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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

 

 

Families Connecting at the Family Economics Conference

Monday, March 14th, 2011

 

This weekend saw hundreds of families join together in Raleigh, North Carolina to celebrate and learn about productive family economics at the 2011 Family Economics Conference.  Sponsored by Generations with Vision, the Family Economics Conference covered topics such as Vision for the Family Economy, How to Train Your Sons to be Financially Prepared for Marriage, The College Paradigm and the Family Economy, and Mentoring, Networking, and Contractualization, among others.

FFD families at Family Economics Conference

It was a special event that saw the rendezvous of several Freedom Film Distributor families. Alan Hillman's family represented Freedom Film Distributors in the vendor hall, Randy Winton and his sons had a booth for their new home business promotion venture Christian Home Industry, and I had a booth for a new project I've just launched called True Food Solutions, a community content and networking site focused on finding solutions to the challenges of finding healthy and affordable food in an era of rising food prices. It was a blessing to fellowship together with others from our Freedom Film Distributor family.

 The Wintons singing bluegrass gospel at Family Economics Conference

The Wintons were invited to perform their wonderful bluegrass gospel music for the large crowd, and provided wonderful uplifting entertainment during lunchtime and the evening keynote sessions.

Practical business ideas panel discussion

The Family Economics Conference addressed many issues that are foundational to the existence and vision of Freedom Film Distributors. It was a blessing to meet with and learn alongside many other families that are seeking to be productive in and through their family life.  We encourage you to purchase the Family Economics Conference audio to benefit from the wonderful widom shared by the speakers this past weekend.  Visit the Freedom Film Distributors website if you are interested in pursuing a simple family business opportunity you can do with your children.

Ronald Reagan at 100

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny

This Sunday, February 6th, marks the 100th anniversary of the birthday of Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th President of the United States. Just two weeks ago, on January 20th, marked the 30th anniversary of the inaguration of President Reagan in 1980.  Freedom Film Distributors is celebrating these occasions with a National Movie Night screening of Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny during the upcoming Presidents Day weekend, February 18-21.  Sign up as a movie night host today!

With multiple anniversary dates converging within a month, we'd like to take some time to review the life of this man who was one of the most beloved leaders in modern American history.  Here are some snapshots from his life:

  • Ronald Reagan born in  Tampico, Illinois on February 6, 1911
  • Graduated from Eureka College with BA degree in economics and sociology
  • Worked as radio broadcaster in Iowa, then moved to Hollywood, California
  • Career as an actor, first in films and later television; best known for roles in Knute Rockne, All American, and Kings Row
  • Served as the president of the Screen Actors Guild and later as spokesman for General Electric (GE), where he got his start in politics
  • Switched from Democratic party to Republican party in 1964; ran and won race for California governor in 1966 and 1970
  • Ran for Republican nomination for President in 1968 and 1976 without success, but won nomination and was elected President in 1980

Ronald Reagan 40th President

  • Inaugurated as the 40th President of the United States on January 20th, 1981
  • Major domestic themes and policies of his administration included broad efforts to reduce taxes and size of government spending
  • Foreign policy actions included the invasion of Grenada to protect US citizens, the bombing of Libya after a terrorist airliner attack, and the arms buildup to challenge the Soviet Union in the Cold War. His foreign policy is credited with hastening the demise of the USSR.
  • After leaving office in 1989, Reagan was diagnosed in 1994 with Alzheimer's disease and died in 2004 at the age of 93.

The documentary film Ronald Reagan: Renzdezvous with Destiny is a wonderful telling of Reagan's amazing journey from the heartland of America to become one of the most influential and popular world leaders in modern history.  Join us in sharing this story by becoming a Movie Night Host for the upcoming National Movie Night screening of Rendezvous with Destiny during the upcoming Presidents Day weekend.

Ronald Reagan Rendezvous with Destiny

Special Report from the Providential History Festival

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
 
 
We're happy to share this report from our distributors in Omaha, Nebraska, Brian and Kit Fox, who this past weekend attended the Providential History Festival.
 
 Fox family at Providential History Festival
 
The Fox Family was a Bronze Sponsor of the Providential History Festival this past weekend at the Strategic Air and Space Museum in Ashland, NE. The Festival showcased speeches, dramas, table displays, short stories, and essays all focused on the providence of God throughout history. It is an amazing event that we encourage you all to attend next year!
 
Providential History Festival
 
At the Festival we were able to display and sell our great line of Freedom Films. We had the opportunity to meet many new people and also let our friends see what we have been up to these past several months. People we met were excited about the vision of Freedom Film Distributors and look forward to seeing more of us in the future.   We recently booked a venue for our first Family Movie Night and we were able to get the word out to a large audience.
 
 Providential History Festival
 
It was wonderful to have our whole family working together, from the planning stages to the final event. One of our most important goals for our involvement with Freedom Film Distributors is to use it as an entrepreneurship training tool for our five sons. It is exciting to see them use their unique giftings in our venture. It's also great to be able to stretch them each a bit so we can all grow in our abilities.
 
Fox family at Providential History Festival
 
A couple of special opportunities arose from this event. First, we met a local radio personality who is willing to do a short interview of our family to let the community know about Freedom Film Distributors! Also, we had the privilege of announcing the awards in the drama category, giving us stage time to talk about our vision and the ability to present the winner with a gift from the Freedom Film Distributors catalog.
 
While we have done several Freedom Film events this summer, this was our largest local event so far. It was great to share our family and distributor vision with those in our community. We look forward to the opportunity to serve in new and exciting ways, starting with our first movie night next month.

