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Christian Movie Connect Episode 49 – Alex Kendrick

Georgia native, Alex Kendrick, has become the “face” for the faith-based film industry. Along with his brother Stephen, Alex founded Sherwood Pictures, a production company specializing in storytelling from a Christian perspective. Sherwood Pictures has produced the successful films, “Courageous,” “Fireproof,” and “Facing the Giants” as well as their debut film, “Flywheel.” Alex has co-written 3 novels and the Love Dare, a non-fiction marriage-related book, which made it to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Alex is the Associate Pastor of Media at Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, GA. It’s here where Sherwood Pictures began with the support of Sherwood’s Senior Pastor, Michael Catt. The goal of Sherwood Pictures from day one has been to make family-friendly movies that build on the Judeo Christian ethic and communicate the gospel without compromise.

For more on Sherwood Pictures and their current projects, visit sherwoodpictures.com

 

Christian Movie Connect Episode 48 – Chris Rogers

Chris Rogers  is a veteran of media and communications with his work spanning over 25 years. As the founder of CDR Communications, Chris has created projects for 20th Century Fox, Eastman Kodak, the American Foreign Policy Council, the U.S. Department of Defense and many more.  He is also the producer of the faith-based film, “For the Glory.”

In this interview, Rogers talks with CMC host, Cheryl Ariaz Wicker, about his role in the International Christian Visual Media Conference, communicating faith-based messages to the world through visual media and the impact of his new film, “For the Glory.”

Based on a true story of faith, love and soccer, “For the Glory” follows athlete, Kurt Kuykendall’s rise from tragedy to greatness. When his lifelong dream to play Olympic basketball falls apart, Kurt is lost and hopeless. With the support of his friends and a new faith in God, Kurt gives soccer a try and finds his true calling.

For more on the film, “For the Glory,” watch the trailer here.

Christian Movie Connect Episode 47 – Ben Davies

Ben Davies is no stranger to the world of entertainment appearing in his first national TV and print
ad campaign before he could even walk. A talented athlete, Ben was ranked the No.1 high school
decathlete in the 2008 by Track & Field News. In 2010, Ben was offered the coveted lead role of David
Thomson in the highly-acclaimed Sherwood Pictures film, “Courageous.”

In this interview, Davies talks with CMC host, Cheryl Ariaz Wicker, about his transition from athlete to
actor as a result of a career-ending injury and the strength he received to move forward with his life.
Davies desires to be involved with projects that promote a positive, life-changing message.

In “New Hope,” Ben plays high school basketball star, Lucas Green, who lost his brother, Chase, to
suicide. When new student, Michael Evans (Samuel Davis), comes to town, joins the basketball team and
begins to date Chase’s girlfriend, Jasmine Stone (Perry Frost), Lucas is forced to face his personal issues
and deal with his brother’s death.

“New Hope” is the story of relational connection, restoration and hope in God. “New Hope,” released on
DVD on October 9, 2012.

To view the trailer, click here. To know more about the movie visit www.newhopemovie.com.

Christian Movie Connect Episode 46 – Perry Frost

Perry Frost, Altanta-based comedienne and director of The Murder Mystery Company, makes her dramatic, film debut in the new faith-based film, “New Hope.” With extensive improvisational theatre work and performing for sold-out audiences, Perry’s transition to film is a new and rewarding experience. Perry is a genuine, consummate artist with an impressive portfolio in the fields of music, portrait painting, and visual art.

In this interview, Frost talks with CMC host, Cheryl Ariaz Wicker, about the challenges of growing up as a Pastor’s daughter and playing the role of a bad girl. Frost believes in the power of visual media to reach out to teens and influence culture in a positive way.

Perry plays Jasmine Stone, a troubled high school senior trying to pick up the pieces and make sense of her life after the suicide of her boyfriend, Chase. When Michael Evans (Samuel Davis) a pastor’s son comes to town as a new student, Jasmine’s life is both enriched and complicated by her relationship with Michael…and possibly changed in very dramatic ways. “New Hope” is the story of relational connection, restoration and hope in God. “New Hope,” released on DVD on  October 9, 2012.

To view the trailer, click here . To know more about the movie visit www.newhopemovie.com.

Christian Movie Connect Episode 45 – Samuel Davis

Texas native Samuel Davis, star of the faith-based film, “New Hope” fell in love with acting in high school after auditioning for Julius Caesar, whereupon he dropped out of football and track & field. He is currently a student at the University of Texas at Austin. He began his film career in student films and commercials until he landed the lead role in “New Hope.” He has since been cast in three additional films, including the upcoming “Machete Kills,” written and directed by Robert Rodreiguz  with an all-star cast.

In this interview Davis speaks with CMC host Cheryl Ariaz Wicker at the premiere of “New Hope” in West Monroe, Louisiana.

Samuel plays the role of Michael Evans, a senior year student who was quite unhappy when his family moved to a small town called New Hope. Michael experiences a lot of challenges with life and his faith especially after meeting Lucas (played by Ben Davies).

“New Hope,” is set to release October 9, 2012.

To view the trailer, click here. To know more about the movie visit www.newhopemovie.com.

