This week's entries include a documentary about saving children from being abandoned on the street, a true story from the American frontier about keeping the faith, an adventure of friendship and exploration, and a historical fiction narrative about slavery to sin and death.
At the annual International Christian Visual Media Conference, the Crown Awards were announced for outstanding film and television programs. Filmmakers from around the world gathered to share stories, worship, learn, and encourage each other as they honored the work of their fellow filmmakers.
Faith of Our Fathers, which features Kevin Downes, David A.R. White, Stephen Baldwin and Duck Dynasty's 'Uncle Si' Robertson, tells a multi-generational story of fathers and sons. Nearly fifty years after the start of the Vietnam War, the film premieres nationwide on July 1. The premiere was countercultural: veterans were invited to walk the red carpet in four major cities, to interact with the film's stars and filmmakers. But the film doesn't stop there in honoring veterans!
Australian director and producer Josh Reid sat down with ChristianCinema.com to discuss making his debut film, 1500 Steps, about a young man struggling with faith. In the midst of life's troubles, he finds respite while running, setting up a parable for life about what it means to run your race.
Talking with Boaz Yakin, who directed the Denzel Washington gridiron film Remember the Titans and wrote Now You See Me and Prince of Persia, you can hear his enthusiasm for making an adventure film. “Family, not kiddie” is how he described Max, the story about a Belgian Malinois named Max who is adopted by his dead handler’s brother. Yakin wrote the script with his friend and Vietnam veteran, Sheldon Lettich, to show how military working dogs (MWDs) and the family dynamic can teach us all a lot about life.
Matthew McConaughey, Chris Pratt, Brad Pitt, Gwen Stefani, Mark Wahlberg and even wee bad boy Shia LaBeouf, who seems like the kind of guy who would say he’s bigger than Jesus and John Lennon combined, are talking up their Christian faith.
David A.R. White, who has starred in nearly two dozen Christian films and produced dozens more with his company PureFlix, sat down with ChristianCinema.com to discuss his full slate of films over the next year. Faith of Our Fathers, which co-stars Kevin Downes, is the first and it’s coming to theaters July 1st, to celebrate both faith and military service. With White, the focus is laser-sharp: it’s about putting Jesus Christ first.
Best-selling author, speaker, and missionary remembered as someone who trusted God with everything
Elisabeth Elliot, the best-selling Christian author and widow of martyred missionary Jim Elliot, died Monday morning. She was 88.
Elliot’s daughter, Valerie Elliot Shepard, said her mother was asleep when she died in the Gloucester, Mass., home Elliot shared with her third husband, Lars Gren. Elliot had suffered from dementia for about a decade, and recently experienced a series of ministrokes.
Elliot became well-known after publishing, in 1957, Through Gates of Splendor, about her husband Jim Elliot’s attempt to take the gospel to an unreached tribe of Auca Indians (now known as the Waodani or Huaorani) in the jungles of Ecuador. Another of Elliot’s popular works, Passion and Purity, described her five-year courtship with Jim.
Hanging out with singles in their early twenties and thirties, Rik Schwartzwelder saw that they were, like him, trying to decide if they should get married and who they should get married to. While all of them loved movies, they’d never seen a romantic comedy that told their stories. So Schwartzwelder decided to put his indie film experience to work and ended up releasing a film on Valentine’s Day Weekend 2015… right across the theater from Fifty Shades of Grey. This is how Old Fashionedcame to be.
Gabriel and Krystal Moya of Albuquerque, NM, are on the Wednesday, June 26, episode of The Briefcase at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. On The Briefcase, two families are presented with $101,000 each, and then told they can decide how much of the money they keep. Whatever they don’t keep goes to another family in need, who they gradually learn more and more about over seventy-two hours. Finally, the two couples meet to make their announcement about what they’ll keep and what they’ll give away, never suspecting that the other couple has the same announcement to make. ChristianCinema.com caught up with the Moyas as they were chasing their eighteen-month-old twins down.