Monday, July 16, 2012
Here’s a good chance to get a look inside Wade’s World. Sign up for our email list to get a $5 off coupon for Family Works Volume 1!
Thursday, June 14, 2012
With the big sister working downtown Franklin, and with the little sister’s family running errands, the result is a very welcome interruption to this day’s edit demands…
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
One of our favorite clients at Franklin Films is Compassion International. We love the work they do around the world. Now we’re helping them with a new video as they move into a new market:
This project is hosted by Mark Miller from Sawyer Brown. We last shot him several years ago when we did a special project related to breaking a new band by the name of Casting Crowns (besides being a singer/songwriter, Mark also produces Casting Crowns’ albums).
It’s always fun to travel overseas with Compassion. But this day of shooting in Franklin Tennessee wasn’t too bad, either!
Friday, June 8, 2012
We get inquires all the time: what’s the latest on the Waller family, the family featured in A Journey Home? Dinner with the Waller crew last week was marked by the spirited updating we always receive when they’re home on furlough. To answer the question succinctly, the Wallers’ work in Israel continues to thrive and grow as they work alongside numerous volunteers from around the globe. Never a dull moment in Waller World…
Friday, April 13, 2012
From my perspective, it’s a monumental day.
After all the controversy (both organic and orchestrated), the polarizing mudslinging, and any other hype surrounding these two pictures, today finds both Blue Like Jazz and October Baby playing at multiplexes across the country. In some cities, the two films are showing at the same theaters.
I consider this to be a victory. I can’t recall a weekend when moviegoers had two independent faith-related films from which to choose at the box office. That this is occurring today is further confirmation that there’s a growing appetite in the marketplace for films that are anchored in faith-related issues.
I’m very well aware that there are all kinds of debates surrounding this emerging genre. Some argue (rather convincingly) that there should be no such thing as a sub-culture of independent Christian film. Some posit a position that unless a film contains (or excludes) very specific elements, it has no place in the developing arena of faith-based film. These and many other related conundrums have been - and will continue to be - argued ad nauseam.
But today I choose to celebrate the simple fact that these two production teams have succeeded in bringing their stories of faith (whether or not one agrees with their flavor of storytelling) to the bigscreen. I’ve known Steve Taylor for years. I had lunch yesterday with two of the producers of October Baby. I’ve had a key creative person from each picture work on a project I’m finishing now. I’ve been to the advance screenings. I’ve had my ear to the ground, following the journey of these two pictures.
And today, I applaud both camps. Both Blue Like Jazz and October Baby faced seminal moments where they seemed to be dead in the water, either in terms of production funding or distribution dead ends. But these teams prayed, and these teams persevered, and tonight, these two small films will be on screens from New York to California.
Make no mistake: I’m not advocating loading up the family to go see Blue Like Jazz. It’s not for the younger set. And there are aspects of October Baby that leave me scratching my head a bit (I agree with those critics who identified that certain stabs at humor and hipness only diluted the main character’s beautiful story arc).
But setting aside any concerns about the films, along with all the accompanying theologic and orthopraxic volleying in ye olde cyberspace, I’m very happy for these two pictures and for the dedicated and talented filmmakers who fought to get them produced and released. Kudos to everyone involved. I wish them both success.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The nest was perched above the tree fort, further than any older family members could ascend. So the nine year old grabbed the iPhone to reveal what she and her younger siblings had discovered…
Monday, April 2, 2012
Numerous miles are being logged these days on this stretch of road in Franklin, TN. Besides our small group of runners, there’s usually a large number of turkey and deer, and on weekends, we can count on cyclists. As peaceful and quiet as this is, with the arrival of April, we’re now just two months away from stepping to the starting line with some 35,000 other runners at the San Diego Marathon. An especially meaningful verse these days: Isaiah 40:31 - But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
October Baby opens theatrically on Friday March 23rd. Learn more about this engaging film at www.octoberbabymovie.net. We wish everyone involved the best of success with this film; we encourage you to enjoy the life-affirming themes of October Baby on opening weekend!
Thursday, March 8, 2012
It’s in the mid-60’s in Franklin, TN today. Trees are budding, grass is growing, and although the calendar says Spring is still a few weeks away, it appears to be hastening its arrival this year.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Beautiful snow on Sunday; wading in the creek today on a 73 degree February day. That’s winter in Franklin, TN…