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January 29th, 2015

Midwest Christian Filmmakers Academy 2014

A few months ago, we mentioned the Midwest Christian Filmmakers Academy, taking place November 5-8, 2014. There, they had a series of lectures and seminars about everything Christian filmmaking. If you were unable to attend this event but still wanted to learn more about the Christian filmmaking industry, never fear! The MWCFA website now contains many different tutorials and webinars on a variety of subjects.

A trailer for last year's academy.

For a $50 fee, you'll have access to 14 different webinars, such as:

-Getting Started as a Filmmaker by George Escobar

-Acting in the Christian Film Industry by Rebekah Cook

-An Introduction to Motion Graphics for Film by Andrew Bartlett

Or, if you're interested in a free tutorial, they recently posted a video on Adobe Premiere. If any of this interests you, be sure to check out www.mwcfa.org for details!

Spotlight: The Principle

January 26th, 2015

The Principle

Are we significant? This is a question mankind has been wondering for a long time, especially since we began to discover other planets and galaxies. That's the question that this new movie, The Principle attempts to answer. The synopsis for this film reads:

""The Principle" brings to light astonishing new scientific observations challenging the Copernican Principle; the foundational assumption underlying the modern scientific world view. The idea that the Earth occupies no special or favored position in the cosmos has launched the last two scientific revolutions - the Copernican Revolution and Relativity - and, as Lawrence Krauss has said, we could be on the verge of a third, with "Copernicus coming back to haunt us". Interviews with leading cosmologists are interspersed with the views of dissidents and mavericks, bringing into sharp focus the challenges and implications not only for cosmology, but for our cultural and religious view of reality."



This movie is premiering in a few locations this week. Hopefully, once it gains traction, they'll be able to bring it to many more theaters around the country. To find out more about this movie, you can visit they website at www.theprinciplemovie.com. There you can also find out more about bringing this movie to a theater near you. It would seem that this movie has sparked quite a bit of controversy so far. What do you think about this film? Will you go see it? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

The Drop Box Coming to Theaters + Sweepstakes!

January 22nd, 2014

The Drop Box Movie Contest

We've mentioned The Drop Box before, and now it finally has a release date! For 3 days, March 3-5, The Drop Box will be featured in theaters around the country. The synopsis for this film reads:

"Every year, hundreds of newborn babies are abandoned on the streets of Seoul, South Korea. The Drop Box tells the story of Lee Jong-rak, a pastor who has dedicated his life to embracing and protecting those deemed undesirable and unlovable. By installing a “mailbox” for women to surrender their babies, Pastor Lee has created an environment of love and hope for those who would have otherwise been abandoned on the streets.

In addition to watching this moving documentary, you’ll hear from a panel of special guests including filmmaker Brian Ivie, Grammy and Dove Award-winning recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman, his wife Mary Beth, and moderator for the evening, Focus on the Family president Jim Daly.

Don’t miss the incredible story of the forgotten, the abandoned, the discarded - and the man who is giving everything to protect them."



Also, Focus on the Family is running a contest right now for a chance to win two tickets to view this film in Colorado Springs on March 3rd. You can find out more info about entering this contest on the Plugged In website.

You can find out more about seeing this film in a theater near you at the Fathom Events website or you can learn more at The Drop Box Movie website. Have you seen this movie or do you intend on seeing it? If so, let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

The Jesus Revolution

January 18th, 2015

It's no secret around here that we love Kickstarter campaigns. We're always excited when a new Christian film comes along trying to be funded on Kickstarter, and today is no exception. Yesterday, a campaign was launched on Kickstarter for a new movie called The Jesus Revolution. Created by Jon Erwin, co-director of October Baby and Mom's Night Out, this movie explores the theme of spiritual revolution and attempts to rekindle this kind of revolutionary attitude that has been experienced in generations past. The description says:

"WE HAVE A PROBLEM.

Amidst all of the turmoil of the 1960’s, a move of God swept across the country. Time magazine called it the Jesus Revolution. Some called it a miracle. We just call it what it is. Hope.

