Posts Tagged ‘O.C. Uprising’
August 21st, 2011
The journey continues and God continues to be faithful. JesusFreaks (JF) continues to gain more recognition and acclaim through the JF shorts. Thank you, Lord!
We prayed and mulled over the decision to produce the JesusFreaks(JF) shorts for quiet some time before going back into the footage and producing 16 shorts. Now, sitting where we are now it seems like a no brain-er…but before making the final decision to go back into the footage and produce/edit the shorts; it was like most big decisions on this JF journey- we were pulled in many different directions…what to do with all the great content not utilized in the JF documentary?
After the filming was over in 2008 we had over 160 hours of footage-after producing JF a 96 minute feature film documentary-there was still 158 plus hours of footage never seen and enjoyed…We had so many more great story-lines that did not make the final cut onto the feature film documentary.
Like everything on this JF journey it was a battle to get the shorts produced. Raising the capital, re-editing the footage, audio sweetening, and creating new motion graphics.
In addition many voices out there, including my own at times saying, ”…just get JF, the feature-film documentary out there in distribution.” Voices out there saying, “… you used all your best stuff already; why put more money into producing new content-utilize what is in the “can” now; and put all your time, energy, and effort in marketing “JesusFreaks,” a critically-acclaimed documentary. The shorts are not needed and just an added expense.” etc. etc.
Sometimes you just have to block out all of the NOISE; from yourself, from the the king of lies (he is always on duty to spread- lies, fear, and doubt) and others (whose intentions are usually pure but often misguided) and do ultimately what we believed God was leading us to do.
Thank God, we did.
Since producing the shorts last Oct. 2010, it has enabled JF to be celebrated all over again. I’m so grateful the shorts are being seen and celebrated throughout the world and being well received on the film festival circuit. Just this last week we found out one of the shorts, “Day of Remembrance,” is being recognized as an official selection to the New Orleans Film Festival. This is the third film Festival in 2011, that has recognized and celebrated this particular short Film-thank you Lord.
This particular short is also being recognized by a 4th film festival, which is recognized by the industry as a Top 10 film festival to have your film recognized by-They have not made their official announcement yet…so I’m not at liberty to share the name of this festival with you today but as soon as the official announcement is made-I shall.
We are producing a new JF trailer that captures conflict and conflict resolution that occurs during a Discipleship Training School(DTS).
Furthermore, we are producing an additional version of “JesusFreaks.” Our current JF documentary has a running time of 96 minutes…our goal is edit another documentary with a running time of 70 to 80 minutes. With so much wonderful , unseen content we are producing another film that will bring in new story-lines, additional characters and scenes from the original to produce this new cut. Title of the next film coming soon…It ‘s all a work in progress.
We are excited to share with you the new JF conflict trailer and the additional film.
Both should be complete by the end of October 2011.
We thank you all for your continued support and prayers as you guys have continued to engage and enjoy the JesusFreaks media franchise.
On another note…
I want to give a big HOLLA, to the Circuit Riders, who are the front-liners making waves in Orange County, CA…this week YWAM is spearheading an eight day spiritual uprising. It is being held at the Hilton Hotel in Huntington Beach, CA-If you get a chance go check out their Facebook page at O.C. Uprising 2011. On opening night Aug.19- Pastor Jay Alabamy Haizlip, a former professional vertical skateboarder was the first speaker to take the stage to kick off the 8 day event.
Here are a couple initial reports from the O.C. Uprising 2011, one from the Director of YWAM Denver- Peter Warren (a great friend, our spiritual covering, and our partner in the JesusFreaks media franchise), who had this to report, ”A bunch of people surrendered their lives to Christ, some were healed and others delivered from demonic oppression. And this is only the second night!”
An additional testimony from a YWAM’er- one of our boys, and former roommate of ours- Matt Watson,
“Revival is literally breaking out in Orange County, CA! If your not here get here and if you live here meet us at the Hilton waterfront Hotel of PCH and Huntington at the big white tent @ 7-10pm Bring your sick God is healing people like crazy!”
A famous quote from the “JesusFreaks,” short, “Prayer over Addiction,”…”there is a Spiritual Power that comes to bare when we lay hands on you, and pray for you.” (John Murphy)
All the reports are confirming-that at the O.C. Uprising 2011-people are calling on God and miracles are happening!!!
Although we are not physically there in the O.C. , we are there in spirit and prayer. We wished so bad to have been a part of it in some small way, but it was not to be. Katherine and I have such full plates…we decided to divide and conquer.
Our heart and prayers are with YWAM-Denver and YWAM-Kona, the two bases spearheading this move of God-the “O.C. Uprising 2011.” I pray blessings and protection for the YWAM’ers out there in the O.C. showing the love-
WE LOVE YOU GUYS. YOU ARE OUR HEROS!
Please continue to pray for our efforts as we take these next pivotal steps on the JF journey.
We will not rest until, “JesusFreaks,” God’s love story to the Millennial Generation is able to break into the American mainstream in a mighty way!
We appreciate your continued prayer and support as we walk out this vision.
A Generation is Waiting…