The Dove Foundation http://www.dove.org Family Approved Movie Reviews Mon, 06 Jul 2015 17:21:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Cinedigm Announces Initial Programming Slate for Over-The-Top Network Dove Channel™ http://www.dove.org/cinedigm-announces-initial-programming-slate-for-over-the-top-network-dove-channel/ http://www.dove.org/cinedigm-announces-initial-programming-slate-for-over-the-top-network-dove-channel/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 18:31:53 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=63600 Cinedigm Announces Initial Programming Slate for Over-The-Top Network Dove Channel™ VeggieTales, Fraggle Rock, Highway to Heaven, The Adventures of Black Beauty, Swiss Family Robinson, Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss and Where the Red Fern Grows Among Family-Friendly Fare Included on the Channel. LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cinedigm Corp. (CIDM) today announced the preliminary programming roster for the […]

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Cinedigm Announces Initial Programming Slate for Over-The-Top Network Dove Channel™

VeggieTales, Fraggle Rock, Highway to Heaven, The Adventures of Black Beauty, Swiss Family Robinson, Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss and Where the Red Fern Grows Among Family-Friendly Fare Included on the Channel.

DoveChannelLogoBWLOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cinedigm Corp. (CIDM) today announced the preliminary programming roster for the Dove Channel™, the direct-to-consumer over-the-top (OTT) digital network for families and kids seeking quality family-friendly content, rated and approved by The Dove Foundation. The channel is slated to launch early Fall of this year.

The Dove Channel™ will feature newly acquired and original programming, as well as offerings from Cinedigm’s vast library of family-friendly, faith and kids’ content.

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Jennifer Garner Looking For “Miracles From Heaven” http://www.dove.org/jennifer-garner-looking-for-miracles-from-heaven/ http://www.dove.org/jennifer-garner-looking-for-miracles-from-heaven/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 16:44:06 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=63413 Jennifer Garner Looking For “Miracles From Heaven” T.D. Jakes, Joe Roth, and Devon Franklin hit a home run with Heaven is For Real. Now, the producers are back with Miracles From Heaven with news of the electric signing of star Jennifer Garner (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day, 13 Going on 30). Heaven Is […]

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Jennifer Garner Looking For “Miracles From Heaven”

jennifer_garner_miracles[1]T.D. Jakes, Joe Roth, and Devon Franklin hit a home run with Heaven is For Real. Now, the producers are back with Miracles From Heaven with news of the electric signing of star Jennifer Garner (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day, 13 Going on 30). Heaven Is For Real lead-off a series of faith-based films including God’s Not Dead, Mom’s Night Out, the Left Behind reboot, and Noah.

 

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Writer/ Director Chris Dowling and Actor David DeSanctis speak with The Dove Foundation about “Where Hope Grows”, http://www.dove.org/writer-director-chris-dowling-and-actor-david-desanctis-speak-with-the-dove-foundation-about-where-hope-grows/ http://www.dove.org/writer-director-chris-dowling-and-actor-david-desanctis-speak-with-the-dove-foundation-about-where-hope-grows/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 17:13:56 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=63314 by Edwin L. Carpenter, Senior Film Reviewer – The Dove Foundation Where Hope Grows is a faith-based film opening May 15, and it features strong directing from Writer/Director Chris Dowling, as well as a powerful performance from David DeSanctis, who plays a character with Down Syndrome named “Produce”, because he works in the produce section […]

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by Edwin L. Carpenter, Senior Film Reviewer – The Dove Foundation

David-ChrisWhere Hope Grows is a faith-based film opening May 15, and it features strong directing from Writer/Director Chris Dowling, as well as a powerful performance from David DeSanctis, who plays a character with Down Syndrome named “Produce”, because he works in the produce section of the local market. DeSanctis has Down Syndrome in real life but doesn’t let that stop him from acting, or doing other things he wants to do.

Dove: What is the movie about?

Chris: “The movie’s about a professional athlete that is out of time, has kind of fallen back on his luck—he of goes through a journey of rediscovering child-like faith and that child-like faith is found through the eyes of a friendship with an individual who has Down Syndrome.

Dove: David, is this your first time acting in a movie?

David: “Yes, it is–my very first feature film-movie that I’ve ever acted in. And I’ve done a stage production in high school, did broadcasting in class in high school, and back in elementary school, and that’s where I first dreamt about acting and I’ve always wanted to act.”

Dove: That’s great. What did you think about seeing yourself on the big screen for the first time?

David: “Well, down in Dallas, Texas at the Dallas International Film Festival, that’s where the movie was shown first–down there. It was weird, extremely weird. But after (seeing it) about 16 times I’ve been really comfortable with myself, seeing myself on screen.”

Chris: “You know David in this is like, when you actually watch the movie, the character of Produce, most people automatically say, ‘Well, that’s just David.’ That’s not David. David is truly acting in the movie. I mean, David’s a twenty-two-year-old dude. David, he’s a tough guy. He’s a white belt in Tae Kwon Do, right? (David replies in the affirmative). And the character of Produce is not. The character of Produce is quite different. But he is definitely a little more shy than David. 99% of the human population is more shy than David! This guy’s got the biggest personality in the world.”

Dove: What is the theme of the movie?

David: “There are different themes throughout the movie. I think the biggest theme of the movie is based off baseball and the grocery store. There are minor themes but the biggest theme is based off the grocery store and baseball.”

Chris: “We do have a lot of themes in it and the cool thing is we do present them in a very organic style. There’s a single father not connecting with his 16-year-old daughter. He’s an island, battling with old addictions and failures. There’s a special need contingent and part of my passion is to shatter stereotypes of the special needs community. It’s about a man trying to find his faith again. There are different people connecting to different parts and it’s very powerful.”

Dove: What were the challenges in making this film?

Chris: “We didn’t have a large budget. The locations we got, the crew, the cast, everyone really came together. “

Chris added he didn’t really know how David would do but that “he was awesome.”

David: “The weather.” He mentioned that Chris, as director, had to deal with weather conditions in California and Louisville, Kentucky. “The challenge for me was my patience. I had to wait a lot. I had to discipline myself to go through multiple and many, many scenes, over and over again.”

Dove: What lessons did you learn from making the film?

10918-100x150[1]David: “To always listen with a lot going on around me and to be content with my surroundings.”

Chris: “My biggest lesson was not to put too many limitations on David. I was wrong. He was far more impressive than I would have predicted. My journey in this was a lot like Cal in the movie. He meets this guy and learns, he’s a pretty cool dude!” Chris added he got to hang out with David and shoot some baskets, an enjoyable experience.

Dove: What do you want people to take away from this film?

David: “I just want people to use their faith, to believe.”

Chris: “For me, it’s important, as I know it’s intended for a Christian market, that it’s inclusive and not exclusive, and that a secular audience sees it.” He added he is proud of how they portrayed special needs people and someone like David’s character, a character with Down Syndrome. “If you want to see good films that deal with faith, please support it and come see our film May 15 and bring your friends.”

David: “Just bring billions and billions and billions and billions and billions and billions and billions and billions of friends!” (Everyone chuckles.)

This film, Where Hope Grows, has earned our Faith Friendly Seal and five Doves, our best rating.

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What is a movie critic….really? http://www.dove.org/what-is-a-movie-critic-really/ http://www.dove.org/what-is-a-movie-critic-really/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 16:13:32 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=63129 by Dick Rolfe, CEO – The Dove Foundation Q: Can they forecast the weather? Q: Can they predict the stock market? Q: Can they estimate the box office success of a family film? Answer to all three: Not so much. According to GeekWise.com, “A movie critic views movies in the way a restaurant critic views […]

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by Dick Rolfe, CEO – The Dove Foundation

Dick_RolfeQ: Can they forecast the weather?

Q: Can they predict the stock market?

Q: Can they estimate the box office success of a family film?

Answer to all three: Not so much.

According to GeekWise.com, “A movie critic views movies in the way a restaurant critic views a new restaurant or a travel critic views a new hotel. The product may look promising on the surface, but a critic’s role is to provide a brutally honest assessment before the movie is released to a general audience. His or her evaluation of a film is based on a number of elements, including the previous work of the director, the level of acting, the overall casting, the faithfulness to source materials, the editing and the quality of the screenwriting.”

Rotten Tomatoes has developed a handicapping system by amassing hundreds of individual critics across three divisions; print, broadcast and online. According to their website, “Movie reviews in the Tomatometer come from publications or individual critics that have been selected by the Rotten Tomatoes staff.”

To balance the equation, Rotten Tomatoes also records an Audience Score from subscribers to their service.

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After all is said and done, movie critics tell you whether a movie fits their criteria. So, the next question is, who are they and what are their criteria? Someone once said, “A film critic is a frustrated filmmaker who never got the chance to fulfill his or her dream.” Actually, most film critics are journalists with a love for, or knowledge of, the art of filmmaking. The upside is that they are usually passionate patrons of cinema. The downside is that they, like any other individual, are likely to favor a particular genre or type of film, and that preference shows up in their work.

There are a few elitists who flaunt their credentials by using fancy insider lingo that bores the average reader and contributes little to the overall critique. For example, I’m less interested in the filmography of the director or whether the cinematographer once won an Academy Award or Golden Globe, and more interested in the theme and the power of the story. Many tell me they look to their friends and neighbors who have seen a movie for their input and ask how well the movie conveyed the story and their overall opinion. Reading blogs, Facebook and Twitter reviews from like-minded friends is also a fairly reliable barometer.

It’s not surprising that most people prefer to take advice from friends and acquaintances who share the same values. Likewise, I’m interested in whether a particular movie critic and I have a common core belief system. That helps me measure the weight of the critique. He or she may prefer thrillers and horror flicks with a high bloody body count. Or perhaps they are fans of sexploitation stories with a high naked body count.

This brings me to the Rotten Tomatometer and how often its results differ significantly from the audience’s reactions.  This is especially true of faith and family movies.

