An inspirational story of high school sweethearts; Seth, born into modest means, but has a heart of gold and Belen, born wealthy and, after coming to know Jesus, discovers a golden love for people. Belen’s friends and parents see Seth as a gold digger. Times are hard for Seth’s family. When his little sister is six, his father leaves to look for work in another state. Not long after, he writes to say he has become involved with another woman and wants a divorce. The shock sends Seth’s mother into a deep depression that ends in her death. Alone, and just finishing high school, Seth is left to raise his little sister. In addition to caring for her and attending college, he takes a job as a dishwasher in a local restaurant. His high school academic achievements earned him a full-ride college scholarship. He receives some government financial assistance to care for his little sister and, determined to rise above his circumstances, he invests in gold with every dollar he earns as a dishwasher. Seth’s steadfast character demonstrates the value of trusting God and living the Golden Rule of caring for others knowing that true love given always returns with abundance.
Waiting for Butterflies is an inspirational story of healing and forgiveness. When a young daughter is taken in a tragic shooting, a family is torn apart for years. They receive news that their Grandmother’s cancer has spread and only has a short time to live. Her only wish is to bring her family together before she passes away. Through their Grandmother’s wishes and prayers, they begin to forgive and heal together and look to God for comfort. God has a plan for everyone and works miracles through unexpected people that he has put in their lives for a reason.
(Rock Rapids, IA) – A high school student discovers a nail used during Christ’s crucifixion in The Messenger’s Box, a powerful faith-based film now available on DVD from Bridgestone Multimedia Group.
When Jake Casper finds a small wooden box in the attic of his grandpa’s antique store, his life is forever changed, especially when he discovers the nail in a secret compartment. Now, the more Jake learns of the power within the box and its purpose, the more obstacles he must overcome to get the box to a stranger before it’s too late.
“The Messenger’s Box is a unique and inspirational story that bridges the gap between the time of Christ and the present,” wrote Edwin L. Carpenter in his review for The Dove Foundation. “The box and the movie contain a message of hope.”
Including lessons on bullying and being a single mother, as well as the message to never underestimate the power within your heart, the film stars Luke Hodgson, Anthony Williams, Tiffany Burns, Alyssa Harbaugh, Mitchell Biggs, Melissa O’Brien, Rich Swingle, and Gary Bosek.
Recommended for ages 12 and over, The Messenger’s Box is currently on sale for $10.99 from Bridgestone Multimedia Group through the Christianbook Group.
(Rock Rapids, IA) – Filled with heart and humor, The Last Straw is a new inspirational holiday film that may forever change the way your family celebrates Christmas.
To help stop the children’s constant bickering and bring back the Christmas spirit, the McDonald family agrees to resume an old tradition. With help from their neighbor “Gramps”, who is preparing for his first Christmas since the death of his wife, they build a manger for baby Jesus and create a soft bed by adding one straw at a time any time someone secretly does something nice for another family member. However, for one family member, a required act of kindness becomes more than he can take.
“The Last Straw hits all the right notes as a family-friendly holiday movie,” wrote Edwin L. Carpenter in his review for the Dove Foundation. “The acting is terrific, the story is interesting, and the situations are realistic. We doubt you’ll be able to watch The Last Straw only once. You’ll want to watch it again and again.”
The film co-stars Adam Johnson, Britani Bateman, Darion Willardson, Madison Bontempo, and Corbin Bernsen as “Gramps.” While best known for his role on the TV series L.A. Law, Bernsen also stars in the inspirational thriller Suing the Devil, which is available from Bridgestone Multimedia Group.
The Last Straw is now on sale for $12.99 from BMG through the Christianbook Group.
(Rock Rapids, IA) – Acclaimed as “a remarkable story about friendship” by the Dove Foundation, Different Drummers is now available on DVD from Bridgestone Multimedia Group.
Based on an inspiring true story, Different Drummers follows the heartwarming yet unlikely friendship of two boys growing up in Washington in the 1960s. When David, who is bound to a wheelchair and growing weaker from muscular dystrophy, accurately foretells the death of his fourth grade teacher, a doubtful Lyle, who has an increasingly high energy level, decides to test the existence of God by attempting to get David to run again.
A pact is made, and Lyle soon begins to twist the rules in a desperate attempt to give his friend some of his own excess energy. Along the way, the two boys come face to face with life’s most painful truths, and Lyle’s question is ultimately answered in a way he never could have imagined.
“Different Drummers is a deeply inspirational and transcendent family film,” wrote Edwin L. Carpenter in his review for the Dove Foundation, which recommended the movie for all ages. “It will take adults back to their childhood and will show kids what life was like growing up in the sixties when there were no video games and rotary phones were used.”
Written and directed by Don Caron and Lyle Hatcher, Different Drummers earned honors of Best Screenplay at the San Fernando International Film Festival, as well as Best Screenplay and Best Family Film at the Houston WorldFest International Film Festival. In addition, Brayden Tucker, who played the role of Lyle, won the critics’ choice award for Best Young Actor at the Houston festival.
Also starring Ethan Reed McKay, Colleen Carey, D.R. Anderson, Meg McLynn, and Lisa Coronado, Different Drummers is currently on sale for $14.99 from Bridgestone Multimedia Group through the Christianbook Group.
