Posts Tagged ‘Vision’

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
 

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

 

 

Family Worship is on the Rise and Gather the Family will Help

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Generations Radio with Kevin Swanson

Family Worship is on the rise.  Kevin Swanson of Generations Radio discussed family worship and interviewed Donald Whitney, author of Family Worship in the Bible, in History, and in Your Home, along with the founder of Freedom Film Distributors, to discuss this trend and what is driving it.  Ultimately, God calls on His people to worship him in daily life, and the application of this in the home is what is referred to as Family Worship.

 Gather the Family screenshot - father leading family worship  Gather the Family screenshot - Family Worship

Don Whitney shared the biblical and historical basis of this practice, and the founder of Freedom Film Distributors shared about the just-released Family Worship video titled Gather the Family, produced by Ken Carpenter of Franklin Springs Family Media.  Kevin Swanson declared

"It is the best video on family worship, on fatherhood, on discipleship in the home… I think it's the top number one best produced video on these things."

Gather the Family Family Worship DVD

Don's book is one of many Family Worship Resources found along with Gather the Family on the new website www.familyworshipresources.com.

 Family Worship in the Bible, in History, and in your Home by Don Whitney

You can help encourage the practice of daily family worship by hosting a movie night for Gather the Family the weekend of October 14-16, and by purchasing one or more copies of the Gather the Family DVD to share with friends and family.  Also consider asking your church to host a screening of the film for the Gather the Family National Movie Night and to consider purchasing some Family Worship Resources.

National Movie Night - Join us and host a movie night in your community!

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.

Thanksgiving for Faith, Family, and Freedom

Friday, November 26th, 2010

 

First Thanksgiving

We at Freedom Film Distributors are very thankful this year.  Thankful that we are nearing the completion of our first year in operation.  Thankful for our staff and families.  Thankful for our distributors and their families.  Thankful for our movie night hosts.  Thankful for the producers that have partnered with us to promote their films through our unique distribution model.  Thankful for you, our supporters and customers, who have helped us spread the message of grassroots film distribution.

As Americans, we must be thankful and remember the providences of God in the life of our nation – both today and in times past.  While people often remember what they are thankful for in the past year, few remember what to be thankful for from 100 or 200 or 300 years ago.  To help us remember, let's enlist the aid of some of our founding fathers to remind us of our blessed and godly heritage, that it might encourage us to be thankful and to work diligently to preserve and carry on the godly legacy of Faith, Family, and Freedom that we have been recipients of.

William Bradford, Governor of the Plymouth colony, wrote of the Pilgrims' arrival in Cape Cod in 1621:  William Bradford statue

"Being thus arrived in a good harbor, and brought safe to land, they fell upon their knees and blessed the God of Heaven who had brought them over the vast and furious ocean, and delivered them from all the perils and miseries thereof, again to set their feet on the firm and stable earth, their proper element. …

But here I cannot but stay and make a pause, and stand half amazed at this poor people's present condition; and so I think will the reader, too, when he well considers the same. Being thus passed the vast ocean, and a sea of troubles before in their preparation (as may be remembered by that which went before), they had now no friends to welcome them nor inns to entertain or refresh their weatherbeaten bodies; no houses or much less town to repair to, to seek for succour. It is recorded in Scripture as a mercy to the Apostle and his shipwrecked company, that the barbarians showed them no small kindness in refreshing them, but these savage barbarians, when they met with them (as after will appear) were readier to fill their sides full of arrows than otherwise. And for the season it was winter, and they that know the winters of that country know them to be sharp and violent, and subject-to cruel and fierce storms, dangerous to travel to known places, much more to search an unknown coast. Besides, what could they see but a hideous and desolate wilderness, fall of wild beasts and wild men—and what multitudes there might be of them they knew not. … If they looked behind them, there was the mighty ocean which they had passed and was now as a main bar and gulf to separate them from all the civil parts of the world.

What could now sustain them but the Spirit of God and His grace? May not and ought not the children of these fathers rightly say: "Our fathers were Englishmen which came over this great ocean, and were ready to perish in this wilderness; but they cried unto the Lord, and He heard their voice and looked on their adversity," "Let them therefore praise the Lord, because He is good: and His mercies endure forever."