Here are a few examples:

Movie Title                        Tomatometer              Audience Score

Paul Blart, Mall Cop 2                 6%                        48%

God’s Not Dead                        17%                         79%

Mom’s Night Out                       18%                         68%

Son of God                                21%                         73%

It can also work the other way…

Noah                                         77%                           42%

The most recent example of a disconnect between the movie critics and audience is newly released, LITTLE BOY, the inspirational story of a 7-year old boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home.

Movie critics slammed the film and gave it an overall Tomatometer rating of 15%The audience didn’t see it that way, and awarded the movie an outstanding 88% The opening weekend box office was a respectable $2.7 million on 1045 screens, about 1/3 the number of screens for a major release.  Many faith and family movie critics praised the film with such accolades as: “Beautiful,” Deeply Moving,” “Utterly Amazing” “Moving and inspirational,” “An instant family classic.” Dove’s reviewer called it, “A movie you must not miss!”

LITTLE BOY had the second highest percentage gap between Rotten Tomatoes critics and Audience Scores ever for a major release at 73% – second only to Out Cold in 2001 which logged a 77% difference.

Here is the complete Dove review of LITTLE BOY and an interview with Jakob Salvati, the talented young lead actor. When you read our review, it is important to remember that Dove’s reviewers are not critics, they are parents and grandparents who are as passionate about good filmmaking as they are their down home values.

I recommend you go see this movie and judge for yourself! Feel free to share your comments on The Dove Foundation Facebook page.

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Jakob Salvati speaks with The Dove Foundation about the movie “Little Boy” http://www.dove.org/jakob-salvati-speaks-with-the-dove-foundation-about-the-movie-little-boy/ http://www.dove.org/jakob-salvati-speaks-with-the-dove-foundation-about-the-movie-little-boy/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:51:07 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=62854 by Edwin L. Carpenter, Senior Film Reviewer, The Dove Foundation Jakob Salvati is a terrific and talented young man. He has appeared in the TV series Grimm and Cleaners and already has a lot of credits under his belt for someone under ten! He gives an outstanding performance as Pepper Flynt Busbee in the upcoming […]

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by Edwin L. Carpenter, Senior Film Reviewer, The Dove Foundation

jakob-salvatiJakob Salvati is a terrific and talented young man. He has appeared in the TV series Grimm and Cleaners and already has a lot of credits under his belt for someone under ten! He gives an outstanding performance as Pepper Flynt Busbee in the upcoming April 24 release of Little Boy. The movie also features Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson and Kevin James. It is a World War ll story but more than that it is the story of a little boy that had faith for his father to return home from the war. Jakob spoke with us recently about the upcoming release of the film.

Dove: Jakob, tells us about the movie.

Jakob: “Well, Pepper Flynt Busbee is very close to his father and his father has to go to war. So, one of the most devastating parts in the movie is the bus coming to pick up his dad, because his dad is so close to him. They imagine and they play together and they hang out together, they drink sodas together, they do everything together—everything a normal dad would do that wants to have fun with his son. When his dad leaves for war, Pepper tries everything in his power to get his dad back, through faith.

Dove: So, faith is the theme of the movie?

Jakob: “Yes, faith of a mustard seed.”

Dove: How many films have you been in before, Jakob?

Jakob: “I don’t know the number but I know I have been in quite a few.”

Dove: Was making this movie different than the other ones you have been in?

Jakob: “Yes, very much so because some of those other movies were not including God that much. So I’m thinking the more movies I do, the more I’ll include God in it, like I’ll preach on the set to the crew.”

Dove: So God is very important to you?

Jakob: “Yes.”

Dove: What was auditioning like for this movie?

Jakob: “I actually went through nine auditions to get this movie. They gave me one of the hardest scenes for the ninth audition. It was the funeral scene, and that’s one of the most devastating parts in the whole movie. When I came out of the audition, they were all crying– and that’s when they thought to each other, ‘He’s the kid!’”

Dove: So if there was one thing that you would want someone to take away from the film when they saw it, what would that be?

Jakob: (pausing for a moment to consider the question): “I would want them to go home from the movie thinking that we want to be the best people we can be. We want to be the best form of ourselves we can be.”

Dove: So did you enjoy yourself making this movie?

Jakob: “Yes, very much. “

Dove: Were there some difficult things you had to do making the movie?

Jakob: “There were actually tons of hard things. This was my first role as a lead. And the first day I was there I actually cried because the crew was yelling at each other. So Alejandro Monteverde (the Director) and Eduardo Verastegui (Father Crispin in the movie), they talked and they helped me through it by giving me toys from every scene I did. Then I said, ‘How about my brother?’ and they said ‘Okay, we’ll get your brother toys too!’ And then I was like, ‘what about that kid over there?!’ And they were like, ‘No, no, no, no, no! Let’s just stay with you and your brother!’”

Dove: So, aside from the toys, what was the most fun you had?

Jakob: “I would say the people, the cast and Alejandro himself. He was a very good friend—he is a very good friend. Our friendship will always last forever. I think that’s one of the main things we said together when we were doing our scenes and, just him understanding me and me understanding him. That was one of the most important parts of our friendship.”

Dove: What audience do you think the movie is intended for?

Jakob: “I think every single audience.”

Jakob explained that the themes are universal themes that people will relate to, such as a family member going off to war. “It will move them, it will rock them back and forth,” he said.

Dove: Is there anything else you want the audience to know about the movie?

Jakob: “I think when they leave, they should try to make their own list, and they’ll know what I mean after they see the movie. I think they should make their own list and try to achieve the things in that list every single day of their life.”

This movie starring Jakob Salvati, Little Boy, has earned five Doves from us, our highest rating.

Read Dove’s Review of “Little Boy”

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2014 Crystal Dove Seal Winners – And the Trophy Goes To… http://www.dove.org/2014-crystal-dove-seal-winners-and-the-trophy-goes-to/ http://www.dove.org/2014-crystal-dove-seal-winners-and-the-trophy-goes-to/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 19:03:18 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=62779 There’s a saying, “if you repeat something often enough people will believe it, whether it’s true or not.” When I meet with studio executives and filmmakers, I keep repeating the same mantra, “Dove approved films are the most popular and therefore the most profitable.” Not because it isn’t true, but because there are those in […]

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Crystal Dove Seal. smallThere’s a saying, “if you repeat something often enough people will believe it, whether it’s true or not.” When I meet with studio executives and filmmakers, I keep repeating the same mantra, “Dove approved films are the most popular and therefore the most profitable.” Not because it isn’t true, but because there are those in Hollywood who believe the so-called faith and family audience is a small niche. I’m not sure how they arrive at that view. According to several recent surveys, 70 million American families would choose more entertainment options that reflect their values IF they were available.

So, I shall say once again, “Dear Producer/Director/Investor…Dove Approved films are nearly 3 times as profitable as those that were not eligible for the Dove Seal.” Check out the results in the Dove Film Profitability Study.

The Dove Foundation just completed an online public poll to determine the most popular Dove approved movies of 2014 in seven categories; Comedy, Drama, Action, Adventure, Animated, Documentary, and Musical. The votes are in and the results have been tabulated.

Each of the following films won in their respective categories. Care was taken to eliminate ballot stuffing and duplicate votes.

Best ActionLeft Behind – 2014 (Freestyle/eOne Entertainment)
Best AdventureMaleficent (Disney)
Best AnimatedBig Hero 6 (Disney)
Best ComedyMoms’ Night Out (Tri-Star/Affirm Films)
Best MusicalAnnie – 2014 (Sony)
Best Documentary (Tie)
     God the Father (Rocky Mountain)
     America: The Movie (Lionsgate)
Best DramaGod’s Not Dead (Freestyle/PureFlix)
     (Honorable Mention) – The Song (Samuel Goldwyn/Affirm Films)

These movies collectively made over $650 million at the US box office last year. Not bad results for family friendly movies, several of which were mocked by the critics.

We would like to extend a special thank you to the thousands of you who voted online. Congratulations to the nominees, and especially the winners who are now authorized to use the CRYSTAL DOVE SEAL in recognition of their achievement as the Best of the Best Dove Approved Movies of 2014.

Be sure and watch these films. By doing so, you are sending a message that you want more of the same.

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Thank you for taking our survey http://www.dove.org/thank-you-for-taking-our-survey/ http://www.dove.org/thank-you-for-taking-our-survey/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:48:53 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=62777 Please check back with us for updates as we launch the new Dove Channel. Dick Rolfe, CEO The Dove Foundation

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John Hagee’s “Four Blood Moons,” a prophetic film, is hitting theaters http://www.dove.org/john-hagees-four-blood-moons-a-prophetic-film-is-hitting-theaters/ http://www.dove.org/john-hagees-four-blood-moons-a-prophetic-film-is-hitting-theaters/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:11:05 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=62695 by Edwin L. Carpenter, Senior Film Reviewer – The Dove Foundation John Hagee wrote the prophetic book, Four Blood Moons, and it became a best-seller. So he and his ministry leaders decided there was a need and a curiosity about the topic of these moons which he claims are prophetic in relation to Israel, so […]

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by Edwin L. Carpenter, Senior Film Reviewer – The Dove Foundation

John HageeJohn Hagee wrote the prophetic book, Four Blood Moons, and it became a best-seller. So he and his ministry leaders decided there was a need and a curiosity about the topic of these moons which he claims are prophetic in relation to Israel, so they made a movie. It is coming to theaters for one night– Monday, March 23, 2015 and, if it does well, may open the door for future faith-based films by his ministry. Pastor Hagee recently spoke with The Dove Foundation by phone about the film.

Dove: Please tell us about your book, Four Blood Moons. It’s a best seller so obviously people are interested in apocalyptic and end-time events.

