Posts Tagged ‘Steve’

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 Family Economics Conference will Continue to have an Impact

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Thank you to Kevin Swanson and all of the many volunteers who made the Family Economics Conference a great success.  Knowing that there are thousands of families across the country which are taking important first steps towards an independent lifestyle is extremely encouraging.  Unfortunately for most, myself included, we have spent so many years attaching chains to our time and finances that it will take some effort to extricate ourselves.  Conversations with brothers and sisters that are debt free, earning income from multiple different sources and growing a good portion of their own food gives me something to look forward to.

If you were not able to attend the Family Economics Conference, but are in need of the excellent teaching that was shared there, you can now order the audio and video.

Family Economics Conference audio & video sets

I pray that we can all take the initial steps necessary to begin a journey which will lead to a life of true freedom for our children and grandchildren, both in Christ and in this world.

Report from the Family Economics Conference

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

I'm having a great time at the Family Economics conference.  There are many dynamic speakers sharing Biblical truths about the way we work and live according to God's Word. We've made many new friends and have signed up new distributors in Colorado and Kansas, and expect quite a few others in the coming weeks. The Wintons played some of their wonderful bluegrass music for the attendees and have found much success at their Freedom Film Distributors table. Wintons FFD table at Family Economics conference The most surprising event occured last night.  As I walked by one of the vendor tables, I was offered a free Homeschool Enrichment catalog.   As I accepted the magazine I did a double take and my chin dropped.   There on the cover was a huge picture of my son Michael. As the shock wore off, I remembered a visit to our home from Steve and Terri Maxwell who we hosted while they were in Charlottesville for one of their conferences.  Their ministry, Titus2.com has had a tremendous impact on our family.  The Maxwell's oldest son Christopher is an accomplished photographer and he had taken pictures of the children homeschooling a year ago for potential publication.  I can't wait to get home and show the family this cover. Home School Enrichment cover We're looking forward to the outgrowth of this conference in many families across the nation, some of whom are joining the Freedom Film Distributors team to engage in a family business that allows them to influence their culture through God-honoring films.  If you think you might be interested in becoming an Event Host or Becoming a Distributor, visit the Join Us section of our website.

The Family Economics Conference – Building a Foundation for Productive Families

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

family economics conference Freedom Film Distributors is excited about the upcoming Family Economics Conference, scheduled for next Friday and Saturday, March 5-6, 2010 in Castle Rock, Colorado.  We are glad to sponsor this important conference, which will have a full lineup of speakers that seek to give families a solid foundation in Biblical instruction on the economics of the family, including these important subjects:

  • Work
  • Family entrepreneurism
  • Debt free living
  • Contractual employment
  • Inheritance
  • Being a faithful employee
  • Taking care of aging parents
  • Living without social security
  • Saving and investments
  • Retirement
  • Family charity
  • Education and mentorship
  • Taxation
  • Health care decisions and insurance
  • Tithing
  • Seeking employment

  We are also thrilled to announce that our first distributor family, The Wintons, will be providing live entertainment at the conference through their wonderful bluegrass band, and representing Freedom Film Distributors in the vendor area.  If you plan to be at the conference, be sure to stop by and say hi to Randy, Cody, and Jesse.  Steve will also be in attendance, so if you see him, be sure to introduce yourself and say hi to him as well.  Look for more info in the next week about The Wintons and the wonderful story of what God has been doing in their lives through music and family business.

The Wintons - Randy, Cody, & Jesse

  We hope that this conference is the first of many that will have an important part in reforming our families and our economy back to the biblical standards that were found earlier in our nation’s history.   Opportunities like the Family Economics Conference to learn and network together with other families that want to pursue a holistic approach to family life, education, finances, business, and stewardship are foundational and dovetail with our desire to enable family businesses.  If you haven’t done so already, be sure to read the Perspective from the Founder of Freedom Film Distributors and learn more about why I call this A Cause to Believe In.

