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IndoctriNation will Premiere Nationwide through National Movie Night this weekend

Friday, March 16th, 2012

 

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Best Documentary award-winning film "IndoctriNation" reveals the anti-God nature of American public education, will be screened nationwide through National Movie Night this weekend
 
Esmont, VA, 3/16/2012 — The award winning new film, IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America, produced by serial documentarian Colin Gunn, will be premiered nationwide March 16-18 through the National Movie Night, a project of Freedom Film Distributors. Traveling all over America with his family in a big yellow school bus and conducting a series of candid conversational interviews, Colin Gunn, a Scottish filmmaker, actor, and homeschool father of seven children living in Texas, is on a quest to discover the origins of our modern educational system. What he discovers is a masterful design that sought to replace God’s plan for training up the next generation with a humanistic, man-centered program that fragmented the family and undermined the influence of the Church and its Great Commission.
 
Part documentary, part testimonial — a confessional and a rebuke, this film is above all a challenge and an encouragement to millions of Christians who need to know what history, experience, and the Scriptures have to say about what is perhaps the pivotal issue of our time: the discipleship and training of the next generation. IndoctriNation is premiering nationwide through National Movie Night, which is designed to harness the energy of fans of independently produced films by giving them a way to host movie nights in their communities. Freedom Film Distributors will also promote and distribute the film nationwide through its grassroots network of distributors and affiliates.
 

 
At the 2012 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival (SAICFF), IndoctriNation took the Jubilee award for Best Documentary, and was runner up for the $101,000 Best of Festival award, the largest grand prize for any independent film festival. Upon receiving the ‘Best Documentary’ award, Gunn noted that Indoctrination was made for “others out of genuine love for the concerns of children in America. We were so blessed to give this message. And at the end of the film [we] make it clear: The problem with public schools is that [they] drive children away from Christ. And that was the real reason for making this film, and we pray that the Lord was glorified in it.” Heralded as the right film at the right time by the right person, IndoctriNation has been critically acclaimed by leading Christian thinkers.
 
Indoctrination movie
 
Cal Thomas (America’s most widely syndicated op-ed columnist) writes:
 
"Every Christian parent with a child in a government school should see this [movie] and be forced to confront their unwillingness to do what Scripture requires for the children on loan to them by God. A mass exodus from government schools is the only way to preserve the souls and minds of our children." IndoctriNation is a feature length documentary film that takes the audience on a panoramic exploration of one of the most important and controversial issues in the history of mankind, the issue of education.
 
 
 
Ted Baehr of MovieGuide exclaimed:
 
"This is the most important issue facing the Body of Christ, an issue that must be addressed and put to rest forever. IndoctriNation is an extremely important movie. Every church in America should show IndoctriNation. Every Christian should show IndoctriNation to their friends."
 
Indoctrination movie
 
For more information on the film visit the website, www.indoctrinationmovie.com.
 
The National Movie Night project is one component of the strategy of Freedom Film Distributors to build alternative and independent vehicles for the promotion of independent films that uphold the values of Faith, Family, and Freedom. National Movie Night establishes a schedule of nationally coordinated movie nights that will focus promotion for a particular film in a defined date range. This will allow Freedom Film Distributors to leverage its national promotional campaigns through its Movie Night Hosts at the local level for the film screenings they are hosting. Movie Night Hosts are provided with planning guidance and promotional tools to set up and promote their movie night, and with DVD packs to distribute to event attendees. The goal is to provide a conduit for grassroots film promotion of independently produced family-friendly films to diverse audiences all around the country. For more info, visit:
 

Freedom Film Distributors is a film distribution company focused on independently produced faith-friendly, family-oriented, and freedom-loving films and educational videos. Its business strategy is a decentralized model of distribution using a network of local distributors to engage both consumer and wholesale markets in their territories through a combination of event marketing, organizational partnerships, and local networks. Movie Night Hosts help promote films through the National Movie Night project and other local film screenings. Organizational partnerships and affiliates help broaden the awareness of the Freedom Film Distributors catalog of God-honoring and family-edifying products. Independent film marketing services and consultation to producers is also available.  For more info, visit: www.freedomfilmdistributors.com

Challenging Call to take Hazardous Journeys at the 2012 SAICFF

Saturday, February 25th, 2012
 
SAICFF 2012 Doug Phillips casting a vision for the Hazardous Journeys Society
 
Today was a major day for viewing films. Here at the festival, the Young Filmmaker and Short Film categories are heavily anticipated, and both began showing today. After lunch, the theater room showing the short films was filled to capacity. By the end of the day, all the feature films and most of the documentaries have shown at least once. 
 