Pastor Hagee: “They certainly are. The world in which we live is upside down. You have Russia’s invasion, you have Iran threatening to produce a nuclear bomb, and they have promised to try to use it to wipe Israel off the map. Iran considers America a mortal enemy and their constitution calls for both the destruction of America and Israel. So, when you throw in the upside down moral standards of the world, and the economic crisis that is on the horizon, people are very, very concerned—about the direction the nation is going and what they can do about it.”

Dove: Did you want to make the film based on your book or did someone approach you to make the film?

Pastor Hagee: “After I wrote the book which sold over 700,000 copies, it was on the New York Times best-seller list 22 weeks, we said why not get this message out to a broader audience.  So my daughter Sandy, who is also my attorney and works for the ministry, said, why don’t we consider a movie and I said, ‘okay. I commission you to start investigating how that might happen.’ And so the idea was born and she carried the torch.”

Dove: When is the release date for the movie?

Four Blood MoonsPastor Hagee: “We’re going to have a one night showing on March 23, this coming Monday night. People can get informed on the theater near you and where it is showing by going to fourbloodmoonsmovie.com. If we have a good showing on this first night then there’s a strong possibility we could be able to bring it back for a week. But because I am not Steven Spielberg or one of the major producers in Hollywood– Hollywood is wanting to know does America want to see prophetic movies. Do they want to see Christian movies, and so we have this appearing in 700 theaters across the nation this coming Monday night.”

Pastor Hagee said if the movie comes back for one week and does well during that week that they will keep it going because Hollywood is “interested in, basically, a money-making project.”

Dove: Is there a message or theme you are trying to convey in the movie?

Pastor Hagee: “This is a movie that demonstrates the awesome power of God to communicate to the world with the sun, moon and stars that He has created. There has been a tetrad of moons. A tetrad is four consecutive blood moons. There has been a tetrad of four blood moons in 1492 and 93, and 1948 and in 1967.”

Hagee explained that in 1492 Spain, with King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, expelled the Jewish people. The Jewish people gave their maps and money to Christopher Columbus, trying to find a new homeland, and he then discovered America. In 1948 Israel acquired statehood. In 1967 Jerusalem was joined to Israel. “So you put those together and they have a trials and triumph scenario in each of the storylines. So we began with the trials of the Jewish people in the Spanish Inquisition, in which thousands of them were brought before a church tribunal and placed on trial and it was a very trying time for them.” Hagee went on to elaborate on the 1948 events following the Holocaust in which “six million people were systematically slaughtered by the Nazis. That was followed by statehood in 1948. In 1967 the trial was the Six-Day War.” He stated a tremendous amount of Jewish people were killed but Jerusalem was reunited with Israel. “So there has been a trial and triumph scenario. Now we have the four final blood moons as far as NASA can ascertain.” They began appearing in April of last year, 2014 and in October 2014.

“Now the next thing to happen is the solar eclipse, March 20. Then the final two blood moons will be April 4 of this year which is Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles which is Sept. 28.“ He added it is a scenario that only God could have put together. He states the dates for the Passover and Feast of Tabernacles were established centuries ago by God as recorded in the Bible. “And only God can cause the sun, the earth and the moon to get in an exact alignment so that the sun’s rays shines through the earth’s atmosphere to produce a red blood moon. God gets those in alignment on an exact day and an exact time and NASA said it is going to happen. This is not random chance or probability. It is the hand of God speaking to us through the sun, the moon, and the stars.”

Pastor Hagee said the film was completed in 11 months, a short time frame to produce a movie, an hour and a half docu-drama. Battle scenes from the aforementioned wars are included and he said it has been produced with “great quality.”

Dove: What are people saying who have already seen an early screening of the film?

Pastor Hagee: “Thumbs up, coast to coast. People are giving rave reviews.”

When asked about some people who would mix up astrology and astronomy Pastor Hagee mentioned that astrology is a false science, leading to a worship of the stars. Astronomy is “the study of the stars which is an exact science.” He added, “We don’t worship the stars, we believe in worshipping the Creator of the stars, which is the difference between astrology and astronomy.”

We encourage our Dove readers to go see Pastor Hagee’s Four Blood Moons on Monday, March 23. Pastor Hagee is an author and long-time pastor, the Senior Pastor at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. The subject matter is fascinating and it should be a great watch for Christians that want more Christian and prophetic films.


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CRYSTAL DOVE SEAL Award – Cast Your Vote Online! http://www.dove.org/crystal-dove-seal-award-cast-your-vote-online/ http://www.dove.org/crystal-dove-seal-award-cast-your-vote-online/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:12:55 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=62489 At a time when concepts like morality and ethics seem outdated, and black & white has devolved into “50 Shades …,” 2014 has actually been a banner year for faith and family movies. In preparing our list of the best DOVE APPROVED movie nominees for the CRYSTAL DOVE SEAL Award, we identified 58 qualified titles, […]

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At a time when concepts like morality and ethics seem outdated, and black & white has devolved into “50 Shades …,” 2014 has actually been a banner year for faith and family movies.

cdsnIn preparing our list of the best DOVE APPROVED movie nominees for the CRYSTAL DOVE SEAL Award, we identified 58 qualified titles, the most in any year since we first launched this voters’ choice award in 2007. (Click here for the complete list of nominees.)

It is also important to note that the number of religious-themed films are well represented this year. Nearly 30% (17 titles) represent Faith-Friendly and Faith-Based categories.

The nominees are broken down into 7 categories ACTION, ADVENTURE, ANIMATED, COMEDY, DOCUMENTARY, DRAMA, and MUSICAL. The winners in each category will receive the coveted CRYSTAL DOVE SEAL Award. Deadline for voting is March 20th, 2015.

The freedom to express our opinions by casting a vote is a critical right that should never be taken for granted. In this case your vote is important, because it sends a message to Hollywood and all filmmakers that you want more wholesome movies, like those endorsed by The Dove Foundation.

Other accolades like the Critics’ Choice Awards and the Golden Globes represent the collective opinion of each group’s members, most of whom are critics or pundits, not values-conscious consumers. The Academy Awards, Producers’ Guild, Writers’ Guild, and Screen Actors’ Guild Awards represent peers voting for peers tainted by a lot of behind-the-scenes bartering; hardly an objective group.

As a voter of the Best Dove Family Approved Movies of 2014, you  are joining with hundreds of thousands of people united by a set of common values, e.g., enthusiastic movie-goers who look for quality motion pictures that entertain without offending.

Major movie studios and independent filmmakers value the  CRYSTAL DOVE SEAL. Our job is to present your preferences to studio executives and producers. The result is that Hollywood will produce more movies that reflect your values.

Vote now and we will send you a copy of the results on April 1st . You will also be included in a special drawing for a set of Dove family approved DVDs.

The polls are now open – vote today! DEADLINE FOR ALL VOTING IS MARCH 20th

 

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Faith & Family Movie Scorecard http://www.dove.org/faith-family-movie-scorecard/ http://www.dove.org/faith-family-movie-scorecard/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 19:40:42 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=61923 With 2014 drawing to a close and Oscar season gearing up, it is a good time to reflect on what worked and what didn’t for the faith film market this year Early in the year things looked promising with four faith titles performing well: Son of God, Noah, Heaven is For Real, and God’s Not Dead all produced high grosses at the box office. […]

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From Allied Faith and Family Entertainment Report

From Allied Faith and Family Entertainment Report

With 2014 drawing to a close and Oscar season gearing up, it is a good time to reflect on what worked and what didn’t for the faith film market this year

Early in the year things looked promising with four faith titles performing well: Son of GodNoah, Heaven is For Real, and God’s Not Dead all produced high grosses at the box office. But not all of this year’s faith-based films would hit their mark. The IdenticalWhen the Game Stands Tall, Persecuted, and Mom’s Night Out were all low performers [in theaters]. Up against the fifty major studio movies released between the traditional April blockbuster season kick-off and Labor Day, it can be argued that these faith films never had a chance.

Ray Subers of BoxOfficeMojo.com points out in a recent report that while the biggest faith movies of 2014 had words like “God” or “heaven” in their titles, the faith-based films that performed poorly were not really about religion. This belies the common theory that in order to attract the greatest number of market demographics, film content should be as universal (or homogenized) as possible. Traditionally, the four most hotly pursued quadrants are young male, young female, adult male, and adult female.

A faith film does not have to earn Passion money ($611 million +) to be considered successful. Son of God returned $68 million on a $22 million budget. Heaven is For Real, based on the best-selling book of the same name, made $91 million on a $12 million budget, and God’s Not Dead earned $61 million on from a production budget of $2 million. This year’s big budget reimagining of Noah earned $101 million ($359 million globally) on a $125 million budget.

Clearly, the broad appeal of this year’s faith offerings suggests that the faith market has emerged as more than just a niche. Is Faith & Family the “fifth quadrant” or has it become an umbrella over the other four? Time will tell. And as last month’s Entertainment Report announced the launches of two new studio faith-based divisions at MGM and RelativityCinedigm has now entered into its own multi-year, multi-picture, first-look deal for original, cast-driven, family and faith-friendly films with Chesler/Perlmutter Productions. Together these events suggest that the wave of faith-based films we have been enjoying will continue into the foreseeable future.  – Allied Faith & Family

 

 

 

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A.D. Miniseries Airs on NBC beginning Easter Sunday http://www.dove.org/d-miniseries-airs-nbc-beginning-easter-sunday/ http://www.dove.org/d-miniseries-airs-nbc-beginning-easter-sunday/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 18:45:28 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=61919 Network television has become known for pushing the boundaries of decency by producing an increasing number of programs that offend people of faith and those who embrace traditional values. Celebrity Interviewer David Frost once said, “Television enables you to be entertained in your living room by people you would never invite into your home.” Mark […]

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A.D.

Mark Burnett and Roma Downey bring the rest of the story of Jesus to network television.

Network television has become known for pushing the boundaries of decency by producing an increasing number of programs that offend people of faith and those who embrace traditional values. Celebrity Interviewer David Frost once said, “Television enables you to be entertained in your living room by people you would never invite into your home.”

