Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What Makes a Film "Christian?"

For years we have had a small genre of movies called 'CHRISTIAN FILMS' but very few people seem to agree about what a Christian film really is.  Hollywood has a long history of producing and releasing 'religious-themed' films, (The Ten Commandments, The King of Kings, The Bible, etc...) that portray biblical stories in a glorious Hollywood fashion.  Then, they created stories BASED on biblical truths with their own interpretation for dramatic effects (Ben-Hur, Quo-Vadis, The Robe).

Over the years, more and more 'religious-themed' films have been released and have been the target of angry boycotts by Christians for being blasphemous due their controversial material (The De Vinci Code, Saved, The Last Temptation of Christ).  Then occasionally, there are films that seem to lie in-between, entertaining and inspiring, containing high-moral teachings, but lacking any really gospel message, or masking it behind allegories (Evan Almighty, Chronicles of Narnia, Diary of a Mad Black Woman).

In 1994, a television series came close to being labeled as Christian, CBS's 'Touched By An Angel.'  It had biblical and moral teachings, a message about God's unconditional love for all man, and inspiring tales of people who changed their life after having an encounter with an angel of God, but the show was never allowed to mention the single ingredient for the ultimate Christian experience, Jesus Christ.  Instead, it went the safe route and promoted a generic GOD character that could easily be interpreted as Buddha, Allah or any other God of your choice. 

This seems to follow a new trend in modern films, called 'Faith-Based films', which target the Christian community with it's slight hints at Christianity, but aims to reach a secular crowd by not actually mentioning Jesus or give any clear Gospel presentation (To Save A Life, Soul Surfer, End of the Spear).  They will hint at scripture or salvation through scenes of baptism and church attendance, but never declare any plan of salvation or mention the only name by which we are saved.  Kyle Prohaska of Praise Pictures posted at the OneWayFilms forum, "...a lot of films do not refer to which God they are talking about, and never reference Jesus. That's my biggest beef with a lot of the stuff out there." All of these examples can leave the common film-goer asking themselves, "so what IS a Christian film?" 

Over the last several years, Christian filmmakers have tried to answer that question by making independent films presenting biblical truth while not shying away from a bold presentation of the Gospel (Left Behind, In the Blink of an Eye, Standing Firm)

Christian filmmaker and actor David A.R.White of Pure Flix Entertainment offered his answer to this question, "A Christian film is a film that has a message of redemption and hope found only through Jesus Christ. What is not a Christian Film is every other film."  Sounds like a simple and to-the-point explanation.

Andre' Van Heerden of Cloud Ten Pictures (director, producer, writer) seems to agree, "I'm not a fan of the term 'Christian film'. I think any film should be classified by its genre first, IE: action, comedy, western etc.  Now, if a film happens to have an "environmental" theme, or a "political" theme, or a "Christian" theme, then that can be mentioned in reviews etc. as well, but that should not be confused with its genre.  All that said, I believe that a film with a Christian theme should aim to give people hope and a greater purpose to their lives by leading people to Jesus Christ or at least impart an ideal that is specifically Biblical based." 

There seems to be two classifications of films being released that are aimed at the Christian community.
  1. The 'Christian' film, which will boldly present the Gospel of Jesus Christ in it's story-line.
  2. The 'faith-based' film, which can be entertaining and inspiring, but lacking in any real gospel message.
It is not to say that 'faith-based' films are bad, they can be helpful and useful tools in the hands of a Christian who understands how to use them as 'ice-breakers' with an unsaved friend or audience.  They can launch a series of discussion questions that will direct it's audience to finding answers in the word of God and therefore, leading that person to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 

But if that film was viewed alone, without the assistance of a mature believer to direct the unbeliever afterwards, then the message of the film has a greater risk of falling upon deaf ears and serving only to entertain rather than evangelize.

When viewing a film targeted at a Christian audience, it's important to know which category this film is falling into, then, you'll know how to use that film with your friends, family or church. 

Has your life been touched or challenged by a Christian or faith-based film?  Log in to the OneWayFilms forum and share your story with us.

Monday, April 18, 2011

"Left Behind" Gets a Blockbuster-Size Reboot

Cloud Ten Pictures founder and CEO, Paul LaLonde has announced that they plan to start production for a brand new 'Left Behind' reboot for theatrical release. "This is definitely an exciting time, not just for Cloud Ten, but for the entire Christian filmmaking industry. We're remaking the original LEFT BEHIND movie at the true Hollywood "blockbuster" level that a message like this deserves, with top level cast, writers, and production from the word "go".

Cloud Ten Pictures has already released a moderate sized series of films based on the best-selling books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins that starred Kirk Cameron, Brad Johnson, Gordon Currie and Academy Award winner Lou Gossett Jr. But a fourth installment was held up due to a court battle over the rights of the films. As of October 1, 2010, the film rights have officially been restored back to Cloud Ten Pictures. Cloud Ten is excited and have already begun developing a script for a major reboot and compiling a team for this high-profile film. "This is the movie that Christians have been hoping for" Paul says, "and I can hardly wait to get it going."

