(Rock Rapids, IA) – Chariots of Fire meets The Karate Kid in 1500 Steps, a powerful coming-of-age story about surrendering to God and embracing His will for our lives.
After the death of his mother, Jonas “Jobe” O’Brien (Alex Fechine) faces considerable odds both at home with his alcoholic father and at his new school, where the popular jock Damon (Jack Matthews) is threatened by his presence. As Jobe begins to draw the affection of Damon’s girlfriend, Grace (Laura Benson), Damon takes their rivalry to a new level, threatening to destroy Jobe’s reputation, his track career, and even his faith.
“1500 Steps is a film that inspires,” wrote Edwin L. Carpenter in his review for The Dove Foundation. “It shows that life is a marathon, not a sprint, and if one stumbles during the race it is important to remember that finishing well is the key to ultimate triumph.”
The Dove Foundation also praised the high school drama for tackling difficult topics in a realistic way. The film includes a free Bible study to help viewers discuss these issues.
“This movie speaks to the heartache of alcohol and drug abuse and shows that people too often place a period in their lives when God has instead placed a comma, allowing more of the story to follow,” wrote Carpenter.
Featuring the song “Blue Sky” by Christian singer and songwriter Melissa Otto, 1500 Steps is currently on sale for $14.99 from Bridgestone Multimedia Group through the Christianbook Group.
Chariots of Fire meets The Karate Kid in this coming-of-age story about Jonas “Jobe” O’Brien (Alex Fechine), a quiet 16-year-old struggling to reach his full potential in his running career and his character. After the death of his mother, Jobe faces considerable odds both at home with his alcoholic father and at his new school, where the popular jock Damon (Jack Matthews) is threatened by his presence.
As Jobe begins to draw the affection of Damon’s girlfriend, Grace (Laura Benson), Damon takes his rivalry to a new level, threatening to destroy Jobe’s reputation, his track career, and even his faith. Featuring the song “Blue Sky” by Christian singer and songwriter Melissa Otto, 1500 Steps is a powerful drama about surrendering to God and embracing His will for our lives.
Wrapped up in worldly influences, Thomas is a rebellious young man whose life has sunken deep into self-destructive behavior. When his lifestyle begins to damage his relationships with his mom and girlfriend, he loses control, but not before meeting an unlikely mentor who shows Thomas a new path to making the right choices.
Featuring the single “I Need You” by the Christian band Oh Horizon, Slow Fade is an inspiring drama about growing up, finding faith, and facing decisions that affect our actions, thoughts, and identities.
Tory Hedderman is a stereotypical, self-centered 16-year-old with an unpatriotic attitude and the motto, “If it doesn’t have to do with me, why should I care?” However, when Tory is caught vandalizing a statue of a World War I vet, he is ordered to perform community service at a local veterans’ home. There, he learns about the sacrifices that have been made for our country and how to open his heart to those around him.
Awarded the Dove Foundation’s highest honor of five doves, The Pledge is an uplifting family drama featuring footage of real veterans sharing their thoughts on patriotism, freedom, and the attitudes of today’s generation toward the true price of freedom.
Based on the classic novel by Susan M. Coolidge and told in the tradition of Anne of Green Gables, What Katy Did is a warm family drama that tells the story of Katy Carr (Alison Pill), a headstrong 13-year-old growing up in the countryside at the turn of the century. Katy’s feisty streak and mischievous antics try the patience of her widowed dad, Dr. Philip Carr (Kevin Whately), and her stern Aunt Izzie (Martha Burns), who share the responsibility of raising Katy and her siblings.
Katy’s outlook begins to change, however, with the arrival of her ill cousin Helen (Megan Follows), who exposes Katy to a world she never knew existed. Then, when a tragic accident confines Katy to her room, she gains strength from Helen’s wisdom and a renewed zest for life.
Max Lucado’s renowned short story is brought to life in this dramatic production that follows Claudius, a Roman guard who finds himself in the middle of a cover-up of the tumultuous events following Christ’s execution. As he digs for the truth, Claudius discovers that the religious leaders, the Roman government, and even his closest friends are attempting to hide something from him and the world. In the end, his relentless pursuit of the answers to his growing questions threatens his reputation and even his life, but it also leads to his renewal.
Dove approved for ages 12 and over, Resurrection is a gripping tale that not only challenges viewers to put themselves in the shoes of a Roman soldier assigned to Christ’s execution, but also reminds them how any life can be changed by seeking truth and understanding.
Tony Morris (Christopher Hunt) is a local newspaper reporter who is demoted to writing for his paper’s community section after his credibility is falsely called into question. Little does Tony know that his first assignment in his new role presents the biggest challenge of his young career. With his job on the line, Tony is assigned to cover the town’s first Gay Pride Day and interview parade organizer Markus Fry (Timothy Paul Taylor).
Challenged to an open debate on the biblical principles of homosexuality, Tony must choose between relying on his Christian values and moral convictions or taking the easy way out and just writing the story. Will Tony’s entire reporting career come crashing down if he dares to stand up for what he believes? Directed by Chip Rossetti and co-starring Jenn Gotzon and Donald James Parker, Right to Believe is an inspiring drama about the tough decisions we are forced to make when our duty comes into conflict with our faith.
Luke O’Brien, a washed-up salesman turned night law student, decides to sue Satan for $8 trillion. On the last day before Luke files a default judgment, Satan appears in the courtroom to defend himself with a legal team of ten of the country’s best trial lawyers. Armed with Scripture and conviction, Luke fights an epic, spiritual battle against Satan (Malcolm McDowell), while the whole world watches the trial of the century play out on LegalTV.
Compelling performances heighten the power of this courtroom drama, which was awarded the Dove Foundation’s highest honor of five doves. A high-concept, faith-based legal thriller, Suing the Devil also features the hit song “Mighty to Save” from Hillsong Music.
Pastor Evan Bennett takes on more than he bargained for when he arrives in Connersville, Indiana, to settle into his new role at Egypt Valley Community Church. Out of funds and out of touch with the community, Evan’s new church needs a strong leader to stand up to tradition. Inspired by the challenge, Evan and several members of the congregation set out to rebuild relationships, repair the broken-down facility, and replenish the church’s bank account.
When a major spending issue threatens the church’s very survival, Evan steps in with a controversial budget proposal. However, his cuts to the foreign missions spending do not sit well with the Haman family and the traditional members who cling to the seven deadly words: “We’ve never done it that way before.” Soon, what begins as a debate over giving becomes a holy war with Evan as the target. Based on actual events, this powerful drama will delight you, surprise you, and inspire you to know that sometimes, questioning the status quo can lead to the best outcome of all.
Join one man’s persistent pursuit of the truth behind what the Bible says and doesn’t say about hell in this thought-provoking family film. When he’s just a child, Edward Fudge (Mackenzie Astin) loses a friend in a car accident and wonders if the rebellious boy went to hell. The tragedy leads to a lifelong curiosity for Edward, who goes to seminary to become a preacher. There, through the help of his mentor Carl Ketcherside (Gary Grubbs) and an intense study of the Bible, Edward begins to challenge long-established traditions and meets his nemesis Don Haloway (Sean McGowan). However, things really heat up when Edward is hired to research the topic of hell and his conclusions ignite a fiery debate among Christians that continues today.
In the title role, Astin captures the wit, humor, and humility of the famous theologian and scholar best known for his book The Fire That Consumes, which remains one of the most influential books on hell ever written. Based on a true story, Hell and Mr. Fudge is an entertaining and memorable drama about the abundant grace Christ gives for “whosoever believes in Him.”