From the very first time our team began working in the film industry we knew the importance of prayer, but we did not implement this into our practice, until Mart Green. Mart who was the founder of Mardel Christian Store and Supply which was an offspring of the Hobby Lobby company had a dream to make a film and this is what he did. Together, we were honored to create EVERY TRIBE ENTERTAINMENT where we produced BEYOND THE GATES OF SPLENDOR and END OF THE SPEAR.
However, Mart wanted to make prayer an integratl part of every film we made. He had never made a movie, but after hearing Steve Saint speak, he suggested we have one person for every day of the month become a prayer warrior for each film and it changed how we did business. I am so thankful for his gentle leadership and kind spirit to lead us by placing prayer at the forefront of our newly developing film practice. Bill Ewing and I were charged to connect with a filmmaker whose heart was based in the Lord's guidance back in 2000.
Ever since those early days two decades ago, we have continued this tradition and every movie we have created as a film support company alongside of the film production companies associated we have included a foundation of prayer at the center. Prayer is the real key to everything.
In recent days, on FB we have seen the V300 grow to over a thousand prayer warriors strong in our team. I am so very thankful for every member who is praying once a month for a day or they are involved in the film projects on the horizon for VERITAS. However, we don't just need to pray for VMFA films, but for all film groups who are being birthed for one purpose, to expand the work of films of family, of faith and of freedom.
This past month at NRB, the Erwin Brothers, Kevin Downes and Gunn all came together with LIONSGATE to make films and we are interceding for this new group. You see, there is ZERO competition here because if you had the Kendrick Brothers, Cindy Bond, Priscilla Shirer, Mark Burnett, Roma Downey, Ralph Winter, Ken Carpenter, Tim Tebow and so many other groups like Sherwood who have come forward to make a difference for God, we can always thank the Lord for their leadership. Pray for these people and those who are working hard to make a difference.
Every film company needs PRAYER and every film team needs prayer so from this day forward, VERITAS MISSION FILM ASSOCIATION will be serving an industry we helped begin in 2000 where films of faith would begin to change and impact our culture. Without PASSION OF THE CHRIST and the success of this wonderful film I am not sure what or industry would be doing or where we would be, so we have to thank Mel Gibson and Steve McEveety.
Another actor who has made such a huge difference is Jim Caveizel and with Randy Quaid and others who have truly stepped up their game, we have a trend finding its sea legs and getting momentum. However, everyone will need prayer. There are several groups who have been doing prayer like MASTER MEDIA and the HOLLYWOOD PRAYER NETWORK.
I am thankful our team will be praying and interceding. We cannot "bless" or endorse films without seeing the film, unless you have a direct relationship with our team. If you want our team to endorse your film, please send a screener copy to our address at 1070 WHITEHALL DR, FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE 37069 and we will be honored to review what you are doing.
There are many new independent filmmakers who are doing great work and we are praying for you. Also remember we have the FILMMAKER'S ROUNDTABLE at www.books2film.net and are happy to work with you on ensuring you have a third party, adjudicated primary work ready for film studio presentation. Let's remember to keep those indy filmmaker's in our prayers.
Lastly, I want to thank Barry Landis who began the FILM BREAKFAST in Franklin years ago with the purpose to provide leadership in this area. Barry has been a friend for many years and I love him dearly. He has worked with us as a Music Supervisor on LAST OUNCE OF COURAGE and worked behind the scenes in an industry who needs to give him an IMPACT AWARD. Barry is a champion and an ambassador for all of us and I do believe ROARING LAMBS and his legacy with the famous author continues to extend the legacy we all need.
May God use us in this season of PRAYER and I implore you, if you don't have a prayer team for your films, do everything you can to make this a reality.
In His Service,
CONGRATS TO RUN THE RACE
Great news for the team of executive producers Robby Tebow and Tim Tebow along with producer Ken Carpenter and Director Chris Dowling on the expansion of RUN THE RACE from 853 screens to over 1100 screens. The successful launch of a two million dollar opening weekend keeps the per screen average high enough to warrant expansion. Our team has been in this exact place before so please rememer this wonderful group in prayer.
Ken has worked for many years building his film skills and this is his first feature so we are thrilled for him as our Franklin neighbor. Also, the Tebow family met us at the SBC where we spoke in New Orleans on the launch of our film LAST OUNCE OF COURAGE that Darrel Campbell and I worked on together.
As you all know, we rally around films of family, faith and freedom and RUN THE RACE fits all of these areas and we are honored to support through our V300 prayer team this wonderful film. I am so thankful for all the filmmakers who are out there in the market place making a difference for Jesus Christ. Inspiring films are what our nation needs right now.
In a world when politics does not seem to be serving the people, when faith is even questioned and when confusion runs amuck, we must all rally around messages of hope. I believe this wonderful new film of two brothers brings hope into this world, which is a huge opportunity to share of VMFA films as an update!
SAND IN TUSCANY
The filmmaker's have agreed to create a non-profit donor based opportunity with a new feature documentary entitled SAND IN TUSCANY about the wonderful story of an American GI from Sand Mountain, Alabama who falls in love with an Italian girl in Tuscany during WWII in the Italian campaign against Mussolini and Hitler. This gripping story will honor the men and women of the 88th Infantry Division and the 313th Combat Division.
Our team will be partnering with famous archival film partners of WWII and this moving story will be emotional for every couple, along with action filled for those who are moved by the bravery of the "greatest generation". This is a huge opportunity for donors and sponsor to get involved, so if you are interested, please contact us immediately as this window of opportunity for giving will be filled in the coming months.
The first family screening of CALEB'S HOPE took place in the last weekend of February 2019 and what an amazing turn out we had. We are absolutely thrilled and excited to bring this story to the world. We are only half way completed, but we have the first draft of the edit. The next phase is the "sound design" and we will be turning to John Chalfant who helped us with BEYOND THE GATES OF SPLENDOR and LAST OUNCE OF COURAGE, two movies our team was making.
If you have any access to a place our team can stay in LA for about five weeks, please let us know as this is a major need as we work with John to get this ready for a final mastering process.
April 12 -13 Caleb is speaking to the Women's Conference of Falls Creek in Oklahoma to over 5,000 women. Please remember Caleb, Jeremy and Emily as they share in this historic event for their family's ministry. We believe the doors are opening huge for this film.
We were asked how much money do we still need to complete the movie? We need around $100.000 to complete the film and we will need money to put the film in theaters. The more money we raise the more theaters we can launch into mass distribution. Please pray about giving and being a part of the most powerful story coming out of Oklahoma in decades.
Be checking next month for two more new film projects on the horizon which have just recently come to fruition from a series of meetings our team has been having. One story is a very famous story we have been asked to be a part of and we will be excited to share more. The second story is about a family's personal struggle with cancer and is sure to inspire everyone. Be praying for these discussions and we will announce next month in our blog.
Thank you all for praying for us. We are praying for you. The V300 prayer partners is over 1000 strong and growing. We continue to ask for prayers for every project where we are involved. May the Lord bless each one of you in your lives and if we can pray for you, please post on our FB page so our entire online community can pray.
God bless you,
Kevin McAfee is a filmmaker who writes for the purpose of inspiring others to make a difference in the world through faith in God and using the visual language of film. His blog shares the hopes of impacting culture, because his heart is in media missions and the church.