By the end of tomorrow, most of these same films will have been shown twice. There are usually four different theatres showing different categories of film at the same time, so attendees usually get to see about half the films. Because I’ve seen about 10 of the films before (significant thanks to the National Movie Night program, which screened several of them recently), I will get to see nearly all of them.
 
The evening program included performances by Charlie Zahm and George Sarris, as well as the worldwide premier of three of Vision Forum’s new short films, shot by the Leclerc brothers in Iceland: Dominion, Risk, and Manhood. Doug Phillips also cast his vision for the Hazardous Journeys Society. To sum, National Geographic and other nature programing TV and media which promote evolutionistic scientism have had the upper hand for too long. This is our Father’s world, and the Hazardous Journeys Society exists to document the world where Christ is Lord and King. 
 
Doug Phillips in Iceland with headlamp
 
Mr. Phillips called for independent filmmakers to take teams all over the globe, to 7 continents, 5 oceans, and 195 countries by the year 2022. In the next 24 months, Vision Forum hopes to take a venture on the Virgin Galactic private space shuttle to the next frontier: Space.
 
Hazardous Journeys Society
 

The San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival (SAICFF) begins!

Friday, February 24th, 2012

 

Doug Phillips opening 2012 SAICFF

Today was the first day of the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival (SAICFF). Two special events happened this morning: Vision forum offered a special photography class for attendees of the Academy, and one of the producers held a special pre-screening of a yet to be released film, ‘Remember’. 
 
After a brief lunch break, we headed over to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center for the first session of films. Six categories of film opened in the afternoon, followed by the opening ceremonies around 6:30 p.m. The evening premieres included Captivated, Crying Wolf, Detained, and Seasons of Grey. Charlie Zahm also gave a concert on the San Antonio Riverwalk. 
 
Voting for the audience choice has begun!
 

Final Day of the 2012 SAICFF Christian Filmmakers Academy

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

 

2012 SAICFA Doug Phillips and panel

Wednesday was the final day of the SAICFA, or Christian Filmmakers Academy. Once again, Extreme Meetings provided some statistics about the filmmakers in attendance. Christian Filmmakers primarily watch PG-13 rated films (39%) on DVD (71%). When they rent, they like to use Netflix (41%) and Redbox (25%). About half of the attendees see 1-2 films in a theater per year (49%), and the rest are split between those that visit the theater 1-2 times per month, and those who have never seen a film on the big screen.
 
Today’s theme was the business of film, focusing especially on distribution, fulfillment and marketing. Kirk Cameron, Stephen Kendrick, Philip and Chris Leclerc, Curtis Bowers, Collin GunnJohn Moore, David Cook, J.D. King, Geoff Botkin and Doug Phillips all took the stage to offer their unique insights into the business end of film production. One consensus introduced by Curtis Bowers is the importance of grassroots film promotion. Once people are excited about a film, they want to tell their friends.  This is the idea that motivates our National Movie Night project.  The day ended with Kirk Cameron discussing his new film, Monumental.
 
Tryg Jacobson opened the morning with the ‘Brand Identification Model’, a simple system to evaluate your brand. Ben & Jerry’s ice cream was an example: “Ben & Jerry’s serves ice cream lovers who don’t do things by halves [or halfway]. Ben & Jerry’s fills your face full of flavor so you can feel gloriously righteous about your indulgence. It is outrageously packed full of the stuff we love to love.”
 
Colin Gunn remarked on the importance of tone in documentaries, saying, “Theology without art is impassionate. Art without theology is selfishness.”
John Moore on distribution noted a maxim that his father had taught him. That is, wherever you are, you are an ambassador for yourself, your business, and your brand. So always be professional.
 
Oh, and one more thing, unanimously agreed to by the panel: if you can, win the SAICFF Jubilee Best of Festival award; It’s one of the best things you can do for distribution and sales. Thursday the festival begins, and the $101,000 best of festival winner will be decided. Who are you rooting for?

Report from the Christian Filmmakers Academy

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
 
 
SAICFF 2012 Christian Filmmakers Academy, courtesy of JackChapa.com
 
Yesterday was the second day of the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Academy (SAICFA). This year, the academy is equipped with automatic voting systems, and the day began with about 15 minutes of polling and research. Some surprising results: over 50% of attendees aren’t currently working on a project. 7% came to look for new films to finance.
 
Another highlight of the day was Justin Tolley’s lecture called, “I once was at Lost, but now am found.” Here, he discussed the difference between working on the set of Lost, and working on the set of Courageous.
 
