a digital age, exclusion from the digital arena isn’t just discriminatory—it’s the most insidiously effective form of censorship imaginable.

Senator Cruz, and the judiciary committee members thank you for your attention… it’s been an honor for Cary Solomon and myself to be here, and I hope to be able answer any questions you may have.

See our movie review of “Unplanned

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Academy Award winning actor Jon Voight in “Roe v. Wade” (2019)

A new film starring Jon Voight (Midnight Cowboy, Runaway Train, Heat), Nick Loeb (Precious Cargo), John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard, The Haves and Have Nots) and Stacy Dash (Clueless), tells the true story of how Norma McCorvey, commonly known as Jane Roe, was persuaded by lies and manipulation to sue the government for the right to have an abortion.

The script, co-written by Director and Actor Nick Loeb, was developed from actual court records in order to share the truth behind the case that has allowed the killing of more than 60 million American children.

Director Loeb told The Washington Post,

“I wanted to tackle this in a way where all sides of the story will be told, and the facts were laid out, and people can then make up their mind and decide on their own. I just think everybody should be armed with the facts, unlike when I was growing up.”

Corbin Bernsen (as Justice Blackmun)
Steve Guttenberg (as Justice Powell)

The film also features many other fine and well recognized actors, including Corbin Bernsen (as Justice Blackmun), William Forsythe (as Justice Stewart), Steve Guttenberg (as Justice Powell), Joey Lawrence, Stacey Dash, Robert Davi (as Justice Brennan), Mindy Robinson, Jamie Kennedy (as Larry Lader), Tom Guiry, and Wade Williams (as Justice Rehnquist).

Producers for the film include Alveda King (niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and daughter of civil rights activist Rev. A. D. King), Adi Cohen, Nick Loeb, and others.

ROE V. WADE centers around the famous abortionist Dr. Bernard Nathanson and Dr. Mildred Jefferson, the first African-American doctor to graduate from Harvard Medical School, as they square off in a national battle in this untold conspiracy that led to the most famous and controversial court case in history.

Nathanson conspires with NARAL founder Larry Lader and feminist Betty Friedan in the fight to legalize abortion on demand. Looking for a pawn to enact their plan, they discover Norma McCorvey, a broke, pregnant and uneducated girl, and persuade her to sue Dallas County for the right to an abortion.

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Lader is inspired by the work of Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger, who sought to reduce the growth of African-American populations in America. Together, he, Nathanson, and Friedan work tirelessly to inundate the public with pro-abortion ideas and fabricated false statistics to build support for their case and sway public sentiment, moving the idea of abortion from murder of the defenseless to an expression of a woman’s right.

In the meantime, Jefferson, an educated, African-American pro-life scholar and doctor, steps up, determined to save lives and her race with the help of Father James McHugh and Law Professor Robert Byrn.

ROE V. WADE tells the untold journey of the deceit and cruelty that created the most famous court case in all of history and the relentless fight to save America’s future generations.

Co-Producer Alveda King revealed,

“This is the real untold story of how mountains of lies led to an injustice that has deprived millions of people of human dignity and human rights. So much was twisted and turned around to pass Roe V. Wade. A lot of information has been misconstrued, and it has to come out.”

One of the sources for financing this film is crowdfunding through GoFundMe.

The filmmakers are hoping to release ROE V. WADE theatrically nationwide in Fall 2019. Audiences will get the first sneak peek of the film during an exclusive March 27, 2019 showing at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Convention in Anaheim, California.

Director Loeb says,

“Our movie will not only shed a light on the truth, but it will also change hearts and minds.”

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New World War 2 drama in post-production—“Burning at Both Ends”

January 15th, 2019 | Articles | Comments Off on New World War 2 drama in post-production—“Burning at Both Ends”

A new World War 2 faith-based drama is coming from SlingShot Media Group which was founded in North Carolina and has since moved to Los Angeles. The movie’s cast includes such well known actors as Cary Elwes, Judd Hirsch, Jason Patric, and Sebastian Roche.

The film’s screenplay won a $50,000 Chronos Prize from Movieguide Awards, with Dr. Ted Baehr calling it an “impressively powerful script.” The writers and directors are Matthew G. Hill and Landon Johnson.


Unofficially led by a deposed Protestant pastor known only as Jacques (Cary Elwes), a small group of Christians, Jews and Gypsies are forced to live in hiding together while Jacques uses a pirate radio signal to broadcast messages of resistance and hope in defiance of Nazi rule in 1943 occupied France. For their efforts, the group soon finds itself hunted by the Gestapo (Sebastian Roche). To survive they must place their lives in the unlikely hands of a suspicious benefactor who made his fortune from the very War that has cost them so dearly.

