I love student films. I love the enthusiasm of the filmmakers, the originality of their stories, and their passion to succeed. Often, however, what the films offer in energy, they lack in quality.  Occasionally, a young student is able to combine their excitement with raw talent and skills. Thus is the case of Josiah Stendel with Orphaned Courage.

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Sixteen-year-old Josiah has been working as a professional videographer/filmmaker since he was thirteen. Orphaned Courage, his latest film, reveals a sophistication not often found in independent films in general, and certainly not in student films.

Orphaned Courage

Orphaned Courage is the story of two brothers dealing with adoption and identity. It’s a high action film with a complex script, beautiful cinematography, strong acting, and a powerful storyline. It’s already received a few film festival accolades. I’m sure many more will be forthcoming. It premieres Thursday, September 22 at the Kentucky Theater in Lexington, Kentucky.

Orphaned Courage

About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Sharon Wilharm is a female filmmaker, blogger, and speaker. Her movies have screened in theaters, festivals, and churches around the globe, aired on multiple television networks, and sold in stores and online outlets throughout English speaking countries. She's accumulated dozens of festival accolades including the “Shibboleth Award for Visionary Leadership in the Field of Christian Film Making”, numerous Best of Fest awards, and 4 ICVM Crown Awards. She's passionate about storytelling and loves entertaining and inspiring audiences with her filmmaking, writing, and speaking.

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