Fall '21, Top Theater, Redemptive, Family Movies
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The focus of this magazine is on Christian Missions and Ministries, as well as Redemptive Media and Movies. It is a joint effort between interviewer/ journalist Dr. Diane Howard and designer/illustrator David Ray Skinner to share the Gospel’s redemptive message that is currently being woven into Christian outreach work, movies, and entertainment today. Together we stay on the frontlines keeping the magazine updated with the latest developments. See what is new on this site.
What is the effect of seeing concrete examples of everyman, everywoman heroes, heroines in movies? These movies not only depict external obstacles that the everyman, everywoman heroes, heroines overcome, but also the internal struggles, development, growth of their character. The movies that present such heroic individuals as role models in their struggles to answer questions about themselves/others, make significant decisions, overcome personal or cultural barriers, contribute to society...
Veteran SFC Travis Fox (TC Stallings) returns home to fighting PTSD. Fox has been in a combat unit in which most were killed by a deadly IED attack. Travis returns to settle the affairs of his parents who had died. This redemptive movie has been produced by independent studios: Manns/Mackie Studios; Ty Manns Productions; Action Faith Media; Pqulr Productions; Apex Post Production; Kappa Studios... This movie has also been distributed by Collide Co., Fathom Events, and Faith Content Network.
From my exclusive interview with Andrew Erwin: DH: Why is this movie timely? AE: There is a resurging hunger for hope. A growing desire is developing to move from what is dire, negative, and pessimistic toward what is redemptive and eternal. DH: How is the redemptive, Christian, faith-based movie industry developing? AE: There is a growing acceptance in mainstream media and bigger platforms for redemptive movies because of the growing interest in audiences for redemptive, family media.
American Underdog, the latest Erwin Brothers redemptive movie based on true events, is due out Christmas Day. It is based on the amazing story of NFL's Kurt Warner. It has been produced, distributed by mainline and independent companies. See https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11729298/companycredits?ref_=tt_dt_co See Andrew's, Jon's other redemptive. movies to see who produced, distributed them, https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3401779/?ref_=tt_ov_dr, https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2296528/?ref_=tt_ov_dr .
Kevin Sorbo (prolific redemptive moviemaker) has acted, produced, directed, distributed with independent & mainline movie companies. See his credits (who produced, distributed...). https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001757/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 Dr. Howard has interviewed him on the Movieguide (R) Red Carpet. See interviews with him, others. Check out their credits (who produced, distributed...) https://sonomachristianhome.com/2016/02/movie-producers-filmmakers-actors-supporting-faith-films-at-movieguide/
This on-site film of The 7 Churches of Revelation: Times of Fire has been produced by Thinking Man Films. See what other outstanding films they have produced, https://thinkingmanfilms.com/ . This film has also been distributed by Fathom Events and Faith Content Network. See https://faithcontentnetwork.com/titles
Dr. Diane Howard serves film, television, digital platforms with a wide range of experience, training in performance, production. With a background as a published scholar and author, she is also a frontline journalist of depth and breadth. She is especially known for live, exclusive interviews with leading figures in redemptive movies and other performance media. She writes for the best Redemptive, Family magazines and publicizes the top Redemptive, Family movies on leading social media sites.
During the pandemic and forward, Christian comunicators and organizations have been increasingly sharing inspirational hope through new streaming technologies and more to the world. These include the following: churches, streaming channels, movies and more. God's ways include ironies and paradoxes as He works through His peope to communicate eternal hope and Truth.
An amazing new distribution paradigm is bringing top faith content movies to churches. While Hollywood movies studios and theaters have been struggling and failing in the recent pandemic, the distribution of some of the best faith content movies are provided through Fathom Events in collaboration with Faith Content Network, which is an association of churches around the country to which any church can apply. There are no hosting, licensing fees for eligible churches.
Since the revival in media, especially in movies, first with the Passion of the Christ in 2004, we have seen a growing Renaissance, Reformation of content, artistry in redemptive movies. In the seismic, paradigm shifts in many arenas we are seeing our Lord purify and bring about good and reformation even from evil, dangerous, compromising situations in new, innovative, unexpected ways. God and His goodness always prevail and win in the end.