Family Industry and Virginia Agriculture

Thursday, August 19th, 2010
Matyas family at Newport Ag Fair for Freedom Film Distributors
 
This past weekend I took my family to our local town's 75th annual Newport Agricultural Fair (the oldest in Virginia) and we set up a booth to sell our products and meet and greet our neighbors. While it was primarily a booth for Freedom Film Distributors, we also took the opportunity to support some friends of our that also have home businesses. So next to the large selection of DVDs that make up the Freedom Film Distributors catalog, we set up a display of the Goat Milk Soap made by our friends Jim and PJ Jonas in Indiana, and a display of the Slickepott All Natural Chocolate Fudge Sauce made by my friend Ian Lamont in upstate New York.
 
 
We had a great response to the Freedom Film Distributors presence and collection of video resources, and it was a great opportunity to meet other families that are interested in God-honoring and family-edifying films. I was even blessed by the visit of a young lady named Billie Huskey who is a quadriplegic after a severe auto accident 5 or 6 years ago. For someone who had to learn how to talk again, it was a beautiful experience to see her bubbly personality and positive outlook on life that comes from her faith, and to learn how she is impacting other peoples lives as a physical therapist (yes, the licensed professional kind) and a motivational speaker.
 
Jason with Billie Huskey
 
Most importantly, we used this opportunity to train our children about the importance of hard work, attention to detail, industry, and the selling skills of communication and friendliness. My two daughters, age 6 and 4, made over two dozen beaded necklaces and bracelets during the week before the Fair that we set up on a display outside of our booth. My oldest daughter Lydia is naturally outgoing, and she would go from handing out samples of goat milk soap to asking people if they wanted to see her collection of home made jewelry. She was even consistent in closing each engagement with "would you like to buy one?" When faced with the engaging personality of this bright-eyed six year old, most were fully ready to make a purchase as soon as she asked.
 
Lydia selling jewelry at Newport Ag Fair
 
In all, this was a great opportunity to meet many of our neighbors in our valley and the surrounding areas, and talk about family business and family films. It is encouraging to know that this kind of community engagement has been happening all over the nation with our existing distributors, and will continue to grow in frequency and impact in the months and years to come.  
 
If this report is encouraging to you, would you consider joining us as a distributor or movie night host, or spreading the word to friends and family about the opportunity we provide? Thanks, and we hope to see you next year at the Fair.
 

Faith, Family, and Freedom in Virginia

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

We’re having a great time with thousands of home educators at the 2010 HEAV Convention in Richmond.  There is wonderful attendance this year at this very well-run conference, with hundreds of volunteers that make this event possible.  I caught this sight of a father and daughter browsing products at our booth that really demonstrates a wonderful and unique aspect of home education – just being together.

HEAV father and daughter browsing FFD videos

The feedback on our products and vision for sharing them in communities across the nation has been very positive.  We look forward to what God has in store for Freedom Film Distributors in the days and weeks ahead.

HEAV FFD booth with ladies looking at DVD and girls behind

The most popular product so far for the weekend is the American Heritage Digital Library, which is an outstanding value for a massive educational resource such as this.

American Heritage Digital Library product flyer

(Special thanks to Ethan Ledden for outstanding job he did on this product flyer being displayed at the HEAV covention.)

Getting Ready in Virginia

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Steve has been working hard lately with the help of his older children to get ready for this day.  Today is the start of the Virginia homeschooling convention hosted by Home Educators of Virginia (HEAV) in Richmond.  Before packing up and getting on the road, they did a mockup of the Freedom Film Distributors display table.  As you can see, there was a lot of anticipation and excitement to be found.

Girls setting up display table

Stay tuned for updates from the convention, as we share the vision of Freedom Film Distributors with home educators from across Virginia.

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!

A Good Report from the Maine Homeschool Convention

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Alan Hillman provided a report late Saturday of great success at the first homeschool convention of the year – the Homeschoolers of Maine Convention held Friday and Saturday in Rockport, Maine.  While there was success in terms of product sales, even greater was the opportunity realized to fellowship with and minister to homeschool families through the Hillman family’s experience and by offering the life-changing films in the Freedom Film Distributors catalog.  The Hillman family’s vision to do business as a family was on display, as their children helped them work their booth, including writing receipts for customers and making change, in addition to offering the products that their children make at home for their Honeysuckle Farms business.  Their children were able to interact with other children of attendees and exhibitors, and the picture of a family working together proved to be powerful.

Grace Hillman at Maine homeshool convention with Freedom Film Distributors

Alan reports: “Our daughter Abigail had also made some dolls called “His World Dolls” and each one has children that are from a different country.  On our website she puts the family name, nationality, a little about their country, and the favorite family bible verse for that family. She sold three sets of those and thats a double blessing, actually triple:  we are blessed to see other girls happy to play with innocent godly dolls (one little girl paid with her own money), our girls were blessed, and the final blessing comes from the fact that Abigail donates 10% to Operation Nehemiah Missions to the Sudan!”

The Hillmans created a wonderful booth display, including items related to the films they were offering to present a more tangible understanding of the content.  This use of candles made by the West Ladies featured in the Homestead Blessings DVD series is one good example.

HSB Candles at Freedom Film Distributors convention booth

Interest was so great in their booth that they found themselves being flooded with shoppers even after many other vendors had closed their booths.  Alan told us that “Shelley and I were both talking and ministering to separate people and all of a sudden we had 4-5 people looking at DVDs.  The woman in the pink (pictured below) had walked a friend over and was going through each Homestead Blessing DVD and was explaining it to her what each one was about in detail.  The other people there listened intently” and this customer’s sharing of her experience with the films led to her friend making a purchase before leaving.  When your customers make the sale for you, you’re in good shape!

Hillman booth at Maine homeschool convention - customer makes a sale

We are excited to see other distributors engage with the public at upcoming conferences and other events, so be sure to stay tuned for more updates.  If you are inspired by the Hillman family’s example and are interested in getting involved, see the Join Us section of our website.