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Freedom Film Distributors celebrates its 2nd Birthday

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Freedom Film Distributors logo

Two years ago this week, Freedom Film Distributors officially launched our effort to bring independently produced films that promote the values of Faith, Family, and Freedom to communities across the nation and the world through grassroots promotion and distribution efforts. It has been a challenging journey thus far, but we are thankful for the opportunity that God has given us to help families across the country get involved in promoting great movies in their local area.

FFD families at Family Economics Conference

We have independent distributors across the country that are raising awareness about independently produced films through networking, attended local and regional events as exhibitors, and through hosting movie nights. Many of our distributor families have found great fulfillment in working together as a family in a simple and straightforward family business, one that even young children can participate in and develop important life and business skills such as planning, accounting, marketing, sales, and customer service. Most distributors have joined us because they love the films that we promote – many have had life-changing influence on them – and their passion for sharing the messages of the films motivates them in their local promotion and distribution efforts. If you love family films and want to promote them in the context of a family business, please consider joining us as a distributor.

National Movie Night - Join us and host a movie night in your community!

Our National Movie Night project started last fall by premiering several new films nationwide, including Agenda: Griding America Down, which won the $101,000 Best of Festival Grand Prize at the 2010 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, and Divided, a controversial film that has had a huge impact on they way that Christians consider children and youth ministry. Since then, National Movie Night has held nationwide premieres of Resisting the Green Dragon, Jimmy Valiant: Scions of Danger, An Inconvenient Tax, Dale Evans: Beyond the Happy Trails, Gather the Family, Crying Wolf, and a special pre-release screening of Rescued: The Heart of Adoption and Caring for Orphans. There are several new films being released soon that we will be adding to the 2012 schedule, so if you'd like to host a movie night to expose friends, family, and neighbors to these great films, please Sign Up to Host a Movie Night today!

 

The Films

Here are some of the significant films that Freedom Film Distributors has worked to promote these past two years.

A More Perfect Union DVD

A More Perfect Union is the only feature-length film that portrays the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and is an important educational tool needed to provide the understanding needed to restore the American Republic.

 

AGENDA

AGENDA: Grinding America Down is a groundbreaking documentary about the Marxist agenda to systematically take control of the major institutions of American power.

 

DIVIDED

Divided has become a very controversial film that discusses the modern ministry model for children and youth ministry, how that model has failed, and what the Bible says about the issue.

 

Indoctrination movie

IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America is a breakthrough documentary that reviews the history of government education in American – its founders and their worldview, the development of the public education institution, and the effects it has had on our culture and society.

 

Gather the Family is the first film that portrays families practicing Family Worship and provides an essential tool for fathers that want to lead their families spiritually.

 

The Homestead Blessings series is a one-of-a-kind collection of practical how-to videos on the lost arts of homemaking and homesteading.  From gardening, canning and cooking to candlemaking, sewing, and soapmaking, this series has something for every current or aspiring homemaker.

 

2nd Birthday Celebration Savings

You can get special savings on our entire catalog of products this week during our birthday celebration. Get 30% off your subtotal by using code 'FFDbirthday' at checkout. Don't forget to check out our unique product packs and gift certificates, which make great gifts for the upcoming Christmas holiday.

Freedom Film Distributors gift certificate

 

Coming Soon…

Freedom Film Distributors has some great new initiatives coming to kick off our third year in operation. We will be launching a robust affiliate program that will provide the opportunity for anyone to promote our films online or locally, including special focused affiliate campaigns for select products. We will also be making a fundraising program available for people to use to raise funds for their groups or causes through sales of our films. If you are interested in these initiatives, please sign up on our email list and identify your interests so we know how to follow up with you.

It has been an honor and privelege to serve as a conduit for grassroots independent film promotion and we look forward to what the new year holds. We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May God bless you and yours in the year ahead.

 

Enter to Win a $50 Gift Certificate for the 2nd Birthday Celebration

 

 

New Year, New Life, New Things to Come

Friday, January 14th, 2011

 

Happy New Year! (only a couple of weeks late) While still not sure if I've finally emerged from the holiday season productivity black hole, things seem to be picking up and we're very excited about what's ahead for Freedom Film Distributors.

New Life for the New Year - Adeline Virginia

The close of the Year of our Lord 2010 was an exciting one for my family, as we welcomed our 5th child into our arms. Adeline Virginia was born New Year's Eve, so it was at once the most wonderful and most quiet New Year's celebration we've ever had.

