By Diane Howard, Ph.D.
The new movie starring veteran actors Kevin Sorbo and Dean Cain, “Faith Under Fire,” deals with great loss—not only authentically and honestly, but also inspirationally. The story presents Fireman Tom Hatcher, who is at the end of his rope, after an exhausting night saving a young girl from a raging house fire. Sadly, he had not been able to save his wife from cancer, and now his precious, six-year-old daughter, Tiffany, is now facing the same possible fate. When he finds himself in a cold jail cell after attacking a pastor out (of frustration with a seemingly absent God), Tom begins to reflect on his downward spiral into despair. But with the help and persistent friendship of the very man he assaulted, Tom is challenged to face his grief and embrace faith in the darkest hours of his life.
This movie is due in theaters November 27 – December 1 (Iconic Events). It is then available on DVD/VOD/Streaming starting December 8 and is also available through the Faith Content Network to churches.
An amazing new distribution paradigm has recently been bringing top faith content movies to churches. While Hollywood movies studios and theaters have been struggling and even failing, an amazing development has been the production and distribution of some of the best faith content movies through Fathom Events in collaboration with Faith Content Network, which is an association of churches around the country to which any church can apply.
In this arrangement, Fathom Events provides first-run, top quality faith, family movies for churches to show. Fathom Events and Faith Content Network has announced the launch of FAN (Faith Affinity Network) that supports a network of churches to distribute first-run, first-rate faith, family movies across the country. It is free for churches to host a FAN event once they are approved. Programming are ticketed events and eligible churches can share in the box office receipts. It is a win-win for all involved. It is amazing that as Hollywood studios struggle that the best in faith content movies is now being distributed and shown through churches. Faith Content Network movies are some of the most substantive and stunning movies today. They are rich in content and artistry.
Here is my insightful, exclusive interview with Kevin Sorbo
DH: What is an important take-way lesson learned from this movie?
KS: Faith is always under attack. There are always roadblocks. But we have hope. After I experienced strokes, I wrestled with God but also ultimately found hope.
DH: Why is this are movie timely?
KS: We have a lot of fear going on today, especially as we reach a tipping point. We need to stand against the fear. God is over human events and even the government.
DH: What do we learn from the character of the pastor?
KS: We learn to have courage, faith and not to be afraid as we find the Light.
DH: What kinds of movies do you like to make?
KS: Positive ones
DH: How do faith content movies give audiences hope?
KS: They present educational lessons that create in us the desire to learn more.
DH: How do faith content movies give audiences faith?
KS: They present reality. They have characters who are honest, authentic, who combat and overcome fear.
DH: How do faith content movies give audiences give audiences courage?
KS: They show how to problem solve.
As seismic paradigm shifts challenge old, status quo models that have harmed our culture and world, new models that provide voice and influence for Biblical, Christian/Judeo virtues for all people, ages, demographic, ethnicities are emerging. As Hollywood studios struggle to produce and distribute movies that harmfully influence viewers in subtle to overt ways, a new and wonderful paradigm is emerging as independent studios produce the best in faith and family content for the Faith Content Network that provides free access for approved churches to show. For more about Faith Content Network and how churches can be involved see http://faithcontentnetwork.com.
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Diane Howard, Ph.D. is a dialogue, dialect and voice-over coach, as well as a journalist who writes about the role of faith in movies and in the entertainment field. Her website is dianehoward.com.