Will the new Left Behind look just like the original, or will there be any differences is what a lot of fans want to know. Paul LaLalonde has given fans at the OneWayFilms forum a sneak peek into his vision for the new reboot. "I want to show the world what it will be like when the rapture happens, and what it will really be like to be left behind. Not, the politics of a new world order, not the mark of the beast - this is about the rapture. The day it happens. That's why it needs a bigger budget obviously. So I'm trying to stay "true" to the books, but most of what you see will not be "from the book". In the book, the rapture just sort of happens - and then we're straight into the aftermath. In reality, it's going to be A WHOLE LOT BIGGER DEAL than that. Millions of people vanish into thin air! Imagine the first few hours after that happens and you'll get a sense of what I'm hoping to do with this movie."

If you have any questions for Paul, you can join our FORUM for free and post your questions for him. He enjoys reading what fans are saying and occasionally, he pops in to respond with exclusive info.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Loving the Bad Man (Coming Soon)

Stone Bridge Films and Eastlake Films have teamed together to present "Loving the Bad Man" starring Christine Kelly, Arturo Fernandez and Stephen Baldwin.

This story focuses on Julie Thompson (Christine Kelly), a young conservative Christian woman, whose faith is put to the test after being raped and giving birth to a child. This tragedy leads her on a difficult journey that forces her to explore and redefine her relationship with God, her family, her friends and even her rapist Mike Connor (Arturo Fernandez).

It's "calling people to really look at who they are in Christ," said actor Stephen Baldwin at the latest screening which has so far screened in front of over 5,000 people. Baldwin, who plays McQuade, the nefarious leader of the Skinheads, said the film is not evangelistic by nature. But he suggested that it's meant to convict those who call themselves Christians.

"It's a film that ... is not fooling around. We are living in a time where if you're fooling around with your faith, you're going to be held accountable," said the actor, who became a Christian about a decade ago.

"Loving the Bad Man" will be in select theaters Friday, April 29, 2011. Visit the official web site at LovingTheBadMan.com

Monday, April 11, 2011

OWF Interview with Hollywood Actor Timothy Bottoms

In 2007, Hollywood actor Timothy Bottoms (The Last Picture Show, Rollercoaster) did a little family film called 'Paradise Texas', which was about a washed up Hollywood actor struggeling with his family, marriage and career.  In real life, Timothy had a career that was one step from 'Superstardom' in the 70's and developed an impressive filmogrpahy, but when the movie roles thinned out, he turned to TV and faded from the A-list status. Since then, he has enjoyed a very successful career in several films and television, playing George Bush in TV's comedy satire 'That's My Bush' and TV's remake of Sid & Marty Kroft's 'Land of the Lost'. I had the oportunity to attend the red carpet premier of 'Paradise Texas' in Dallas and hooked up with Timothy the next morning for a sit down interview at his hotel.  During that interview, we got to talk about his faith and his career and how his character in 'Paradise Texas' reminded him of many area's of his own life. Here is a piece of that interview.

OWF (OneWayFilms): Thank you Mr. Bottoms for taking time with us this morning. I enjoyed ‘Paradise Texas’ last night, it is a great family film. You seemed very comfortable and at ease in your role of Mack Cameron. Let me start by asking, how did you get started into acting?

TIM: It’s just like the movie. When you watch the beginning, there is a montage of a little boy growing up. That first shot of the little boy eating birthday cake was actually me from 1952. My life kinda followed that (montage) in a lot of ways, as far as performing for family and friends. I finally got the opportunity in school to be in a play and sing. That carried me all the way though my high school years. My last year in high school, I was involved in a production of ‘Romeo & Juliet’  It was a pro/armature production and it received a lot of notice. The LA Times came up and did a review and called it one of the best plays in the country that year. I received an offer from an agent, and I thought this is a great way to make some money before I continue my education in college. I was accepted for my first year in the California Performing Arts, a school set up by Disney to discover new talent.

After that, I got a couple of movies. One of the big ones in Texas (The Last Picture Show), that one just shot me up in the Hollywood scene, right to the Academy Awards. The film before that went to international fame (Johnny Got His Gun), and all this happened just overnight. I got to work with Maggie Smith, Jason Robards, and some wonderful people.

OWF: It must have taken you by surprise.

TIM: It did. As I look back now, I think maybe it would have been better for me to go back to school and build a stronger foundation in my life before I jumped into the Hollywood thing, because I was just a kid from the canyons and beaches of Santa Barbara.

OWF: How did the sudden fame and success affect you?

TIM: Just like the character I play in this film, there were a lot of pitfalls in my life, and I’ve been struggling to find a place where I feel good about myself. I had fallen on my face after my first marriage and I just let the devil take a hold of me and I ended up destroying my own life. I was my worst enemy.