The evening Keynote was split between retired advertising executive Tryg Jacobson and Doug Phillips. First, Tryg delivered an eye-opening lecture on branding for filmmakers. The key word of branding is trust: making and keeping promises. He also discussed the power of “mental real estate”—how companies can corner a certain word, like Volvo owns “safe” or Heinz meaning “thick.”
 
Then, Doug Phillips spoke on the need for action, and not just story. Here are some quotes:
 
“This is my father’s world—you may not take it!”
 
“Don’t pretend to be an expert on a subject you don’t own.”
 
“The reason some of us don’t write well is that we don’t study well.”
 
“There are no bench warmers in the Army of God.”

Resisting the Green Dragon documentary will premiere nationwide through National Movie Night

Friday, April 15th, 2011
 
Resisting the Green Dragon
 
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Explosive new Environmental Documentary to get Nationwide Screening through Freedom Film Distributors and National Movie Night project
 
Esmont, VA, 4/12/2011 — The powerful new documentary film Resisting the Green Dragon, produced by the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, will be premiered nationwide on Earth Day weekend, April 22-24, through National Movie Night, a project of Freedom Film Distributors. The Resisting the Green Dragon documentary is the introduction to a larger 12 part DVD series that provides a Biblical analysis and critique of the radical environmentalist movement. The series educates and warns Christians of the dangers of this movement that seeks to lure them into unwise actions and ways of thinking about the environment. National Movie Night is designed to harness the energy of fans of independently produced films by giving them a way to host movie nights in their communities. Freedom Film Distributors will also promote and distribute the film and its accompanying 12 part DVD series nationwide through its grassroots network of distributors.
 

 
At a critical moment in the global environmental debate, many of America’s top Christian leaders have joined with the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation to produce an explosive new 12-part DVD series and introductory documentary film called Resisting the Green Dragon. The series sounds the alarm about dangerous environmental extremism and brings a Biblical viewpoint on environmental issues and creation stewardship to evangelical churches, ministries, and schools. The new video series comes at a time when environmental advocacy groups are frustrated that their top priority for the past two decades—a global treaty to curtail fossil fuel use to fight alleged catastrophic global warming—is losing steam.
 
Resisting the Green Dragon is therefore particularly timely because it not only refutes the scientific case for dangerous manmade warming and other “crises,” but also exposes how environmental organizations use sophisticated media campaigns and even seek increased global governance to promote their agenda among policy makers, religious leaders, and youth. “One of the greatest threats to society and the church today is the multifaceted environmentalist movement,” says Cornwall Alliance founder and national spokesman Dr. E. Calvin Beisner. “There isn’t an aspect of life that it doesn’t seek to force into its own mold.”
 
Many well-known Christian leaders agree. Focus on the Family’s Tom Minnery joined Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission’s Richard Land, Concerned Women for America’s Wendy Wright, Home School Legal Defense Association’s Michael Farris, National Religious Broadcasters’ Frank Wright, WallBuilders’ David Barton, and radio talk-show host Janet Parshall in providing commentary for and recommendation of the 12-part DVD series.
For more information about the Resisting the Green Dragon series and the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, please visit: www.resistingthegreendragon.com
 
 
The National Movie Night project is one component of the strategy of Freedom Film Distributors to build alternative and independent vehicles for the promotion of independent films that uphold the values of Faith, Family, and Freedom. National Movie Night establishes a schedule of nationally coordinated family movie nights that will focus promotion for a particular film in a defined date range. This will allow Freedom Film Distributors to leverage its national promotional campaigns through its Movie Night Hosts at the local level for the film screenings they are hosting. Movie Night Hosts are provided with planning guidance and promotional tools to set up and promote their movie night, and with DVD packs to distribute to event attendees. The goal is to provide a conduit for grassroots activism to promote independently produced family-friendly films to diverse audiences all around the country. 
 
Company History
 
Freedom Film Distributors is a film distribution company focused on independently produced faith-friendly, family-oriented, and freedom-loving films and educational videos. Its business strategy is a decentralized model of distribution using a network of local distributors to engage both consumer and wholesale markets in their territories through a combination of event marketing, organizational partnerships, and local networks. Movie Night Hosts help promote films through the National Movie Night project and other local film screenings. Organizational partnerships and affiliates help broaden the awareness of the Freedom Film Distributors catalog of God-honoring and family-edifying products.
 
For more information, contact Jason Matyas, Co-Founder of Freedom Film Distributors at 434-321-8909 x321or jason@freedomfilmdistributors.com
 
 

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.

