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Unstoppable Bethany Hamilton is More Than You Think

        By Jacob Sahms Bethany Hamilton refuses to be defined by the left arm that a tiger shark stole from her at age thirteen. Now twenty-nine, the married mother of two has more than enough purpose to thrive, and she’s using a new documentary by director Aaron Lieber to share her story […]

Pastor Jason Noble Sees More Than One Miracle in Breakthrough

By Jacob Sahms When John Smith fell through the ice of a St. Louis lake, Smith’s body shut down and doctors could not find a pulse. His mother Joyce refused to stop praying and begged doctors to keep working to revive him. Then John came back.  This is the story told in Twentieth Century Fox’s […]

Dallas Jenkins Explains The Chosen in His Own Words

The very first movie I made, in 2000, was Hometown Legend, a high school football story before those movies were cool! I’ve made ten movies over twenty years, and I’m pretty sure that all of the projects I’ve ever made have been Dove-approved! In 2017, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone was Dove-approved but not box […]

Emanuel Director Dives into Church Shootings, Race, & Storytelling

By Jacob Sahms As a nine year old, Brian Ivie filmed stories with his friends, echoing the tales spun by J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, and Ian Fleming. While his friends re-enacted parts, Ivie used southern California’s idyllic summers to capture ideas on film, the only activity that held his attention when school and other activities […]

Tolkien Director Shares Tolkien Enthusiasm & Cinematic Style

  By Jacob Sahms Cyprus-born Dome Karukoski moved to Finland with his Finnish/Swedish mother,  journalist Ritva Karukoski, when he was five. When he reached school age, he found himself bullied and picked on, an outsider in a new place. By thirteen, he had discovered the works of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (J.R.R. to his fans), diving […]

Lian Lunson is Waiting for the Miracle to Come

In Waiting for the Miracle to Come, country star Willie Nelson joins actors Charlotte Rampling and Sophie Lowe in a magical story about a young trapeze artist grieving her father’s death who travels to “the Beautiful Place” in Ransom, California. There she meets Jimmy Riggs (Nelson) who has been longing for the daughter he gave […]

Sunshine in Heaven’s Jenn Gotzon Chandler Relishes Real-Life Roles

By Jacob Sahms In 2017, Jenn Gotzon married fellow actor Jim Chandler, bringing a new angle to her decade of acting experience. Now, the two of them work together on projects, like the upcoming romance The Farmer and the Belle, telling the story of their courtship, and encourage each other in their professional careers as […]

Disney Reminds Us to Love Each Other

By Jacob Sahms Walt Disney has done it again, this time taking a 1941 animated film and giving it a Tim Burton face lift that updates its issues and lessons to the present day. Full of whimsy and magic, as well as invention and humanity, Dumbo circa 2019 reminds us of so many of the […]

Husband & Wife Duo Shares Kara Tippetts’ Courageous Life

By Jacob Sahms Kara Tippetts was a mother of four and a pastor’s wife when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she courageously vlogged about her treatment with humor and faith at mundanefaithfulness.com. In the midst of her treatment, she connected with filmmakers Jay and Sofia Lyons, bonding in a powerful way that drove […]

Five Feet Apart Director Wants to Show Real Love

By Jacob Sahms Justin Baldoni is a man on a mission. He’s created a digital documentary series told from the perspective of people who are terminally ill, founded Wayfarer Entertainment to tell stories that challenge people, starred in The CW’s Jane the Virgin, and developed a male talk show called Man Enough to look at […]