Posts Tagged ‘independent distributor’

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.

Sharing family friendly films at the fall festival

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

 

Even though it was near 80 degrees, it was undeniable: autumn had arrived.  This is fortunate, because Saturday was the 28th annual Craig County Fall Festival in New Castle, Virginia.  It's always nice to have the aroma of fall in the air when the Fall Festival arrives.

Craig County Fall Festival, New Castle VA

My family and I enjoyed a glorious warm fall day on Saturday at the festival. We were one of many vendors that set up a booth and interacted with our neighbors and community in this quaint little town tucked in a valley in the Virginia Highlands. We had the opportunity to meet some of our neighbors in the area, which is one of the most important reasons that we come to these events, and even got to meet some wonderful people that were visiting from out of state, which is great, because they can spread the word about what Freedom Film Distributors is doing in a completely different area.

The festival had live music, including performances by a popular (and very good) local bluegrass band, and there was funnel cakes and other tasty treats to be had as well. Local vendors sold all sorts of great items, from locally farmed produce to homemade health and beauty products.  Since the election is coming up, the candidates all had booths and were meeting and talking to the voters.  It was a wonderful piece of Americana that many do not get to experience much anymore.  We are fortunate to live in a rural community where this is the norm and life has been like this for decades.

We're looking forward to our Distributors and Movie Night Hosts contributing to this kind of community interaction in growing frequency in the future.  Sign up to get our email news and updates, and Like our Facebook page to keep in touch with us.

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.

The Wintons visit the Highlands of Virginia

Monday, June 21st, 2010

The Wintons play in the Virginia Highlands

The Wintons are enjoying the east coast portion of their cross-country tour, and they had the opportunity to stop in the Blacksburg, Virginia area to visit my family and perform a concert for friends and neighbors.  Their wonderful performance of bluegrass gospel music was a perfect fit for the Sinking Creek Valley where we live, where this kind of mountain music has a long history.  Attendees were excited to see all the films from the Freedom Film Distributors catalog, in addition to enjoying their great music and fellowship in our little spot of heaven in the Virginia mountains.

It was a joy to spend some time with their lovely family, and witness the beauty of a father and sons working together, supported by their wife and mom, who helps keep them on time and ensures all the little details are taken care of.  Many thanks to the Wintons for coming to visit and blessing us with their presence and their music.  Y'all come back, now.

Meanwhile, up in Connecticut

Friday, June 11th, 2010

While Steve and family are meeting homeschooling families in Virginia at the HEAV Convention, Alan Hillman and family are on the road again, this time in Connecticut at the CT TEACH homeschooling convention.  Now at their 5th homeschooling convention of the year, our road warrior distributor family is excited about this last convention before they get a chance to rest for the summer.

Hillman Family at CT TEACH

As always, the Hillmans set up a beautiful display of their DVDs from the Freedom Film Distributor catalog and other products that they sell through their Honeysuckle Farms family business.

Hillman booth at CT TEACH

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

HOPE in Massachusetts with the Hillmans

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

This past weekend was the MassHOPE homeschooling convention in Massachusetts, and was attended by our distributor in Maine, Alan Hillman and family.  They had a wonderful time of working together as a family and talking with convention attendees about the films from the Freedom Film Distributors catalog.

Hillman daughters helping their family business

 

The Hillman family at their booth at HOPE convention

After a successful convention weekend, the Hillmans are excited about upcoming events they have planned to promote the FFD catalog of films in their area.  We look forward to more great news from the Hillman family and their home-based Honeysuckle Farms business.

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 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.”

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.