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Do You Have An Untested Faith?

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Do you lead a life of untested faith?  Where do you turn when troubles hit?  Do you run?  Do you hide?  Is your faith a strong shield of protection or is it soft and brittle?  It’s true, living a life of unapologetic faith in Christ is costly, but what about the alternative and the cost of that longterm?

In my new movie LOVE COVERS ALL, I wanted to approach a topic as a filmmaker that is as untested as the faith of so many in America (including mine if I can be perfectly honest with you).  I wanted to see a story with a Christian character who had some real issues to deal with.  Often for films made for the Christian audience, the movie focuses more on validation.  The Christian character is rarely flawed.  He says a lot of the right things, does a lot of the right things, etc.  We rarely get a glimpse of something real, a glimpse of that snippet of time in our lives when things are exceptionally bad.  There are lessons to be learned in those moments.  It might not be as comfortable, but who in their right mind would stay at any church where feelings and validation trump truth and preparation?  Is that a church worth attending, or a ministry led by a preacher worth listening to?  Movies that validate and encourage are perfectly fine, we all need a little encouragement now and then, and in the end LOVE COVERS ALL is an encouraging film, but to reach redemption, there is a journey to take and a storm to wade through.

Going through the fire makes us stronger.  It’s important in these faith-based movies coming out that more reality be introduced now and then.  The Christian can’t always be the one with the right answers.  Sometimes we simply don’t have them, though the romanticized lens we love to look at ourselves through would say different.  Sometimes the spiritual smack upside the head doesn’t come from a likely source.  There are times when the comments or observations of an unbeliever or a skeptic show us who we really are.  It’s always amazing to me when God uses someone unexpected to teach us lessons, sometimes deep theological lessons.  Are you looking for those opportunities to grow and learn?

I think we need more stories out there with a Christian worldview that take characters with faith in Christ through the muck, the dirt, and the storms.  Christian movies or movies about topics of faith are so important in our culture.  Honest stories that provide a mirror for us in our day-to-day, that give us something to ponder and chew on when they’re over.  I hope that LOVE COVERS ALL encouraged you to examine yourself and your relationships with others.  I hope it inspires you to watch how you walk before others and the witness you’re leaving.  These are important issues to think about.  The world is broken, Christ is the answer, and we have the Gospel.  What are we waiting for?

If you get yourself a copy of LOVE COVERS ALL on DVD, I hope it’s encouraging and edifying to you and your family and that you share it with everyone you can. Help me get the message of this movie out there! :)

Blessings,

Kyle Prohaska, Director
Praise Pictures

Is the Church missing the mark?

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In the new movie LOVE COVERS ALL, a Christian character named Michael gets stuck in a difficult situation only to make matters worse by his interaction with a stranger.  Do we in the church sometimes miss the mark by how we treat others?  Do we make mistakes?  Do we fail others?  I think the answer is YES, but how does that affect our storytelling and the films we make?  Film is about stories, it’s about characters, it’s about themes.  There’s no triumphant win without knowing the pain of loss, there’s no joy in being found without the sorrow of being lost, and spiritually there’s no need for redemption without the impact of sin.

There is a problem I see in evangelicalism.  It’s a problem in our churches, in our homes, and in ourselves.  It’s pride.  It’s arrogance.  It’s the fear of man instead of the fear of God.  We have this fleshly ability to brush off our mistakes instead of owning them.  We fear damaging the church’s reputation, so we keep silent and problems aren’t dealt with as they should be.  We miss the crucial fact that churches are not museums for saints but hospitals for sinners, us included.  There is freedom in recognizing error and faults in ourselves and admitting it to others, because in that moment of humility, God has a chance to shine, and the light of His redemption and grace can come through.  God gave us a church family for a reason.  Why do we hide this?  Being sanctified is the gracious act of a Holy God.  The church is God’s first and ours second.  Being cleansed from sin and finding victory over it is the way in which God designed the journey of faith, and yet we shove this away when things get tough in fear of a lighter collection plate.  In our effort to “protect” ourselves and our churches we allow them to be infested with a spirit of fear instead of a spirit of openness and grace.  There’s something beautiful about standing in front of someone and saying “I am flawed.”  We should always strive to be like Christ, but if we’re honest with one another (and if I’m being honest with you) that isn’t how things work most of the time.  If I look back to the times when God was working on me the hardest, it was in my failure, not my success.  This is difficult for us to swallow, particularly in America, where the culture constantly tries to tell you how awesome you are, how perfect you are, and how you should be proud of exactly who and what you are.  This is not the Gospel.  The Gospel says we are all broken and needy people, who need the strength and power of a Gracious God to save us from ourselves and our sin.

