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.

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About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a women’s ministry leader, popular media guest, and award-winning female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. Her filmmaking efforts have been recognized with dozens of accolades including the AFA “Shibboleth Award for Visionary Leadership in the Field of Christian Film Making”, four prestigious ICVM Crown Awards including Bronze “Best Picture”, a finalist in the Christian Retailing’s Best Awards and dozens of “Best Writer”, “Best Director” and “Best of Fest” festival awards. 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.

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