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Christian Movie Connect Episode 62 – Major Dodge

Stage and television actor, Major Dodge, is a former wrestler and MMA fighter. With innate talent, Major has developed into a versatile character actor who has appeared in numerous Off-Broadway productions over the years. His television and film credits include ‘Fear,’ ‘Sex and The City,’ ‘It’s a Miracle,’ ‘Wicked Desire,’ and ‘A Dangerous Place.’ He has also appeared in a variety of television commercials including those for Ford Sync, Budweiser, Coors Light, Panasonic, Abercrombie and Fitch, as well an Orange Cellular commercial directed by Martin Scorsese. Major soon begins his project as the lead character, Decklen, in an upcoming webisode series based on the adventure fantasy novel, ‘Quest of The Keys.’

In this interview, Dodge talks with CMC host, Cheryl Ariaz Wicker, about how Christian actors can deal with the pressures of the entertainment industry through a life of integrity and make wise choices for their careers.

‘Quest of the Keys’ features the story of Decklen, a young man who experiences the suffering of tragic loss, turns his back on everything he loves and sets out to find his true identity and purpose. In his quest for meaning, he discovers the keys of fulfillment. To view the trailer, click here.

Christian Movie Connect Episode 61 – Andrew Bongiorno

Australian actor, Andrew Bongiorno, first appeared in a leading role at the age of twelve and was recognized as the best under sixteen actor at the Guild Awards. Since then, Andrew has established himself as a consummate character actor. He has worked with many respected Australian and international directors, writers and actors, including Academy Award winners, Nick Enright and Sam Mendes. Andrew has appeared on the programs ‘Bed of Roses,’ ‘Rush,’ and ‘Satisfaction.’ In 2010, Andrew performed in the world premiere of ‘The Red and the Black,’ an adaptation of the French novel, ‘Le Rouge et Le Noir.’ Andrew’s more recent credits include the feature, ‘The Cup,’ ‘The Book of Daniel,’ and ‘Finding Normal’ produced by Pure Flix Entertainment.

In this interview, Bongiorno talks with CMC host, Cheryl Ariaz Wicker, about his new film, ‘Finding Normal.’ Wicker, co-producer of ‘Finding Normal’, also talks with Bongiorno about their experience of working together on the film.

 

Pure Flix Entertainment is a Christian production company that produces, distributes and acquires Christ-centered movies for the sole purposes of changing the culture for Christ, one heart at a time. The Pure Flix mission is to challenge the values shaped by mainstream media and Hollywood producing films of excellence with that uplift and inspire the human spirit. For more information on Pure Flix Entertainment, visit http://pureflix.com.

Christian Movie Connect Episode 60 – Larry Poland

Ohio native, Larry Poland, has made media a key part of his life since the late 1970’s. For 18 years, he hosted a daily radio feature, “The Mediator,” which aired on hundreds of radio stations. Larry is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Mastermedia International, a ministry to the top leadership of film and television in Hollywood and New York. Mastermedia seeks to keep Christian believers informed of the spiritual dynamics inside media. As the recipient of the Covenant Award for significant, Christian influence on the secular media and as founder of the National Media Prayer Breakfast, Larry is a key contributor to the National Religious Broadcasters Convention.

In this interview, Poland talks with CMC host, Cheryl Ariaz Wicker, about his mission of developing one-on-one and small group relational strategies to reach executives in global media, particularly Hollywood and New York. He believes that in building trust and solid relationships with executives in Film and TV, culture can be changed in a dramatic way.

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers and readers. Their mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. For more information on the NRB, visit http://nrb.org.

Christian Movie Connect Episode 59 – David A.R. White

Actor, Writer, and Producer, David A.R. White, is the Co-Founder of Pure Flix Entertainment, a Christian

movie studio that produces, distributes, and acquires Christ-centered movies for the sole purpose of

changing the culture for Christ, one heart at a time. As an actor, David has appeared on numerous TV

shows including, “Evening Shade,” “Coach,” Saved By the Bell,” “Sisters,” “Melrose Place,” “Martial Law,” and many others. In 2010, his film, “Mercy Streets” was re-released by Sony Pictures. David’s love for the Entertainment industry is evident in every project he takes on and he shares his passion for cultural change as a contributor for the National Religious Broadcasters Convention.

 

In this interview, White talks with CMC host, Cheryl Ariaz Wicker, about his role at Pure Flix Entertainment and his vision to make movies that uplift and inspire the human spirit. White believes media impacts culture in a phenomenal way and the art of film is a major way to bring cultural change.