To help stop the children’s constant bickering and bring back the Christmas spirit, the McDonald family agrees to resume an old tradition. With help from their neighbor “Gramps” (Corbin Bernsen), who is preparing for his first Christmas since the death of his wife, they build a manger for baby Jesus and create a soft bed by adding one straw at a time any time someone secretly does something nice for another family member.
However, for one family member, a required act of kindness becomes more than he can take. Filled with heart and humor, The Last Straw is an inspirational holiday film that may forever change the way your family celebrates Christmas.
(Rock Rapids, IA) – John Schneider and Eric Roberts star in Road to the Open, a quirky new comedy now available from Bridgestone Multimedia Group.
Road to the Open is a classic underdog story about a has-been tennis team, single parenthood, the quest for love, and a once in a lifetime shot at greatness. Struggling after the loss of his wife, Jerry McDonald (Troy McKay) is a balding hospital janitor and single father whose only semi-social outlet is tennis with his best friend, Miles (Phillip DeVona), who is still chasing dreams of stardom and working through anger management.
Reluctantly, Jerry agrees to play with Miles in a local tournament that could earn them a match in a prestigious competition. For Jerry, though, the thought of winning and defeating the long-time club champion Gallant brothers (Schneider and Roberts) is as unlikely as finding true love again, until a new co-worker enters his life and gives him a renewed hope.
“This one reminds the viewer that hope must be kept alive,” wrote Edwin L. Carpenter in his review for the Dove Foundation. “We are pleased to award this inspirational story our Dove Family-Approved Seal for ages twelve plus.”
Also starring Judd Nelson, Michelle Gunn, and Kasee McDonald, Road to the Open is currently on sale for $14.99 from Bridgestone Multimedia Group through the Christianbook Group.
(Rock Rapids, IA) – Bestselling author and speaker Max Lucado brings his book Traveling Light to life in a new 18-part teaching series that unpacks the famous 23rd Psalm.
Through poignant teaching, real life stories, and laugh-out-loud interviews with life’s tiniest travelers, Lucado unpacks Psalm 23 to help viewers release the burdens they were never intended to carry, including bitterness, guilt, self-reliance, and pride. A complete listing of episodes is available at gobmg.com.
“Max Lucado’s Traveling Light is an inspirational and powerful teaching series that is a total triumph,” wrote Edwin L. Carpenter in his review for the Dove Foundation, which awarded the educational series its highest honor of five doves. “Lucado uses Scripture to show how no one can be trouble free, but can be luggage free as they let go of the burdens of their lives and release them to God. This series truly has something for everyone.”
Available in a six DVD set from Bridgestone Multimedia Group through the Christianbook Group, Traveling Light is currently on sale for $59.99.
(Rock Rapids, IA) – Angels in Our Midst, a new inspirational film available from Bridgestone Multimedia Group, tells the story of a middle school student dealing with the loss of his parents in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Traumatized by his parents’ tragic death, Tobey Marshall is now an outcast who only finds comfort in his faith and a guardian angel. Despite his unusual behavior and beliefs, Tobey is pleasantly surprised by the friendship of Suzy, a kind classmate whose own beliefs are in question. As the two spend time together, Suzy discovers that they have more in common than she ever could have imagined.
However, school basketball star Jim Doder makes life difficult for the newfound friends when Suzy rejects his affections. When Jim frames Tobey for involvement in a botched robbery attempt, Tobey is forced to face reality to prove his innocence to Suzy and his classmates.
“Angels in Our Midst deals with the reality of being persecuted for one’s faith and also for just simply being different,” wrote Edwin L. Carpenter in his review for the Dove Foundation. “Ryan Sotzen as Tobey and Therese Boyich as Suzy give excellent performances and are the main reason the story works as well as it does.”
Also starring Matthew Vuckovich as Jim Doder, Angels in Our Midst was written and directed by Robert Alaniz. The film is currently on sale for $14.99 from Bridgestone Multimedia Group through the Christianbook Group.
(Rock Rapids, IA) – King’s Heart, an award-winning short film, is now available from Bridgestone Multimedia Group.
The film is based on the true story of Louis Bellantoni and his middle son, Joey, the smallest starting offensive lineman for his high school’s varsity football team. Joey, who’s used to going up against players twice his size, is faced with seemingly insurmountable odds just three days before the state championship game when an attack on his family brings him to the point of destruction. At the eleventh hour, Joey must decide if he will throw in the towel or rise up in victory.
“King’s Heart is an inspirational and must-see short film that shows that a life well lived will impact others, even when that life comes to an end,” wrote Edwin L. Carpenter in his review for The Dove Foundation. “This movie has earned five Doves, our best rating.”
The feature song of the film is “Live Like That” by the Christian band Sidewalk Prophets. The song was nominated for Song of the Year in 2013 at the GMA Dove Awards and peaked at #2 on U.S. Christian charts. The group, led by singer Dave Frey, won the 2010 GMA Dove Award for New Artist of the Year.
Starring Jason Dworak, Sean M. Grady, Tom Werther, Catherine Nastasi, Lawrence Mack, King’s Heart is currently on sale for $7.99 through the Christianbook Group.