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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

BIBLE FILMS DOMINATE BOX OFFICE! 3 of Top 10 Moneymakers: Heaven is for Real, God's Not Dead, Noah


2014 is being proclaimed "The Year of the Bible Films" by confounded movie industry executives, as 3 out of 10 of the top grossing movies over the weekend were all Christian films: Heaven is for Real, God's Not Dead, and Noah.

But this is only the beginning. There are a string of high quality Christian films coming out throughout the rest of the year.

Mom's Night Out on May 9, A Long Way Off on June 6, Alone But Not Alone on June 13, and expected blockbusters later in the year including two remakes of prior bible films: Left Behind and Exodus: Gods and Kings.

Multiple talk show guests are available from the movie, "A Long Way Off," who can discuss this film and bible films in general. A Long Way Off is from PRODIGALFILM and Uptone Pictures. It features Jason Burkey (“October Baby,” “Mom's Night Out”), Robert Davi (“Die Hard,” “Goonies,” James Bond “License to Kill”), John Diehl (“Escape from New York,” “Stargate,” “Pearl Harbor”), Zoe Myers (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Edie McClurg (“Frozen,” “Ferris Bueller's Day Off,” “Planes Trains & Automobiles”), Robert Amaya (“Courageous”) and talk show hosts Sean Hannity and Michael Medved.

Produced and co-directed by Michael Davis (“Destiny Road”) and  John Errington, "A Long Way Off" captures the timeless tale of a journey to humility, repentance, and reconciliation with both a loving earthly father and heavenly Father. Set for a June 6 theatrical release--in plenty of time for Father's Day, with a DVD release in Fall.

In this inspiring story, based on the tale of The Prodigal Son taken from Luke 15:11-32 but set in modern times, Jacob leaves the family farm, shunning his father’s religious and business ethics, to strike out on his own in the big city, poised to conquer the world in his own way—on his terms. Surprised that his father actually obliges his request for an early inheritance, Jacob sets out for his own idea of fortune and fame, and proceeds to spend millions of dollars living the high life—only to find it come crashing down and learning vital life lessons, coming back a humbled, appreciative son, finally ready to reconcile with both his earthly and Heavenly Father.

Dozens of spokespersons (actors, producers, and film makers) are available for interviews.


Promotion, momentum, events and buzz from PRODIGALFILM:

Official Trailer for the "A Long Way Off" motion picture:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6mg16VKcM0  

Music Video for “A Long Way Off,” the film’s title track (to be included in the bonus features of the DVD release in June after the theatrical release):

Father’s Day television special airing on multiple TV networks to promote the motion picture

Winner of Best Movie in the Sedona Faith & Family Film  Festival (Dove.org family approved)

DISTRIBUTION:
Theatrical Release June 6, 2014 through Moving Visions Entertainment and CMD

Special church movie screenings   

DVD and Digital Release through Word Films, Division of Word Entertainment: Fall, 2014
Word Entertainment is a division of Warner Music, the world’s largest music publisher.

Sean Hannity and other major talk show hosts committed to interviewing principals from the film. “We need more great faith & family films like A Long Way Off.” --Sean Hannity

PUBLICITY: Special Guests, Inc., a publicity firm of 27 years, has been contracted to book hundreds of talk show interviews to promote the film.
40 talk shows committed to doing interviews and more coming on board weekly. Other publicity exposure in print, social media, newspapers, magazines, etc.

Biographies of actors, directors and producers available for interview may be viewed at:

Official movie web site: http://www.alongwayoffthemovie.com

Movie Theater and church release info: http://www.movingvisions.com 
                            
NEWS COVERAGE OF FILM  PRODUCTION:

WND.com: http://www.wnd.com/2014/03/jesus-parable-of-prodigal-son-made-into-movie/

News and Observer front page Dec 1, 2012 story:

WRAL TV News ch 5 Raleigh (NBC): Movie tackles 'Prodigal Son' parable:

WTVD TV News ch 11 (ABC) Raleigh:


About Word Entertainment:
A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including About A Mile, Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, Point Of Grace and Sidewalk Prophets and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Print/Church Resources, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.

About Moving Visions Entertainment:
At Moving Visions, our goal is to create and distribute clean films of all genres deeply embedded with biblical truth, films that are not preachy but are real in their presentation.