I hope that as the Christian film industry continues to grow, we see more and more movies of all sorts and kinds, and that more films come along that try to show Christians as we can truly be sometimes…flawed.  This is NOT for the purpose of tearing us down, but quite the opposite!  Whether or not I accomplished these goals with LOVE COVERS ALL is for all of you to decide.  I’m a flawed person myself, and until a film makes its way into the world, you just never know how it’ll go. :)  My prayer for this movie is that it would inspire people to a spirit of grace, that people would mend relationships, see areas in their life that need improvement, and see the hope found in Christ.  The love of God in the Gospel is the greatest love the world has ever known.  No matter how bad things have gotten, no matter how awful things feel, no matter how hurt you’ve become, no matter how far down the wrong path you’ve strayed, it’s never too late for a fresh start!

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Blessings,

Kyle Prohaska, Director
Praise Pictures

A New Christian Movie Goes DIGITAL

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Like anybody else, I sometimes get caught in the whirlwind of technology.  It changes so fast!  Remember VHS?  Laserdisc?  Where’d they go!?  It was DVD, then HD DVD and Blu-ray, and now Digital is starting to make it’s mark.  What’s the big deal?  Well…

It’s no secret that the church tends to be the last in embracing new arts and technology.  The Christian film industry is still so new!  We left this art form alone for decades while it grew in the secular space!  It’s time to be on the bleeding edge and leading the charge, not following the world from behind!  New ways of viewing movies can be intimidating but hopefully for some of you on the edge, we can offer some help.  It’s true, most will see our next movie LOVE COVERS ALL on DVD, and that’s perfectly fine, but some want it a different way.  We’re offering a Digital Purchase Option of the movie through a revolutionary platform called VHX.  I’ve interacted with them personally and they’ve proven to be extremely kind and supportive.

After ordering you’ll get a link in your email inbox to stream the movie right there on your computer, tablet, or phone!  What about downloading?  That’s the beauty!  You can stream or download the film itself along with all the bonus features that are included on the DVD version.  This is a new concept for some.  For those more comfortable with platforms like iTunes or Amazon VOD, it will be available there as well, so don’t worry!

One crucial strength of the Digital release is it makes the film available in countries that could never get the DVD.  It doesn’t matter what country you’re in, if you have an internet connection, you’ll have access to this movie and it’s message.  This is a fantastic opportunity!  Who knows how far the message could spread?  If you know anyone in another country who may enjoy this film, be sure to send them the link, there’s no reason they should miss out!

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Blessings,

Kyle Prohaska, Director
Praise Pictures

A Different Kind Of Christian Movie?

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The next movie from Praise Pictures called LOVE COVERS ALL is now available on DVD.  But what’s it about?  What’s the story?  What makes it different?

When I sat down to write the next movie I would make, I had certain key goals in mind.  Things I wanted to accomplish and improve on as a filmmaker, and also a desire to do something a bit different, something uncommon.  The average Christian movie with a Christian character shows that person living their life, doing what they should be doing most of the time, quoting Bible verses or sharing truth with others.  All of this is fine, but I thought it was time we saw something else, and saw the Christian life from a different angle, a more relatable angle.  I don’t know about you, but most of the time I’m not quoting Bible verses and saying the right things when I interact with others.  Sometimes I say the wrong thing, I make mistakes, I get angry, prayer can be the last thing on my mind in a moment of frustration, and sometimes all of these bad traits are seen by others, people who expect more from me (rightfully so) as a Christian.

