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Steadfast PBS Stations & Schedules

May 16, 2016 1 comment

I’m thrilled that in less than a week my film, Steadfast, will soon air on 5 PBS stations including major metropolitan areas. The Ozarks, Kansas City, Warrensburg, Wichita, and Topeka stations will be broadcasting the film on the 5 year anniversary of the devastating Joplin tornado.

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Here are the times for the original broadcast:

KOZJ Joplin 26.1 – May 22 at 1:30pm

KOZK Springfield 21.1 – May 22 at 1:30pm

KCPT Kansas City 10.1 – May 22 at 2pm

KPTS Wichita 8.1 – May 22 at 4pm

KTWU Topeka 11.1 – May 22 at 6pm

KMOS Warrensburg 6.1 – May 22 at 6pm

Are you in the viewing area?

Then set your DVR and be inspired by this amazing story of strength in time of tragedy.

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Well, it is now available for Video On Demand across any internet-ready device through vimeo.com/ondemand/steadfast. You can buy the whole program for $5.99 or rent in for 99 cents. For a limited time, use promo code “remember” to get 50% off, making your purchase just 3 bucks!

What a fine way to support local independent filmmaking. I’ve priced it as low as I can. I’m interested more in people seeing it and being blessed by its message than in breaking even! So act now and buy it. You won’t be disappointed!

Still not convinced? Watch the Trailer:

“Steadfast” is an encouraging and inspiring film about the Joplin tornado, one of the most destructive in US history. Several residents share their experiences of that fateful day and the days to follow. Through a surge of volunteers and a determined spirit, Joplin has rebuilt in an unprecedented way to now exhibit a higher population and more businesses than before the storm. This film is a heartfelt tribute to the strength and resolve of a community seemingly torn apart by tragedy that rose up to inspire the nation and the world.

 

 

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Follow Your God-given Dreams

I guess you could say I’ve come a long way since I wrote my first article for Christian Video Magazine (now Christian Media Magazine). It was entitled something like “How to Make Great Work on Not-So-Great Equipment.” I remember the equipment I had at the time was a Sony Digital 8 handicam, flood lights, a shower curtain, and my work was not really “great.” But through writing and learning, and learning so I’d have something to write about, I got to the point where I am now a professional video editor at an international organization (www.gnpi.org). In my personal filmmaking, I have gone from making videos for churches to use on Sermonspice and WorhsipHouseMedia to having a one-hour documentary that will air on PBS stations in Kansas City, Warrensburg, Wichita, Topeka, and the Ozarks on May 22nd, the fifth anniversary of the devastating tornado in Joplin – (see www.vimeo.com/ondemand/steadfast).

I say this not to brag. In fact, I can hardly believe it. I still have so much to learn and improve on! I say this only to motivate some of you who might have a dream and think you will never achieve it. I never went to school to study filmmaking. I learned by trial and error (and certainly more on the error side). I practiced and just kept creating.

I love this flowchart graphic because it’s so applies to my experience:

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I made lots of stuff I’d be embarrassed to show today. And that’s what everyone says! You’ve got to start somewhere. If God has given you a dream, you’ve got to follow it, or you’ll live forever saying “What if?” To get to a level where you are proud of your work may time some time, but it’s worth the courage it takes to push through. I still have dreams, and I’ll continue to pursue them. In the meantime, I’m going to keep practicing and creating.
Don’t be content just to dream. Work to achieve it. The world is waiting. Get out what God put in you.
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Steadfast 2.0

My film, Steadfast, should really be called Steadfast 2.0. The original 90 minute version has been revised, enhanced, updated, and shortened. The reason I reworked it is so PBS in the Ozarks might possibly broadcast it. Fast forward to today, I have verbal agreements with PBS stations in the Ozarks, Kansas City, Warrensburg, Wichita, and Topeka, and am working to deliver the files to them now!

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Cutting down the content from 92 minutes to 56:40 was no easy task, since that is over a 1/3 of my previous finished work! However, I believe it was good to tighten up the film in that way. I not only cut, but also added in a few new shots (including some aerials) and new (updated) information, so that it is relevant 5 years after the storm.