 

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers and readers. Their mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. For more information on the NRB, visit http://nrb.org.

Christian Movie Connect Episode 58 – Scotty Curlee

Actor, Director and Producer, Scotty Curlee, is a former Executive Pharmaceutical Specialist, a semi-pro cyclist, and professional speaker who brings decades of real world experience to the big screen. As the Founder and Executive Producer of Red Cloud Productions, LLC, Scotty is committed to the vision of “changing the world through cinema” by producing exciting, engaging and technically accurate films in genres that have been previously unexplored by filmmakers while raising the level of Christian cinema worldwide. Scotty has appeared in the films, “War of the Worlds,” and “Evan Almighty.” He is the Associate Producer of the film, “Out of the Darkness,” and is the director of “The Potential Inside,” which he recently discussed at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Convention.

In this interview, Curlee talks with CMC host, Cheryl Ariaz Wicker, about his movie, “The Potential Inside” and its reflection of human potential in relationship with Christ. Curlee shares his desire to leave a legacy of excellence through his films, challenging people to become what they were always meant to be.

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers and readers. Their mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. For more information on the NRB, visit http://nrb.org.

 

Christian Movie Connect Episode 57 – Dick Rolfe

Dick Rolfe is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Dove Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission

is building relationships with entertainment executives and filmmakers in Hollywood by encouraging them to create more movies that are suitable for family viewing. Prior to his work with The Dove Foundation, Dick held senior management positions in radio, television and magazine publishing. He has also served on advisory boards for 20th Century Fox’s “FoxFaith” division, Mott Children’s Hospital at The University of Michigan Medical Center, and Compass College of Cinematic Arts. Dick frequently addresses civic groups and churches around the U.S. about the powerful influence of media on today’s society and is a contributor to The National Religious Broadcasters convention.

 

In this interview, Rolfe talks with CMC host, Cheryl Ariaz Wicker, about his work with The Dove Foundation and the wide resources available for those interested in family-friendly entertainment. He also discusses how family-friendly films actually do better than typical mainstream movies at the box office.

 

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers and readers. Their mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. For more information on the NRB, visit http://nrb.org.

Christian Movie Connect Episode 56 – Stephen Camp

Stephen Camp is the Chief Financial Officer of Desert Wind Films, a production company committed to the creation of commercially successful motion pictures of the highest quality that explore, educate, entertain, and challenge the imagination to consider a world of possibilities. Stephen is also the Executive Producer of Sugar Wars and Desert Wind Film’s Flagship Project, “Brother’s Keeper.” He has played an integral role in the development of the film by securing private equity investors. Stephen’s success in raising funds for “Brother’s Keeper” has enabled the film to acquire top acting talent and production capabilities to the highest cinematic standards. As the Desert Wind Films spokesman, he actively spreads the vision of crossover, faith-based feature films and expounding on the core values of love, sacrifice and forgiveness. He recently shared about “Brother’s Keeper” at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention.

In this interview, Camp talks with CMC host, Cheryl Ariaz Wicker, about the human struggle between revenge and forgiveness. Camp also shares about the ‘Time To Let Go’ initiative in conjunction with the film, “Brother’s Keeper,” to help people gain spiritual and emotional freedom from unforgiveness.

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers and readers. Their mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. For more information on the NRB, visit http://nrb.org.

Christian Movie Connect Episode 55 – Kathleen Cooke

Kathleen Cooke is the co-founder and Vice President at Cooke Pictures. As a commercial actress, Kathleen has received awards for her performances in the Los Angeles theater scene.  She was also the featured actress in a national commercial campaign to raise awareness about Lupus, as well as advertising for Home Depot, SBC, Mitsubishi, “On Air” with Ryan Seacrest and more.  From 2007-2011 she co-directed the Biola Media Conference, the largest conference for professionals of faith working in secular media/entertainment. Kathleen is a sought after speaker for conferences around the world on matters of faith, culture and media. She now serves as the Regional West Coast/Hollywood Director for Christian Women in Media Association.

In this interview, Cooke talks with CMC host, Cheryl Ariaz Wicker, about her call to media, culture and Hollywood. She discusses her role as the Regional West Coast/Hollywood Director for Christian Women in Media Association and the impact of Christian women working in the Arts and Entertainment industry in Hollywood.