The film, while not a true story, does draw from the rarely told true history of Christians, Jews, Gypsies and freedom fighters of various faiths who banded together and risked everything in defiance of Nazi rule.

A release date is not yet available. Taylor & Dodge is reportedly handling worldwide sale. Slingshot Media Group is a film and television production company devoted to inspirational, uplifting and faith-inspired content in both the comedy and drama arenas.

The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story

January 9th, 2019 | Articles | Comments Off on The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story

Based on a true story, “The Least of These” shares the remarkable life of Australian missionary Graham Staines, who on January 23, 1999 met an unexpected fate in India while faithfully serving the leper population. The film’s release date on February 1, 2019, coincides with the 20th anniversary of his martyrdom that shocked the world.

Shot on location near Hyderabad, India, “The Least of These” is told through the viewpoint of a fictional character, Manav Banerjee (Joshi), who moves with his pregnant wife to Orissa, India, seeking a job as a journalist with the local newspaper.

Christian actor Stephen Baldwin plays the part of missionary Graham Staines and Shari Rigby plays his wife Gladys—who served lepers of India

When speculation mounts that Graham Staines (Stephen Baldwin) is illegally proselytizing and converting leprosy patients to Christianity, Manav, hoping to make a better life for his new family, agrees to investigate undercover, hoping to catch Staines in the act.

What Manav finds is a series of revelations that are difficult to fathom and even harder to explain, forcing him to make a choice between his own ambition and the truth. In the end, a tragic event and a surprising reaction from the Staines family will change Manav forever.

Executive Producer Victor Abraham says,

The film is all about the power of love, hope and forgiveness to overcome hate.

In 2005, Graham’s wife Gladys Staines was awarded the 4th highest civilian honor in India, Padma Shree, in recognition for her work with leprosy patients in Odisha. In the film, Shari Rigby plays Gladys Staines. Rigby has appeared in 8 films including “OCTOBER BABY” (2012), “NOT TODAY” (2013) and “EXTRAORDINARY” (2017). She is also starring in the new Sherwood Pictures film “OVERCOMER” coming later this year.

Actor Sharman Joshi (playing Manav Banerjee) was born in Bombay, Maharashtra, India, and comes from a long line of actors and performing artists as a member of the Gujarati family. He is a notable Indian Cinema actor best known for “3 Idiots” (2009), “Rang De Basanti” (2006) and Golmaal: “Fun Unlimited” (2006).

The film features a companion soundtrack to be released based on the movie with exclusive songs by well-known artists including Michael W. Smith, Toby Mac and Nicole C. Mullen and Getty Music.

Kevin Sorbo in The Reliant

“The Reliant” is a faith-based, feature length action film made by Fervent House Media. It stars Kevin Sorbo, Brian Bosworth, Mollee Gray, Eric Roberts, Julia Denton and many others. The film was completed in the summer of 2018 and is seeking a distributor for 2019 theatrical release.

This motion picture drama tells the story of “an economic catastrophe that precipitates widespread rioting and social unrest across the nation, leaving a lovesick 21-year-old girl struggling to care for her siblings in a stretch of woods bordered by lawless anarchy, wondering why a good God would let this happen.”

According to Producer Dr. J.P. Johnston,

“Without a doubt, the most powerful way to influence the next generation is cinema. And not cheesy, B-rated ‘preachy’ movies that ‘preach to the choir,’ but powerfully engaging, unpredictable, realistic, relevant, unforgettable stories that will leave audiences changed and hungry for more.”

“THE RELIANT takes the hard questions head on. Questions like ‘Why do bad things happen to good people?’ In a winsome and entertaining, edge-of-your-seat fashion, questions are answered in a way that honors God, satisfies the conscience, and vindicates liberty.”

Dr. Johnston is a family practice physician and the founder of the Association of Pro-life Physicians ( He has reportedly written 10 novels.

Submission of the film to the Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA) for rating, produced an unexpected result. The MPAA rated it “R” for some violence. The producer reports that the film does not glamorize violence, and it was specifically and carefully designed to easily receive a more favorable rating. Dr. Johnston believes the MPAA is biased, and is, in effect, trying to prevent the film’s success because it is not only faith-based, but also pro-2nd Amendment. Johnston suggests,

“That’s just more than the Hollywood elites can handle.”