 

The Continental Congress declared a national day of Thanksgiving and prayer in 1777:  Second Continental Congress

 " Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to him for benefits received, and to implore such farther blessings as they stand in need of; and it having pleased him in his abundant mercy not only to continue to us the innumerable bounties of his common providence, but also smile upon us in the prosecution of a just and necessary war, for the defense and establishment of our unalienable rights and liberties; particularly in that he hath been pleased in so great a measure to prosper the means used for the support of our troops and to crown our arms with most signal success:

It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive powers of these United States, to set apart Thursday, the 18th day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise; that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor; and that together with their sincere acknowledgments and offerings, they may join the penitent confession of their manifold sins, whereby they had forfeited every favor, and their humble and earnest supplication that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of remembrance; that it may please him graciously to afford his blessings on the governments of these states respectively, and prosper the public council of the whole; to inspire our commanders both by land and sea, and all under them, with that wisdom and fortitude which may render them fit instruments, under the providence of Almighty God, to secure for these United States the greatest of all blessings, independence and peace; that it may please him to prosper the trade and manufactures of the people and the labor of the husbandman, that our land may yield its increase; to take schools and seminaries of education, so necessary for cultivating the principles of true liberty, virtue and piety, under his nurturing hand, and to prosper the means of religion for the promotion and enlargement of that kingdom which consisteth in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.

And it is further recommended, that servile labor, and such recreation as, though at other times innocent, may be unbecoming the purpose of this appointment, be omitted on so solemn an occasion."

 

President George Washington issued the first presidential proclamation of the United States in 1789:  George Washington

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions– to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Geo: Washington

 

We have much to be thankful for.  Let us remember, be grateful, and tell the generations to come of God's faithfulness.

I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. — Psalm 78:2-4

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.

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 .

A Cause To Believe In

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Jason Matyas, Director of Marketing & Recruiting The story of Freedom Film Distributors is just beginning, and there will be many chapters written in the coming years.  This is an attempt to add one of the initial chapters to that story, in the form of my story of how I came to be involved with the Freedom Film Distributors team.  The essential aim of Freedom Film Distributors is to change the culture through the permeation of God-honoring films in our society, to supplant the God-hating films that currently predominate.  This effort will largely be worked out in families, and the effect desired through our films is that of family reformation.  The family is the primary institution of human government, and is the building block of both church and civil government.  It is therefore of primary importance in its need for reformation.  This is important, because the journey to my current involvement with Freedom Film Distributors began with a family reformation.  While I was excelling in a military career as an Air Force pilot, on a path for early promotion and command, God turned my heart to my family and grounded there a realization of the importance of establishing the foundation of a godly heritage for my children and grandchildren.  What quickly followed was a 180 degree turn of my life course, with the realization that in order to disciple my children most effectively, I needed to homeschool them; in order to homeschool them most effectively, I need to be home as much as possible; in order to be home as much as possible, I needed to become an entrepreneur that was able to decide my priorities and time commitments.  So I determined to leave active duty after over 11 years and strike off with my clan into the uncharted waters of entrepreneurship.  After God's great providence in giving me some wonderful mentors and opportunities to quickly learn many aspects of entrepreneurial business, I have developed some important skills in the use of information technology and its application to many business challenges, among them marketing, sales, training, planning, and business processes.  I was fortunate to have the opportunity to lead a turnaround of a troubled computer training organization for my primary mentor and spearhead the launch of a social media marketing service for a successful internet marketing entrepreneur.  Networking, and social networking especially, has been very important in my development as a business leader, and it was through networking that I found and worked on both of those former efforts. So it should come as no surprise that I learned of and was offered a role in the launch of Freedom Film Distributors through a connection initiated on Facebook.  The founder of FFD contacted me after seeing interactions that I had had with some of his friends on Facebook and he noted our likemindedness on some important issues, as well as my background in social media.  After a short conversation and reviewing a description of the business model and goals, I was immediately interested in the opportunity, even though my background was not specifically in the film industry. Freedom Film Distributors is rather unique, because in an age of mega corporations with their vast bureaucracies and where a growing role of ecommerce in product sales has marginalized many traditional sales channels, it seeks to go back to the old paths by offering entrepreneurs a chance to run their own businesses and impact their communities through a local distribution strategy.  This is not only unconventional, but also somewhat counter to the trend occurring with media sales in general.  And it is precisely because of that counter-cultural nature that it will succeed.  By relying on independent distributors across the country that operate as entrepreneurs, many of the constraints on the creativity and resourcefulness inherent with a smaller team will be eliminated and allow these distributors to do what works most effectively in their territory.  Furthermore, since the distributors are members of a network that will utilize collaboration tools and have the support of a corporate office that provides training and support resources, the advancements made by individual distributors will be shared, used, and improved by others in the network, leading to greater effectiveness for the whole.  A distributed entrepreneurial effort in this Freedom Film Distributors network will be a key to our success.  We will be a family of families, all providing mutual support for each other.  And our efforts will be impacting families in our local communities and throughout the nation, as God uses relationships with our distributors and the medium of film to communicate His message of hope, and thus cause reformation in those families, then in the church and civil society as well. After quickly realizing all of this, and having recently freed up some time for a new venture, I accepted Steve's offer to join the team with great excitement and anticipation for the things that God will do through Freedom Film Distributors.  We have found others that have likewise caught the vision and enthusiastically raised their hands to join the team.  Would you prayerfully consider the opportunity to join our team and let others know about it as well?