Mark Burnett along with his wife and production partner, Roma Downey have found the secret sauce by creating quality television programming that lifts the human spirit. Hit series like “Survivor,”  “Shark Tank,” and “The Voice” have become iconic programs for celebrating the good in today’s cultural landscape.

The couple’s upcoming NBC mini-series, “A.D.” brings the greatest story ever told to the television audience in a fresh and powerful way. Based on the script, we wholeheartedly endorse this insightful telling of the life of Jesus and His disciples after His death, burial and resurrection. “A.D.” is the perfect story that points to the true meaning of Easter.

Here is a link to A.D. on Facebook.

Editor’s Note: This mini-series has not been reviewed by The Dove Foundation.  We will publish our review as soon as it has been completed.

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Dove Helps Families Find Wholesome Film Fare http://www.dove.org/dove-helps-families-find-wholesome-film-fare/ http://www.dove.org/dove-helps-families-find-wholesome-film-fare/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:52:50 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=61855 Dove Helps Families Find Wholesome Film Fare 11/25/2014 – www.HollywoodInToto.com Scott Rolfe says an exchange his father had with Jack Valenti told him plenty about the Motion Picture Association of American ratings system then … and now. Valenti, then head of the MPAA, said his organization rates movies based on society’s changing values and mores. […]

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Dove Helps Families Find Wholesome Film Fare

11/25/2014 – www.HollywoodInToto.com

ScottRolfeScott Rolfe says an exchange his father had with Jack Valenti told him plenty about the Motion Picture Association of American ratings system then … and now.

Valenti, then head of the MPAA, said his organization rates movies based on society’s changing values and mores. That won’t surprise today’s parents who often find PG:13 movies teeming with inappropriate content.

It’s why The Dove Foundation lets parents and grandparents, not professional critics, write its reviews.

Read the Full Intereview

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Kirk Cameron Celebrates by Saving Christmas http://www.dove.org/kirk-cameron-celebrates-saving-christmas/ http://www.dove.org/kirk-cameron-celebrates-saving-christmas/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:13:57 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=61767 by Edwin L. Carpenter, Senior Film Reviewer Kirk Cameron, the well-known actor who first became famous years ago on the TV comedy series, Growing Pains, and has gone on to make big-time Christian films such as Fireproof  and Unstoppable, recently spoke with us about his latest release, Saving Christmas. It is scheduled to open November […]

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by Edwin L. Carpenter, Senior Film Reviewer

kirkheadshoKirk Cameron, the well-known actor who first became famous years ago on the TV comedy series, Growing Pains, and has gone on to make big-time Christian films such as Fireproof  and Unstoppable, recently spoke with us about his latest release, Saving Christmas. It is scheduled to open November 14, 2014.  It is a quality film and received a five out of five Dove rating from us in our review of the movie.

Dove: Thanks for doing quality work.

Kirk: “I so want America to come out and hear the gospel at Christmastime.  And I thought I could find a fresh, new set of glasses for people to put on their nose, when they look at Christmas trees, Santa Claus and the Nativity. “

Dove: We loved your teaching in the movie, even on the almond tree and its relevance to salvation and Christmas.

Kirk: “With a lot of people, they’re still so stuck in what they think they know about Christmas, with the paganism and all that kind of stuff, and they’re still so nervous about Santa Claus that they miss a lot of those details like the almond tree and the fact that God’s been giving gifts at the base of trees all throughout the Old Testament. You always hear about Abraham at the Oaks of Mamre, and the cedars of Lebanon. Why in the world is God putting these details in there? Jesus gets hung on a tree—we always talk about standing at the foot of the cross. You just go like ‘Wow!’ We’re missing a lot of the symbolism here that God’s just telling us over and over and over.”

Dove: The movie brings out some things that people had not heard before.

Kirk: “Yeah, and the idea that the first Adam stole fruit from God’s tree and was unable to put it back because it had become part of his body—Jesus hung on a tree, making us right with God. He was called the last Adam who reconciled us back to the One that Adam separated us from. I hope Christians grab onto that stuff—that they don’t just look past it.”

Kirk added he appreciated The Dove Foundation being on board with Saving Christmas because some organizations, as he put it, “have a cow over things that make no sense to me. So seeing you guys do that (stand with Him), I appreciate you.”

Dove: Some people want to split hairs over things.

Kirk: “Some people have a Phariseeical wedgie, after they watch the movie, over the toast at the end of the film.  The funny thing is that we’re Christians and while I understand Jesus made fantastic wine at the wedding of Cana, and that the entire New Covenant is symbolized by wine, we didn’t use any wine in the movie–all of that was Smart Nellie’s Sparkling Apple Cider and Welch’s Grape Juice that I use at my church for communion! Some people had a cow that we made a toast with apple cider, and thought that it looked too much like champagne.  The funny thing of it is–It wasn’t even champagne! There wasn’t a drop of alcohol in the place! (He chuckles and so did I). Thank you for seeing what the plan of the movie is. Thank you.”

Saving ChristmasDove: The release date is November 14, right?

Kirk: “Yes, November 14. The statistics we have show we have over a million views of the trailer, it’s just gone through the roof. It’s outperforming all of our expectations so we expect a wonderful turn-out. It’s coming to theaters for at least two weeks hopefully all the way through to Christmas and even to New Year’s. It’s just a great time of year.

Dove: Where did the idea to do this come from?

Kirk: “It really comes from my love for Christmas. It’s my favorite holiday–it’s my favorite time of year. I feel people are nicer–people are more friendly–people want to bring those less fortunate into their comfort and prosperity and help them. It’s just a great time of year, and I love everything from Bing Crosby singing ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’ to the trees and the cookies and singing the carols, and the stories of the Nativity. I’ve seen so many Christians influenced by those that want to suck the joy out of Christmas—from the atheists that want to pull down the manger scenes in the public square to what I like to call the legalistic religionists.  They they say pagans claim ownership to things like Christmas, the winter solstice, and using decorated trees as part of their celebrations. I mean, that is so ignorant. I think it’s often well intentioned, it’s people that really do want to honor Christ, but the problem is Eve listened to the serpent in a great argument, but it was wrong. She didn’t obey the word of God. A lot of well intentioned Christians are being deceived by pagans who claim ownership to things that God made and they choose to see everything through those lenses rather than the lens God gave us, which is, that the earth is the Lord’s and all that it contains.”

Dove: That’s some great preaching, Kirk. Isn’t it about grace and liberty, really?

Kirk: “Yeah, it’s about grace and liberty and it’s about the fact that Christ is Lord over all. Pagans couldn’t even make these arguments if God didn’t create them and allow them to wander into their paganism without snuffing out their life. Pagans should have nothing but gratitude to the God of the Bible because they owe Him everything.”

When listening to Kirk talk about Christmas and the joy he derives from it, one can understand why he opens the film sitting at a fireplace with decorations all around, and talks about his love for Christmas while enjoying such things as drinking hot chocolate. It all revolves around his love for the birth of the Savior and he delights in celebrating it. His new film, Saving Christmas, does just that and is, in our opinion, a must see film for the Christmas season.

Read our Dove Review of Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas

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Introducing Dove Theater and The Dove Channel! http://www.dove.org/introducing-dove-theater-dove-channel/ http://www.dove.org/introducing-dove-theater-dove-channel/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:17:51 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=61458 For 24 years The Dove Foundation’s mission has been to encourage and promote the creation, production, distribution and consumption of wholesome family entertainment.  In that time, the Dove Seal has become the most highly recognizable and sought after brand by producers and distributors who want to make this type of values based entertainment for families.  […]

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Dove SealFor 24 years The Dove Foundation’s mission has been to encourage and promote the creation, production, distribution and consumption of wholesome family entertainment.  In that time, the Dove Seal has become the most highly recognizable and sought after brand by producers and distributors who want to make this type of values based entertainment for families.  The Dove Seal is proudly featured on thousands of pieces of product at retailers across America helping consumers everywhere find the entertainment that is right for them.  Recently we decided to partner with digital distribution platforms in an effort to stay current with the changing habits of families who are quickly shifting their focus to these new hi-tech viewing methods.  Now, we are pleased to announce two new initiatives that will insure you can still find Dove Approved content wherever and whenever you want.

Introducing Dove Theater and The Dove Channel!

Dove Theater works on a PPT (pay per transaction) model that allows families to rent, purchase or own Dove Approved movies and documentaries on their computers, tablets and mobile devices.  One of the exciting things about Dove Theater is that you, the consumer, can not only view this content, but you can finally help move Hollywood in a more family friendly direction by sharing this content with others.   Dove Theater works through a revolutionary new distributable embed code similar to a YouTube clip.  By singing up as an affiliate, you can earn generous commissions many times greater than previously allowed when you post these embed codes on your website, blog or social media platforms.

The Dove Channel (coming in the first quarter of 2015) is a subscription service that allows families to have access to only Dove Approved movies, short form kid vid, documentaries and episodic television series for a small monthly fee.  Since each of the presentations has been awarded our Dove Seal, you can be sure that members of your family will only be exposed to content that has been pre-screened by The Dove Foundation’s experienced review team of parents and grandparents.  The Dove Channel will be available on Roku, X-Box, Playstation, iTunes, iPad and iPhone devices.  New programming is also coming to this channel giving our subscribers access to original content that upholds their values.

However you want your entertainment, whether at retail, by the stream or on a subscription basis, you can be sure that The Dove Foundation will be right there with you.  Our role will continue to be that of an advisor to your family, helping you find the entertainment you desire in the places and on the devices you choose.