“Yes, Kevin Sorbo’s character and his children use weapons to defend themselves from armed looters, but it is so much less violence than even many PG-13 action films. This is an entertaining but God-honoring film. We were so careful to prevent the ‘The Reliant’ from coming anywhere near an R-rating.”

The MPAA ruling is being appealed, and the producer is currently raising funds for this effort and for upcoming marketing costs (see Indiegogo page).

The film is directed by Paul Munger, with expert Director of Photography James Burgess—who himself has produced and directed hundreds of films, videos and TV commercials.

The music was composed by James Everingham and recorded at The Abbey Road Studios, London.

The movie’s official Web sites: and

Kevin Sorbo

Kevin Sorbo (“Let There Be Light,” “God’s Not Dead”) is set to star in “The Penitent Thief,” an adaptation of Don Willis’ best-selling novel of the same name. The film is currently in production and is scheduled for debut during the 2019 Easter season. The HISTORICAL FICTION DRAMA follows the journey of the two men who were crucified alongside Jesus. The film assumes the two could have been brothers and spins a story around how their lives could have intersected with some of the most notable figures in the Bible.

Actor Kevin Sorbo is an evangelical, nondenominational Christian who was raised in a Lutheran church. He says,

Historically, there is a lot we don’t know about the thieves by Jesus’ side. I applaud the film for its commitment to the biblical narrative, while allowing for imagination in areas where Scripture is silent. My hope is that the audience sees themselves in these characters and finds the same hope that the penitent thief did on the cross.

Actors James Russo (“Django Unchained,” “Donnie Brasco”), Jay Giannone (“Patriots Day,” “American Hustle”) and Stelio Savante (“Blood in the Water,” “Where the Road Runs Out”) will also have feature roles.

The faith-based film is co-directed and produced by Lucas Miles (Miles Media Films) and Jon Blaze, and written and executive produced by Don and Julia Willis (4:13 Films). Miles says,

The story of “The Penitent Thief” is all of our stories. Like the thief, we deserve eternal punishment, but thankfully through the cross, God has made a way for us to find redemption, forgiveness and grace. My hope is that this film leads people to experience the cross in a whole new way.

To learn more about “The Penitent Thief,” visit:

4:13 Films
4:13 Films is a faith-based production company helmed by Don and Julia Willis. Launched in 2015, 4:13 Films has collaborated on nationally recognized projects including “God’s Not Dead 2,” “Crowning Jules” and “Rodeo Girl.”

Miles Media Films, a production company established by CEO Lucas Miles, fosters dynamic cinematic endeavors that balance art and business. With a background in media, Miles’ resume includes credits on many national projects in film, commercials, music and literature. Miles is also the host of The Lucas Miles Show, which explores the intersection of faith, leadership and media.

International Christian Visual Media Announces April 1 ICVM Crown Award Deadline

March 14th, 2017 | Articles | Comments Off on International Christian Visual Media Announces April 1 ICVM Crown Award Deadline

The International Christian Visual Media Association announces the submission deadline of April 1, 2017 for its coveted ICVM Crown Awards to be presented at the annual Conference.

A company or producer must be a current member of ICVM in order to submit an entry. Submission forms, a list of categories and complete submission instructions are on the website at

Entries must be received by ICVM no later than April 1, 2017, accompanied by a $75 submission fee.

The International Christian Visual Media Crown Awards are designed to recognize excellence in production and content of films and media that reflect Christian values in a secular world.

Categories include Feature Films, Short Films, Youth & Children Films, Documentaries, International Films, Music Videos, Short Clips, TV Formats and Series. Producers around the world, working in visual media in any way, are encouraged to join ICVM and submit their films.

ICVM is pleased to announce prize money in the following categories: $2500 for the Gold Crown Award winner for Best Picture, courtesy of Christian Video Licensing International and $500 for the Gold Crown Award winner for Best Evangelistic Film, courtesy of the Ron Mix Memorial Fund.

The coveted ICVM Crown Award signifies excellence in all areas of production. Past winners of the Best Picture and Best Evangelistic Film Crown Awards have included such films as “Sabrina K” by Messenger Films, “War Room” by the Kendrick Brothers, “Beyond The Mask” by Burns Family Studios, “Providence” by Mainstreet Productions, “Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus” by Mahoney Media, “Trade of Innocents” by Dean River Productions, “Like Dandelion Dust” by, “Acts of God” by City on a Hill Productions, and other films.

