Jesus gave us distribution!!

Posted: September 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

As you probably already know, my company and I went into production on Youth of Christ– the movie in April, 2010.  We spent two and a half days writing it, 12 days shooting it, 30 days editing it, and 8 months sound mixing it. 

By the grace of God, the film premiered at the First Baptist Church of Plantation on March 4th of this year, and screened two weeks later at Alpha and Omega in Miami.  Since that time, we’ve been screened in Leesburg, twice in Wisconsin, and twice in California.  We’ve had the film viewed by distribution companies in Hollywood, Nashville, and even Australia.

And NOW, all glory to Jesus Christ, Youth of Christ has been picked up by ChristianCinema.com, a MAJOR distributor of independent Christian films!  This acquisition is what me and all the filmmakers behind the film have worked for, and I couldn’t be more thankful!

Because we are new to their site, ChristianCinema.com has ordered a small batch of inventory from us to see how well the movie sells.  The more people who purchase Youth of Christ from them, the more inventory they will order from us, which will allow us to go into production on the next movie!

So, to all my wonderful prayer warriors out there, my friends from high school and college; to my colleagues and coworkers, family members and fellow filmmakers, previous professors and life long mentors, I am writing to ask for your support in our launch on ChristianCinema.com.

We want to sell 500 units in the month of September, enough to have ChristianCinema.com know that Christ Effect Entertainment is serious about making faith based movies!

If you have an extra $18.00 (right now the film is 10% off!!), please purchase a copy of Youth of Christ-the Movie from Christiancinema.com.  The link is pasted here:

http://www.christiancinema.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=3934

Also, if you know anyone who wants to see more Christian films for young adults, please forward this link to them as well!

Christ Effect Entertainment’s mission is to empower youth through Christian entertainment, and by the grace of Jesus Christ, this acquisition will put us in a position to produce dozens of films that inspire teenagers to live out their faith in Jesus Christ!

Thank you so much for ALL your support in helping us reach this pivotal point in our development as a company; God is so good!!!

God bless you and thanks again,

Stephanie

CEO of Christ Effect Entertainment, LLC

 

Check out the trailer for Youth of Christ and our updated website here:

www.CEEChrist.com

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PRAISE THE LORD, we have finally reached the finish line! “Youth of Christ” is available for sale at https://www.createspace.com/31​6726 , and it’ll be on Amazon.com next week! The film is $19.99, but for the first week of August, it’s 10% off!! Special thanks to everyone involved in making this moment happen, I love you all!

PS- “Youth of Christ” the novel is coming soon!!!! XOXOXOXOXO!!!

PSS- More details about reaching the finish line soon!  God is so good to those who are faithful!!!

Pressing on

Posted: July 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

Verse of the Week:

Philippians 4:13-14, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Jesus Christ.”

Lessons Learned:

One year ago this past April, I made a goal list for my life.  It included things like “Write a novel,” and “get Youth of Christ on DVD,” things that would take a while to do.

This past Friday, Jesus allowed me to finish all eight items on my to-do list.  It took over a year to get everything done, and I remember the tedious process of slowly being able to cross items out on the list.

Guess what I did after the list was successfully completed?

I immediately created a new one.

Once I realized that I had accomplished some pretty big goals without taking a minute to celebrate before making new ones, I felt like I was doing something wrong.  I asked my husband if he’s ever seen me celebrate an accomplishment, and the honest truth was that no, I haven’t.  I didn’t.  And I don’t.

But why is this?  Why is it that when God allows me to reach a milestone, all I can think about is reaching the next one?

This morning during my daily devotion, I read Paul’s words in Philippians 4:13-14, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Jesus Christ.”

I finally understand why I’ve never celebrated my accomplishments.  It’s because there’s so much left to do.  How do I celebrate a job half finished?

Since I was the age of 14, Jesus has been very clear about what He wants me to do for Him.  He told me He wants me to make Christian entertainment for young adults, and He told me He wants me to speak to young girls and inspire them to live for Christ the way He inspired me to live for Him through Benny Hinn when I was a young girl.

As of right now, yeah, I accomplished the things on my 2011 goal list, but there’s still this unwritten goal list, this massive set of heavenly focused tasks, waiting to be accomplished.

And until they are, I’m going to keep pressing onward, forgetting what is behind me, and moving towards accomplishing what Jesus wants me to do.

This is what all of us Christians need to do for the Lord.  Yes, it’s wonderful when we are able to accomplish a goal we’ve worked towards for such a long time.  But we must not let that stop us.  Take a moment to celebrate what God allowed you to do, but then press on, because your work isn’t finished yet.

Our work isn’t finished until every single person on this earth has heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

XOXO,

Stephanie

Company Update:

That’s right folks, the novel and DVD are completed!  It’s going to take some time to get them up for sale online, but once it’s ready, I’ll let you know!

