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,
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.