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Cinedigm Signs Multi-Picture First Look Deal with Chesler/Perlmutter Productions http://www.dove.org/cinedigm-signs-multi-picture-first-look-deal-cheslerperlmutter-productions/ http://www.dove.org/cinedigm-signs-multi-picture-first-look-deal-cheslerperlmutter-productions/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:18:22 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=61175 This multi-year deal will involve at least four pictures per year September 30, 2014 05:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE) Cinedigm Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM) and Chesler/Perlmutter Productions announced today they have entered into a multi-year, multi-picture, first look deal for original, cast-driven, family and faith-friendly films. The deal provides for no less than […]

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This multi-year deal will involve at least four pictures per year
September 30, 2014 05:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)

Cinedigm Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM) and Chesler/Perlmutter Productions announced today they have entered into a multi-year, multi-picture, first look deal for original, cast-driven, family and faith-friendly films. The deal provides for no less than four films per year. Additionally, Cinedigm has acquired the distribution rights to more than 24 back catalog titles from the Chesler/Perlmutter library. Cinedigm will have all US rights to the films, including digital, video-on-demand, and physical home entertainment.

“Cinedigm’s unique vision and powerful distribution team support our focus: bringing high quality family-friendly material to all platforms.”
Chesler/Perlmutter has established itself in North American and global film markets as one of the premier independent family film production companies, with expanding content development, production, and distribution capabilities.

“This deal represents a major expansion of the exhibition/distribution networks we have been building,” remarked Lewis Chesler and David Perlmutter, Co-Chairmen of Chesler/Perlmutter. “Cinedigm’s unique vision and powerful distribution team support our focus: bringing high quality family-friendly material to all platforms.”

The deal provides Cinedigm with a pipeline of high quality, marketable films with well-known stars for its digital and physical retail platform partners, as well as a consistent flow of content to enhance Cinedigm’s growing direct-to-consumer digital network business. In particular, the Chesler/Perlmutter titles will feed Cinedigm’s Dove Foundation branded family and faith-based channel. To date, Cinedigm has announced plans for ConTV, the Comic Con branded digital channel, and has launched a documentary channel called Docurama.

“Chesler Perlmutter is synonymous with high quality family-friendly entertainment,” said Bill Sondheim, President of Cinedigm Entertainment. “This deal will uniquely address our existing businesses like DVD and VOD while also supporting our emerging distribution strategies with digital channels like The Dove Channel.”

ABOUT CINEDIGM:

Cinedigm is a leading independent content distributor in the United States, with direct relationships with over 60,000 physical retail storefronts and digital platforms, including Wal-Mart, Target, iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, as well as the national Video on Demand platform on cable television. The company’s library of over 52,000 films and TV episodes encompasses award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen Indies from Flatiron Film Company®, acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Films and a wide range of content from brand name suppliers, including National Geographic, Discovery, Scholastic, WWE, NFL, Shout Factory, Hallmark, Jim Henson and more.

Cinedigm™ and Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp™ are trademarks of Cinedigm Corp. www.cinedigm.com. [CIDM-G]

ABOUT CHESLER/PERLMUTTER PRODUCTIONS:

Chesler/Perlmutter Productions Inc. is a North American production company with global reach, focused on developing, producing, and distributing television movies for US, Canadian, and International broadcasters; as well as theatrical movies for national and international distribution.

Chesler/Perlmutter produces film and television content for major US and Canadian distributors, such as Sony, MGM, and Disney, and broadcasters, including HBO, CBS, NBC, UPN, USA, Hallmark, Lifetime, SyFy, CTV, CBC, Shaw, BBC, Canal+, RAI, TF1, Mediaset, and ProSieben. Chesler/Perlmutter Productions licenses content directly to US, Canadian, and International broadcasters.

The Chesler/Perlmutter vision is to produce a constant supply of excellent family films that meet the high and growing demand for family content with quality productions and promotable casts.

Contacts

Cinedigm Corporate Media Contact:
MBC
Maggie Begley
O) 310-390-0101
M) 310-749-3055
maggie@mbcprinc.com
or
Chesler/Perlmutter Productions Media Contact:
Jessica Reis
O) 416-927-0016 Ext. 230
jessicareis@chesperl.com

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What’s Faster than a DVD? A Premiere on Dove Theater http://www.dove.org/whats-faster-dvd-premiere-dove-theater/ http://www.dove.org/whats-faster-dvd-premiere-dove-theater/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:21:04 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=61058 FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT . . . ALL AT ONCE The Dove Foundation™ and Skipstone Pictures Announce First-Ever Day-and-Date Premiere on Dove Theater LOS ANGELES, Calif—Sep. 8, 2014—The Dove Foundation, a nonprofit entertainment organization serving the faith-and-family audience, and SKIPSTONE PICTURES, announce the Sept. 9 same-date release of the Dove-approved film, LIKE A COUNTRY SONG, on DVD […]

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FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT . . . ALL AT ONCE
The Dove Foundation™ and Skipstone Pictures Announce
First-Ever Day-and-Date Premiere on Dove Theater

LOS ANGELES, Calif—Sep. 8, 2014—The Dove Foundation, a nonprofit entertainment organization serving the faith-and-family audience, and SKIPSTONE PICTURES, announce the Sept. 9 same-date release of the Dove-approved film, LIKE A COUNTRY SONG, on DVD and in the online DOVE THEATER at www.dove.org/dove-theater.

DoveTheaterThe DOVE THEATER is a revolutionary new digital platform powered by YEKRA, a technology company whose unique digital film-distribution model uses a portable player easily embedded into any website. This advanced service offers streaming VOD and download (UltraViolet); its in-theater store also offers DVDs, Blu-rays and other merchandise. Affiliates may sign up, load a simple player on their website or blog, and receive a percentage of every sale.

“Dove gets my film to the heart of the faith-and-family audience,” Johnny Remo, the film’s writer/director said. “LIKE A COUNTRY SONG premieres in the DOVE THEATER for digital download on the same date as the DVD release, giving our audience the widest possible reach on the film’s opening day. We love moving to the cutting edge.”

“Johnny Remo is a successful producer in a booming niche,” Dove COO Scott Rolfe said. “The same-date premiere ensures we give our audience top choices as they happen. LIKE A COUNTRY SONG—one of the best yet—earned 5 out of 5 Doves.”

The DOVE THEATER is a natural progression in The Dove Foundation’s growth. For 24 years, the Dove Seal and Dove reviews have guided families who care about entertainment they can enjoy together. Filmmakers also look for Dove’s endorsement when they want to reach out to the faith-and-family audience.

ABOUT THE DOVE FOUNDATION
The Dove FoundationTM  (http://www.dove.org), a non-profit founded in 1991, encourages the entertainment industry to create, produce and distribute more movies that are appropriate for family viewing. Dove also helps consumers identify family friendly movies and empowers them to make wise entertainment choices.

ABOUT SKIPSTONE PICTURES
Founded in 2007 by Johnny Remo, SkipStone Pictures (http://www.SkipStonePictures.com), a division of Inspired Family Entertainment, is a motion picture production company that specializes in producing, marketing, and distributing high quality, story-driven, message films and television programming for a broad range of audiences. SkipStone Pictures continues to strive to be a leader and has proven so with the success of their movies, “A Letter to Dad,” “Cutback,” “Hardflip,” and new release, “Like a Country Song.”

ABOUT RISEN MEDIA
Risen Media, LLC, co-funded Like a Country Song and is committed to distributing and producing quality faith-based and family-friendly movies, books, magazines and other media to infuse a positive message in our culture. Risen Media promotes the vision of Faith, Hope and Love not only to inhabit mainstream media, but also to thrive in it to sustain our culture. For more info, visit http://risenmedia.com

ABOUT YEKRA
YEKRA (http://www.yekra.com) is a revolutionary digital distribution and marketing company that uses a unique portable technology to better connect the filmmaker with the audience. The Los Angeles-based company assists studios, distributors, and independent filmmakers to expand their reach by opening up new channels to audiences worldwide.

CONTACT:
Monique Sondag 214-536-4319
Monique@Lovell-Fairchild.com

© 2014 Lovell-Fairchild Communications. All rights reserved.

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From Approval to Access: Dove Enters the Digital Arena http://www.dove.org/approval-access-dove-enters-digital-arena/ http://www.dove.org/approval-access-dove-enters-digital-arena/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:09:25 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=61031 by Dick Rolfe, CEO – The Dove Foundation If you’ve been keeping up with the evolution in home entertainment and watched it transition from DVD’s and Blu-ray discs to digital delivery, you may already be using one or more of the new services. In the 90’s you could rent a movie for a few bucks […]

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by Dick Rolfe, CEO – The Dove Foundation

Dick Rolfe, CEO - The Dove FoundationIf you’ve been keeping up with the evolution in home entertainment and watched it transition from DVD’s and Blu-ray discs to digital delivery, you may already be using one or more of the new services.

In the 90’s you could rent a movie for a few bucks a night.  In the years that followed, rentals were replaced by purchase-only DVD’s, leaving kiosks like Redbox and Video On Demand (VOD) services from the cable and satellite companies as the only movie rental options.

Now that the Internet has reached lightning speeds, full-length HD movies can be delivered direct to any web-connected device – computer, smart phone, or tablet. This paved the way for streaming VOD where you can rent a single movie online, or subscription services (SVOD) where you pay a monthly fee and watch as many programs as you wish.

Streaming VOD is available over the Internet from services like iTunes, Amazon basic, Hulu basic, and Vudu. Of the subscription streaming services, Netflix is the frontrunner, followed by Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime Instant Video.

The number of services to choose from is multiplied by the number of program choices available on each of these services. This is further complicated by the lack of segmentation or security available to those of us who would like to choose from a wide selection of movies that reflect our values.

For over two decades, The Dove Foundation has focused on locating and endorsing movies that reflect family values, and providing online reviews so families can make informed choices before plunking down good money for a movie ticket or a DVD purchase.

After many months of research and planning, Dove is embracing this new digital technology. In addition to recommending movies for the faith and family audience, we will begin providing access to many of them.  We’ve partnered with two top notch technology companies that are building systems to provide a safe “walled garden” of family-approved and faith-friendly movies from which you can choose.