Then I met a wonderful woman, she was an eighth generation California catholic. I asked her dad for permission to marry his daughter, and he said “You can marry my daughter but I sure would like it if you were baptized in the Church.” I was baptized by a Priest who was involved with a circus.
OWF: A priest in a circus?

TIM: They were all priests who went around the country telling the parables of Christ in all their performances, and I just fell in love with all those guys. I went to seminary and stayed there a couple of weeks, got a crash course in a quick amount of time, (laughing) made my profession of faith, accepted it, and cast out the devil.

OWF: How has your life been since then?

TIM: It’s still a struggle, everyday it’s a struggle because there are so many things in the world that come at us from all around. I walked away from Hollywood. By running away, I abandoned morals, I abandoned my wife, my kids, my faith but I kept coming back because of the forgiveness of God, the forgiveness of Jesus. I kept coming back because he will forgive you, and you just learn from it. That’s what’s so wonderful about Him, you can ask forgiveness daily, and I think we all have to.
OWF: Your professional career sounds very similar to your characters in Paradise, Texas.

TIM: It is. When I read this script, I talked to my wife. She reads all my scripts before I do it, and I said “How could they come up with a story that is so close to my life?” She said “Maybe that’s God talking to you.” I said “Well, that’s kinda scary, it so close, I don’t know if I should do this.” She said “No, that IS the reason to do it.”

OWF: So it was the script that drew you to this project?

TIM: Absolutely. My manager came to me and said this was a great opportunity for me. He listed some other actors who were being offered the part. I like a challenge so I said, “Let me see if I can convince them that I am the one for this.” Luckily for me, the others passed on it. One passed because it wasn’t enough money, and the other passed because it was too close to his life. I thought the same thing, but this was the reason TO do it.

OWF: How did this film affect you personally?

TIM: I was trying to find work that would stretch me and I wanted a film that I could show people without being ashamed of my failures, but instead to learn from them and to teach that to other people. This film was a healing for me. I think I’m a better person because of this movie.

OWF: How has being a Christian influenced your decision in which roles you take?

TIM: As an actor, I don’t say I’m only going to do things that are morally right, because in my business, you have to be able to perform the evil bad guys to show people what evil and bad is, so as actors, we’re messengers. Our job is to pretend, I’m a pretender, that’s what I do. My real life is my family, to raise my kids to make moral decisions in the world. My real life is to try to do unto others what I would have them do unto me, and try not to kill anybody (laughs), try to love my neighbor. That is how my faith has influenced me, but in my work, I have to cast all that aside, put on the horns and the fork-tail once in awhile and I have to pretend. That’s what I love, telling stories. We have to be forgiven or we are not worthy of our faith.

OWF: Thank you for time today, you have been very gracious.
TIM:  Thank you, I enjoyed it as well.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Box Office Results for 'SOUL SURFER' Openning Weekend.

Soul Surfer caught an estimated $11.1 million on around 2,300 screens at 2,214 locations, which was solid considering that surfing movies tend to wipeout. Not bad for a film with a budget of only $15 million.  Sony considers this a big success, as they were only expecting a $10 million openning. This will end up being a very small but profitable film, which might pave the way for more Christian-themed family features.  Distributor Sony Pictures' research showed that 80 percent of the audience was female and 56 percent was under 25 years old. Also, it was the rare movie to score an "A+" in CinemaScore's moviegoer polling.

For a film about surfing, SOUL SURFER has already beat 'Point Break', 'North Shore',  and 'Endless Summer 2' for an openning weekend at the box office.  If you got to see this inspirational film, visit our public forum at OneWayFilms Forums and tell us what you thought.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

'Run On' Now Available...

Starring David A.R. White, Tommy Blaze & Brad Stine.

When the name of David A.R.White is mentioned, stand up comedy isn't the first thing that comes to mind.  Even though he's done a one-man comedy show called HOLYMAN UNDERCOVER which recently became a feature film, David White is best known for his independent apocalyptic and Christian-themed action thrillers. 

With several productions in the making (To The Wall, Me Again, Marriage Retreat, Jerusalem Countdown), David recently took time out of his busy schedule and joined Christian comedians Brad Stine (Apostles of Comedy, Sarah's Choice) and Tommy Blaze (TV's Friends, The Newz) in a stand up comedy performance, "RUN ON" which has just been released on DVD by Pure Flix Entertainment and based from an inspired idea by Brad Stine.

Each performer will share their hysterical experiences from their life, family, career and most importantly, their faith.  "What I like about this show," David says,  "is that you have three different stories, three different perspectives, and no matter  what side of the street you grew up on, at the end of the day we all need God's grace and we all need God's forgiveness."

Brad Stine gets to share a whole different side of himself that his fans may have never seen before, "For my fans who knew Brad Stine, the comic; they get to see Brad Stine the man, flawed, broken and human."

Run On, a comedy with errors. Who would have thought pain could be this funny?  Now available on DVD.  OneWayFilms review coming soon along with exclusive interviews with Brad Stine and Tommy Blaze.

