Posts Tagged ‘Virginia’

The Day of Independence

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011


Independence Hall 1776
"Before God, I believe the hour has come. … All that I have, and all that I am, and all that I hope in this life, I am now ready here to stake upon it. And I leave off as I began, that live or die, survive or perish, I am for the Declaration. It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment. Independence now, and Independence for ever!" 
John Adams, July 1, 1776

"Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved."
Lee Resolution, presented by Richard Henry Lee of the Virginia 
Adopted by the Continental Congress, July 2nd, 1776


This act of the Congress legally separated the American Colonies from Great Britain, and thus formed the birth of the American nation as a collection of sovereign states, independent of a foreign power.


John Adams wrote his wife Abigail on July 3 about the resolution of independence:
"The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."

"Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof"
Leviticus 25:10


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 Still Standing: The Stonewall Jackson Story
Agenda: Grinding America Down
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An Inconvenient Tax

Albert Einstein once wrote, "The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax." The product of 95 years' worth of additions, subtractions, deductions, and exclusions, it has become such a headache that many are calling for it to be drastically simplified or even removed all together. With a looming fiscal crisis on the horizon, April 15th seems more like a scene from a B-Horror horror movie than a day to contribute to the common good of the nation. Political favoritism, ineffective social programs, and economic manipulations all reveal the need for tax reform. But how can Americans decide the best way to change the income tax when few people even understand the code or the vast extent to which it truly affects the country?

"An Inconvenient Tax" explores the history of the income tax and brings to light the causes of its many complexities. The film follows the tax through wars, economic booms, and some of the most significant presidencies in U.S. history. To help crack the code, the film employs the country’s top economic experts, commentators, and political voices. Noam Chomsky, Steve Forbes, Joseph Thorndike, Mike Huckabee, Charles Rossotti, Dave M. Walker, Neal Boortz, Michael Graetz, Daniel Shaviro, Leonard Burman, Herman Cain and others discuss not only the problems America faces in the tax code, but also give valuable insights on how to move forward. Finally, the film gives a voice to the creators of several potential tax reform solutions who claim to have found a better way. In a time when many Americans are concerned about the future of the economy, rising deficits, and unfair tax treatment, "An Inconvenient Tax" provides a crucial, honest look at the income tax. For the first time ever, Americans can engage in the tax debate with confidence and perhaps discover a new way to tax.

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Celebrate Stonewall Jackson’s birthday with a Movie Night

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011


 Still Standing: The Stonewall Jackson Story

This Friday, January 21st, is the birthday of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, born January 21, 1824, and we'd like to celebrate the life of a noble Christian gentleman and godly leader with a National Movie Night screening of Still Standing: The Stonewall Jackson Story.  Our Stonewall Jackson National Movie Night is also meant to honor other American military leaders whose birthdays fall in January in what is often known as General's Month: James Longstreet (Jan. 8, 1821), Robert E. Lee (Jan. 19, 1807), and George Pickett (Jan. 28, 1825).  For a wonderful review of Lee and Jackson, please read Chuck Baldwin's article on the many and varied virtues of these men.

Our 2011 National Movie Night schedule will be coming together over the next few weeks, so please sign up to host a Movie Night for a film that you like or want to see so you can share it with those in your community.

Still Standing: The Stonewall Jackson Story

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.