Dove TheaterThe DOVE THEATER, a family-friendly VOD service is now available on the Dove website (www.dove.org).  We offer downloads of a growing list of Dove-approved titles for your enjoyment. More titles will be added to the site every week.

If you have a blog or personal website, you can add the DOVE THEATER plug-in by becoming an Affiliate and earn a liberal commission for each purchase. Filmmakers can submit their Dove-approved titles to be added to the DOVE THEATER as well.

The second option is a subscription service called the DOVE MOVIE CHANNEL. It will be available in early 2015. This service is similar to Netflix. However, it will offer a wide selection of only Dove-approved movies. The DOVE MOVIE CHANNEL will be available for steaming on the Web, and many of the popular digital services such as Roku, XBox, Smart TV, iTunes, etc.  Watch for updates in future issues of Hollywood Uplink and on our website.

The winner in all of this is you, the person who cares about what types of movies you and your family members expose yourselves to. Making wise entertainment choices is not easy. Hopefully, the DOVE THEATER and DOVE MOVIE CHANNEL will make your life a little better.

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Yekra’s Embeddable Movie Player Gains Blockbuster Titles http://www.dove.org/yekras-embeddable-movie-player-gains-blockbuster-titles/ http://www.dove.org/yekras-embeddable-movie-player-gains-blockbuster-titles/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:40:48 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=60995 Yekra’s Embeddable Movie Player Gains Blockbuster Titles LA Times August 28, 2014 By Paresh Dave Like many aspiring producers, Lee Waterworth learned quickly that getting movies into theaters and then getting people to go to screenings is tough.His idea to make it easier: A digital theater that can be embedded onto any website. On Thursday, […]

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Yekra’s Embeddable Movie Player Gains Blockbuster Titles

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August 28, 2014
By Paresh Dave

Like many aspiring producers, Lee Waterworth learned quickly that getting movies into theaters and then getting people to go to screenings is tough.His idea to make it easier: A digital theater that can be embedded onto any website. On Thursday, Waterworth’s start-up Yekra announced that it’s improving the player and adding to its library a series of major films, from studios such as Warner Bros. Pictures…

To show people what’s possible with Yekra Theater, the company also unveiled Thursday a partnership with the Dove Foundation, a nonprofit that rates films on their family- and faith-friendliness. Dove plans to regularly curate a theater of approved films and share it with a network of 80,000 [subscribers], Waterworth said.

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by Edwin L. Carpenter, Senior Reviewer – The Dove Foundation

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Mark Knudsen and his son, Daniel, recently teamed up to make “Creed of Gold”, a Dove “Family-Approved” movie. Mark wrote the script and helped with on-set support while Daniel directed the film.  Both father and son spoke with us recently by phone.

Dove: How did you become involved in filmmaking and how did the idea originate to make Creed of Gold?

Mark: “It goes back probably ten years ago. It was actually Dan that came to me and he was still kind of a young guy and said, ‘You know, we have Christian music and we have Christian politicians but really, we don’t have that much Christian media out there. That made me start looking around and thinking about it and doing some research and what we found out is that the average child watches 20,000 hours of media by the time they graduate from high school. To put that in perspective, on average, they spend 11,000 hours in school, 2,000 with parents and only 800 hours in church (if they go an hour a week).”

Mark went on to relate that he and Daniel realized that a lot of Jesus’ teaching centered on parables and stories.

“So that made us start to get a vision,” said Mark, “for what could be done in this industry.” He said they stepped out in faith and made corporate videos and worked toward getting up to a filmmaking level.  Due to the economic hardship of the past few years they decided to examine money and its effect on families and they came up with the plot for the movie. “After a lot of rewrites we came up with the film script for Creed of Gold.”

Dove: Daniel, how did you go about casting?

cogDaniel: “The casting for Creed of Gold was a fun project; it was also a difficult one because we had a lot of great talented people audition for some of these roles. Our principal photography took place in Indianapolis, Indiana. We went out into the local community to find the talent that was already there. We wound up bringing in some other talent as well. We held auditions at a local Christian college called Verity Institute in Indianapolis and we had some connections with that school. They played a key role in helping us accommodate cast and crew. That’s how some of the lead actors were connected to Creed of Gold, through that school.” Daniel added that they used social media too for the casting project such as Facebook and Twitter.

Dove: What were some of the challenges in getting the movie completed?

Daniel: “The first challenge I would like to talk about is that of finding locations. With Creed of Gold the story follows a number of wealthy bankers so for us it was important that we had the proper production design and locations to match the scope of this narrative. So we had some location scouts that went out and they did a great job of finding some rich, ornate locations. And actually about half of these locations that we filmed at were registered historical landmarks and some were difficult to gain access to but God opened up some really neat locations that looked outstanding through the lens and great on the screen.”

Dove: “What were some of your participation efforts in the film, Mark?”

Mark: “I’m a pilot for Delta Airlines by trade and so I was able to take my vacation during the principal photography. I was there on set early mornings and late at night. I don’t really have that much film experience, Dan’s the one that went to film school and there were a lot of other people involved that had experience that really helped out. Other than that my big role was to write the script. I was a principal writer although the story wasn’t all mine, my daughter Kathleen was just brilliant in figuring out how the plot should go. So I would write and she would look at it, and Dan also, and some others were involved in looking at it and would say, ‘this part of the story doesn’t really sound like something a Christian would do’ and we would say, ‘Well, hang on, we want to make sure we send a very clear message’”.  It was their goal to reach a Christian audience and yet one which would reach a larger cross section and would be a family-friendly film. Daniel added that they have seen a lot of good character-driven films but hope to be unique in making some strong plot-driven movies.

Daniel’s background includes film school at Washtenaw Community College in Michigan and he said they have a wonderful program, having recently revamped their digital media arts department. Daniel finished his education at Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey and felt his overall technical education was strong. He regrets his education didn’t include classes on the business side of filmmaking which he believes would have been very helpful in making his first film.

Mark added that many big studios often spend half their budget on marketing and advertising while an independent filmmaker often spends the entire budget on the movie and hopes to find distribution funds afterwards.

Dove: We imagine you are getting some good feedback about this movie?

Daniel: “Yeah, we’re definitely getting some positive feedback. We’re really excited.” Although the movie hasn’t been released yet Daniel said some influential people have given them nice praise regarding the film.  Mark added that their mission at Crystal Creek Media is to produce films with redemptive messages and to help other filmmakers do the same thing.

This father and son filmmaking duo are well on their way to reaching this mission. Below is a link to their wonderful movie, Creed of Gold.


Read Dove’s Review of “Creed of Gold”

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Faith-Based Movie for Millennials Drawing Global, Tech-Savvy Audience http://www.dove.org/faith-based-movie-millennials-drawing-global-tech-savvy-audience/ http://www.dove.org/faith-based-movie-millennials-drawing-global-tech-savvy-audience/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:01:43 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=60868 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Matthew Faraci Office: (919) 645-0771 Email: press@faithdrivenentertainment.com   HOLY GHOST-the #1 most-funded, faith-based Kickstarter film in history-releases results of exclusive Advance Premiere designed to test new consumer-driven distribution model in which a film’s success hinges on its fans from start to finish; upcoming World Premiere Experience is September 6th Chicago, IL, […]

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Contact: Matthew Faraci
Office: (919) 645-0771
Email: press@faithdrivenentertainment.com

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HOLY GHOST-the #1 most-funded, faith-based Kickstarter film in history-releases results of exclusive Advance Premiere designed to test new consumer-driven distribution model in which a film’s success hinges on its fans from start to finish; upcoming World Premiere Experience is September 6th

Chicago, IL, Aug 21, 2014 /Christian News Service/ — Wanderlust Productions-the independent film studio behind the cult hit trilogy FINGER OF GOD, FURIOUS LOVE and FATHER OF LIGHTS-is poised to disrupt the entertainment industry’s long-established business model on September 6th with the 48-hour world premiere of its dynamic documentary film, HOLY GHOST. Fueled by more than 2,500 consumer-investors who surged to support Director Darren Wilson’s Kickstarter campaign, HOLY GHOST raised a record-breaking $360,000 in just 45 days to become the #1 most-funded, faith-based film in Kickstarter history.

By deploying a new consumer-driven strategy that will fundamentally change the way entertainment is distributed, Wanderlust Productions is banking on technology-savvy Millennials to drive the demand for-and the success of-HOLY GHOST.

“HOLY GHOST is a film without boundaries, we shot it without a script or a plan. It’s a film about the freedom and unexpected adventure that comes with a life led by the Spirit of God. This fresh vision-a stark contrast to the traditional understanding of the church-is strongly resonating with young people,” said Darren Wilson, director of HOLY GHOST. “As we travel the world with HOLY GHOST in places like the U.K. and Australia, thousands of Millennials have flooded to our screenings and told us the film has changed their lives. They are the enthusiastic audience behind our success, and an underserved segment in the booming faith-based entertainment market.”

Earlier in August, Wanderlust Productions offered select fans an exclusive, paid Advance Premiere of HOLY GHOST just weeks before the free global release. The data from the pre-screening-using the new online video platform VHX-indicates the following:

    • More than 21,000 people paid to see HOLY GHOST four weeks early.
    • Nearly 72% of Advance Premiere purchases came from social media.
    • Nearly half of viewers used mobile devices-such as an iPhone, iPad or Android device-to watch HOLY GHOST.
    • A significant percentage of Advance Premier participants watched HOLY GHOST more than once.
    • 45% of viewers-nearly half-were from outside the United States.

Rather than pursuing a traditional theatrical or direct-to-home entertainment release, Wanderlust Productions is staging a one-time, World Premiere Experience on September 6th during which fans from all over the world will have the opportunity to view HOLY GHOST directly on any digital device, free of charge. Wanderlust believes that the one-time, 48-hour event will attract viewers from all over the world, drive subsequent VOD and DVD purchases, and result in strong profitability for the project. This will enable instant reinvestment in the next project, due out in the fall of 2015.

