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Courageous

Feb
03

Special Features

  • The Making Of Courageous
  • Commentary By The Kendrick Brothers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outrageous: Outtakes & Bloopers
  • Courageous In 60 Seconds
  • Heart Of Courageous
  • The Story Of My Father

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Synopsis:

“Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson, and Shane Fuller are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.

While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark.

When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God … and to their children?”

Movie Rating: PG-13 for Some Violence and Drug Content
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Movie Trailer: Click Here
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Disclaimer: Please note that this film may be too intense or contain other content that would not be appropriate for younger ages. I am also aware that everyone has unique standards and guidelines for their own families. Please take the time to examine these films and I hope the “Content Review” links will be helpful. Lastly, in case anyone is wondering, no the movies are not listed in any particular order.

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Beyond the Mask!

Jul
15

Burns Family Studios has begun work on their next Christian feature film titled, Beyond the Mask! Check out this exciting Pre-Production trailer!

[vimeo width=”499″ height=”281″]http://vimeo.com/26461555[/vimeo]

Synopsis

This story is an action-fused historic adventure, set in the international turmoil of the mid 1770’s. Running for his life, an East India Company assassin buried his past in a quiet English village, assuming the mantle of an Anglican priest. But this disguise won’t last for long when a woman he loves and a war he no longer wants force him to confront the question of who he really is. In the face of a looming global conflict, he discovers for himself the meaning and source of true justification and freedom.

CLICK HERE
to watch a promo video that includes concept art,
set locations, and more about the film!

Right now they need a little help raising some funds to build a major set for the project, and you can help by donating just $20!

About the Campaign

Right now, we are asking you to consider joining our team by voting for Beyond the Mask with a $20 donation. Through this Kickstarter campaign, we are planning to raise funding to purchase the materials we can’t scavenge for Beyond the Masks’ most important set – a full-scale, live-action 18th century cityscape. But, more importantly, through this campaign we are hoping to find a thousand voices to join with ours as we approach investors (the ‘men in hats’) about making a project like this come to life. By donating $20, you are voting for this project, saying, “Count me in. I’ll help spread the word; I want to see this become a reality.” This is the kind of thing the ‘men in hats’ need to see: there are over a thousand people who are excited about the project and are willing to lend a hand.

Learn More

BeyondTheMask.com

Beyond The Mask – Kickstarter Campaign

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San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival

Dec
03

The San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival (SAICFF) mission is: “To offer a joyful vision of victory and hope to the burgeoning movement among home educators and other Christian students, amateurs, and professionals committed to taking advantage of our current technological revolution, to advance the work of Jesus Christ on this earth through the medium of film. And also, to provide a platform for Christians to present their art, to network with others, and to encourage independent Christian filmmakers in their mission by offering appropriate recognition for excellence in Christian film production.”

I have been able to attend each Festival and Academy event since 2005 and have worked on a number of films that have been shown there. I’ve even been blessed to work on a few films that have won awards at the Festival, including the short documentary I entered in 2007 titled Joel’s Journey.

This year it was especially encouraging to see how the Christian Film industry is growing and improving!! You can see this year’s list of films and events at the SAICFF website here.

This year the Festival was divided between two locations.

Each feature film along with the special evening events were held in the large Municipal Auditorium.

All the other films were screened between several rooms at the usual Henry B. Gonzales Center. (Feature films were also shown here.)

SPECIAL EVENTS

THURSDAY NIGHT they had a couple of special things for opening night!

First, there was a thought-provoking lecture by Geoff Botkin, analyzing the “family-friendly” film, Finding Nemo.

Secondly, was the screening of the new short (50min) film Divided. This well-produced documentary effectively addresses the highly controversial issue of age-segregated Sunday School and youth groups. – Movie Website

FRIDAY NIGHT they screened a rough cut version of the highly anticipated feature film Ace Wonder! Needless to say, even in an incomplete stage, this film went over very well with the audience! – Movie Website

FILM AWARDS

After an exhilarating three days of scheduling/scribbling in the Festival book, watching films, talking to friends, re-scheduling…more scribbling, watching films, and staying up late..talking even more, the Closing Ceremonies FINALLY came!!

Best of Festival Jubilee Award — with its $101,000 cash prize — went to: Agenda: Grinding America Down, a documentary that traces the alive-and-well socialist agenda, from its roots established by Karl Marx and other radical revolutionaries to the present day, demonstrating how Communist ideals have largely captured America and uprooted the once-great foundation of our nation. Available on DVD.

“This documentary is practically a “MUST-SEE” for every American. This is not a movie about wacky people and their cooky conspiracy theories, this uses REAL facts and REAL documents to make a point that is needed, but not often heeded. HIGHLY recommended!
~John-Clay

Best Feature Film Award went to”: The Penny, a drama/thriller directed and produced by Nathan Webster of Filmweavers. The 88-minute film follows a series of disconnected strangers whose lives unexpectedly collide in what proves to be more than just a “coincidence.” Available on BlueBehemoth and also DVD.

“If you like mind-bending, creative storytelling, this is a movie for you. Course I’m a bit biased because I helped shoot the movie :) – Regardless of that little fact, it should be noted that this film was an instant favorite at the festival (and with my family) for its high production value, intriguing storyline, and good acting. Highly recommended!!”
~John-Clay

Audience Choice Award went to: The Runner from Ravenshead, a delightful film from Little Crew Studios that features an all-child cast played by the Seege children, ages 3 to 11. Their father, Joel Seege wrote, directed, and produced the film. The Runner from Ravenshead also got the runner-up nod in two other award categories: ‘Best of Festival’ and ‘Best Feature’. Available on DVD.

“This was by far one of our favorite films from the festival, and it has quickly become a favorite with friends as well!! We describe it as “Little Rascals / Pilgrim’s Progress / Indiana Jones.” With a well crafted script full of comedy and drama, brilliant acting, incredibly cute kids, and a majestic musical score…this is one movie you DON’T WANT TO MISS!”
~Burnett Family

Best Documentary Award went to: George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Way. The film, narrated by Dr. Voddie Baucham, was directed and produced by Ken Carpenter of Franklin Springs Family Media. This marks Carpenter’s third ‘Best Documentary’ Jubilee Award. Available on DVD.

Best Dramatic Short Award went to: The Mitt, a ten-minute film produced and directed by 19-year-old Sam Siske of Goodlettsville, Tennessee. – Available on BlueBehemoth

Young Filmmaker’s’ Award went to: Small Talents, a humorous fourteen-minute film based on the Parable of the Talents and challenges viewers to decide for themselves how they will dedicate their talents to God. Available on BlueBehemoth.

– You can read the full “Festival Award Press Release” here

Vision Forum also has a “Festival Winners DVD Set” available for purchase – here.

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