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Actor Samuel Davies

Actor Samuel Davies

 

Christian Movie Connect Episode 44 – Rodney Ray

New Hope on DVD Oct. 9

Rodney Ray, executive producer and director of “New Hope” talks with CMC host Cheryl Ariaz Wicker about his newest faith-based movie set to release on October 9, 2012.  Rodney Ray is the owner of the Louisiana-based film production company, R-Squared Productions.

The film stars Ben Davies, who plays the rookie cop in “Courageous.” “New Hope” premiered in West Monroe, Louisiana with a red carpet gala where Christian Movie Connect was present to capture the event. (See premiere coverage here). Over the next three weeks, CMC will also give you a chance to meet the cast of “New Hope.”

Story synopsis: Michael is not thrilled about his family’s move to New Hope, a small, close-knit southern town during his senior year. After all, it is his senior year. He is even less enthused about joining the town’s high school basketball team, especially when he begins to bump heads with the team’s star player, Lucas. Lucas is fiercely loyal to the memory of his brother Chase-the victim of a suicide that shook the entire town to its core. To Lucas, Michael is reaping everything Chase left behind-an insult he refuses to accept. Jasmine, Chase’s longtime girlfriend, still has not found peace a year after his tragic death-until a chance meeting with Michael. Michael’s faith is tested as he endures confrontations with Lucas on and off the basketball court and through his growing fascination with Jasmine. With topics including peer pressure, alcohol, sex, suicide, relationships, and acceptance, New Hope captures the life of the modern teenager

To view the trailer, click here. To know more about the movie visit www.newhopemovie.com.

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"New Hope" Basketball scene

Rodney Ray on the set of "New Hope"Rodney and Jill Ray at New Hope premiere

 

Rodney and Jill Ray at New Hope premiere

Rodney and Jill Ray with cast of New Hope

Christian Movie Connect: Episode 43 – Lena Claybon & J. Xavier

Creator and writer of “The Devon Taylor Show,” Lena Claybon talks about the creation and production of the TV sitcom pilot in this interview with CMC host Cheryl Ariaz Wicker. A 20-year old rapper,  J. Xavier, aka Young Havier, is slated to play the title role. He will be playing Devon Taylor, a rapper who has some tough decisions to make as he needs to be true to himself while deciding on his future…a story based on Xavier’s own life.

The pilot is currently in post-production and the producers have high hopes of seeing it as a television series. You can keep up with “The Devon Taylor Show on their Facebook page.

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Christian Movie Connect Episode 42 – Mark Joseph

Mark Joseph, producer of “Doonby” speaks of how he and his staff were blown away by the story of his upcoming film “Doonby” in an interview with CMC host Cheryl Ariaz Wicker. Doonby” highlights an all-star cast including John Schneider (Dukes of Hazard, Smallville), Jenn Gotzon (Frost Nixon), Robert Davi, Ernie Hudson, Jennifer O’Neill, Will Wallace, and Joe Estevez. The film had a limited theatrical release in February of 2012.

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Christian Movie Connect Episode 41 – Jenn Gotzon

Actress Jenn Gotzon, known for portraying President Richard Nixon’s daughter Tricia Nixon in the movie “Frost/Nixon”, shares her testimony with CMC host Cheryl Ariaz Wicker. Gotzon is a committed Christian who has recently appeared in a string of faith-based movies. Inspirational movie “I am Gabriel” starring Gotzon released to DVD on August 28, 2012. Other inspirational or faith-based movies include “Doonby,” “Alone Yet Not Alone” and “God’s Country.” In this interview, she talks about what inspired her to begin her acting journey. Even when working on non-Christian sets, Gotzon shares how she strives to be a beacon of light.  She also talks about her experience working on “Doonby,” where she co-stars with John Schneider.

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Christian Movie Connect Episode 40 – Bob Higley

Bob Higley, Vice President of Marketing at TBN and also a co-leader of Christian Media Association (CMA) is interviewed by CMC host Cheryl Ariaz Wicker at a meeting of the CMA in Dallas. He shares about the background of the CMA organization and networking opportunity for Christian filmmakers on the CMA website. Higley also announces iTBN, a Christian version of Hulu.

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Christian Movie Connect Episode 39 – Gerald Wallens

Gerald Wallens has an amazing resemblance to the classic paintings of Jesus and has found himself portraying Jesus as an actor after a missions trip  with Benny Hinn when he was asked to play Jesus in a drama. He has now made this his full time ministry. Wallens takes a minute from the ICVM Catalyst conference to sit down with CMC host Cheryl Ariaz Wicker and share stories of his ministry and relate the challenges and rewards of his portraying Jesus as an actor.

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Christian Movie Connect Episode 38 – Jerry Jenkins

Novelist, Biographer and Author, Jerry Jenkins, who has written almost 150 books, is interviewed by CMC host Cheryl Ariaz Wicker following his keynote session at the ICVM Catalyst conference. While waiting for Jenkins, Torry Martin, a Christian stand-up comedian and a huge fan of Jerry Jenkins, joined in the fun to help introduce Jerry Jenkins.  Known for the popular “Left Behind” series, Jerry was also involved in the movie movie, “What if?” directed by his son, Dallas. In this interview, he also talks about his task of writing Billy Graham’s life story

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