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Can uplifting, values-based movies succeed at the box office?

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The mission: To bring positive, inspirational messages back into the global marketplace.

“Such is the goal of Mission Pictures International,” writes Beliefnet’s John Kennedy, “the global film financing and distribution company founded by Cindy Bond and Chevonne O’Shaughnessy in 2008.

“Based in Los Angeles, MPI’s goal is to seek out the very best in uplifting, values-based entertainment (often produced by unabashed Christians) and match them with buyers around the world at the alphabet soup of international film and TV marketing events (i.e. AFM, NATPE, MIPTV, DISCOP, among others). In doing so, the company has fast become an invaluable resource both for family and faith-based movie-makers in need of venues and buyers in need of product for which there is a demonstrable worldwide demand.

“The two women have been friends for about a decade (ever since they met at a prayer group held at Cindy’s house) and each bring a wealth of movie-making experience to their roles at Mission. Chevonne is the founder of American Cinema International (a successful distributor of action films). Cindy co-founded Promenade Pictures (with Frank Yablans and Ron Booth in 2002) where she developed 2007′s CGI version of The Ten Commandments.”

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jestrfyl

    Often when a movie’s publicity tells me “this is good”, I become suspicious. I prefer movies that simply allow the power of the story to unfold and capture my mind and spirit. If the story is good, it will have the desired affect. That was the power of Star Wars and Gone With the Wind. Neither special effects nor well intentioned morality can be as affective.

  • Amber

    Thanks for using the time and effort to write something so interesting.

  • feelerstoy

    Really worthwhile article. Pay attention

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