To learn more about HOLY GHOST and view the trailer, Read the Dove Review

About Wanderlust Productions  Wanderlust Productions was founded by Darren Wilson in 2006 when he began work on what would become his first feature length film, FINGER OF GOD. The company currently concentrates on creating feature films that are both creatively exciting and spiritually engaging. 

Source: Faith Driven Entertainment

 

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Cinedigm Stoked About ‘God’s Not Dead’ Disc Sales http://www.dove.org/cinedigm-stoked-gods-dead-disc-sales/ http://www.dove.org/cinedigm-stoked-gods-dead-disc-sales/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:41:54 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=60677 Cinedigm Stoked About ‘God’s Not Dead’ Disc Sales 12 Aug, 2014 By: John Latchem Cinedigm Entertainment is touting a heavenly reception at retail for the home entertainment release of God’s Not Dead. Cinedigm president Bill Sondheim reported that first-week Blu-ray and DVD sellthrough of the faith-based title exceeded 50%, equating to about 300,000 units sold. The Pure Flix […]

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Cinedigm Stoked About ‘God’s Not Dead’ Disc Sales

12 Aug, 2014
By: John Latchem

gndCinedigm Entertainment is touting a heavenly reception at retail for the home entertainment release of God’s Not Dead. Cinedigm president Bill Sondheim reported that first-week Blu-ray and DVD sellthrough of the faith-based title exceeded 50%, equating to about 300,000 units sold.

The Pure Flix film, which was released on disc Aug. 5, earned $60.8 million at the U.S. box office on a budget of $2 million.

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U.S. Home Entertainment Spending Flat in First Half of 2014 http://www.dove.org/u-s-home-entertainment-spending-flat-first-half-2014/ http://www.dove.org/u-s-home-entertainment-spending-flat-first-half-2014/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:43:46 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=60629  U.S. Home Entertainment Spending Flat in First Half of 2014 AUGUST 5, 2014 | 08:30AM PT Thomas K. Arnold Editorial Director, Home Media Magazine U.S. consumer spending in the first half of the year was essentially flat with last year, but the shift toward digital distribution is becoming increasingly pronounced. Numbers released this morning by […]

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 U.S. Home Entertainment Spending Flat in First Half of 2014

AUGUST 5, 2014 | 08:30AM PT
Thomas K. Arnold
Editorial Director, Home Media Magazine

U.S. consumer spending in the first half of the year was essentially flat with last year, but the shift toward digital distribution is becoming increasingly pronounced.

Numbers released this morning by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group show a robust second quarter, in which total consumer spending on home entertainment rose 2%, making up virtually the entire 3.2% deficit from the first quarter. Total home entertainment spending for the first six months of 2014 came in at an estimated $8.58 billion, down less than 1% from the $8.65 billion consumers spent in the first half of 2013.

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Movies Influenced by Social Media http://www.dove.org/movies-influenced-social-media/ http://www.dove.org/movies-influenced-social-media/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:31:17 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=59517 by Dick Rolfe, CEO It’s no secret that Social Media sites are flourishing. They have taken “word of mouth” communicating to a new level. These platforms glean mountains of personal information from our postings and pictures that enables them to gather like-minded people into what researchers call, “interest groups”. The terms vary from “friends” on […]

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by Dick Rolfe, CEO

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It’s no secret that Social Media sites are flourishing. They have taken “word of mouth” communicating to a new level. These platforms glean mountains of personal information from our postings and pictures that enables them to gather like-minded people into what researchers call, “interest groups”. The terms vary from “friends” on Facebook, to “followers” on Twitter or “circles” on Google+.

Consumer product manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to reach their customers as efficiently as possible with messages tailored to their specific needs and preferences. Before social media was on the scene, locating various interest groups was a tedious and costly process. Studies grouped people into three categories to identify similarities; geographics (location), demographics (income and lifestyle) and finally the most valuable but illusive category, psychographics (how people think).

Today, Social Media has simplified the process by monitoring interests and moods of its members in real time. Singing reality show, American Idol traditionally relied on 800 number voting by phone, an outmoded method that has been updated by The Voice, which uses Twitter and iTunes downloads to rank contestants’ popularity. Newcomer, Rising Star provides a mobile app so the public can vote, in real time during a live performance, to determine whether an artist stays for the next round or goes home.

And the science is becoming more sophisticated day by day. Researchers can decipher very detailed and even intimate information about each of us who posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, etc. They lump us into interest groups by the type of food we like, the restaurants we frequent, our religious and political beliefs, down to our favorite brands of clothing and deodorant, and how we feel about a recent TV show or movie we watched.

This is where the entertainment industry comes in. Studio execs are eagerly seeking ways identify interest groups so they can deliver movies that match the psychographic profiles of each group. It seems a bit surreal and “big brother-ish” at first. But, there’s actually a silver lining to this somewhat mysterious cloud.

For over two decades The Dove Foundation has been advocating for a very special interest group; like-minded people who embrace traditional values. They are consumers of faith and family entertainment. Statistically, this is the largest single “interest group” in American society.

Social Media provides us with the vehicle to express our approval or disapproval virally to our Friends, and Followers, and Circles. If filmmakers want to serve us they must make more entertaining movies that are not “spiced up” with gratuitous sex, violence, profanity, nudity and drunkenness’– movies that bear the Dove Seal of Approval.

A Social Media expert told me, the number of “shares” a movie receives on Facebook projects how it will perform at the box office. Here’s how you can influence Hollywood and vote for your favorite film using social media.

  1. Go to The Dove Foundation’s Facebook Page www.facebook.com/dovefoundation
  2. Look up the movie you wish to endorse.
  3. “Share” that posting with your friends. (“Likes” do not get included the research data.)

Social Media has given us a powerful tool to express ourselves and be counted. We can now speak to Hollywood with a single voice!

Soon, I will have an exciting announcement that will give you an even greater way to cast your vote for Dove family-approved and faith-friendly movies.

Stay tuned!

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Coming to a TV Near You: Dove Movie Channel


(How to Train Your Dragon 2 received 5 Dove seals and could potentially be featured on the new Dove Channel.)

Founded in 1991, the nonprofit organization Dove Foundation as been dedicated to encouraging Hollywood to create family-friendly products. Movies and books are regularly screened by Dove and only those that are more or less “safe” for the family earn the coveted Dove seal of approval.

Just last month, it was announced that Dove would begin a partnership with Cinedigm to provide an over-the-top (OTT) digital subscription streaming service which will be widely accessible to consumers via the web, set top boxes, gaming consoles, and connected TVs.

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Cinedigm and The Dove Foundation Partner to Launch DOVE MOVIE CHANNEL an Over-the-Top Digital Subscription Streaming Service http://www.dove.org/cinedigm-dove-foundation-partner-launch-dove-movie-channeltm-top-digital-subscription-streaming-service/ http://www.dove.org/cinedigm-dove-foundation-partner-launch-dove-movie-channeltm-top-digital-subscription-streaming-service/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:08:02 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=59312                          The family-friendly service will be widely accessible to consumers via the web, set top boxes, gaming consoles, and connected TVs. Los Angeles, CA, June 19, 2014 – Cinedigm Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM) announced today it has partnered with The Dove Foundation, known for its signature blue and white Dove Seal of approval on family-friendly movies, […]

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The family-friendly service will be widely accessible to consumers via the web, set top boxes, gaming consoles, and connected TVs.

Los Angeles, CA, June 19, 2014 – Cinedigm Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM) announced today it has partnered with The Dove Foundation, known for its signature blue and white Dove Seal of approval on family-friendly movies, to launch a direct-to-consumer over-the-top (OTT) digital streaming subscription service targeted to families and kids seeking high quality and family friendly content approved by Dove. The announcement was made today by Cinedigm Chairman and CEO Chris McGurk and Dove Foundation co-founder and CEO Dick Rolfe.

Dove Movie Channel™ streaming service will feature Cinedigm’s vast library of family-friendly, faith and kids’ content, as well as acquired content and original programming. Today, millions of families rely on The Dove Foundation’s ratings system, which has the participation of all major studios and hundreds of independent distributors and producers. Dove’s research has shown that their endorsed films are three times more profitable than non-endorsed films. All content released on the channel will meet the stringent guidelines of the Dove Seal in order to be programmed on the service.

“Once entertainment content shifted to digital platforms, we began seeking a partner to provide instant access to Dove-approved faith and family movies and television series,” said Dove co-founder and CEO, Dick Rolfe.  “Cinedigm is the ideal partner, perfectly suited to provide a robust inventory of Dove-approved content coupled with the latest digital technology available on multiple platforms.”

“We are excited to partner with The Dove Foundation to meet the acute need for an over the top subscription service providing pre-screened, curated and wholesome family-friendly content,” said Chris McGurk, Chairman and CEO of Cinedigm.  “The Dove Foundation offers families the highest degree of confidence that they will be viewing only appropriate entertainment from a source they can trust.”

Cinedigm is a leader in the quickly evolving digital entertainment ecosystem as it leverages its infrastructure, technology, content and distribution expertise to launch a series of branded digital channels over the next 18 months.  Cinedigm’s first digital channel, DOCURAMA, is currently available on over 165 million consumer devices including Roku, Xbox and Samsung, with additional platforms currently being rolled out.  This fall, Cinedigm is launching the Comic Con-themed digital network ‘ConTV in partnership with WIZARD WORLD, the largest operator of Comic Con events in North America.

ABOUT CINEDIGM

Cinedigm is one of the leading independent content distributor in the United States, with direct relationships with over 60,000 physical stores and digital retailers, including Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Target, iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, as well as the national Video On Demand platform on cable television.  The company’s library of over 52,000 titles and episodes encompasses award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen Indies from Flatiron Film Company®, acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Films and a wide range of content from brand name suppliers, including National Geographic, Discovery, Scholastic, WWE, NFL, Shout Factory, Hallmark, Jim Henson and more.