GOD BLESS YOU and your ministry in the Lord!!

Verse of the week:

9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 Lessons Learned:

Recently, I ordered two books on cinematography from Amazon.com.  Both were only about 15 bucks, and boasted about teaching filmmakers the “essential camera shots every movie maker should know.”

After having produced three feature films, you may be wondering why on earth I would spend my money learning how to do camera shots.  Well the truth is that while God made me a writer, producer, and director, the one thing God did not make me is a great cinematographer.  In fact, I’m just about one of the worst camera operators that I know, and I went to film school!

This lack of ability behind the camera has plagued me since high school.  By the grace of God I was always able to create a great story, but the camera work showing that story was always terrible.  I never won any competitions because of my camera shots, and that followed me well into film school.

Yesterday, I encountered a fellow Jesus freak who had the opportunity to watch my latest film, “Youth of Christ,” the other day, and the first thing she said was that the cinematography was amazing.  She loved how crisp it was, how colorful it was, and how well it was lit.

And while she was saying this, I couldn’t help but wonder how someone could possibly compliment a movie I made on its cinematography.

And then I read that Bible verse this morning, and I got my answer.

For “Youth of Christ,” we hired a professional director of photography who was incredible at bringing what I saw in my head to life.  All I had to do was tell him what shot I wanted, and he understood how to translate that into an actual camera setup. 

In my weakness, God provided me with someone who could create a beautiful picture on screen, and through that, His glory was shone.

I have always been bad at camera, and because of that, I was able to genuinely tell this woman that the reason why the cinematography looked so great is because Jesus Himself made it happen.   Jesus provided me with an amazing cinematographer who lives in South Florida and worked for the amount I could afford. 

 Where I am weak, Jesus is strong.

What are you weak at?  What are the abilities that you wish you had?  What are the qualities that your friends and family members possess, but seem to elude you?

Whatever they are, whatever they may be, this is where Jesus will show His miraculous power in your life.  This is where He will give you your testimony to glorify His name.

Embrace your weakness, however bad it may be.  Because at the end of the day, it only makes us stronger.

 Company Update:

We have got some BIG screenings planned for “Youth of Christ” this summer.  Stay tuned for when we will be revealing our new company website, our new Facebook page, and our screening locations!!  Praise the Lord!!!

A whole lot of freedom

Posted: May 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

Verse of the week:

2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

Lessons Learned:

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to watch the newest film from Sherwood Pictures that will hit theaters this September, “Courageous.” The film was absolutely incredible, and it’s one of the best films I’ve seen all year!

I was so encouraged after watching this film because Sherwood started exactly where I am now. They had a tiny budget and made their first film completely off faith.

Now, just a few years later, they’ve released several films, one that was named the highest grossing independent film of its year! And by the grace of God, that record is going to be repeated with Courageous!

This movie has the works! It has a GREAT script (I cried like six times), a fantastic cast, and a whole lot of faith supported by a whole lot of humor. The cinematography was fantastic, and the directing was superb.

I was so encouraged to see it because it made me realize that faith in Jesus and hard work truly can equal great movie making. This is the reason God has allowed me to experience the fear of failure, and the fear that I’m not good enough.

It’s because He’s going to use my testimony to inspire others the same way that He has used Sherwood Picture’s testimony to inspire me!

It’s the same thing with you. Whatever trial you’re going through, whatever struggle, God is allowing you to go through it because He’s going to use your story to help someone else!

Doesn’t that make things just a little bit easier? Knowing that the struggle you’re going through now will make someone’s life easier down the road?

When I read the Bible verse of the week, it reminds me of those words. Where the Spirit is, freedom is.

So if the Spirit lives in me, then I am free. Free from what, you ask? This verse means that I am free from negative thoughts, free from the fear of failure. I’m free from the discouraging words I hear from others; I’m free from people who think I’m not good enough.

I’m free from those who don’t want to take the time to shake my hand. I’m free from those who don’t think my ministry will ever make it. I’m free- because Jesus is freedom, and Jesus lives inside of me.

Company Update:

PRAISE JESUS, the novel is almost finished! It’s incredible to think that this is going to be published in just a couple of months! I can’t wait to share it with you all!

When the Doubt Creeps in…

Posted: April 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

Verse of the week:

Philippians 4:13 “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

Lessons Learned:

This past weekend, I got to see “Soul Surfer.” It’s a phenomenal movie, incredibly inspirational and motivating, AND an extremely well made faith based film! I loved it so much and left the theater pumped up to do big things for Jesus!

But then all of a sudden it hit me: Soul Surfer was so awesome, and there was no way my movie could ever compare to it. Yes, as ridiculous as it sounds, I actually compared my faith based film to someone else’s faith based film, and I allowed my insecurity to take over my confidence in Youth of Christ.