Monday, April 4, 2011

'Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader' Hit's Home Video This Friday, April 8

Most home video new releases hit store shelves on Tuesdays, but Twentieth Century Fox Pictures has selected Friday, April 8 to release the third film based on C.S. Lewis fantasy novel "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader."  Dawn Treader stars original actors, Georgie Henley, Skandar Heynes, Will Poulter and Ben Barnes along with the voices of Liam Neeson and Simon Pegg.

Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship, The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world where they must face temptations of the flesh by the White Witch.

This DVD / Blu-ray will be released with several extras including audio commentary with director Michael Apted, deleted scenes,  and TONS of documentary shorts, giving you a Behind-the-Scenes pass into the making of the film with cast and crew.

Carrie Underwood on her First Film Role

This Friday, SOUL SURFER, the inspiring true story of Bethany Hamilton hits theaters nation wide which features the acting debut of Christian singer and American Idol winner, Carrie Underwood. 

"She was so honest adn real on camera, it just blew us away." says Director Sean McNamara. Carrie's first film role was frightning. 'It's all so new," Carrie says, "and it's a learning process. But everyone was so nice and helpful and patient, it was really exciting for me. I never set out to be an actress, but I always said if something came along and it was for the right reasons, I would do it. And this script just felt right."

Check your local listing for participating a theater near you and visit OneWayFilms.net to post your review after you see the film.  You can also read our early review right HERE.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

HERO (Coming Soon) Makes A Special Limited Time Offer to Churches

"HERO" (Coming Soon)
From the creators of 'Come What May'

Brightline Pictures and Advent Film Group presents 'HERO'.  One man’s broken relationship with his son fills him with the determination to make a difference in his town, and to reach his own son. He forms a baseball team deliberately designed to involve both fathers and sons in a common effort. His actions begin to turn the heart of a father in prison, and transform a town. As fathers grow in their relationship with their sons, they learn that God the Father wants the same close relationship with them.
HERO is not just another baseball movie.  It is a story with the potential to restore and strengthen relationships, to help remind us of what is truly important and encourage us to get our priorities straight.  The way God planned it to be!

If your church would like to screen HERO and assist in the promotions of this film, visit the web site and watch the trailer at www.herofamilymovie.com.  This is a limited time offer,  Register today.

Cloud Ten Announces 'Apocalypse 5: The Chosen'

Cloud Ten Pictures (Left Behind, Apocalypse series, Saving God) has announced some interesting projects in the works for the near future.  My personal favorite being that the wait for the 5th installment of the Apocalypse last-days film series is finally coming to an end. Cloud Ten Pictures has heard the fans cry for more and hired experienced screen writer, Greg Mitchell and already has a completed script to "APOCALYPSE 5: THE CHOSEN."

Paul LaLonde and Andre' Van Heerden loved his pitch for the 5th film.  After meeting Greg, Andre' was sold. "We hit it off immediately. He's got a great dark sense of humor and is a true fan-boy of comics, 80's culture and old horror films... not to mention our Apocalypse films! He knew them all inside and out," said van Heerden. "Greg has a great ability to be creative within a created world and not break any of its rules.  That's a rare talent and I think it comes naturally for Greg because he genuinely likes the material so much."
Greg has also conceived a graphic novel to accompany the Apocalypse series which will bridge a gap between 'JUDGMENT' and the new film to build interest again in the series.  "We follow Helen’s escape from O.N.E.," Greg says. "We also follow Dawn Blushak, the hacker from Judgment. Dawn’s sort of our ‘everyman’ — or ‘everywoman’, in this case. She’s not as entrenched as Helen and the others in the fight against Macalousso (the Anti-Christ), so we’re looking at the world through her eyes in the comic, taking this journey that will, hopefully, serve as a guide for new people into the world of Apocalypse. Plus, there’re no budgetary restrictions in a comic, so expect action unlike anything you’ve ever seen in an Apocalypse film!"

Greg promises fans of the film series wont be disappointed, they are bringing back some fan favorite characters, including Willie Spino, Helen Hannah's brother from  'Revelation' and 'Judgment.'  "Yes, the plan is to bring back Willie Spino. In a big, big way. I love Willie and what he brings to the scenes he’s in and I think he’s got an incredible character arc that hasn’t even been touched yet in the movies. As the script stands right now, he’s got some major involvement," said Mitchell. "The thing that I love the most about Apocalypse is that there are so many great characters like Selma that exist largely in the background. This movie is really about taking those background characters and some fan favorites and letting them take center stage."

We certainly are excited to hear this and offer our prayers and support to Greg and the entire team at Cloud Ten Pictures.  Keep checking in for updates on this and other projects coming from Cloud Ten Pictures.

