Faith, Media & Culture

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture.

1. Christian retailer gets into movie-making biz.  Family Christian Entertainment (FCE), the recently-launched sister company of  Family Christian Stores, has announced its first project. Production of 90 Minutes in Heaven will commence January 26th in Atlanta. The film is based on the 2004 New York Times bestselling book (7 million-plus copies sold) about Pastor Don Piper’s 1989 near-death experience. Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns) and Hayden Christensen (Star Wars, Jumper) star. Michael Polish (Twin Falls Idaho, Big Sur) directs.

“We know our audience, we know the power of stories, and we plan to make at least two films a year,”  says producer Rick Jackson. Jackson, along with two other investors is the co-founder of Family Christian Ministries, a non-profit holding company that owns Family Christian Stores, Family Christian Entertainment and the IDisciple app that, as its website states, “delivers sermons, devotionals, and music from hundreds of top Christian authors, speakers, ministries, and music artists to any device, anytime.”  Family Christian Ministries reportedly gives 100 percent of the profits from its companies to Christian charities.

“In production… in quality, budgets and professionalism, the Christian and family markets are maturing, and we’re upping the ante again,” Jackson says, adding that Family Christian Entertainment is open to all sources for ideas–from developing original scripts to ideas that come in the door. “And we’ll stay true to the story,” he said. “When faith is a factor, it stays in.”   

2. Upcoming Pure Flix film asks Do You Believe? The question is also the title of the film from the makers of last year’s surprise box office hit God’s Not Dead. Do You Believe? is set for theatrical release on March 20th. The ensemble cast includes Mira Sorvino, Cybill Shepherd, Sean Astin, Alexa PenaVega, Ted McGinley, Brian Bosworth, Andrea Logan White, Delroy Lindo, Madison Pettis, and Lee Majors. 

Encourage one another and build each other up – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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