National Movie Night premiere of DIVIDED starts tonight

Friday, December 3rd, 2010
 
National Movie Night
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
 
New Divided documentary is being premiered nationwide this weekend through Freedom Film Distributors and its National Movie Night project
 
Divided the Movie
 
Esmont, VA, 12/2/2010 — The new documentary film DIVIDED is being premiered nationwide this weekend through National Movie Night, a project of Freedom Film Distributors. Over 65 hosts have volunteered to show the film in their homes, churches, and private facilities during the weekend of December 3-5.  This is the first of several nationwide screenings of this new documentary on the American church and youth ministry.
 
The producer, Peter Bradrick of the National Council of Family Integrated Churches, chose to partner with Freedom Film Distributors to promote and distribute the film nationwide through its grassroots network of independent distributors and through screenings of the film as part of the National Movie Night project. National Movie Night is designed to harness the energy of fans of family-oriented films by giving them a way to host movie nights for independently produced films in their communities.
 
 

 
DIVIDED follows young Christian filmmaker Philip LeClerc on a revealing journey as he seeks answers to what has led his generation away from the church. Traveling across the country conducting research and interviewing church kids, youth ministry experts, evangelists, statisticians, social commentators, and pastors, Philip discovers the shockingly sinister roots of modern, age-segregated church programs, and equally shocking evidence that the pattern in the Bible for training future generations is at odds with modern church practices. For more info and to see the film trailer, visit: http://www.dividedthemovie.com.
 
National Movie Night - Join us and host a movie night in your community!
 
The National Movie Night project was recently launched as one component of the strategy of Freedom Film Distributors to build an alternative distribution network outside of the existing Hollywood structures. National Movie Night establishes a schedule of nationally coordinated movie nights that will focus promotion for a particular film in a defined date range. This will allow Freedom Film Distributors to leverage its national promotional campaigns through its Movie Night Hosts at the local level for the film screenings they are hosting. Movie Night Hosts will be provided with planning guidance and promotional tools to set up and promote their movie night, and with DVD packs to distribute to event attendees. The goal is to provide a conduit for grassroots activism to promote independently produced family-friendly films to diverse audiences all around the country. For more info, visit: http://nationalmovienight.com
 
 
Company History
 
Freedom Film Distributors is a film distribution company focused on independently produced faith-friendly, family-oriented, and freedom-loving films and educational videos. Its business strategy is a decentralized model of distribution using a network of local distributors to engage both consumer and wholesale markets in their territories through a combination of event marketing, organizational partnerships, and local networks. Movie Night Hosts help promote films through the National Movie Night project and other local film screenings. Organizational partnerships and affiliates help broaden the awareness of the Freedom Film Distributors catalog of God-honoring and family-edifying products.
 
For more information, contact Jason Matyas, Co-Founder of Freedom Film Distributors at 434-321-8909 x321or jason@freedomfilmdistributors.com.  Visit Freedom Film Distributors online at www.freedomfilmdistributors.com.
 
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Over 50 Movie Night Hosts have signed up to show DIVIDED next weekend

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

 

We've now got over 50 Movie Night Hosts that have signed up to host the national premiere of DIVIDED next weekend.  See the map below for a laydown.  

As you can see, there are still many parts of the country that have no hosts.  Would you be willing to sign up to be a Movie Night Host with the National Movie Night project to help us get the biggest possible number of national premiere locations? 

Do you know someone in an unrepresented part of the country?  Please forward them the link to this post and ask them to sign up to be a host.

Better hurry, though.  You'll need to sign up by no later than Tuesday, November 30th, so that we can ship you your copy of the Divided DVD and help you get all your planning and promotion going.

If you want to find the details on a movie night in your area, check out the Individual Movie Night listing on National Movie Night.

Sign up to be a Movie Night Host today!

Happy Veterans Day! Celebrate with a Movie Night for Still Standing: The Stonewall Jackson Story

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Happy Veterans Day!

Thank a Veteran today

Veterans Day was originally Armistice Day, named for the armistice that ended World War I at 11:00am on November 11th, 1918.  Later renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to honor veterans of World War II and subsequent wars, Veterans Day is the day that we honor those who have served in the defense of our nation in the Armed Forces.

Veterans Day

Freedom Film Distributors is celebrating Veterans Day 2010 by honoring one of America's greatest military heroes – General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson – with a National Movie Night screening of Still Standing: The Stonewall Jackson Story.  This wonderful documentary explores the rarely exposed private and spiritual life of this godly Christian man, who is an example to all of us of how to live life in service to others in all realms of life.

Stonewall Jackson on horse

If you already have a copy of Still Standing, it's not too late to sign up to host a movie night this weekend!

 

 

Please visit the National Movie Night site to check the schedule of upcoming films and sign up to Host a Movie Night today!