Film festivals are one of my favorite ways to discover new movies. First, the festival announces the official selections and I check out their trailers and social media. Then I look at the schedule and determine which films I’ll watch at that festival. Since the festival circuit is relatively small, we often find ourselves competing with the same films in multiple festivals and oftentimes it takes awhile before we’re able to see certain movies. GloryReelz is actually the third festival we’ve been in with The Last Appeal, but the first opportunity we’ve had to watch it. It was well worth the wait!

The Last Appeal

The Last Appeal is the story of five inmates on death row. While the focus is on one of those prisoners, Titus Freeman, this truly is an ensemble cast and every single member of the cast is strong.

The Last Appeal is a little different in that it’s a stage play on film. Eastern Sky Theater, a Los Angeles based theater company, tours the show around the country performing at churches, prisons, and community events. At first, it takes some adjusting when you realize all the scenes take place on a stage instead of location. But then as you continue watching, you no longer notice. The story takes center stage and consumes your attention. The simple sets and dramatic lighting add to the intensity of the drama.

The Last Appeal wins the Richard A. Hall award for Evangelism in the  Arts at the Aletheia Fellowship of the Arts Truth Awards.
The Last Appeal wins the Richard A. Hall award for Evangelism in the  Arts at the Aletheia Fellowship of the Arts Truth Awards.

It’s been days since I watched The Last Appeal, but I can’t stop thinking about it. The story is one of the most gripping evangelistic messages I’ve seen. It unapologetically shares the gospel in a powerful and dramatic way. Every detail is well thought out and perfectly executed. The intensely harsh lighting, the artistically shot framing, the realistically diverse casting, the brilliantly sharp dialogue, it all works together to share the message of God’s love for us in a uniquely personal way.

If you get a chance to watch the stage production or view the movie, I would highly recommend it!

The Last Appeal wins Best Evangelist at GloryReelz Christian Film Festival.
The Last Appeal wins Best Evangelist at GloryReelz Christian Film Festival.

Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, keynote speaker, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture. Sharon has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with women of the Bible and loves applying the biblical stories to modern situations. She especially enjoys delving into lesser known women and discovering encouraging truths for women of today. As host of All God's Women podcast, she's working her way through the Bible one woman at a time, bringing to light the stories of ancient women and applying them to modern day living.


  1. Such encouraging words that bless our whole team Sharon. Thank you very much! Looking forward to enjoying your films as well. God’s blessing & equipping upon all that you put your hands to. Trey Fernald (Eastern Sky / THE LAST APPEAL)


  2. wow! one of the best yet! loved everything about it! the staging of it was so powerful in its simplicity, the characters were developed without overstating anything, the message of God’s love was so strong thru every moment, and the ending was amazing! this is destined to be shared as a wonderful ministry outreach!


  3. Hi I would love to purchase this movie for guys who are incarcerated. I think it can mean a lot to them but I battle to get hold of it. If you know please let me know.
    Thank you
    Antoinette Ferreira


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