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Rick Santorum’s Company Set Date For Religious Freedom Pic That Covers Hobby Lobby Case

By | Monday June 30, 2014 @ 6:31pm PDT

Rick Santorum’s Company Set Date For Religious Freedom Pic That Covers Hobby Lobby CaseRipped from the still-drying headlines: The former GOP presidential hopeful’s EchoLight Studios said today that it will release One Generation Away: The Erosion Of Religious Liberty on September 1. Producer-director Ken Carpenter’s docudrama (watch the trailer below) focuses on seven cases in the U.S. courts, including the Hobby Lobby case that the Supreme Court decided today. Rick Santorum‘s faith- and family-based company, which specializes in bringing “first-class, redemptive media to the marketplace,” as usual will screen the film in churches before its theatrical release.

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One Generation Away clearly presents the complex perspective on important issues, like the recent Hobby Lobby case, that your average Christian American doesn’t think about every day,” EchoLight Studios President Jeff Sheets said. “We hope to bring more attention to the critical times we are facing, and help Americans open their eyes to the reality that we are indeed closer than ever before to losing the religious freedoms that our ancestors so bravely fought to obtain.” The film is a co-production of Abington Ridge Films, American Family Studios, EchoLight Studios and Triple Horse Studios. Here’s the trailer: Read More »

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Rick Santorum’s Faith-Based Film Company Eyes Churches Also As Movie Houses

By | Monday April 14, 2014 @ 4:16pm PDT

450461553EchoLight Studios, the faith- and family-based production entity headed by self-professed Christian politician and former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, said it will distribute four films a year starting in September 2014 then one a quarter after that. But here’s the twist: The films will be playing in churches throughout the country instead of theaters. One of those films is Hoovey, starring Patrick Warburton (Rules Of Engagement) and Lauren Holly — a true story about a Midwestern basketball family who, with God’s help, stayed in the game and won. Audrey's Shower patrick warburtonThe film is an unlikely candidate for the nation’s theaters to begin with, but there is a larger goal for Santorum, who is the CEO and not in politics any longer — to bring in flocks to the churches. “We want to be a part of empowering the church to elevate its role as a cultural change agent,” EchoLight President Studios Jeff Sheets said in a statement. “Our vision is not to create sermons wrapped in a movie but to create content that inspires, fascinates and incorporates a strong Christian worldview.”

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Uh, that’s taking the faith-based craze to a different level — using churches as theaters. The Franklin, TN-based company is developing content with “strong ministry value as tools for the Church to use in their in-reach and outreach ministries.” They also said that a portion of the revenues generated from these films will “fuel the missional needs of the hosting local church.” So instead of the money going into Hollywood coffers, it’s going back to Santorum’s churches. And therein lies the business model. Read More »

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