Looking ahead to the year 2011, there are lots of exciting new things in store.  Here's a brief list:

  1. New promotion opportunities for fans of family movies and Christian films, including a fundraiser program that's in development, and an affiliate marketing program to allow all you bloggers and likeminded organization to help promote great films.
  2. Continued growth for the National Movie Night project, including additional screenings of hit films AGENDA: Grinding America Down and DIVIDED, plus new films in production to be released soon.
  3. New family films and Christian movie releases coming, including the powerful Indoctrintion documentary by Colin Gunn and his team, and the forthcoming family adventure movie Ace Wonder by John Robert Moore and the team at HeuMoore Productions.
  4. Events galore – conferences, homeschool conventions, festivals, county fairs, and more will see our distributors interacting with their communities to promote and share our great catalog of family films and Christian movies across the country.

If you have any ideas on how we can better engage the culture with God-honoring media, or questions about becoming a distributor or joining us as a Movie Night Host, please let us know.

Thanksgiving for Faith, Family, and Freedom

Friday, November 26th, 2010

 

First Thanksgiving

We at Freedom Film Distributors are very thankful this year.  Thankful that we are nearing the completion of our first year in operation.  Thankful for our staff and families.  Thankful for our distributors and their families.  Thankful for our movie night hosts.  Thankful for the producers that have partnered with us to promote their films through our unique distribution model.  Thankful for you, our supporters and customers, who have helped us spread the message of grassroots film distribution.

As Americans, we must be thankful and remember the providences of God in the life of our nation – both today and in times past.  While people often remember what they are thankful for in the past year, few remember what to be thankful for from 100 or 200 or 300 years ago.  To help us remember, let's enlist the aid of some of our founding fathers to remind us of our blessed and godly heritage, that it might encourage us to be thankful and to work diligently to preserve and carry on the godly legacy of Faith, Family, and Freedom that we have been recipients of.

William Bradford, Governor of the Plymouth colony, wrote of the Pilgrims' arrival in Cape Cod in 1621:  William Bradford statue

"Being thus arrived in a good harbor, and brought safe to land, they fell upon their knees and blessed the God of Heaven who had brought them over the vast and furious ocean, and delivered them from all the perils and miseries thereof, again to set their feet on the firm and stable earth, their proper element. …

But here I cannot but stay and make a pause, and stand half amazed at this poor people's present condition; and so I think will the reader, too, when he well considers the same. Being thus passed the vast ocean, and a sea of troubles before in their preparation (as may be remembered by that which went before), they had now no friends to welcome them nor inns to entertain or refresh their weatherbeaten bodies; no houses or much less town to repair to, to seek for succour. It is recorded in Scripture as a mercy to the Apostle and his shipwrecked company, that the barbarians showed them no small kindness in refreshing them, but these savage barbarians, when they met with them (as after will appear) were readier to fill their sides full of arrows than otherwise. And for the season it was winter, and they that know the winters of that country know them to be sharp and violent, and subject-to cruel and fierce storms, dangerous to travel to known places, much more to search an unknown coast. Besides, what could they see but a hideous and desolate wilderness, fall of wild beasts and wild men—and what multitudes there might be of them they knew not. … If they looked behind them, there was the mighty ocean which they had passed and was now as a main bar and gulf to separate them from all the civil parts of the world.

What could now sustain them but the Spirit of God and His grace? May not and ought not the children of these fathers rightly say: "Our fathers were Englishmen which came over this great ocean, and were ready to perish in this wilderness; but they cried unto the Lord, and He heard their voice and looked on their adversity," "Let them therefore praise the Lord, because He is good: and His mercies endure forever."

 

The Continental Congress declared a national day of Thanksgiving and prayer in 1777:  Second Continental Congress

 " Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to him for benefits received, and to implore such farther blessings as they stand in need of; and it having pleased him in his abundant mercy not only to continue to us the innumerable bounties of his common providence, but also smile upon us in the prosecution of a just and necessary war, for the defense and establishment of our unalienable rights and liberties; particularly in that he hath been pleased in so great a measure to prosper the means used for the support of our troops and to crown our arms with most signal success:

It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive powers of these United States, to set apart Thursday, the 18th day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise; that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor; and that together with their sincere acknowledgments and offerings, they may join the penitent confession of their manifold sins, whereby they had forfeited every favor, and their humble and earnest supplication that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of remembrance; that it may please him graciously to afford his blessings on the governments of these states respectively, and prosper the public council of the whole; to inspire our commanders both by land and sea, and all under them, with that wisdom and fortitude which may render them fit instruments, under the providence of Almighty God, to secure for these United States the greatest of all blessings, independence and peace; that it may please him to prosper the trade and manufactures of the people and the labor of the husbandman, that our land may yield its increase; to take schools and seminaries of education, so necessary for cultivating the principles of true liberty, virtue and piety, under his nurturing hand, and to prosper the means of religion for the promotion and enlargement of that kingdom which consisteth in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.

