The success of faith-based films in recent years has led to a resurgence of Christian movies being made by Hollywood filmmakers.
Although COVID-19 led to nationwide shutdowns of movie theaters and upended theatrical debuts, streaming services have continued to offer Christian and faith-themed content for audiences.
The film “I Still Believe,” which landed at No. 1 on its March 13 opening and brought in over $9 million in ticket sales before theaters were shut down, was quickly moved to online streaming providers and is continuing its momentum via On Demand platforms such as Amazon Prime Video, Apple T.V., Google Play and Hulu.
Here’s a list of five new faith-based movies that are available now and coming out this summer and fall.
1. “Selfie Dad”
“Selfie Dad” starring comedian Michael Jr. is a timely film that shows the important role godly fathers play in a self-centered world. The theatrical release of the film switched to premium Video on Demand and comes out June 19, just in time for Father’s Day.
Alongside Michael Jr., the film features top-selling female Christian comedian Chonda Pierce as well as James Denton, Jamie Grace, and Karen Abercrombie (“War Room”).
“Spiraling into a mid-life crisis and feeling disconnected from his family, Ben Marcus, a reality-TV editor, thinks he can only be happy by fulfilling his dream of becoming a professional comedian. Ben posts his stand-up routines to YouTube, and the videos fall flat. Then his tweener son posts Ben miserably failing on a home improvement project, and much to his teenage daughter’s dismay, it goes viral, launching Ben’s social-media career as ‘Selfie Dad.’ Although he quickly becomes an award-winning phenom, no amount of success brings Ben satisfaction. Through his friendship with a young coworker, Mickey, Ben finds the secret to a happy family …. with his Bible in one hand, and his phone in the other,” the film’s synopsis reads.
Produced by Kappa Studios and distributed by GVN Releasing, the Christian film was written by Brad Silverman (“Grace Unplugged”).
“What better time than Father’s Day for your whole family to enjoy a fun and uplifting story of a dad disconnecting and reconnecting with his family … because he reconnected with what matters most,” Michael Jr. said.
2. “A Week Away”
The first Netflix original faith-based musical, “A Week Away,” features a slew of rearranged contemporary Christian music hits with a compelling story of a troubled young man whose life is transformed.
The idea for the movie came from Christian singer and actor Alan Powell, who co-wrote the screenplay with Kali Bailey.
Shot in Nashville, Tennessee, the film follows “troubled teen Will Hawkins (Kevin Quinn) who has a run-in with the law that puts him at an important crossroad: go to juvenile detention or attend a Christian summer camp. At first a fish-out-of-water, Will opens his heart, discovers love with a camp regular Bailee Madison, and finds a sense of belonging in the last place he expected to find it,” according to Netflix.
Others featured in the cast is Sherri Shepherd, David Koechner, Jahbril Cook, Kat Conner Sterling, and Iain Tucker.
“A Week Away” is filled with well-known contemporary Christian music that has been reimagined. Adam Watts (“High School Musical 3”) Powell and Cory Clark worked together to pen three original songs for the faith-based film.
“A Week Away” is scheduled to stream on Netflix later this year.
3. “24 Counter”
“24 Counter: The Story BEHIND The Run” is an inspiring docu-film on the life of former football player turned Christian actor T.C. Stallings (“War Room”).
The film follows Stallings’ story of growing up in a dangerous, low-income neighborhood and the impact that upbringing had on his life and how it fueled his career.
“His opportunity came through football, but Tony’s struggles were far from over. A position change, injury, and a huge spiritual wake-up call are only the beginning. His childhood dream and new-found faith are about to be tested like never before,” the film’s synopsis reads.
The award-nominated documentary will be available via On Demand on June 30.
“24 Counter” has been nominated for “Most Inspirational Documentary” by the International Christian Film Festival.
The film is “dedicated to my mother. This project is near and dear to my heart,” Stallings shared on Instagram.
4. “Home Sweet Home”
The Christian romantic comedy “Home Sweet Home” is now available to stream on PureFlix.
The faith-based movie is a modern-day romance.
“Home Sweet Home” stars actress, singer, social media star and daughter of Candace Cameron Bure, Natasha Bure (“Faith, Hope & Love”), and actor Ben Elliott (“The Lying Game”).
Produced by 5×5 Productions the film was shot in Spokane, Washington, and is the first lead role for both Bure and Elliot.
The movie tells the story of a “flirtatious barista Victoria, (Bure), who is bored with her social butterfly lifestyle and longs for wholeness but has no idea what that really means, so when handsome, Jason (Elliott) walks into her coffee shop she turns on the charm. When he doesn’t respond to her flirting, a first for her, the challenge begins.
“After discovering Jason runs a ministry that builds affordable housing, she decides to volunteer. … She researches ‘how to act like a Christian,’ and her new approach gains her some ground as she starts to make headway with Jason. But when she meets the single mom who will own the house they’re building, her eyes are opened, faking faith will not make her whole and Jason is there to serve others while she has just been getting in the way,” according to the film’s synopsis.
5. “Don’t Say My Name”
Lastly, the film “Don’t Say My Name” is based on the true story of a human trafficking survivor who escaped her captors.