Today, independent film, media companiesf are prevailing. These often have less challenges with compromising material than large corporations who have more individuals weighing in with their agendas that often include compromising ones. Redemptive movies have increasingly good content, artistry. We have more, better, authentic, redemptive movies providing solutions for today’s challenges, inspiring joy, Truth, vital connection.
This action-packed, inspirational movie is due in theaters Dec. 25, 2021. It is the amazing story of Kurt Warner and his determinatin and perseverance to play football with the NFL. Kurt ended up playing in the NFL for 12 seasons, mostly with the St. Louis Rams and the Arizona Cardinals. ALthough he was an undrafted free agent he became a two-time Most Valuable Player and Super Bowl MVP. His amazing story is regarded as one of the greatest stories in NFL history.
In the Heights is a high-energy, American musical, dance film based on the stage musical by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also appears in the film. The musical and dance performances are stunning. It is a delightful family movie. It follows the stories of the dreams of members of a community on a corner in Washington Heights, New York City. This captivating, heart-grabbing movie has wonderful themes of love for others, community, and family.
The generation-defining Broadway musical “Dear Evan Hansen” has now become a soaring cinematic event as Tony, Grammy, Emmy Award winner Ben Platt reprises his role as an anxious, isolated teenage boy aching for understanding, belonging in chaos and cruelty of the social-media age. In 2021, the themes of this story are even more relevant today. Added are the challenges for teens who have been isolated further by pandemic school lockdowns now trying to re-socialize with their school peers.
The Nazis killed her entire family, but she risked everything to share the love of Christ with them. Sabina: Tortured for Christ, the Nazi Years is the story of how God’s love transformed a hedonistic atheist into an example of Christ’s forgiveness. Sabina and Richard Wurmbrand sacrificed their own comfort, safety to serve those persecuted by enemies of the gospel, boldly advancing God’s kingdom at great cost. Their witness for Christ has been inspiring, demonstrataing the power of forgiveness.
Everyone has a unique father story. Positive or painful, it’s always personal and can deeply affect the core of our identities, direction of our lives. This is the Kendrick Brothers’ first documentary film. Featuring a range of amazing true stories, this captivating movie takes audiences of all ages on an inspiring, emotional cinematic journey. It provides a fresh perspective on the roles of fathers in today’s society and invites us to think about how we view our earthly fathers and God.
Join Dr. Tony Evans and his daughters, as they retrace steps that changed the world in this movie. Filmed on location in Israel, it brings the Bible to life as they lead a beautiful, captivating walking tour of the historical sites, places of Jesus’ ministry. They deliver personal insights, powerful teaching, biblical context for each location. From the Sea of Galilea, Jordan River, Nazareth, Jerusalem, Christ's ministry, movements, key moments from His birth to His resurrection come alive.
A documentary exploring faith, passion and how hope emerges from tragedy, Ends of the Earth weaves together true stories of Mission Aviation Fellowship pilots - past and present - who strive with missionaries and local believers to take the gospel to the most remote places on Earth.
An investigative filmmaker examines the letters of Christ given to the Apostle John to share with the 7 Churches of Revelation, hoping to find connections to current world events. Traveling to Turkey to uncover archaeological insights into the 1st Century Church, he discovers keys to their persecution by the Roman Empire. Scholars and theologians weigh-in to connect these ancient churches to the modern Church of today.
This incredibly powerful movie is available Fall of 2021 as part of the Faith Content Network available to churches without fees (licensing, hosting...), to theaters as Fathom Events, on streaming and more. This film explores the extraordinary 20-year journey of missionaries Dave and Karen Eubank. The film follows them, their three young children, and Free Burma Rangers as they venture into war zones where they are fighting to bring hope.
In this film, Reverend Dave defends a Christian co-op school, after they receive an inspection by a local government official, who doesn’t like the Christian education aspects of the school. The families are ordered to return their children to the public school system or face exorbitant fines, contempt of court. The families and Reverend Dave are invited by a Washington leader to Washington D. C. to testify in a landmark congressional hearing about the excellent education the school provides.