It’s safe to say I’m excited about having more people see the film, especially in the affected area. I made the film as a labor of love. I was glad the first time around to hear that it helped people with emotional healing after such a traumatic event. That was one of the reasons I made it in the first place. The second reason would be to thank all of the volunteers who came to help. Finally, the third reason would be to inspire people through the various stories presented.

Vimeo-On-Demand-Pro-Download-4K-VideoAre you in the viewing area? Do you want to know when the program will air on TV? I will post that info as soon as I have it on www.steadfastdocumentary.com. You can sign up for updates there if you’d like to receive an email reminder.

Not in the viewing area? Want to see the film before it airs? It is now available for Video On Demand across multiple devices through vimeo.com/ondemand/steadfast. You can buy the whole program for $6.99 or rent in for $1.99.

Here’s the Trailer 2.0!

“Steadfast” is an encouraging and inspiring film about the Joplin tornado, one of the most destructive in US history. Several residents share their experiences of that fateful day and the days to follow. Through a surge of volunteers and a determined spirit, Joplin has rebuilt in an unprecedented way to now exhibit a higher population and more businesses than before the storm. This film is a heartfelt tribute to the strength and resolve of a community seemingly torn apart by tragedy that rose up to inspire the nation and the world.

 

 

60+ performers, 12 nations, 8 languages, 1 song

March 11, 2016 4 comments

There are lots of projects that get me excited, but this one was a once in a lifetime opportunity. This music video is one of my proudest creative achievements to date.

You could say that it was 20 years in the making. I wrote this song from the shortest chapter in the Bible when I was in high school. My band used to play it occasionally in youth group, but we didn’t do too much with it. Years later I ended up recording it myself in a home studio project, but I didn’t really like how it came out. Now fast forward to a couple of years ago.

I work as the video editor for the U.S. office of GNPI (www.gnpi.org). We have video-savvy people in strategic places all over the world. My fun little song says, “Praise the Lord all you nations…” It seemed like the perfect time to use the song to the fullest potential, using the vast network of international producers now at my disposal! I pitched the idea to our creative team and then to the executive team. It was a big project. Some called it EPIC! After nearly a year of planning, six months of work from 12 nations and eight languages around the world, this music video is now being released!

We hope it brings smiles to many faces and a small glimpse of Revelation 7:9, “…a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb.”

If you like the video, would you help us by sharing it with your friends? We’ve also created a behind the scenes video with details about those who participated in the project. If you’d like to see more of that backstory, check this out short video:

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A Good Sport

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Our summer intern, Hannah, from China had her last day at work today. She was a really good sport. She was mainly a graphic design help and helped to design our calendar for next year. I’m excited about that as it’s the ministry’s 40th anniversary and the calendar features some history in it. I also helped her learn some videos skills. She helped me set up for lot’s of shoots and then the best part was she starred in an ad that was did!

You can see the ad and the funny behind the scenes below. (And yes, I was photobombed!)

Celebrate Life…Everyday!

I was saddened to hear today of the passing of Michael Bolin. He had many people who were friends with him on Facebook that enjoyed his daily encouragement.

A while back I was able to capture some of his story. His message was to “Celebrate Life…Everyday, because it’s very fragile!” His message lives on, as does his spirit, but he will be missed by many.

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Is Your Name Tony?

photo (22)I had an unexpected encounter on the flight home. This wasn’t the international flight on a spacious 767 with TVs on every seat-back. This was on the little plane that I couldn’t stand up straight in the aisle at 6 foot 1. Two seats, little aisle, and then two more seats. To my right was a young mother with her 7 month old (A very well-behaved baby, I must say; more so than the other babies on the flight anyway!).

To my left, separated only by the narrow passage was a man that I recognized. He appeared slightly different than I remember seeing him before on a video. There was one dead giveaway. He has no arms. Just to make sure, I asked him what his name was, and when he said Tony, I knew he was the guy. We conversed and once we landed, I snapped this picture with him.

Tony Meléndez is his name. Like I said, I had seen his video online before and even showed it in church once! I am a musician. I’m a guitar player first. But I have full use of arms and fingers. Tony plays guitar and sings. He plays with his feet! Really well! He drives a car. He is truly an inspiration! Don’t take it from me. Pope John Paul II said as much when Tony played for him! So, I’m done writing. All that’s left is to embed the video that struck me and caused me to recognize this inspirational man on this little flight.

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