And it is further recommended, that servile labor, and such recreation as, though at other times innocent, may be unbecoming the purpose of this appointment, be omitted on so solemn an occasion."

 

President George Washington issued the first presidential proclamation of the United States in 1789:  George Washington

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions– to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Geo: Washington

 

We have much to be thankful for.  Let us remember, be grateful, and tell the generations to come of God's faithfulness.

I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. — Psalm 78:2-4

The Hillmans on the Road Again – All the way in PA

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Alan and Shelley Hillman have been busy lately.  Very busy.  After having a productive and busy weekend at the Massachusetts HOPE convention two weeks ago, they traveled last week all the way from Maine to Pennsylvania to attend the CHAP homeschool convention, one of the largest in the nation.  (It seems we don't yet have any distributors in PA willing to go sell lots of our products to eager buyers at a place like CHAP – if you or someone you know in PA might be interested in Joining Us, read more about Becoming a Distributor.)  They had a special treat while there, meeting up with our Director of Distributor Support, Scott Eash, pictured below.

Scott Eash visiting Hillmans booth at CHAP

The Hillmans don't do anything small, it seems.  They have a strong desire to establish an atmosphere, even as a vendor at a large convention, where people can relax and enjoy fellowship while browsing their Honeysuckle Farms product library (and it literally looks like a library).  They have had many wonderful opportunities to talk to and even minister to people by related the stories from the films in the Freedom Film Distributors catalog, as well as from their own journey of faith.

Hillmans booth at CHAP

Of course, to get such a wonderful vendor display set up requires a hefty logistics effort, which Alan deftly handled with his two red monsters.

Hillmans loaded for roadtrip to CHAP

Youth and Energy in Wisconsin

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Josh Ferrell

We’re excited to welcome Josh Ferrell as the first young man to sign up with Freedom Film Distributors.  He brings with him an incredible amount of energy and enthusiasm (hint: those are important if you’re in business).  Residing in Wisconsin, Josh is excited to be promoting the Freedom Film catalog across his territory.  After his mom discovered Freedom Film Distributors on Facebook, Josh became very excited about the opportunity to launch into entrepreneurship and develop business skills.   His parents are fully supporting Josh’s new venture and are excited to see their son learn as an entrepreneur.

Ferrell family at liberty bell

Josh  is loaded with ideas for bringing God-honoring films to Wisconsin, including exhibiting at homeschool conventions this spring.  Churches, Christian bookstores, county fairs, city events, and local tourist shops are all on Josh’s radar!

After being encouraged and influenced by Franklin Springs films, Josh knew that he had to take part in bringing these films to his community.  He says, “My favorite film was Pull up A Chair with Nathan Clark George. What really spoke to me was, even amongst business with music and travel, he took time being the spiritual leader of his family. My dad had a deep conviction for taking time with my family reading God’s Word, and growing together as a family in holiness rather than letting someone else do his job. It was so neat because just after we started doing our family worship together, we watched this film and Nathan Clark George was using the same book we were using at the time… Nathan George’s family really shows that he is bringing them up in the Lord, and seeing the love His kids have for the Lord was a real joy. I also really enjoy his music, and having this movie to know what his life is like when he’s not recording really made me love him and his music more.”

 

We’re glad to have Josh on the Freedom Film Distributors team, excited to watch him grow, and eager to see what he will accomplish in his new venture!

The Winton boys are Champions

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Cody playing banjo with Jesse on guitar

We’re excited to announce that The Wintons, our distributors in the northern California area, have added some additional honors to their growing list of accomplishments.  Jesse and Cody Winton competed in the California State Old-Time Fiddle & Picking Championships this past weekend, which is held annually in Oroville, CA, and they each won their divisions on mandolin and banjo, respectively, in this very lively musical competition.