Freedom Film Distributors on Generations Radio with Kevin Swanson

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

The Founder of Freedom Film Distributors was interviewed this week on Generations Radio with Kevin Swanson  about the opportunity to be a part of our effort to bring God-honoring films to communities around the nation and the world. Kevin expressed his excitement about the opportunity that Freedom Film Distributors offers families to help build up their family economy and impact the culture in a positive way. You can listen to the entire interview on the Generations with Vision website .

Why Freedom Film Distributors? Perspective from the Founder

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Many have asked how Freedom Film Distributors came to be.  During the latter part of 2009, five ideas and interests converged in my mind and heart.   Each of these are exciting alone, but when combined, they are powerful and I hope they will be used to meet some very important needs that exist in America today.

 

Path 1 – Assisting Entrepreneurs

As an entrepreneur since the age of 12 with my first lawn service, I learned the value of taking on responsibility at an early age, working hard, and earning an income while dreaming big and fulfilling a need in the marketplace. From my experience at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and running both domestic and international businesses for the past 20 years, I like to brainstorm business ideas with friends and help entrepreneurs stake out a opportunities for themselves.  Entrepreneurship is at the heart of what we’re doing, and both new and experienced entrepreneurs will be able to learn and grow through an independent film distribution business or by hosting a movie night with one of our films

Bottom line – I love to help people.

 

Path 2 – Individuals need income opportunities

Many factors make 2010 a great time for someone to start a business or find a business opportunity that fits their lifestyle.  There are tens of thousands of underemployed or unemployed professionals who need to keep busy, stay engaged in the marketplace and earn an extra income.  Additionally, tens of thousands of homeschool youth and graduates desperately need an outlet for their creativity, drive, and desire to blaze their own financial future through honesty and hard work. This need will only grow over the next 10 years.

Bottom line – Thousands need additional household income.

 

Path 3 -  Investing in God-honoring films

For the past 18 months, I have worked with private investors and film producers to create a scalable, repeatable business model for investing in films that strengthen, encourage, and edify both individuals and families.  With one investment fund for family films completed and the second fund underway, it has become evident that there are plenty of financial resources available for producing God-honoring films, if the risk associated with such investments can be reduced and mitigated.  Film producers and investors need to have confidence that they will be able to sell thousands of units of each new title upon release.

Bottom line – Capital exists to invest in films, if the return on investment can be more predictable and thus, less risky.

 

Path 4 – Films change lives

The impact of documentaries such as A Journey Home, which details the dramatic rescue by Tommy Waller of his family from an overcommitted, overworked, and out-of- control lifestyle is far-reaching and can change the destinies of families for generations to come.  With DVD series such as Homestead Blessings showing families working happily together in the home, or working with their hands such as depicted in Inherit the Land, individuals can obtain a whole new glorious vision for their family.  To succeed in changing the culture broadly, however, we need to get these films in front of many more people.

Bottom line – Increased distribution of the films carried by Freedom Film Distributors will change lives for the better.

 

Path 5 – People love good films

Often it is difficult to offer suggestions and advice to friends and neighbors on topics such as faith, politics, parenting or lifestyle choices.  Inviting people to a movie, however, is easy.  In addition to signing up distributors across the country, we will also be signing up thousands of movie night "Hosts" who will open up their home, church, or organization for a free community movie night.  With popcorn, fellowship, and a meaningful movie, conversations can begin and lives can be impacted through relationships.

Bottom line – Movies are a great way to engage a community.

 

Family, Faith, and Freedom

Freedom Film Distributors provides a business opportunity for motivated families and individuals to earn an income while strengthening and educating their community on issues of family, faith, and freedom. In doing so, distributors will also complete an investment cycle by rapidly returning capital to investors through their sale of DVDs which will again open the door to even greater investment capital for God-honoring films.  In a few years, with thousands of screens available to us nationwide to debut new films or to hold movie nights on a particular topic, we will be able to significantly impact our culture for what is true and what is right.  You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

 

Prayerfully consider joining us today!