I went from feeling incredibly inspired to feeling incredibly defeated. I thought there was no way anyone would ever want to pick up Youth of Christ. There was no way we would ever achieve a theatrical release or inspire the masses.

I allowed my insecurity to defeat me.

The next morning, I woke up with absolutely no desire to work on Youth of Christ. The past few weeks I’ve been working on the movie every single day, but after watching Soul Surfer, I felt like there was no point. I felt like no matter what I ever did, Youth of Christ would never be successful, because it just wasn’t good enough.

Being on the other side of these emotions now, it’s tough to write this down. But it’s what I felt. And I know it’s what so many people feel over and over again in their lives.

As human beings, it’s not like we do it on purpose. We all want to be successful and confident and “spectacular” in everything we set our minds to.

But sometimes- ugly times- the doubt creeps in, and we allow that doubt to completely overwhelm anything we would have done to achieve our dreams. And because of that, we stunt ourselves from being able to move forward, and our feelings of inadequacy become a self fulfilling prophecy.

But this isn’t what God wants. This isn’t what God has for us!

That morning, when I didn’t feel like doing anything for Youth of Christ, I heard God whisper to me, “Go to Potential Church today.” So I went to Potential church that morning. And you know what the first thing out of the Pastor’s mouth was? “Insecurity is the result of comparing ourselves to someone else.”

 Repeat: Insecurity is what happens when you compare who you are, what you’re doing, and how you’re doing it, to somebody else.

The enemy uses insecurity to stop us from achieving what God has in store for us. God used the Pastor to teach me that I can’t go by my feelings and emotions, but I must go by what God feels about me, and what God sees in me.

As I took notes on the service, I felt the Holy Spirit lead me to write these words:

“This is what God gave you to do. This is what He saw in you when He created you, and saved you, and set you apart from all those people you never fit in with. This is your mission; this is your fight, your challenge. Jesus gave you this because He knew you could handle it. He knew you could achieve it. He knew you would never quit. Don’t see yourself through your eyes, see yourself through God’s eyes, the way He’s seen you every since He first brought you into existence.”

Take these words with you on your journey. When the insecurity creeps in, when you feel like you’re not enough and it’s not good enough and it’ll never be good enough, take a step back from yourself and remember- GOD BELIEVES IN YOU. God believes you are capable of everything you set your mind to, because through Him YOU ARE ENOUGH, and He’ll never leave you or forsake you.

A-men.

Company Update:

PRAISE JESUS, we hosted our first two screenings of Youth of Christ in the month of March, and the screenings were phenomenal!! Now, we’re spending the month of May booking as many screenings as possible so we can continue sharing the “live big for Jesus Christ” message to teenagers and young adults all across America!

If you’d like to book a screening, email screenings@CEEChrist.com.

Also coming soon, Youth of Christ- The Novel. I’ll give you an update when it’s available, praise the Lord!

Look at what’s Beautiful

Posted: March 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

Verse of the week: Romans 8:28 “And in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

Lessons Learned:

I’ve struggled a lot over the past few days about whether or not I wanted to write this particular blog. But today, as I read more of Bethenny Frankel’s A Place of Yes, I realized that I didn’t need to struggle anymore. God is who He is, and there’s no reason to ever hide what He has done.

So, here it goes.

I can feel it, deep inside of me, that it is about to happen. What exactly, I’m not sure. But I feel that it, the moment in my life where the struggles I have today become part of my yesterday and the blessings that I’ve dreamed of become a reality, is about to come true.

Last week, as I drove home from work, I heard the Holy Spirit whisper to me that it was about to happen, that what He’s been telling me He would give me was about to come true.  The next day, I received emails from two different film distributors- one in the US, one in Australia- saying that they would love to see Youth of Christ.

God is so good.

Yesterday morning, as I thought about the possibility of putting Youth of Christ in theaters on my own, without any distributors, I realized that we would need the help of another Christian organization that already has ties to the church community here in South Florida. Just a few hours later, an organization that fits that exact description emailed me and offered to have us come and screen the film at their church.

God is really really good.

About two years ago, when I was just beginning the journey of Youth of Christ and didn’t know what was going to happen, Jesus told me through the beautiful voice of the Holy Spirit that if I keep my eyes on Him, I’ll see blessings that I’ve never even imagined.

Here’s the lesson in it: even as things start to happen, even as blessings start to be realized and opportunities start to become realities, we must keep our eyes on Jesus Christ. He’s the same God who walked on water, who created this world in seven days, and who died on a cross to give me a shot at spending forever with Him.

And even if Jesus does decide to hold off, even if He does tell me that it’s not yet my time to reach the destination of this journey He’s given me to live, I’m going to keep my eyes glued squarely on His.

Because at the end of the day, no matter what I’m walking through, I’m always looking at something really Beautiful.

Keep your eyes on what’s Beautiful. You’ll never regret it.