This is something I don’t see in a lot of faith-based movies.  Often, the Christian is the one with the answers, the one who swoops in to save the angry-athiest or the lost soul.  I think what struck me when sitting down to write this film, is that more often than not, we’re the ones that need saving.  The Christian life isn’t about being the savior, it’s about being the saved, and in living that out pointing to the one who IS the Savior.  But we don’t always point to Christ do we?  Sometimes we do stupid things, and the world sees us at our worst.  This was something I wanted to explore with the story of LOVE COVERS ALL and it’s characters.  I wanted to explore a difficult subject, but lead to a redemptive conclusion that could inspire others!  Did I accomplish what I’m explaining?  When the film releases, I’ll let all of you be the judge of that. ;)

In this film, our main character named Michael is put in a pressure-cooker of a situation when his wife Sarah goes into labor while he’s away on a business trip.  Things get more complicated when his car breaks down on the way home.  Stranded in the middle of the night, he bumps into an old gas station owner named Bob who helps Michael in his dilemma.  But as the night progresses and the birth gets closer, Michael’s options to get home grow thin, and Bob’s real intentions come to light as he pokes and prods Michael with questions about himself and his faith.  Michael, being in a difficult situation, doesn’t respond the way one “should” but in the way most of us “would.”  Angry, confused, and concerned about his wife, Michael’s response to Bob’s continued questioning is anything but Christian…leading both men and the entire night to a conclusion neither of them expect.

I think it’s time we see more films about Christian life as it really is.  Hopefully by God’s Grace this movie can serve as an example.  Sometimes we mess up, and in our failure, Christ has a chance to shine.  In our failure and our need to apologize, God shows His Grace to us and to others through us.  The moments that grow us the most are the moments that test us the most!  I wanted to take the typical paradigm of a Christian movie and flip it on its head.  Sometimes it takes an outsider, someone outside our bubble of Christianity, to show us who we really are!

When you see this movie, I hope you’re challenged and inspired.  I hope the message of the film captures you and causes you to reflect on the testimony we leave in front of others.  You never know when someone is watching!  But when we do make mistakes (not if, but when), LOVE is the answer.  LOVE from God pumping through us and transforming us, and in return transforming other people.  When storms come and your faith is tested, it’s never too late for the fresh start!

Please pray for me as I finish up Post-Production on this film, ramp up the marketing, and get ready for the films release.  Any film that gets completed is a miracle, and I thank God every day for bringing me this far.  I’m so grateful for all of you on our Facebook page!  God has really Blessed us with an exploding fan base who I hope will enjoy the movie and give it a look.  Lord willing, if the film does well enough, we’ll be able to do another!  That’s the goal anyway! :)  Prayers appreciated for me and my family during this busy time!  Every supporter matters!

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God Bless,
Kyle Prohaska, Praise Pictures

Hopes for LOVE COVERS ALL in 2014

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Well the new year is upon us.  2013 was a big year for LOVE COVERS ALL.  I saw the script work itself into better shape in Q1-2, then in Q3 the funding was found and the movie was shot and in Q4 I concentrated primarily on editing.  The film is now in a very good position.  The edit is in very good shape!   Feedback has been wonderful and I’m very confident that the film will be well liked upon release.  So what’s next?

Getting the edit locked soon and into my composers hands is important so we can start talking about spotting (the process of figuring out where the film needs music), then he can get to work on his side of the process while I put the film in the hands of my sound-mixer to begin his process.  A final sound mix can’t be completed without the final music, but a lot of the clean up work and other things can be done in the meantime.  On my end comes the color-correction and visual effects which I’ve started already.  There isn’t a ton of effects in the film, but enough to keep me busy for a while.  By mid-April I would like to have the completed film in hand if I can…ambitious but necessary to start the distribution process.  The biggest job on my plate is the trailer which needs to be fantastic.  I could use some prayers of support for that end of the process, as well as the others I mentioned.  A new and distribution/marketing ready website is also required, along with the marketing material like the DVD Cover, Web Banners, etc.