We aim to bring the films to their target audience, thereby assisting both producers and church/school/organization leaders in connecting with one another.

GERALD MCGLOTHLIN is president of Moving Visions Entertainment, Inc. He is also founder and president of the publicity agency Special Guests, Inc., founded in 1986, and its television and film division, CleanTV. As a talk show agent for 26 years, Jerry McGlothlin has provided expert guests to a wide variety of programs including Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Jay Leno, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and hundreds of other popular Talk Shows.  Jerry has worked with numerous celebrities including Barbara Walters and the late great Ed McMahon, who Jerry personally placed on many dozens of talk shows as a guest. Along with having his articles and editorials published in newspapers including USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Times, Jerry has been featured in articles in the Washington Post and The New York Times. During the course of his publicity career, Jerry has helped promote and launch numerous popular films, including the Left Behind series. Most recently, as Co-Executive Producer of A Long Way Off, Jerry has been involved in the development, execution and marketing of that motion picture.

CHRISTY MCGLOTHLIN is a film producer and vice president of Moving Visions, Inc. and Executive Producer of the full length motion picture, A Long Way Off, a modern retelling of the biblical tale of the prodigal son. Christy is also vice president of Special Guests, Inc., a PR firm whose focus is booking guests on radio and TV talk shows. An author of two books on natural health, Christy has been a regular guest on news and talk shows focusing on lifestyle and health topics. Christy is also the founder/editor of Faith Issues, an online publication serving the faith community.


JOHN ERRINGTON: John Errington is Director of Photography and Co-Director of A Long  Way Off. He is an award winning American independent filmmaker and President of JFE Productions, a full service motion picture production company based in North Carolina. He has worked as a Writer, Director, Producer, Cinematographer, and Editor on numerous projects, and while his professional focus is on feature length narrative films, he has credits on over fifty commercial, documentary, and short film productions.  Mr. Errington graduated from Harvard University in 2005, receiving both a Bachelor of Arts in History and Literature, and a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature. He holds a Certificate from the Carolina Film Institute, and he taught courses in film production at Central Piedmont Community College, where he a guest lecturer as permits. Mr. Errington is passionate about quality storytelling and making images which serve each and every story he tells.

About CMD: 

Christian Movies Direct is a motion  picture distributor and an online direct retailer of faith & family films. 

Its principals, Byron Jones and Michael Davis, have produced, directed promoted dozens of faith-based films.

Byron Jones, along with Jerry McGlothlin, were responsible for a hugely successful marketing campaign of the Left Behind faith-based film  that exceeded $100 million  is sales between VHS, DVD and theatrical. Byron is pictured with his lovely wife Lola.


About Uptone Pictures:

Uptone principal Michael Davis, producer and co-director of A Long Way Off, as well as a producer and director of other full length motion  pictures. Michael stated, "Everyone has a story to tell. At Uptone Pictures it is our passion to use imagination and creativity to bring them to life on the screen."

Uptone is an innovative dynamic award winning production company that develops  entertainment content for all media platforms.


Media Contacts:

Steve Rubin at (213) 300-1896 fastcarrier1944@gmail.com

Gerald McGlothlin, PRODIGALFILM, LLC, 919.365.6149 jerry@specialguests.com

Montine Felso, Warner Music Group / Word Entertainment

615.726.7947 Montine.Felso@wmg.com

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Legal or Not - Smoking Pot is Moronic

Mike Shoesmith







Several thousand people came out in Canada's biggest cities to call for the legalization of marijuana -- a yearly protest that happens internationally on April 20.

The demonstrations -- dubbed the "420" rallies after the date, 4/20 in North American style, and the code-term popularly used to refer to pot consumption -- took place in Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa.

Cannabinoids, Cannabis CancerMedical cannabis (or medical marijuana) refers to the use of cannabis and its constituent cannabinoids, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), as medical therapy to treat disease or alleviate symptoms. The Cannabis plant has a history of medicinal use dating back thousands of years across many cultures.

Cannabis has been used to reduce nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy and people with AIDS, and to treat pain and muscle spasticity; its use for other medical applications has been studied but there is insufficient data for conclusions about safety and efficacy. Short-term use increases minor adverse effects, but does not appear to increase major adverse effects. Long-term effects are not clear, and there are safety concerns including memory and cognition problems, risk for dependence and the risk of children taking it by accident.

