When God Exceeds Our Expectations

Our God is an awesome God! When we first started working on Providence, we had pretty low expectations. We knew it was the story that God had called us to tell, but we thought it would be for a limited audience since it was just a simple little silent love story. Then we had an…

GloryReelz Christian Film Festival 2016

This weekend we headed north to Grand Rapids, Michigan for the annual GloryReelz Christian Film Festival. It was a jam packed day of workshops, screenings, meals, and fellowshipping. We kicked off the day with Doc Benson's workshop on budgeting. While we know a thing or two about budgets, we still learned more. My favorite takeaway…

Rich Swingle – Stepping Out in Faith

Rich Swingle and Joyce Swingle at AMC Empire for Providence movie

Continuing with my articles that highlight films and folks from GloryReelz Christian Film Festival, I'm excited to talk with Rich Swingle about his roles in two of the featured films, The Messenger's Box and Providence.  When did you first discover a love for acting? I typically tell people in the fourth grade when I played…

International Christian Film Festival

With all the PROVIDENCE movie screenings we've got going on, we were unable to attend this year's International Christian Film Festival so Juli Tapken went in our place. Here's her guest blog about her experience.  If you are a newbie to film festivals like I am, the International Christian Film Festival is a great one…

Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival

We first learned of the Bare Bones film festival back in 2013 when Caleb Vetter mentioned in his Faith Flix interview that PAWN'S MOVE had won at Bare Bones and he'd had a positive experience there. So we submitted FLOWERS FOR FANNIE and lo and behold, got three nominations, and Patricia Binkley won Best Actress.…

Providence Theatrical Release – In Pictures

Providence movie released in seven cities on Friday, February 12. As part of the release, we had Q and A sessions at each of the theaters. It was a whirlwind of a weekend to say the least. The movie is still showing, but we're finally home and able to catch our breath long enough to…

Providence Movie Red Carpet Premiere

Providence Red Carpet Premiere at historic Frankiln Theatre

One of the highlights for a filmmaker is that moment when people see your film for the first time. All those many hours of work are put to the test as you anxiously wait to find out the audience reaction to your baby. Will they catch the humor? Will they feel the emotion? Will they…

Juli Tapken – Actress

We were blessed to have Juli Tapken play the leading role of Rachel in Providence. She truly brought to life Rachel's struggles as a single woman dealing with work, dating, and her relationship with her mother. She's transparent and real and her compassionate and sensitive spirit that shows up on screen is equally evident behind…

Providence Filming – By Actress Juli Tapken

A film is so much more than what you see on screen in the finished product. For the individuals involved in the making of a movie, the behind the scenes experience can be a time of spiritual revival or of spiritual drought, depending on the focus and attitude of the filmmakers. I have found that…

Providence Filming Day 8

Yesterday we filmed our last scenes with Young Rachel (Emily Knapp) and Grandma Rose (Patricia Binkley). After last weekend's jam packed filming days, it was a fairly relaxing day of family memories - Rachel's tea party with her dolls and animals, baking peanut butter cookies (which we forgot about and left in the oven to…

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