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Anniversary edition celebrates ‘love letter’ Print Email
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Monday, 08 June 2009 04:26 PM America/New_York
An Internet sensation, Bible set includes enhanced and extended versions

A simple sermon illustration that became an Internet sensation long before the YouTube era, touching countless lives around the world, is being offered in enhanced format to mark its 10th anniversary.

Released last month, the special DVD and CD set of Father’s Love Letter (6-22306-01559-7, $18.99, Father Heart Communications), subtitled “An Intimate Message From God to You,” is a selection of paraphrased Bible verses in the form of a love letter.

T.D. Jakes drama addresses ‘under the rug’ topics Print Email
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Monday, 04 May 2009 03:33 PM America/New_York
Following a brief theatrical run earlier in the year, Not Easily Broken (0-43396-26428-1, $28.95), adapted from the book by pastor and author T. D. Jakes was released on DVD last month.

The 90-minute drama centers on the marriage struggles of Dave and Clarice Johnson, whose relationship is tested when she is injured in a car accident. The couple face financial pressures, emotional challenges and temptations to their commitment.

Revealing the untold story of Terri Schiavo Print Email
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Monday, 04 May 2009 03:32 PM America/New_York
Documentary explores implications of landmark 2005 right-to-life case

altThough the right-to-life battle centered on bedridden Terri Schindler Schiavo dominated the international news headlines for weeks in 2005, most people still do not know the real, full story—or its far-reaching social implications.

That is the opinion of award-winning veteran producer and director Ken Carpenter who revisited the case for a two-part TV documentary aired last year and released in revised format this month as The Terri Schiavo Story (0-94922-20465-3, $19.95, Franklin Springs Family Media).

Promotion allays fears about R-rated ‘House’ Print Email
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Monday, 06 April 2009 04:16 PM America/New_York

The DVD release of House (978-1-400-31525-3, $29.99), the movie version of the thriller by Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker, comes with its own Christian retail cover, in an effort to reassure retailers and consumers who may be concerned by its R rating.

The restricted viewing tag from the Motion Picture Association of America disappointed the makers on its theatrical release last fall. They feared that the R—given for “some violence and terror”—might limit the movie’s audience, especially among Dekker’s strong teen following for his writing.

Farmer’s radical faith inspires hope and change Print Email
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Monday, 06 April 2009 04:13 PM America/New_York
Biopic of South Africa’s ‘folksy Billy Graham’ was a general market hit

altThe dramatization of an unlikely South African evangelist’s remarkable ministry arrives on DVD this month.

Available April 7, Faith Like Potatoes (0-43396-29254-3, $29.95) tells the story of farmer Angus Buchan—described by South African media as “a folksy version of Billy Graham”—who overcame major losses to see a physical and spiritual harvest, spreading a message of racial reconciliation and hope in Christ.

Rated PG, the 113-minute drama is based on the similarly titled book published by Monarch Books. Released in theaters in South Africa in 2006, the film became one of the top five grossing domestic movies of all time there and won several film festival awards.

Directed by award-winning actor Regardt van der Bergh, the movie traces how Buchan fled Zambia’s political unrest to start a new life in South Africa. Overcoming huge challenges, he established a successful farm in the country’s Midland hills.

On becoming Christians, Buchan and his wife founded a ministry to care for widows and orphans and also manage a primary school with almost 200 students. The Buchans named their farm Shalom, and he now speaks to crowds of tens of thousands at evangelistic meetings.

The book and film take their name from an incident when, despite forecasts of drought, Buchan planted potatoes—a crop requiring large amounts of water—because he believed he had been directed by God to do so. The resulting harvest became a symbol of God’s faithfulness.

To help North American viewers comprehend the sometimes-strong South African accents, the DVD includes subtitles. In addition, it features a 54-minute documentary on the real-life Buchan, God’s Farmer, which was due to be aired on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

Although the film is not being released to U.S. theaters, it is being made available to churches for licensed screenings.

Previewed on the general market edition of Fireproof, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Faith Like Potatoes is distributed by Provident-Integrity Distribution.

To order, click here or call 800-333-9000.

Documentary celebrates the ‘holy’ in Hollywood Print Email
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Monday, 09 March 2009 05:57 PM America/New_York

Many Christians who decry much of what comes out of Hollywood these days don’t realize that the movie capital of the world not only has a rich Christian heritage, but a strong and growing number of believers at work there as well.

Hollywood on Fire (8-98080-00200-3, $19.98) aims to correct that misrepresentation, sharing stories of the film center’s religious roots—when churches doubled as movie theaters—and from Christians who have taken their faith to work there. Among them are stars Jane Russell, Pat Boone and Chuck Norris, and noted producers and creators.

Documentary Executive Producer Kevin Foster—a well-known former mountain bike adventurer now in the movie business—said he hoped his Pisces Productions project would inspire people to view Hollywood in a different light and believe that they can make a difference there.

“There was and is another side to Hollywood,” he said. “We hope that people will be edified, that people might say, ‘We can do better than (some of) the kind of garbage that is being put out.’ You don’t need to follow everybody else—follow the Lord, and He will direct your path.”

Subtitled “A City on a Hill Cannot Be Hid,” the 105-minute program was an International Family Film Festival finalist last year. It has also earned The Dove Foundation’s top five-dove rating.

Released Feb. 24, Hollywood on Fire is distributed by KES Music and Video Distribution. To order, call 312-321-6256.