Cinedigm™ and Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp™ are trademarks of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp www.cinedigm.com. [CIDM-G]

ABOUT THE DOVE FOUNDATION

The Dove Foundation™ (www.dove.org) founded in 1991, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging the entertainment industry to create, produce and distribute a greater proportion of movies that are appropriate for family viewing; and to seeing the public better equipped to identify family-friendly movies and more deeply committed to support them.  Hundreds of thousands of visitors each month rely on www.dove.org for up-to-date reviews of movies, DVDs and books.

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New Producers Flooding Indie TV With Faith and Family Friendly Fare http://www.dove.org/new-producers-flooding-indie-tv-faith-family-friendly-fare/ http://www.dove.org/new-producers-flooding-indie-tv-faith-family-friendly-fare/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:34:54 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=59263 New Producers Flooding Indie TV With Faith and Family Friendly Fare by Cynthia Littleton Editor-in-chief: TV@Variety_Cynthia Just when it seems that the world’s largest media congloms are tightening their grip on the airwaves, an independent TV production boom has erupted in the nation’s heartland. In Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Louisiana, Michigan and other states, a new breed of […]

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New Producers Flooding Indie TV
With Faith and Family Friendly Fare

by Cynthia Littleton
Editor-in-chief: TV@Variety_Cynthia

Just when it seems that the world’s largest media congloms are tightening their grip on the airwaves, an independent TV production boom has erupted in the nation’s heartland.

In Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Louisiana, Michigan and other states, a new breed of low-budget telepic and series producers is responding to the spike in demand for family- and faith-friendly content from a clutch of growing cable and digital multicast channels.

Indie outfits such as Up, Magic Johnson’s Aspire, INSP, TV One, Bounce TV and BYUtv as well as OWN, BET, Hallmark Channel, Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network are all in need of a steady supply of fresh programming, particularly made-fors. That has helped create an ecosystem for producers working well outside traditional showbiz entities to deliver productions with unabashedly feel-good themes and inspirational stories.

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What is The Dove Foundation and Why Should I Care? http://www.dove.org/dove-foundation-care/ http://www.dove.org/dove-foundation-care/#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 17:13:26 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=58866 by Dick Rolfe, CEO Those were the words that greeted me when I first met the president of worldwide distribution for a major Hollywood film studio. His frank approach set me back at first. Then I realized that this person was very busy and he wanted to get to the bottom line. He had the […]

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Dick Rolfe, CEOby Dick Rolfe, CEO

Those were the words that greeted me when I first met the president of worldwide distribution for a major Hollywood film studio.

His frank approach set me back at first. Then I realized that this person was very busy and he wanted to get to the bottom line. He had the right to know whether the next half hour would be wasted or well spent. I’m pleased to report that this executive soon became a believer in the value of Dove and we have formed a great partnership with the studio ever since. We have favored relationships with senior executives at many of the major studios and hundreds of top-level filmmakers.

Now, my task is to convince you that your time will be well spent reading the next few paragraphs.

So, what is the Dove Foundation? Twenty-four years ago, I joined a group of parents who were concerned about the content of movies and videos. We poured over several thousand titles and created a list of 600 movies we could recommend as safe for family viewing. We then shared our list with relatives, friends and fellow church members. It wasn’t long before word spread about the Dove Family-Approved Movies list and it went viral! (This was in 1990, before the internet was available.) Soon tens of thousands of people nationwide were using the list as their family entertainment guide, and The Dove Foundation was born.

You probably know that Dove is a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to representing the values and tastes of caring families to the leaders in the entertainment industry. The familiar blue & white Dove Family Approved Seal has become a respected symbol and trusted brand by filmmakers and consumers alike. We have reviewed nearly 10,000 movies and videos since the beginning. Recently, we added two seals to identify movies with faith friendly and faith-based stories.

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In addition to meeting with studio executives, we review about 40 films each month. This includes major theatrical releases. In fact, by 5pm every Friday, you can go to www.dove.org and find complete reviews of every major release opening that day. Our goal is to inform consumers about the content of films before they plunk down their hard earned money to buy a movie ticket or purchase a DVD.

Whether you are one of the hundreds of thousands of people who visit our website each month, or new to the Dove family, you are welcome to freely access the information we provide online. You may also subscribe to HOLLYWOOD UPLINK, our monthly newsletter. Why not tell your friends and family members to sign up for their free copy?

If you feel we are a blessing to you, we would love to hear from you. You can follow us and post comments or questions on FACEBOOK or TWITTER. You may also wish to support our efforts by sending in a tax-deductible gift so we can continue advocating on your behalf.

We’re here to serve!

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Faith-Based Content on the Rise http://www.dove.org/faith-based-content-rise/ http://www.dove.org/faith-based-content-rise/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:44:08 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=53636 Faith-Based Content on the Rise When the Christian-themed indie film God’s Not Dead pulled in $8.6 million from just 780 theaters during its opening weekend in late March, many in the industry were surprised. Not Michael Scott, managing partner of Pure Flix Entertainment, which produced the film (for around $2 million). “Christian-themed films have always […]

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Faith-Based Content on the Rise

FaithBased[1]When the Christian-themed indie film God’s Not Dead pulled in $8.6 million from just 780 theaters during its opening weekend in late March, many in the industry were surprised.

Not Michael Scott, managing partner of Pure Flix Entertainment, which produced the film (for around $2 million).

“Christian-themed films have always had a strong niche, and as faith-based entertainment hits the mainstream market in larger scales, the mass media is starting to pay more attention,” Scott said. “We were confident God’s Not Dead would do well, yet [it] performed better than we imagined ($49 million at the box office as of April 23). We’re humbled by its success and grateful to see how Hollywood has responded.”

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Actress Kelly Greyson, Starring in “Alone, Yet Not Alone” http://www.dove.org/actress-kelly-greyson-starring-alone-yet-alone/ http://www.dove.org/actress-kelly-greyson-starring-alone-yet-alone/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:11:54 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=51149 Alone Yet Not Alone tells the riveting true story of a family at a critical juncture in our nation's history. It is an amazing story of survival through faith. Fleeing religious persecution in Germany in the 1750's, the Leininger family seeks a new start in America. In a terrifying raid, Delaware warriors kidnap the two young Leininger daughters and attempt to indoctrinate them into native culture. The eldest, Barbara makes a daring escape, pursued by her captors through wild and dangerous terrain. Will Barbara ever see her sister again? The movie opens in select cities on June 13, 2014.

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Kelly GreysonAlone Yet Not Alone tells the riveting true story of a family at a critical juncture in our nation’s history. It is an amazing story of survival through faith. Fleeing religious persecution in Germany in the 1750’s, the Leininger family seeks a new start in America. In a terrifying raid, Delaware warriors kidnap the two young Leininger daughters and attempt to indoctrinate them into native culture. The eldest, Barbara makes a daring escape, pursued by her captors through wild and dangerous terrain. Will Barbara ever see her sister again? The movie opens in select cities on June 13, 2014.

I had an opportunity to interview Kelly Greyson, who portrays Barbara, the eldest of the Leininger children captured by the Indians.

Dove: Kelly, Can you begin by telling me how you started in film?

Kelly: I was very shy growing up. No one in my family saw me as an actress. The idea of every move I made being micro-analyzed by an audience frightened me. But I was very interested in media and remember as a child praying for people in media. I had some experience as a show host and photographer. Then, I was asked to audition for a role and got the part. Before I knew it, I was in front of the cameras. Now, here I am full circle impacting the lives of people as an actress.

Dove: Tell me about your experiences while making the movie, Alone, Yet Not Alone

Kelly: I loved the story, knowing that it was true made it all the more interesting. There are so many valuable life-lessons one can take away from watching the film – being anchored in your faith; knowing that God is there no matter what the circumstances; the importance of self-sacrifice; and teaching children to trust in God through the Bible and by example. These principles are evident in the story. It’s what kept the girls focused on God through horrifying circumstances, gave them the will to endure the trials, and it’s what reunited them in the end. The youngest sister lost the ability to speak her native German after spending so many years with the Indian tribes. But when she saw a Bible, she was able to quote scriptures she had learned as a child perfectly.

Dove: This is a very intense story with lots of action and adventure. How did you manage all of the physically demanding scenes?

Kelly: My role as Barbara was very demanding; running through the woods, swimming in ice cold rivers, playing lacrosse, and riding horseback. But, I enjoyed the physicality of it. I’m an athletic person; growing up with an older brother I spent a lot of time playing basketball and rock climbing.

Kelly: One thing I noticed was that you are a very distinct actress, not similar to any others. How do you think that happened?

Kelly: I have no desire to become anyone other than the person God made. I’m not looking to be the next clone of another famous actress. My purpose is to use that personality and the experiences I’ve had to portray characters I play to the best of my ability.

I’m blessed to have been selected for major roles in several family movies that will be released in the next few months. I am busy, but my relationship with God is more significant than a role in a movie…He’s my anchor.

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Why Christians Now Rule Hollywood http://www.dove.org/christians-now-rule-hollywood/ http://www.dove.org/christians-now-rule-hollywood/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:06:18 +0000 http://www.dove.org/?p=51104 Why Christians Now Rule Hollywood When last weekend’s box office numbers were revealed one superstar came out on top. It wasn’t Denzel Washington, Robert Downey, Jr. or any of the other usual names from Hollywood’s A-list. In fact, this A-lister did not even appear in any film credits at all, but may have just become […]

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Why Christians Now Rule Hollywood

When last weekend’s box office numbers were revealed one superstar came out on top. It wasn’t Denzel Washington, Robert Downey, Jr. or any of the other usual names from Hollywood’s A-list. In fact, this A-lister did not even appear in any film credits at all, but may have just become Hollywood’s hottest commodity. The new power player: God, or more specifically God and his many Christian followers. For the first time, two Christian themed films appeared in two of the top box office slots.

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