Invisible: The Story and Hope of Mexico’s Street Kids – With Filmmaker Stephen Spivey

Invisible Street Kids

I try to pay attention to the Christian film festival circuit, noting which films are included and especially which films are winning. Invisible: The Story and Hope of Mexico's Street Kids made the rounds, winning at both Great Lakes Christian Film Festival and International Christian Film Festival. It's a powerful documentary made even more so…

Candy Beard – Female Filmmaker

Candy Beard

The faith-based world can be a pretty small community, especially for filmmakers who film in neighboring states. The same actors work on films in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. I first learned of Candy Beard from actors who were working on one of our films and had worked on hers in the past. Then I met…

Interview with Sharon Wilharm

Thanks to National Association of Film Critics for the great interview. We got to talk about my filmmaking background, my directing style, our experience with AMC Independent, and more.

National Association of Film Critics

What inspired you to get into filmmaking?

I never intended to be a filmmaker. I was a bookworm and never even really watched movies. But my husband had a broadcast communications degree and ten years into our marriage decided he was going to make a documentary about the history of the small town we’d moved to. Somehow that documentary morphed into a narrative feature with me writing the script, directing it, and starring in it. I had no clue what I was doing and hated it. But ten years later, he convinced me to do another movie. We ended up doing seven movies, and at some point, I decided if this was what God had us doing, the least I could do was to learn how to become a better screenwriter and filmmaker.

What filmmakers would you say were your greatest sources of inspiration and who had the greatest influence…

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Gabrielle Evans Fields – Founder of Silver Lining Pictures

Gabrielle Evans Fields is a longtime Hollywood casting director and the founder of Silver Lining Pictures. On December 11 Silver Lining Pictures releases their first film, Runnin' From My Roots, a warm country drama that focuses on a country music star's very public fall from grace, and her journey to reclaim herself after retreating to her small…

Keith Mitchell – Writer, Producer, Distributor

I love industry events! Not only do you learn from the speakers and workshops, but you meet so many interesting people. Keith Mitchell is one of those folks. We sat next to each other at the Christian Retail Show pitch-a-thon then connected again at ICVM. I was privileged to be interviewed by him for his…

Jon Graham – Radio Host, Screenwriter, Video Producer

This week I had the privilege of being a guest on "The Culture Connection" segment of the Life With Purpose radio show. As host Jon Graham and I were chatting after the interview, I discovered that not does he interview film folks, but he's a screenwriter getting ready to produce his own faith-based film. First,…

Melissa Anschutz – Actress and Producer

As part of my continuing coverage of Wild Faith, I'm excited to talk with Melissa Anschutz, actress and co-producer of the film. Melissa majored in theatre with a minor in literature at CMU and WMU. She's performed in 26 films, five television series, and several commercials. I love that she produced her first theatrical show…

Karen Abercrombie – Actress, Writer, Director

In February 2015 we had the opportunity to watch an early screener of War Room  with Alex and Stephen Kendrick. From the moment Karen Abercrombie entered the screen as Mrs. Clara, I was a fan. She was so feisty and fun and she expressed her faith in such an authentic way. Since then, I've followed…

Jefferson Moore – Actor, Writer, Director, Producer

In 2013 I interviewed Jefferson Moore and talked about his movie “Pieces of Easter”. It continues to be my most popular blog article ever, especially around Easter.

Sharon Wilharm | Christian Filmmaker and Speaker

In 2003 Jefferson Moore and his wife Kelly formed Kelly’s Filmworks to write and produce movies that entertained and enlightened audiences. Since that time they’ve produced seven feature movies including The Perfect Stranger, The Perfect Gift,  and the just released, Pieces of Easter(also known as Backroads and Lilies). 

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What led to your interest in filmmaking?

Several years of working in FRONT of the camera, mainly…seeing the process of how a script on a sheet of paper made its way to a big screen, and all that happened in between, fascinated me.

Have you had any acting or filmmaking training?

None. Zero. Nada on the formal training…I learned acting from watching Sylvester Stallone movies and filmmaking from Robert Rodriguez’ ’10 Minute Film School’.

How does your faith impact your films?

I guess the short answer is it keeps me from including things like curse words and graphic sex in my scripts – part of a greater charge I have in…

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Cameron Arnett – Actor, Filmmaker, TV Host

We first met Cameron Arnett at the Kingdomwood Film Festival in  2015. Since then I'm pretty sure he's been at every film event we've been to, not to mention the many more he attends that we don't go to. He's a popular instructor sharing words of wisdom for filmmakers and actors alike. He's also the…