“We’ll follow her (Adriana) harrowing journey of survival as she navigates the road to recovery and healing,” the film’s synopsis reads.
Cameron Arnett, one of the stars of the hit faith-based film “Overcomer,” plays a Homeland Security investigator in “Don’t Say My Name.” Joining Arnett in the cast are members of the popular Spanish Band “Miel San Marcos,” actress Jenny Porrata, and newcomer Brooklyn Wittmer.
According to the film’s crowdfunding page, two children are sex trafficked every 60 seconds, and 10 are kidnapped and enslaved every five minutes. A staggering statistic announced on NBC’s “Today” show in 2016 revealed that every 30 seconds someone falls victim to sex trafficking. According to UNICEF, more than a million children are trafficked each year.
“Don’t Say My Name” gives viewers a first-hand account of what happens once someone escapes captivity.
“It is thought that up to 90% of victims are never rescued. And for the 10% that are returned home, PTSD, depression and suicide are the norm as they struggle to re-enter society, many without any resources within reach to give them any hope of healing,” the film’s website adds.
“Don’t Say My Name” will be used by human trafficking organizations, schools, and private and corporate entities to help spread awareness.
The 24 Flix/Selan Films production is set to be released in the fall of 2020.
‘Fast and Furious’ actor Lucas Black says role in new Christian film was an answer to prayer
Hollywood actor Lucas Black, who’s best known for his roles in “The Fast and The Furious” franchise and “NCIS: New Orleans,” took a break from his roles in mainstream entertainment three years ago and said his latest role in a new Pure Flix film was an answer to prayer.
Black is the star of the new family-friendly film “Legacy Peak,” now streaming exclusively on Pure Flix.
In 2019, Black finished working on “NCIS: New Orleans” after 125 episodes when he made the decision to leave the series “to spend more time with family” and connect with his “Heavenly Father.”
“There were plenty of days where I would go to work and they would still be asleep, and I would come home and they’d be already in bed,” Black told The Christian Post. “The first three seasons … I’d be working 70 hours a week. I’m just fortunate throughout my career, I’ve recognized that that kind of schedule and the way the entertainment business is run, and a lot of temptations that come with it, can be really destructive to families’ lives and your relationship with others.
“It takes a lot of discipline, a lot of godly people around you to hold you accountable,” he added.
Those concerns were some of the reasons why Black decided to step away and take time off to “reflect and rest.” Soon after, he was introduced to this new faith-filled film.
“We were praying what the next step was going to be,” Black said of himself and his wife. “We saw a huge culture shift here in America and for a long time, movies coming out of Hollywood and in entertainment undermined the fatherhood role.”
Their prayers were answered when he attended a homeschool convention and met Pastor Eric Ludy who spoke to Black about the script for “Legacy Peak.”
“I read it, my wife read it, and she comes to me with tears in her eyes and says, ‘I don’t know why you wouldn’t be a part of this project.’” he recalled, explaining why he wanted to take the role. “It’s one that really sheds a good light on fathers. It shows the need for a good earthly father. It shows how we can find our fulfillment and love from our Heavenly Father, and it really is one that’s going to empower the nuclear family, and especially fathers out there.”
“Legacy Peak” is about a man named Jason who “wants nothing more than to have his girlfriend’s kids like him. But when a perfectly planned trip to a mountain cabin falls apart, the ensuing adventure could tear them apart or bring them closer than they ever imagined. Together they’ll discover how to trust again and what it means to be a family,” the synopsis reads.
Black plays Jason and the rest of the cast includes: Todd Terry, Ina Barron, Kyleigh M. Bakker and Roman Engle.
“My character gets to use masculine traits to really protect the innocent, and provide for them and show transparency to connect with the kids in a special way,” Black told.
“I’m super blessed to be a part of it. It was an answered prayer, for me and my family just to have something come to us like this. God orchestrated the whole thing.”
Black didn’t always have such strong Christian convictions, however. Although he was raised in a Christian home where he was taken to church every Sunday, he strayed from the Lord in his 20s, when he was trying to do the Christian walk alone while working in the entertainment industry.
“I really didn’t have a strong spiritual family or godly men that I can do a Bible study with, or do life with that really hold me accountable,” he said.
Early in 2015, Black became intentional about reading the Bible and said he was “convicted by the Holy Spirit” which helped him dedicate himself to God. He eventually became involved in a church and a Men’s Bible study which held him accountable.
“That’s really when my relationship with the Lord took on a whole new level. All the chapters and books about the Holy Spirit really spoke to me,” Black testified. “He is our advocate; He is our helper. I can rely on him in times of trouble or when I’m feeling alone and traveling around. The Lord is with us wherever we go.”
“I’m just thankful He’s always been with me. He never leaves us nor forsakes us, and His grace has just shown abundantly in my life,” “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” star continued.
Films like “Legacy Peak” that have faith and family messages are the type of entertainment Black encourages people to spend time watching. “There’s an attack in our country right now on Christian values, on family values,” Black said. “So, this is kind of our way of battling our culture.”