Cody champion with other winners

Father Randy Winton reports:

“Jesse won the Jr. Division last year on mandolin, so he competed in the Open Division (all ages allowed to enter;  is generally comprised of adults and prior winners no longer able to compete in their age divisions due to multiple prior wins) and won this year.  Cody competed in the Jr. Division (12-17) and won on banjo.  The picking championships are all three instruments, banjo, mandolin and guitar, competing against one another for the top prize.  Each contestant plays two songs, one slow and one fast tune.  They are judged by a panel in multiple areas using a point system;  tuning, timing, tone and difficulty.  Jesse played “Over Cincinnatti” and “1 Corinthians 1:18.”  Cody played “Cotton-Eyed Joe” and “Reuben.”   They chose not to compete on fiddle this year.  They each received medals as well as a cash prize.  They would love to compete at the National Picking Championships held annually at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas in September.  Lord willing, we would love to send them if the Lord provides the funds.”

Jesse playing mandolin

What is more amazing than the fact that the two brothers are both champions in their respective instruments, and that Jesse competed against the adults this year, is that Jesse had an accident playing sports last week and fell very hard on his wrist.  Though he did not wear it while playing, you can see the brace and sling he is wearing in the picture of the winners together below.  His God-given skill is even more evident in light of these circumstances – that he had to play through injury and pain – and yet still came out on top.

Jesse champion with other winners

More impressive than their display of skill is the fact that these young men are working together with their father to provide for their family through their bluegrass band and their promotion of God-honoring films through Freedom Film Distributors, and are ministering to people all across the west coast in the process.  The Wintons are a wonderful picture of Christian family life – a demonstration of family culture that we hope continues to spread across the nation and the world.

The Keusal Family is on a Journey Home

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Andy Keusal picked up a Freedom Film Distributors brochure at the Sufficiency of Scripture Conference in December of 2009.  Being an entrepreneur at heart, and also a fan of Franklin Springs Family Media, the opportunity to become a distributor caught his attention.

A Journey Home DVD

The Keusals have watched many of the Franklin Springs films, but when asked which film is his favorite, Andy says, “Hard to choose, but probably A Journey Home, because it was so timely for me and for my family.  I have been wrestling for years with leaving home each day to go to my corporate job, being gone for 11 hours, etc., and we have also been feeling more and more led to move to the country, get some land, and find a way to spend some more time together as a family, especially as we add more children to the household.  So obviously that film really impacted us for a lot of reasons — here was a guy who had the courage to do what I have been talking about doing for years, and the way the story is told is so beautiful.  I’ve watched it at least ten times, and my family has, too.”

Largely inspired by A Journey Home, the Keusal family recently moved from urban Columbus to a rural location in central Ohio.

Andy found Freedom Film Distributors to be particularly appealing because of his desire to work from home and spend more time with his family.  “[Freedom Film Distributors] seems like a great way to ease into doing that, especially because the product is such a natural fit — I can’t think of anything I would be more passionate about promoting!

“Extra income is always nice, but the primary driver for me is freeing up my time, since I really have enough to meet my needs through my job — but I want to start creating other sources of income, so as to allow for eventually leaving my job. Of course, there are lots of ways to make additional income, but this one meets the other critical criterion, which is to be doing something that impacts people’s lives and advances the kingdom of Christ. If that were not true of an opportunity, I just don’t think I could consistently put time and energy into it, even if it created some decent income.

The Andy Keusal family

“My wife and I feel very convicted about doing this, and we are praying that our kids will really jump in and have fun with it, too, as we get started.”

The Wintons – A Trailblazing Bluegrass Family

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
The Wintons in Concert

The Wintons began singing and playing together at home for fun, learning to harmonize and become strong instrumentally. What began as an interest in bluegrass music grew unexpectedly by the hand of the Lord into a family music ministry. They now perform a mix of gospel and traditional bluegrass music at venues throughout the United States.

Jesse Winton on mandolin

Cody Winton on banjo

The Winton boys, Cody and Jesse, have distinguished themselves as accomplished musicians on the fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and Dobro guitar. Cody and Jesse write some of their own songs, two of which are featured on the Winton’s debut album, ‘This World is Not My Home.’

The Wintons

The Winton family lives in beautiful northern California where they homeschool their sons, are raising their little adopted daughters, and have recently launched into full-time music ministry.  They are thankful for the opportunity to share the gospel, encourage believers in biblical family life, and tell about the blessings of adoption at their concerts.

The Wintons family

Upon hearing about Freedom Film Distributors, the Wintons were excited about the opportunity to promote God-honoring films to audiences at their concerts.  At their first concert/Freedom Film Distributors event in January, the Wintons were thrilled at the response.  Randy says,

“We had a great concert.  God poured out his blessings on us.  We were able to sell 9 DVD’s as well as dozens of our CD’s.  The three trailers we showed during our concert were very well received and we anticipate greater sales during scheduled movie nights which we are currently working on scheduling in this area prior to our move.  They told us that there were about 500 people in attendance.  The people gave a very generous offering to us as well.  We are in awe of what God did to provide for us in this one evening.  Between the love offering, DVD & CD sales, we received around 90% of what we were making monthly in our landscaping business.  God is good and we look forward to seeing what He continues to do.”