Visit the Cloud Ten Pictures forum at OneWayFilms.net and meet and discuss this project with Greg himself.  He's already dropped in a few times for updates and introduced himself.  We're happy to welcome him to the OWF family.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Mark Christopher Lawrence (Interview)

If your a fan of NBC's action spy comedy "CHUCK" like I am, then you'll know right away who "BIG MIKE" is, played by the very talented Mark Christopher Lawrence. Mark is no stranger to film or television, his filmography includes 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day', 'The Pursuit of Happiness', 'Caddyshack 2' and 'K-Pax', and his television experiences includes 'Heroes', 'Weeds', 'My Name is Earl' and the hit series 'CHUCK' which he is most known for. But film and television isn't all he's known for, he also does theater and stand up comedy.

Mark isn't afraid to let others know he's a man of faith either, but living in and working in Hollywood has it's share of challenges and opportunities for Christians. Today, I got the opportunity to ask Mark about his faith in Christ and how it has affected his carreer and life.

OneWayFilms: Mark, I first want to say thank you for your time for this interview. I've noticed besides playing BIG MIKE on "CHUCK" (which we'll talk about in a moment), you're also doing stand up comedy and theater. What else are you doing and how do you fit all these commitments into your schedule?

Mark: I try to find some time for myself, my family and my friends. I spend some time working on me… Physically! Working out and working on my skill sets. I am not fond of the 6 am workout, but it is getting the job done.

OWF: Do you have any spare time or hobbies?

Mark: I spend some time at the gun range shooting sporting clays and working on my tactical defense skills, all of which make me more marketable. I spend time relaxing with friends and family, and recently I’ve been shooting some short film projects that I will be posting periodically. 

OWF: Your acting credits go way back, including film and television, but which of these two do you prefer? 

Mark: This is a very difficult question to answer. They both offer challenges that are unique to its own medium. They both offer rewards and perks. However, the work one does as an actor is very similar today, because a lot of the TV shows are shooting on Hi-Def cameras that make the (movie) acting experience the same. So, my short answer is both.

OWF: Which projects have been a real highlight for you?

Mark: Well, My first TV job, 'Hill St. Blues', because it was my first. It was a show that changed the way TV is made. 'Terminator II' because it changed the way movies do special effects. 'Fear of a Black Hat' because it was my first major role in a movie and the first thing people have rcognized me in. 

OWF: I am thrilled to see that your not ashamed to mention your faith in God or the importance of prayer in your Facebook posts. I've even heard of your Strong faith as a Christian and it's importance to you. Can you share with us about how you came about being a Christian?
Mark: I grew up in a God fearing household and made a decision for Christ as a youngster. However, like so many others, when I went off to college I gradually fell away from the church and allowed things to creep into my life that are not pleasing to God. When I was dating my wife, one of the things we both knew was that there was something missing in our lives and agreed that the something was God. So, before we got married I rededicated my life to the Lord and my wife made a decision for Christ the same night.

OWF: So you strayed and came back.

Mark: The seed was planted and present in my life, because God never leaves us, we drift away from him. Thankfully the Holy Spirit was able to bring me back into the fold. 

OWF: Paul tells us in Jude to build ourselves up in the most holy faith and to keep ourselves in God's love. How do you keep yourself built up in your walk with God?

Mark: I struggle daily! The flesh is week but the “grace of God will never take us where the will of God will not protect us.” So I try to keep read and prayed up and ask others to keep me in prayer too. But when I fall, I ask God’s forgiveness and I get back up. I understand that I am not Christ but I strive to follow in His footsteps, however unworthy I may be. 

OWF: I wish more people would be able to grasp that truth. How does your faith play into your career in Hollywood?

Mark: To quote a song, “I’ve come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord”. Without faith I wouldn't even be working in Hollywood. I am not special enough on my own. Without God I truly believe this would not have been my path. Every time I tried to do something else, it seems that the door to that avenue was slammed shut and the door leading to where I am now swung wide open. Without faith I have nothing. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." 

OWF: How do you share your faith in your field of work?

Mark: I’m one of those people that is not heavy handed with my faith. I tend to share daily on Twitter and Facebook and as I am lead in one-on-one situations. Also, I share through comedy with my gospel comedy show and DVD 'SHOUT! An Evening of Gospel Comedy.' 

OWF: Is it easy for a Christian to share their faith in Hollywood?

Mark: I’m not sure that the workplace is very open to expressions of faith, but if I am lead then I will. So… is it Easy? No. But I will! 

OWF: In Hollywood, when people discover that you are a Christian, how do they normally respond to you?

Mark: I’ve only noticed reactions from other believers and they are always happy to know. I think because of the way I strive to live, others are not surprised. Christians sometimes can feel so alone that I’m sure the reactions are due to relief that they are not as alone as they sometimes feel.

OWF: Have cast or crew members ever asked you about your faith?

Mark: No. I have never been asked at work about my faith. Not sure if it is just a feeling of boundaries that people are trying to respect in the workplace or if it is because when we are working we have a lot to do.

OWF: I understand that Zachery Levi who plays CHUCK, is also a Christian. Have you and Zachary ever discussed or shared your faith together?
Mark: Zach and I have never really discussed our faith, but we both know. (Big Smile)

OWF: How does your faith play into your choices of what roles to take?

