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Lights, Camera, Action, Wait — Huh?

-6Hey there, Y’all,

Here’s my latest update. Sorry, it’s so late, but for the last few months we’ve been scurrying around and searching out actors and actresses for the film. We even checked out various directors. In the making of a film, we go through multiple processes and for me to do a feature film, it’s a learning process. My past expertise except for acting and writing has been in corporate, commercials, TV shows, and documentaries.

When God says to hurry up, it may turn out that after we finish one phase we have to wait before we begin another. It’s the waiting part that has us seemingly dragging our feet as we start a new company or, in this case, a new aspect of the film business.

The actual pre-production of the faith-based film, Abducted to Kill, would have begun in the fall of last year when the script(s) and proposal were completed. We wrote and rewrote our script and sent it in for evaluation. More rewrites and more evaluation came next. Now, we have a perfected blueprint.

ATKImage copyThere is investor activity in as much as the investment banks are now reviewing projects connected to the funding of the film. The old saying, “it takes money to make money,” sure fits here with the film business.

Mark 9:24 “As far as possibilities go, everything is possible for the person who believes.”

So where are we now? We have a promise of potential investment. We have done our blueprint over and over again and have perfected it, we have appropriate A-List actors and actresses selected and possibly a director, but there are some things we leave in the hands of others.

This is surely a learning process and someday we will be able to write a book on what we learned. In the meantime, we do continue to absorb knowledge as we wait.

Romans 8:28 We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God—those whom he has called according to his plan.

Keep praying for us to succeed in securing the funding and getting commitment letters from the main performers we’ve selected.

Thank you. Keep looking up!



Beginning Again – Story Testimony

Story Testimony, Pola’s POV

250_ForMike_copyThe original story, Escape the Hezbollah, published by Rev. Samuel Stone, won the Small Publisher Christian Book of the Year 2010 Award and was a best seller when it changed to Abducted to Kill for Kindle – you may still purchase it there today in two volumes or purchase the original book at: Escape the Hezbollah and on Kindle at: Escape the Hezbollah for Kindle. But the story almost stayed on the top of Pola’s don’t-want-to-do list.

“The serious intensity of what happened to Christians in other lands did not appeal to my sensitive nature. In other words, I was upset that these things were actually happening and didn’t want anything to do with it. Open Doors and The Persecuted Church’s emails kept going in the trash bin on my computer. I was not about to open what felt was a can-of-worms to me. But God forced my hand.

First, at dinner after a long day’s shoot–while producing a video series in California–my DP and dear friend, Porter Versfelt, talked about his personal ordeal in Iran. His father worked on a pipeline there when he was a young teen. I felt we should be talking about the production we were working on and not about the problems in Iran, and so I tried to change the subject. The gentleman who hired me put a hand on my arm and said, “We should listen to this.” So I listened.

Next, I had a speaking/teaching engagement in India and could not afford the ticket/shots/and visa, which would amount to over 3,000 dollars.  Read more »