Marketing for the film needs to get in gear as soon as I can get my plan in order.  If I release in the fall I have about 8 months to build up enough buzz for a success.  Compared to the long process of Standing Firm’s completion, this one is like a bullet-train, so I need to have a very good plan in mind.  I have a long list of things to gather together and organize, and I currently have no investment to pay for marketing which will be a challenge.  Filmmaking is always a fly by the seat of your pants adventure.

My goals for this next film are vast and ambitious, but I’m confident in the product, much more then I was last time.  It’s a better film, without question.  I just have to get my ducks in a row, and on time.  If anybody out there wants to pray for the films success, please pray for solid distribution opportunities, post-production and marketing investment, successful marketing efforts, etc.  I’m sure that lots of people will be impacted by this movie, but I need to get it out there first!  Who knows how this next movie could snowball.  If the last movie has shown me anything, it’s that anything is possible, and with a better film on my hands this time…I’m hoping to burst through whatever ceiling I may have found the last time around.

If I could offer some encouragement to any filmmakers out there.  Go make your movies!  Get off your butt, toss the fear aside, or even embrace the anxiety if you have to, and spend yourself on a story worth telling.  It’s worth it.  It’s worth the insanity and heartache.  The tools are there, and the counsel and information is available in amounts never before seen.  The excuses are gone.  The only person holding you back from making your movies is you.  If you can’t find X dollars or can’t make X story yet, then make another.  Make whatever you can make.  Make something smaller that uses the resources you DO have, and make it a viable and profitable product, then move up onto the more ambitious project.  Everyone has to start somewhere.  If you’ve yet to get started, make 2014 your launching pad.  What have you got to lose?

Happy New Year!  LETS DO THIS!

- Kyle Prohaska, Director

Title Swap (Again) & Moving Forward

First we ran into trouble with our first title Breaking Chains due to another film of that title, then we changed it to Broken Chains after doing a lot of research and getting counsel from others.  THEN, I got an email from a distribution friend telling me there was another film called Broken Chains releasing in the Christian market in November.  Who would’ve thought that?  It seemed we couldn’t catch a break!

Finally after a lot of thought, suggestions from others (including my pastor!), we’ve settled on a title we’re going to keep.  Love Covers All is the new title of the next movie from Praise Pictures.  It’s been a major challenge trying to get this simple (but important) part of the process right.  Some folks online last time we changed the title had the nerve to say “If the project was really spirit led, you would’ve known what to call it the first time.”  Such a shame how little grace some have. :)  But whatever, our heads are up and we’re moving forward into filming in about 2 weeks.

The script has continued to be polished and we’ve still been looking for locations and the rest of our cast.  A tight deadline to be sure, but I think we’ll make it just fine.  There’s an element of faith to the process here, and trusting God to bring everything (even the right title) in his timing.

Thank you for your prayers so far.  We have a long road ahead and much to do.  Thank you so much for supporting Praise Pictures and our next movie.

- Kyle Prohaska

Welcome to the Love Covers All Movie Blog!

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Using this blog I will be taking you on the journey with us as me and my cast/crew create “LOVE COVERS ALL,” the next movie from my company Praise Pictures.  When we released “Standing Firm” in 2010, the response to the film was overwhelming.  Lord willing, this next movie will impact even more people then the last.

Keep an eye on this blog and share it with others.  You will find BTS videos, photos, and more!  I will also be posting rather candidly about our prayer needs and other things so be sure to check back.  Right now you can pray for our pre-production process as we continue to prep for shooting time in September.  I’m currently casting the film, looking for locations, getting the bank accounts setup, payroll, etc.  It’s a ton of work!  Pray for wisdom, discernment, and ENERGY as all these things come together so we’re ready for our production start date.

Thank you so much for your support…God Bless!

Kyle Prohaska
Writer/Director