The mission of International Christian Visual Media Association is to be a supportive Christian community for those involved in the production and distribution of visual media, encouraging and networking to communicate Christ to the world, with members from over 20 nations representing all forms of visual media backgrounds.

The 2017 ICVM Annual Conference is June 25-28, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Its theme: Arise, Shine, for Your Light Has Come. This Bible verse, Isaiah 60:1, illustrates ICVM’s commitment to encourage, inspire and learn from one another in community and worship. The Conference is a time of Christian fellowship, outlandish fun and professional networking, culminating in the ICVM Crown Award Celebration, honoring the excellent work of our colleagues.

“Is Genesis History?” Creation/Evolution documentary

February 23rd, 2017 | Articles | Comments Off on “Is Genesis History?” Creation/Evolution documentary

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A positive case for why the Bible’s view of history in Genesis provides solid evidence to answer life’s biggest questions.

See April 8, 2017 results update below

In the enlightening new documentary, IS GENESIS HISTORY?, Dr. Del Tackett takes audiences on a remarkable journey to explore evidence that supports historic claims of the Book of Genesis with renowned scientists and Bible scholars.

IS GENESIS HISTORY? comes to movie theaters nationwide for a one-night event, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, from Compass Cinema and Fathom Events. Following the film, there will be a moderated on-screen discussion with Tackett and a panel of scientists and theologians regarding Genesis’ impact on Christians today. After the theater showings, the film will be available on DVD, VOD, and for church licensing on April 11, 2017.

Dr. Del Tackett is former president of the Focus on the Family Institute and a former senior vice president of Focus on the Family. He created Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project—a nationwide project to bring the Christian worldview to the body of Christ. Tackett addresses worldview and cultural issues through writing, speaking, film and TV.

IS GENESIS HISTORY? was produced by Compass Cinema and produced and directed by Thomas Purifoy, Jr.

“This film started from a conversation with my 10-year-old daughter about science, history and the Bible,” Purifoy said. “She wanted to know how the things in the world are explained by what she reads in the Bible. Her questions led me down a lot of different paths where I heard and saw some amazing things. I tried to put as many of them as I could into the documentary.”

Tackett said,

“Millions of people have sincere questions about the origins of the earth and humanity. And there are contrasting views of our history, one of which is in the book of Genesis. The question is, which view is accurate? IS GENESIS HISTORY? makes a positive case that the Bible is historically reliable.”

Traveling the world, Tackett teams with experts in geology, biology, astronomy, archaeology, the Bible and more. Together they seek answers to longstanding questions surrounding the book of Genesis:

  • Was the universe created in six literal days?
  • Did humans evolve?
  • Were Adam and Eve real?
  • Was there a global flood?
  • What happened to the dinosaurs?

Dr. Del Tackett, host of the film, explains:

“People don’t need to feel unscientific in believing God’s Word as it is written. We wanted the film to show that there are smart, professional, respected scientists who are working in the field who have seen the evidence firsthand and believe that the evidence supports the historical narrative of Genesis.”

Thomas Purify, Jr. is a filmmaker and an educator. He has produced, written and directed numerous projects through his production company, Compass Cinema. In 2010, he started Compass Classroom to sell the company’s educational products to churches and families around the world.


This documentary used an unconventional theatrical release, launching the film as a one-night only theatrical event. Reportedly, over 143,000 people purchased tickets for the premiere event, making IS GENESIS HISTORY? the highest grossing and #1 per-screen average film in the country on February 23, 2017 (source: This outpouring of support caused two additional evenings of encore screenings that ultimately earned the film $2.7-million in just three evenings.

Producer Thomas Purifoy Jr. said,

“We knew people were innately interested in the events recorded in Genesis, so we were confident in the subject matter. What we were surprised by was how many theaters sold out, added screens, then sold out again. Documentaries aren’t supposed to do well in theaters. IS GENESIS HISTORY? is a film that is continually breaking the mold.”

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Short film submissions wanted $10,000 for films on fatherhood

December 21st, 2016 | Articles | Comments Off on Short film submissions wanted $10,000 for films on fatherhood

Christian Worldview Film FestivalThe Fatherhood CoMission and the Christian Worldview Film Festival have partnered to hold the second annual HONOR YOUR FATHER short film contest. The two groups urge filmmakers to use inspiration, humor, or drama in short film to promote a Biblical perspective of fatherhood, sharable on social media and appropriate to play in churches leading up to Father’s Day.

