This month's Video on Demand offerings include some historically-based dramas, interpretations of Jesus' parables for the modern day, and some inventive thrillers that make us explore addiction, sin, and decision-making. Dive in for a diverse set of films, and begin your VOD journey. Just don't forget to leave comments and let us know what you think!
by Adam McManus Kevin Downes, producer and co-star of Faith of Our Fathers, chatted with ChristianCinema.com in the podcast below about his film, seven years in the making, which celebrates both the legacy of fathers and the brotherhood of men. With the Vietnam War raging in 1969, two young fathers report for duty -- a man of great faith and a doubtful cynic. A quarter-century later, their sons, Wayne (David A.R. White) and John Paul (Kevin Downes) meet as strangers. Guided by letters handwritten by their fathers from the battlefield, they embark on an unforgettable journey to The Wall—the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Along the way, they discover the devastation of war cannot break the love of a father for his son. And, more importantly, they learn that the ultimate demonstration of love was when Christ died on the cross to atone for their sins.
Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, the writer and director of the award-winning film Bella, unveils his second film, Little Boy, on April 24. The film tells the story of one small boy's efforts to bring his father home from World War II, while battling disbelief, racism, and apathy. The Mexican-born filmmaker shared with ChristianCinema.com about his vision for filmmaking, the importance of family, and the effect of education on society. With passion and transparency, Monteverde shows what it means to live faithfully and challenge the status quo.
Matt Keith, producer of A Gift Horse, facilitated with one of the young stars of the film, Aiden Flowers, for ChristianCinema.com. Flowers, a ten year old in fourth grade, shared his faith and his love for making movies. The film, starring John Schneider and Kyla Kenedy, is available now on DVD and VOD.
Peter Spencer, the writer, director, and producer of Return to the Hiding Place, sat down with www.ChristianCinema.com to discuss his new film about the teenage movement to battle the Nazis in World War II in Holland. Along the way, he shared about his relationship with real-life freedom fighter Hans Poley, making a feature film on two continents, and the potential for the Church to fight evil around the world.
Michael Flynn, the director and producer of Thorns, a 21-minute film, is more accustomed to being in front of the camera. Having acted in 60 films including Footloose and Home of Our Own, he’s also starred in 12 episodes of Touched by An Angel as well as the TV series Promised Land and Everwood. In his conversation with Adam McManus in the podcast below, he talks about how we need to be grateful for the thorns that God sends our way as well as the flowers.
From March 5 to April 1, ChristianCinema.com’s First Annual Christian Movie Madness Tournament drew audiences online to vote for their favorite films in a tournament competition similar to basketball’s March Madness. The response was overwhelming as both filmmakers and fans responded to the competition. Pure Flix’s God’s Not Dead received the most votes, advancing across six rounds and sixty-four competitors to take home the championship.
Audiences flocked to the compelling docu-drama FOUR BLOOD MOONS—a March 23 theatrical one night event based on the New York Times best-selling book from Pastor John Hagee. Demand was so strong that approximately 150,000 viewers drove sales topping the nationwide per screen average. In response, tonight, Thursday, April 9, an encore Fathom Event will play in nearly 650 theaters across the country. Audience response is already strong with 60 auditoriums at these theaters already sold out.
The first half of April's home releases highlight teamwork. In one film, a group of unlikely kid heroes solve a problem while racing the clock, but in another series, a group of mismatched adults deliver mail and provide miracles in the process. In another film, a faithless detective pairs up with a faithful church secretary to track missing money and find each other, while two more tell the stories of family members introducing their relatives to God's love. Whether you're looking for drama, romance, or good old fashioned family fun, these six films have a little something to fulfill that need!
With twenty-five thousand dollars in cash and prizes, 168 Film is calling for entries in their thirteenth annual speed-filmmaking competition. The deadline is May 5, 2015, for filmmakers wishing to complete a film on this year’s “Freedom” theme.
Filmmakers will have ten days to write and pre-produce their films, followed by 168 hours to shoot and edit their film into an eleven-minute entry based on a scriptural theme. Twenty-five thousand dollars will be dispersed in cash and prizes, including the five thousand dollar cash award for Best Film. All participating, completed films will screen at the state-of-the-art Regal Cinemas Premiere House at LA Live on Saturday and Sunday, August 29-30, 2015.
"Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning." - 2 John 1:6
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