Many studies have looked at the effects of smoking cannabis on the respiratory system. Cannabis smoke contains thousands of organic and inorganic chemical compounds. This tar is chemically similar to that found in tobacco smoke, and over fifty known carcinogens have been identified in cannabis smoke, including; nitrosamines, reactive aldehydes, and polycylic hydrocarbons, including benz[a]pyrene.

Now please notice the similarities between cannabis and another helpful drug, aspirin.

Aspirin (USAN), also known as acetylsalicylic acid (/əˌsɛtəlˌsælɨˈsɪlɨk/ ə-set-əl-sal-i-sil-ik) [ASA], is a salicylate drug, often used as an analgesic to relieve minor aches and pains, as an antipyretic to reduce fever, and as an anti-inflammatory medication. The active ingredient of Aspirin was first discovered from the bark of the willow tree in 1763 by Edward Stone of Wadham College, Oxford University. He had discovered salicylic acid, the active metabolite of aspirin. Aspirin was first synthesized by Felix Hoffmann, a chemist with the German company Bayer in 1897.

So why is it that doctors today never prescribe willow tree bark for headaches or heart conditions? Is it because we possess the technological know-how to extract the useful components therefore eliminating the need to eat or, God forbid, burn the bark and inhale the smoke? Of course it is.

Yet...

People the world over want us to believe that there is undeniable benefit to burning parts of the marijuana plant, inhaling thousands of chemicals, more than fifty of which are known to cause cancer when the same technology exists to extract the useful components (CBD et al) which are shown to help people without getting high by inhaling poison.

From a powerful testimony published on CNN:

Paige found a Denver dispensary that had a small amount of a type of marijuana called R4, said to be low in THC and high in CBD. She paid about $800 for 2 ounces -- all that was available -- and had a friend extract the oil.
She had the oil tested at a lab and started Charlotte out on a small dose.
"We were pioneering the whole thing; we were guinea pigging Charlotte," Paige said. "This is a federally illegal substance. I was terrified to be honest with you."
But the results were stunning.
"When she didn't have those three, four seizures that first hour, that was the first sign," Paige recalled. "And I thought well, 'Let's go another hour, this has got to be a fluke.' "
The seizures stopped for another hour. And for the following seven days.
 "The biggest misconception about treating a child like little Charlotte is most people think that we're getting her high, most people think she's getting stoned," Josh Stanley said, stressing his plant's low THC levels. "Charlotte is the most precious little girl in the world to me. I will do anything for her."
The brothers started the Realm of Caring Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides cannabis to adults and children suffering from a host of diseases, including epilepsy, cancer, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's, who cannot afford this treatment.
People have called them the Robin Hoods of marijuana. Josh Stanley said it's their calling. They use the money they make from medical marijuana patients and get donations from sponsors who believe in their cause. They only ask patients such as the Figis to donate what they can.
"We give (cannabis) away for next to free," Stanley said. "The state won't allow us to actually give it away, so we give it away for pennies really."
Charlotte gets a dose of the cannabis oil twice a day in her food.
Gedde found three to four milligrams of oil per pound of the girl's body weight stopped the seizures.
Today, Charlotte, 6, is thriving. Her seizures only happen two to three times per month, almost solely in her sleep. Not only is she walking, she can ride her bicycle. She feeds herself and is talking more and more each day.
"I literally see Charlotte's brain making connections that haven't been made in years," Matt said. "My thought now is, why were we the ones that had to go out and find this cure? This natural cure? How come a doctor didn't know about this? How come they didn't make me aware of this?"
The marijuana strain Charlotte and now 41 other patients use to ease painful symptoms of diseases such as epilepsy and cancer has been named after the little girl who is getting her life back one day at a time.
It's called Charlotte's Web.
The facts are clear. Smoking marijuana poses a huge health risk while extracting the useful components is helpful. The law of diminished returns clearly applies here. I propose we allow for the extraction of the useful components and stop kidding ourselves. Governments are only interested in the tax revenue just as they are with tobacco, no matter how many people it hurts. And more and more studies are confirming the negative affects of smoking marijuana. Legal or not - smoking pot is moronic.

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