Mark: I’ve only had one job offer that I turned down because I didn’t feel it was an appropriate image (Cigarette ad aimed at kids), but to be completely honest… I don’t turn down roles based on content and my faith. I feel that those roles that are not pleasing to God get weeded out beforehand. 

OWF: My daughter, Victoria wishes to be an actress someday, what advice would you offer to her and other Christians who feel a calling to acting or being involved in Hollywood?

Mark: First of all, stay read up on your word and ask God to not only guide your steps but to open doors and allow you to hear Him clearly. Then take action to get prepared.

OWF: What kind of action?

Mark: Save your money and find other streams of income to pay your bills while you chase the dream. Know that early in your career, you will not have many opportunities to pick and choose your parts, but let your agents know what you are not willing to do so they can be mindful of your boundaries.

OWF: That's great advice. How can we be a blessing to you and and show our support for what you do?

Mark: It would be awesome to have other Christians follow me on Twitter and join my Facebook fan group at The Official Mark Christopher Lawrence Fan Club . Go to Myspace.com/markchristopherlawrence and get my gospel comedy DVD SHOUT! and/or the book on tape AFFABEL. You could also have your Church book me for an event or as a speaker. However, above all else… Pray for me! 1Thes 5:17 “Pray without ceasing”. .

OWF: And thank you again Mark, we'll meet again

Mark: God Bless you all!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Biblical Epics get the Blu-ray Treatment

Gone are the days of the biblical epic films that graced our wide silver screens, but they are making a grand comeback this Easter with blu-ray and digitally remastered editions.

Topping the charts is the Academy Award winning newly re-release of Cecil B. Demille's 'THE TEN COMMANDMENTS' on DVD and first time release on blu-ray.

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo gift set comes packaged in a stunning limited edition box featuring an image of the Red Sea that parts when the box is opened to reveal two tablets, which encase all six discs in the set. The set also includes a commemorative photo and archive book, a new 75-minute, in-depth documentary about the film and its impact, original costume sketches, the 1923 silent film The Ten Commandments (also available for the first time on Blu-ray), international premiere photos, production notes from Cecil B. DeMille, correspondence from Charlton Heston, feature commentary and more.

'The Ten Commandments' has never looked better then it does right now on blu-ray and an HDTV wide screen TV. The colors are bolder and the image is sharper than ever, the characters appear to leap right off the screen and into your living room. If your a fan of biblical epic films, this is a MUST HAVE for any home video collection.

Also just released on Blu-ray for the very first time is John Huston's 'THE BIBLE' which tells the Old Testament stories from the awe-inspiring creation of man, to the remarkable story of Noah's ark, to the mind-blowing destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Again, just like 'THE TEN COMMANDMENTS', 'THE BIBLE' is newly remastered for the ultimate high-definition experience.

Other Easter classics are being released on blu-ray this season, 'THE KING OF KINGS' and 'THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD' will soon be hitting your local shelves. Add these to your home library along side 'THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST', 'QUO VADIS' and 'THE ROBE' and you'll be set for the ultimate Epic Biblical High Definition movie marathon.

Suing the Devil (Coming Soon)

Starring: Malcom McDowell, Corbin Bernsen, Tom Sizemore & Rebecca St. James

What if you sued Satan for $8 trillion dollars?

Luke O'Brien, a washed-up janitor turned night law student, decides to sue Satan for $8 trillion dollars. On the last day before Luke files a default judgment, Satan appears to defend himself. On Satan's legal team are 10 of the country's best trial lawyers. The entire world watches on Legal TV to see who will win the Trial of the Century.

In theaters August 11, 2011. Subscribe to this blog for updates and release information.

Visit the website at http://suingthedevil.com/
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The 5th Quarter (Now Showing)

Starring: Aidan Quinn (Legends of the Fall, Benny & Joon), Andie MacDowell (Groundhog Day, Multiplicity) & Ryan Merriman (Pretty Little Liars, Final Destination 3)

Sometimes a movie comes out of nowhere that cannot be ignored.  So it is with THE 5th QUARTER, written, directed and produced by Rick Bieber (Radio Flyer, Flatliners). 

Based on the inspirational true story of 15-year-old Luke Abbate, who died in a tragic car accident due to irresponsible teen driving just two days before his sixteenth birthday.  His death left his family broken as they struggled to put the pieces back together.  After a long struggle to overcome his grief, Luke's brother, a gifted football player at Wake Forrest University, decided to honor his brother's memory by dedicating the 2006 season to him and leads his team to their greatest season ever. 

Now showing in select cities with more coming soon.  Check the web site for a complete list of theaters at the5thquartermovie.com

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COURAGEOUS (Coming Soon)

Sherwood Pictures, the moviemaking production team at Sherwood Church in Albany, Georgia, that brought us FIREPROOF and FACING THE GIANTS, are teaming up again with Provident Films and Affirm Films to present their fourth soul-inspiring film, COURAGEOUS.