Christian Women in Media Association (CWIMA) is a professional association dedicated to connecting women in purpose and vision in the fields of TV, Radio, Internet, Film, Publishing, Music, and Arts and Entertainment. For more information on CWIMA, visit www.cwima.org.

Christian Movie Connect Episode 54 – Jackie Carpenter

Georgia native, Jackie Carpenter, is a top inspirational writer. Although she never intended to become an author, Jackie has become a major resource for people facing a crisis in life. Jackie has miraculously taken the crisis in her own life and wove it into the dramatic and heart-wrenching story, “The Bridge: Between Cell Block A and A Miracle is Psalm 91.” She’s also written, “Georgia Justice: A Journey To Faith,” a remarkable guide on how to build faith when overcome by doubt, depression and tragic events. A sought after speaker, Jackie is a major part of the Speaker’s Bureau with Christian Women in Media Association.

In this interview, Carpenter talks with CMC host, Cheryl Ariaz Wicker, about her new movie, “A Cry for Justice,” based on her amazing true story depicted in her book, “Georgia Justice: A Journey To Faith.” Carpenter shares that the movie has been a divine vehicle for God to provide hope in the hearts of people when there seems to be no hope—a true story supernatural faith.

Christian Women in Media Association (CWIMA) is a professional association dedicated to connecting women in purpose and vision in the fields of TV, Radio, Internet, Film, Publishing, Music, and Arts and Entertainment. For more information on CWIMA, visit www.cwima.org.

Christian Movie Connect Episode 53 – Dr. Carol Swain

Virginia native, Carol Swain, is a top political analyst, political science and law professor at Vanderbilt University. As a credible and powerful force for change in today’s social and political climate, Carol has appeared as a frequent guest on “Hannity’s: Great American Panel” on Fox News and CNN’s, “Lou Dobbs Tonight.” She also the author of the highly acclaimed book, “Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress.” Her new TV show, “To Be The People” is a hard-hitting television series directly confronting the hot topic issues facing Americans today. Carol is a sought after speaker and is a member of The Speaker’s Bureau for Christian Women in Media Association.

In this interview, Swain talks with CMC host, Cheryl Ariaz Wicker, about how women in media have a major opportunity to use their God-given platforms to help change culture. She encourages women to be what and where God’s call them to be an agent of change in the culture and around them.

Christian Women in Media Association (CWIMA) is a professional association dedicated to connecting women in purpose and vision in the fields of TV, Radio, Internet, Film, Publishing, Music, and Arts and Entertainment. For more information on CWIMA, visit www.cwima.org.

Christian Movie Connect Episode 52 – Dave Moody

Few music entertainers from North Carolina have accomplished more than Dave Moody. As the driving force behind The Moody Brothers, Dave has led the family band to national recognition and international acclaim with multiple CMA, Grammy and Dove Awards and Nominations. Dave’s entertainment industry influence has also carried over into filmmaking. As the co-founder of Elevating Entertainment Motion Pictures along with his son, Josh, Dave has produced the films, “Praise Band: The Movie,” “No Limit Kids: Much Ado About Middle School” and the upcoming film, “A Season of Miracles,” based on the awarding-winning novel by Rusty Whitener.

In this interview, Moody talks with CMC host, Cheryl Ariaz Wicker, about his production company, Elevating Entertainment, and its mission to produce movies with positive content, promoting family-friendly themes, and evoking questions about God and spiritual life.

“A Season of Miracles” is a uniquely compelling drama about a group of twelve year olds and a championship little league baseball season, that is not so much about winning and losing as it is about living and dying.

For more on “A Season of Miracles,” visit the official movie site here.

Christian Movie Connect Episode 51 – Rusty Whitener

Nashville-based, Rusty Whitener, is an expert in topics relevant to popular culture ranging from entertainment to spirituality. He studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and has worked in professional theatre shows throughout the U.S. Over the past several years, Rusty has appeared in a variety of TV programs and films including “Law and Order,” “Lukewarm,” “Undaunted,” and the GMC TV movie of the week, “Decision.” As a writer, Rusty has gained critical acclaim for his novel, “A Season of Miracles,” which is now in postproduction with Elevating Entertainment Motion Pictures.

“A Season of Miracles” is a uniquely compelling drama about a group of twelve year olds and a championship little league baseball season, that is not so much about winning and losing as it is about living and dying.

For more on “A Season of Miracles,” visit the official movie site here.