We have a generation at risk... we need this to happen again. The answer is Jesus."



What's amazing about this film is why it's being funded on Kickstarter -- they want to be able to give this movie away for free. They want anyone and everyone to watch this film and be transformed by it. You can find out more about this project on their Kickstarter page. There you can also support them in this project if you'd like to see it become a reality. Be sure to check back as we bring you the latest on this movie!

New Movie: Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus

January 15th, 2015

Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus Christian Film

Did the Exodus really happen? That's the question this new movie, Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus, attempts to answer. Produced by Thinking Man Films, this movie will be a one night event through Fathom Events on January 19th. The synopsis reads:

What is the validity of history found in the Bible? Is it fact or fiction? What does the hard evidence really have to say about the foundational story of the Old Testament: the Exodus out of Egypt? An in-depth investigation by documentary filmmaker Tim Mahoney searches for answers to these questions amid startling new finds that may change traditional views of history and the Bible.

For more than 50 years, the vast majority of the world’s most prominent archaeologists and historians have proclaimed that there is no hard evidence to support the Exodus story found in the Bible. In fact, they say that the archaeological record is completely opposed to the Bible’s account. This view of extreme skepticism has spread from academia to the world. The case against the Exodus appears to be so strong that even some religious leaders are labeling this ancient account as historical fiction.

Filmmaker Tim Mahoney begins with the question, “Is the Bible just a myth, or did the archaeologists get it wrong?” He decides to tackle this issue with a deliberate scientific approach. After examining the details in the biblical text, he journeys across the globe to search for patterns of evidence firsthand. The result is the most in-depth archaeological investigation into the Exodus from Egypt ever captured on film.


You can find out more information about this movie in our New Movies section, or on their website www.patternsofevidence.com. There you can also find out about purchasing tickets at a theater near you. If you do see it, be sure to let us know what you thought in the comments below!

New Movie: Beyond the Mask

January 12th, 2015

Beyond the Mask Christian Film

If you're a fan of films like the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, then you may be interested in Beyond the Mask, a new film from Burns Family Studios. Written by Paul McCusker (Adventures in Odyssey), and featuring actors John Rhys-Davies, Andrew Cheney, and Kara Killmer, this movie will be released on April 6th, 2015. The synopsis says:

"Double crossed and on the run, an assassin for the British East India Company seeks to redeem his past by thwarting a plot against a young nation's hope for freedom.

The leading mercenary for the British East India Company, Will Reynolds has just been double-crossed and now is on the run in the American Colonies. Working to redeem his name and win back the affections of the woman with whom he's never been fully truthful, Will now hides behind a new mask in hopes of thwarting his former employer. As his past life closes in on him, Will must somehow gain the trust and the help of his beloved Charlotte - as well as Ben Franklin - while he races against time to defuse a plot of historical proportions. Coming to theaters Spring, 2015, Beyond the Mask is a revolutionary new family film that brings history to life in a faith-filled adventure celebrating grace, liberty, and the true freedom that can only be found in Christ.

You can find out more about this film at www.beyondthemaskmovie.com/home or in our New Movies section. Be sure to stay tuned as we keep you informed on Beyond the Mask!

New Movie: In Plain Sight

January 8th, 2015

In Plain Sight Christian Movie 2014

If you have a passion for helping women in the sex trafficking industry, you may be interested in a new film that was released last month, In Plain Sight. The synopsis for this film reads:

"Executive produced and narrated by Natalie Grant, this inspiring documentary seeks to raise awareness of the thousands of women and children who are forced, coerced, or deceived into the commercial sex trade each year in the United States. The film opens the eyes of the average American to what’s happening “in plain sight” and highlights stories of hope that are emerging from the darkness."



This is a perfect example of people passionate about a subject making a difference and helping to raise awareness. You can find out more about this film in our New Movies section, or on their website. Be sure to stay tuned, as we'll be reviewing this film on the podcast soon!

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