Four men, one calling: To serve and protect.  As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners are confident and focused. They willingly stand up to the worst the world can offer. 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?  Protecting the streets is second nature to these law enforcement officers. Raising their children? That will take courage.

Courageous ... honor begins at home.  Courageous is set to be released in theaters nationwide on September 30, 2011.  Subscribe to our blog for updates and check out the main web site for Courageous at http://www.courageousthemovie.com/


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

CUTBACK (Coming Soon)

(On DVD April 5)

In the tradition of Soul Surfer, CUTBACK is making it's way to it's DVD release after winning BEST FEATURE FILM at the San Diego Christian Film Festival.

High School senior Luke Harris has only one thing on his mind...pro surfing, and see's his big chance when a single spot opens up on the local surfing team, but he has two major obstacles: the new surfer in town who also wants that spot and his parents who have other plans for his life. After a devastating tragedy strikes, Luke is forced into making some life-changing decisions with the help of his new friends and his youth pastor.

CUTBACK will be available on DVD only (no blurays being announced at this time) at local Christian bookstores and ChristianCinema.com on Tuesday, April 5th.

Visit CutbackTheMovie.com for more information.


Starring David A.R. White, Stacy Keach, Randy Travis, Jackie Velasquez & Lee Majors.

You might think we've had enough rapture/apocalyptic films recently, but to see one loosely based off of John Hagee's book of the same name, which is filled with updated information that reflects our most current headlines, it is a welcomed addition to the growing list and makes it all the more realistic and attention grabbing.

Muslim terrorists have smuggled nuclear weapons into America in an attempt to create a distracting disaster so that Israel can be attacked without our interference. A smart move from the terrorists, if it can be carried out.

Senior FBI Agent Shane Daughtry (David A.R. White) is faced with the challenge of finding the weapons before they are detonated with the help of a washed up arms dealer (Lee Majors) and a hardened CIA Director (Randy Travis). The race is on to save America and foil the greatest threat to America since 9/11.

Jerusalem Countdown may not have an enormous budget, but they make good use with what they have. My screener copy wasn't a finished product, several of the special effects were incomplete, but it was enough to let me know that they will be on a much larger scale than previous films from Pure Flix Entertainment, the production company founded by David A.R. White and partners.

Much of the budget was used on the ensemble of great actors which in many cases, can make or break a film. In my opinion, having David White as a lead can never hurt any movie, only give it creditability, as he is the best actor of any Christian film of this generation. We are blessed to have his talents on our side, serving God through Christ-centered and faith-affirming films like this one.

Other cast members include the always professional Stacy Keach, who has worked with David Before (Mercy Streets), Randy Travis who is also no stranger to Pure Flix Entertainment (The Wager), Jackie Velasquez, Carey Scott, another close friend to Pure Flix (In the Blink of An Eye, Hidden Secrets, The Wager) and Lee Majors.

The first half of the film does a great job of setting the story even if it is a bit slow-paced in getting started, but the action picks up in the second act and maintains it's audience with great suspense and unexpected reveals.

Many films are put under the microscope once it's labeled as a Christan movie. Christians from all denominations are keen to picking the gospel message apart and either supporting it or casting legalistic stones. Several films marketed to a Christian audience seem afraid to mention the Name of Jesus, or to clearly present a gospel message of salvation, but that is clearly not the case with Jerusalem Countdown.

While not bringing the storyline to a complete stop to preach, it cleverly weaves it's bold evangelistic message throughout and leaves no doubt who or where our hope lies in. I have always admired Pure Flix Entertainment for taking such a bold stance in their films, while not appearing to cram it in our faces. The balance between the inspirational message and entertainment is a perfect blend that leaves a refreshing hope in your spirit.

And while the Gospel message is clear, the film doesn't end on such a positive note for a world that has just encountered the rapture of the saints. The films climax will leave you wanting more and with high hopes for a sequel. If Pure Flix Entertainment can maintain this budget and quality of production and follow Jerusalem Countdown with another installment, picking up where this one left off, then we may have a new end-days series to rival the popular Left Behind.

Due to it's apocalyptic theme, it's not as family friendly as The Walton's, you can expect some violence, suspense, explosions and gun play to come into play, but it's not graphic or bloody. Recommended for teens and adults.

"Exciting and Thrilling. A timely message of hope wrapped up in a tale of suspense."
- OneWayFilms

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David A.R. White (Interview)

I once had a short interview with David A.R. White, star of the recent Christian films 'HIDDEN SECRETS', 'IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE', and several others. Since I just finished an early screening of 'JERUSALEM COUNTDOWN', his soon-to-be-released action-thriller, which is based on the book by John Hagee, I thought I would pull it out here and share it with all of you. This interview took place in May of 2006, right after he began his stand-up comedy show "HOLYMAN UNDERCOVER.'

OneWayFilms: Thank you David for your time. Can you start by telling us about how you came to know Christ?