Randy with Customer

The Wintons are currently planning their spring 2010 concert tour across the United States.  They will be performing at the Family Economics Conference in Castle Rock, CO, March 5-6.  For those attending the conference, be sure to visit the Wintons at the Freedom Film Distributors’ table!

family economics conference

If you’re interested in seeing how you can join Freedom Film Distributors in bringing God-honoring films to your community, visit our website to learn more about how you can be an Event Host or Become a Distributor.

A Cause To Believe In

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Jason Matyas, Director of Marketing & Recruiting The story of Freedom Film Distributors is just beginning, and there will be many chapters written in the coming years.  This is an attempt to add one of the initial chapters to that story, in the form of my story of how I came to be involved with the Freedom Film Distributors team.  The essential aim of Freedom Film Distributors is to change the culture through the permeation of God-honoring films in our society, to supplant the God-hating films that currently predominate.  This effort will largely be worked out in families, and the effect desired through our films is that of family reformation.  The family is the primary institution of human government, and is the building block of both church and civil government.  It is therefore of primary importance in its need for reformation.  This is important, because the journey to my current involvement with Freedom Film Distributors began with a family reformation.  While I was excelling in a military career as an Air Force pilot, on a path for early promotion and command, God turned my heart to my family and grounded there a realization of the importance of establishing the foundation of a godly heritage for my children and grandchildren.  What quickly followed was a 180 degree turn of my life course, with the realization that in order to disciple my children most effectively, I needed to homeschool them; in order to homeschool them most effectively, I need to be home as much as possible; in order to be home as much as possible, I needed to become an entrepreneur that was able to decide my priorities and time commitments.  So I determined to leave active duty after over 11 years and strike off with my clan into the uncharted waters of entrepreneurship.  After God's great providence in giving me some wonderful mentors and opportunities to quickly learn many aspects of entrepreneurial business, I have developed some important skills in the use of information technology and its application to many business challenges, among them marketing, sales, training, planning, and business processes.  I was fortunate to have the opportunity to lead a turnaround of a troubled computer training organization for my primary mentor and spearhead the launch of a social media marketing service for a successful internet marketing entrepreneur.  Networking, and social networking especially, has been very important in my development as a business leader, and it was through networking that I found and worked on both of those former efforts. So it should come as no surprise that I learned of and was offered a role in the launch of Freedom Film Distributors through a connection initiated on Facebook.  The founder of FFD contacted me after seeing interactions that I had had with some of his friends on Facebook and he noted our likemindedness on some important issues, as well as my background in social media.  After a short conversation and reviewing a description of the business model and goals, I was immediately interested in the opportunity, even though my background was not specifically in the film industry. Freedom Film Distributors is rather unique, because in an age of mega corporations with their vast bureaucracies and where a growing role of ecommerce in product sales has marginalized many traditional sales channels, it seeks to go back to the old paths by offering entrepreneurs a chance to run their own businesses and impact their communities through a local distribution strategy.  This is not only unconventional, but also somewhat counter to the trend occurring with media sales in general.  And it is precisely because of that counter-cultural nature that it will succeed.  By relying on independent distributors across the country that operate as entrepreneurs, many of the constraints on the creativity and resourcefulness inherent with a smaller team will be eliminated and allow these distributors to do what works most effectively in their territory.  Furthermore, since the distributors are members of a network that will utilize collaboration tools and have the support of a corporate office that provides training and support resources, the advancements made by individual distributors will be shared, used, and improved by others in the network, leading to greater effectiveness for the whole.  A distributed entrepreneurial effort in this Freedom Film Distributors network will be a key to our success.  We will be a family of families, all providing mutual support for each other.  And our efforts will be impacting families in our local communities and throughout the nation, as God uses relationships with our distributors and the medium of film to communicate His message of hope, and thus cause reformation in those families, then in the church and civil society as well. After quickly realizing all of this, and having recently freed up some time for a new venture, I accepted Steve's offer to join the team with great excitement and anticipation for the things that God will do through Freedom Film Distributors.  We have found others that have likewise caught the vision and enthusiastically raised their hands to join the team.  Would you prayerfully consider the opportunity to join our team and let others know about it as well?