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A Historical Look at Funk Pioneer James Brown

posted by Corine Gatti

 

James Brown was one of the most influential performers in the 20th Century. Now you can see exclusive footage in a feature –length documentary. Produced by Sir Mick Jagger, ‘Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown’ premiers on HBO tonight 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

For the first time the Brown Estate opens its archives to reveal unseen footage and photos. The documentary will have elaborate interviews with Jaggar, band members, like the Godmother of Soul, Martha High. The story of Brown’s MC, Danny Ray, draping a cape on him onstage for the first time. Another rare find in the film was when Brown calmed down an outraged audience after Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered.

“I think this documentary is a little more personal with him than the film,” says High about ‘Get on Up,’ a biological drama film of Brown’s life released earlier this year. “We knew him very well. When he was upset or when he wasn’t upset, [and] how he made them laugh and joke, and everything. I think that the bio didn’t show that and didn’t tell that.”

One subject discussed is the early friendship with Bobby Byrd after Brown stole clothes in 1962. Brown joined Byrd’s group and transformed them into the James Brown and the Famous Flames. Fans can also follow Brown and his record his breakthrough live album at the Apollo Theater and outshining the Rolling Stones at the T.A.M.I. Show, a Rockumentary in 1964.

Explosive on and off stage, Brown was a father figure for many, including High, who is using her talents on tour with band members, and is preparing for a CD release in 2015.

One lesson she learned from father Brown was overcoming personal issues when it was time to perform. If you perform for just a few people or thousands of people, you perform the same way.

“After a show he called me into the dressing room asking if I was OK,” High says. “He says, ‘well, I need to see a smile when you come on that stage.’ He said whatever was bothering me—[to] leave it in the dressing room. ‘You come on the stage you have a smile on your face.’ And I said “Yes, Sir.”

‘Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown’ traces the dynamic and personal life of Brown from musicians, writers, and singers.

“I am very grateful to be asked to do the documentary,” says High.

Blasting Off in an Imperfect World

posted by Corine Gatti

23 Blast is a touching film about Travis Freeman (Mark Hapka) who was a high school football player for the Corbin High School Redhounds in Kentucky and was stricken with Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis, which  destroyed his optical nerves. But Coach Ferris (Stephen Lang) believed Freeman could still play, asking him to be their center, regardless of having a disability.

Based on a true story, Freeman’s parents, best friend, and the community, inspire Freeman to push on to lead the team to the state playoffs. It’s a story that challenges us to be bold in faith, or miss life’s extraordinary possibilities in an imperfect world.

Here’s a question after seeing the movie:What’s stopping you?

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder is the Executive Producer, and CBS’s The Good Wife’s Dylan Baker (Larry Freemen) makes his directorial debut. Alexa PenaVega, Bram Hoover, and Max Adler also star in the film.

23 Blast opens on Oct. 24

Author Ted Dekker Wows Us Again With A.D. 30: A Novel

posted by Angela Guzman

AD 30 Ted DekkerCritics are raving about Ted Dekker’s new book A.D. 30: A Novel. Readers will experience the story of Jesus as they never have before. Publisher’s Weekly said, “The reigning king of Christian thrillers…kicks down the door of biblical fiction.” Booklist said, “This is the kind of book term ‘sweeping epic’ was made for.”

A.D. 30: A Novel is about the outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very people who rejected her. When their enemies launch a sudden attack with devastating consequences, Maviah escapes with the help of two of her father’s warriors – Saba who speaks more with is sword than his voice and Judah, a Jew who comes from a tribe that can read the stars. Their journey will be fraught with terrible danger. If they can survive the vast forbidding sands of a desert that is deadly to most, they will reach a brutal world subjugated by kings and emperors. There Maviah must secure an unlikely alliance with King Herod of the Jews.

Ted DekkerBut Maviah’s path leads her unexpectedly to another man. An enigmatic teacher who speaks of a way in this life which offers greater power than any kingdom. His name is Yeshua, and his words turn everything known on its head. Though following him may present even greater danger, his may be the only way for Maviah to save her people – and herself.

Dekker is a NY Times bestselling author of more than thirty successful novels.  He is known for his books that are centered around adventure and intensity- and the intense battle between good and evil.

For more information on A.D. 30: A Novel click here for details.

#IAMUnbroken Campaign Celebrates Louis Zamperini’s Unbroken Spirit

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Do you have a story of perseverance, triumph or the power of God delivering you from a trial? UNBROKEN, a powerful faith-revitalizing film, chronicles the life of former Olympian, WWII veteran and POW Survivor, Louis Zamperini through various stages of torture, turmoil and oppression during WWII. Universal Pictures and director Angelina Jolie are celebrating Zamperini’s unbroken spirit by inviting you to share your inspiring story of resilience for a chance to have a professional team create a video segment of your story. Submit your I Am Unroken story at www.IAMUnbroken.com. You are also encouraged to use the hashtag #IAmUnbroken when submitting your story on social channels –Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest. Also, be sure to see the movie, in theaters Christmas Day. This is a film you can’t afford to miss!

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A Historical Look at Funk Pioneer James Brown
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Blasting Off in an Imperfect World
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