David White: I was 4 years old, my sister lead me down the isle at one of my dad's altar calls.

OWF: Wow, I didn't know your dad was a preacher. Who influenced you the most to achieve your dream of acting?

David: I just always loved movies/tv. I was fascinated by them. I was a dreamer as a kid, I loved story telling through that medium. I watched Kirk Cameron on Growing Pains and always thought I could do that as well.

OWF: So how DID you get started in Christian films?

David: I was attending college in Chicago, and did an internship for Edward McDougal when I was 18 on 'Geronimo' and 'Across the Lines'. Ed gave me my first line in 'Geronimo'.

OWF: I remember that film. I still have a copy of it on DVD. Wow, that one goes way back. Since then, What do you look for before choosing what projects you are offered?

David: Something original in the script. A character that I'm interested in playing.

OWF: Alot of Christian filmmakers seem to have different ideas about what a Christian films really is. Exactly what IS a Christian film to you and what is NOT a Christian film?

David: A Christian film is a film that has a message of redemption and hope found only through Jesus Christ. What is not a Christian Film is every other film.

OWF: I like that, simple and sweet. What is your personal goal as a producer and as an actor in each project that you take on?

David: From a producing point of view, to tell a story that is moving and artistic. From an acting point of view, to be true to the authors intent through my performance, to be interesting and try to bring something unique to the role.

OWF: I see you're working on a new project, this time a comedy. Can you tell us about HolyMan Undercover? What is it?

David: Yes, It is a one man comedy show about a kid from Kansas who is on his way to Guam to save the world, but his plane ends up crashing in LA. It is about all the crazy characters that he meets along the way. It is about a kid getting caught up in the fast lane, but by God's grace finding his way back to the real meaning of Life.

OWF: That sounds interesting. Which film in your filmography is your personal favorite and why?

David: Mercy Streets is my favorite. both for the acting challenge of playing two brothers. It was a passion project that my buddy writer/director Jon Gunn and I were on for a long time.

OWF: I love that film and thought it was very well done. At OneWayFilms.net, we have alot of aspiring actors and filmmakers looking to get a break, What would you say to someone who is just starting out in Christian films and is feeling discouraged?

David: Take hope. Become the best at what you do. Learn to create projects and just go do it.

OWF: Any other tips?

David: Learn about producing. Bottom line, it takes a lot of perseverance. Don't stop, we need you.

OWF: David, thank you for your time with us today.

David: Thanks, Let me know if you want me to do this again sometime, I would be glad to do it. God Bless you in your endeavors.

David A.R. White

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Monday, March 28, 2011


Based on a True Story.

Starring: AnnaSophia Robb, Hellen Hunt, Dennis Quaid, Craig T Nelson, Kevin Sorbo & Carrie Underwood

Based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton, a 13 year old competitive surfer with big dreams and a courageous spirit. Coming from a family of surfers, riding the waves is all Bethany can dream about. But her dreams turn into a nightmare after a sudden shark attack takes her left arm and her hopes of ever surfing again.

Soul Surfer is an inspirational film for the entire family about overcoming obstacles and turning tragedy into triumph.

Filmed entirely in Hawaii, it offers some gorgeous cinematography and wonderful surf-action shots and features an all-star cast including Helen Hunt, Denis Quaid, Craig T Nelson and AnnaSophia Robb as Bethany, the teen titan with a heart of gold.

Soul Surfer is a well produced film, that leans heavily on it's soul-lifting story, stellar acting and a rocking soundtrack on a moderate budget. It's encouraging to see such big Hollywood names doing such inspirational family fare without the inflated-sized salary demands.

Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid actually seem to be enjoying themselves alongside the rising talents of the young cast members, most notably AnnaSophia Robb, best remembered for her role in Bridge to Terabithia, Jumper and Because of Winn Dixie. AnnaSophia delivers a powerful and gripping performance that is sure to win your heart and leave you breathless as she struggles to overcome all odds. Carrie Underwood seems a bit misplaced as the youth pastor who comforts and encourages Bethany, but while her screen time is short, she proves that singing may not be her only talent.

For a film based on a true story, I got caught up in the action and well paced story-telling. I found myself entranced by and caring for each of the characters. When the shark attack scene unfolded, I found myself holding my breath and completely taken in by the film. A rare victory few films can achieve.

I admired the way the film presented Bethany's family and their Christian faith, being faithful to church and being such positive role models. But I was disappointed in the failed opportunity to present more biblical truth to a secular audience. Like many recent films being marketed to a Christian audience, the presented faith in Soul Surfer was played a bit too safe and generic to arouse any converts since it lacked in any gospel message, but if viewed with a Christan who knows how to use the film as a topic starter, it can be a great tool or ice breaker.

Another refreshing bonus was the lack of any profanity or sexuality, making it completely suitable and safe for viewing in a church or youth group setting.

I highly recommend this entertaining and uplifting film for the entire family.  Set to be released in theaters nationwide April 8th.

- OneWayFilms


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