He added: “I think we need to really focus and be intentional about what we allow to be seen on our screens in our homes for our family. We really need to fight for our families and our children, so we need to be intentional about what’s coming through the television screen, the computer screen and the phone.”
“The more you guys watch stuff like this, the more we’re able to make content like this,” he said. “The message is going to be strong that’s going to empower families and empower Christians and encourage them and uplift them. I just encourage you to go out and see it because we’re fighting this battle together. We got to stand strong in faith and stand strong as Christians and fight for our families.”
സീരിയൽ, സിനിമാ താരം രശ്മി ഗോപാൽ അന്തരിച്ചു
സിനിമാ സീരിയൽ താരം രശ്മി ഗോപാൽ അന്തരിച്ചു. 51 വയസ്സായിരുന്നു. ആരോഗ്യപ്രശ്നങ്ങളെ തുടർന്ന് ആശുപത്രിയിൽ ചികിത്സയിലിരിക്കെ ഞായറാഴ്ച രാത്രിയോടെയാണ് അന്ത്യം സംഭവിച്ചത്. സ്വന്തം സുജാത എന്ന സീരിയയിലെ സാറാമ്മ എന്ന കഥാപാത്രത്തിലൂടെയാണ് രശ്മി ഗോപാൽ ശ്രദ്ധേയയായത്.
പരസ്യ ചിത്രങ്ങളിലൂടെയാണ് രശ്മി അഭിനയരംഗത്തേക്ക് എത്തിയത്. നിരവധി സീരിയലുകളുടെ ഭാഗമായി. മലയാളം, തമിഴ് ചിത്രങ്ങളിലും അഭിനയിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്. ജയഗോപാലാണ് ഭർത്താവ്. മകൻ പ്രശാന്ത് കേശവ്
‘I’m an atheist y’all’: Britney Spears says she no longer believes in God
Pop superstar Britney Spears is making headlines yet again, this time for declaring that she no longer believes in God.
Spears’ revelation that she no longer believes in God can be heard in a profanity-laced audio recording posted on Instagram and reshared on YouTube Monday after “60 Minutes Australia” aired an interview with her ex-husband, Keven Federline, and their son, Jayden. In the recording, Britney accuses her sons of “being hateful,” “undermining her behavior” and having “secretly loved looking at me as if something was wrong with me.”
“There is nothing to believe in anymore. I’m an atheist, y’all,” Spears said at the end of a three-minute rant to her son, Jayden, where she rattled off a list of financial obligations she took on in her decadeslong career, including paying her mother’s legal fees and sending $40,000 a month to her ex-husband.
In the recording, Spears speaks about her relationship with her sons, Jayden and Sean Preston, her ex-husband, and her sons’ reactions to what she described as the trauma her father and other family members put her through after her music career took off in the late 1990s.
Last November, the singer was released from a conservatorship in which her father, James “Jamie” Spears, had control of her finances, estimated to be around $60 million. A judge awarded him conservatorship in 2008 following Britney’s mental breakdown in which she allegedly contemplated suicide following a custody battle a year earlier when Federline was awarded sole custody of their two sons. That same year, Spears was photographed by paparazzi shaving her head after she left a rehab center in Los Angeles that heightened concerns about her stability at the time.
Spears, now free from the conservatorship, has regained control of her finances, got married for the second time, and last week released her first song in six years. However, according to ITV and a “60 Minutes Australia” interview with Federline and Jayden, the boys haven’t seen their mother in months and declined to attend her star-studded wedding because no one else in the family had been invited.
In the recording in which Spears claimed that if God really existed, she wouldn’t have suffered or lost the autonomy to make her own decisions for 13 years: “God would not [have allowed] that to happen to me if God existed. I don’t believe in God anymore because of the way my children and my family have treated me.”
The “Oops! I did It Again” singer’s newfound atheism runs counter to the faith she previously testified to when she said it was God who had enabled her to make it through the distress of the last 13 years.
In his interview, Jayden said his grandfather “doesn’t deserve all the hatred he’s getting in the media.” He further explained that he and his brother chose not to attend their mother’s wedding to model and actor Sam Ashgari because “she didn’t invite the whole family.” “And then if it was just going to be me and Preston, I just don’t see how that situation would have ended on good terms,” he added.
Spears, who was raised in the Southern Baptist denomination, told a judge during a virtual court hearing over her conservatorship that instead of being subjected to intense therapy multiple times a week, she prefers to talk to God.
The 40 year old said at the time that she wanted to end her conservatorship without having to be psychologically evaluated because other doctors had prescribed strong medications, such as lithium.
Spears said a doctor “illegally … 100% abused me by the treatment he gave me. And to be totally honest with you, when he passed away, I got on my knees and thanked God.”
At the time, she was required to see a therapist and doctor about four times a week: “I don’t feel like I can live a full life. I don’t owe them to go see a man I don’t know and share [with] him my problems. I don’t even believe in therapy. I always think you take it to God.”
The popstar’s declaration might come as a shock to many of her fans because in an Instagram post shared three days ago, Spears mentioned having faith in God.
“I’m a child of God as well; we all are in God’s eyes,” she said.
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