Filmmakers of all ages and backgrounds are invited to create a short film or submit an existing short film that meets the contest criteria to

The Fatherhood CoMission has teamed up with The Christian Worldview Film Festival (CWVFF) to host this short film competition. Stephen Kendrick, Fatherhood CoMission Board Member/Film Producer says,

“Imagine the national and global impact if every fathering/family organization, church, pastor were preaching the same message this Father’s Day—‘Honor Your Father’—a simple, scriptural and relevant way to help Dads and those they impact.”

Submissions must be received by Monday, January 30, 2017. Finalists will be showcased at the 2017 Christian Worldview Film Festival in San Antonio, March 16-18, 2017 and the winners revealed at the awards ceremony on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Finalists and winners will also be showcased in the 2017 Fatherhood CoMission’s HONOR YOUR FATHER campaign.

​The goal of this competition is to create a compelling short film that champions fatherhood. For years TV, movies, and other media have portrayed fathers as feckless targets of ridicule, devaluing the role fathers play, stripping them of honor. We will recognize and reward talented filmmakers whose work can reverse that trend.

  • Film submissions should be one-three minutes in length, and should be submitted via digital download by January 30, 2017. Filmmakers can visit​ for submission guidelines and to register films online.
  • Submission fee is $25/film
  • The LATE film submission deadline is February 6, 2017 with a fee of $50/film.
  • $10,000 in prize money will be awarded. First Place will receive $5000, Second Place will receive $2500, Third Place will receive $1500, Fourth Place will receive $1000.
  • At least 10 finalists will have their short films showcased at the 2017 Christian Worldview Film Festival and be used in the annual “Honor Your Father” campaign, which is organized by the Fatherhood CoMission.
  • 2016 finalists and winners can be viewed at
  • Awards for this contest will be presented during the CWVFF awards ceremony on March 18th, 2017.

For information on the Fatherhood CoMission Honor Your Father campaign visit

About The Christian Worldview Film Festival and Filmmakers Guild

CWVFF provides an annual event to showcase Christian films and provide training for filmmakers through the Filmmakers Guild. CWVFF is an outreach of Media Talk 101, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching media discernment in the light of following Christ. ​

About The Fatherhood CoMission

F.C.M is a group of ministry and business leaders working together to champion fatherhood both inside and outside the Church through clear, compelling evidence of God’s design for dads as noble difference makers in their families and the world.

F.C.M. serves, networks, and inspires others by providing resources, events, and a relationship building platform for other fathering organizations. ​

Pureflix joining forces with ClearPlay to deliver clean(er) content to families

December 20th, 2016 | Articles | Comments Off on Pureflix joining forces with ClearPlay to deliver clean(er) content to families


PureFlix, a leader in the faith and family streaming video space, is partnering with ClearPlay Inc. of Salt Lake City, Utah. To provide consumers original content, movies, TV shows and more completely free from any offensive language.

ClearPlay’s innovative playback filtering technology is designed to work with the existing library of more than 5,000 titles. It also opens the door for the addition of new content, which previously may have been rejected due to concerns about inappropriate language. ClearPlay is a service that makes movies family-friendly. The service works by filtering language and scenes while a movie is playing, all based on the family’s own personal settings.

Now, by simply enabling the filtering technology from an on-screen menu, all offensive language is seamlessly muted during playback.

While is available on several streaming devices, the filtering technology is currently designed to work only on ROKU and most computer browsers. It will be available to subscribers in Spring 2017. PureFlix’s CEO Greg Gudorf reports,

“Working with ClearPlay enables us to further fulfill our promise of no language, sex or violence surprises with our faith and family-focused content. A portion of our customer base—who have very strict personal guidelines on what they deem appropriate—has spoken and we’ve listened.”

While the clear majority of’s content is completely free from what most consider offensive language, some conservative Christian families have a zero-tolerance policy for certain imagery and/or words.

For example, in the wholesome “Heartland” series, the word “hell” is uttered during an occasional episode. With ClearPlay’s technology enabled, this and all language considered offensive is muted without interrupting the program being viewed.

Matt JarmanMatt Jarman, CEO and co-founder of ClearPlay, says,

“This is a tremendous win-win situation for the consumer. Parents can now fine-tune their family’s viewing experience for even more wholesomeness in their entertainment and both companies get to fulfill their goals of providing families with positive entertainment.”

According to competitor Neal Harmon, the CEO of VidAngel, “PureFlix users will be able to filter content only on Roku players and desktop computers.”