August 28, 2010 – Sony Strikes Again, this time their Victim, a Church!
My husband and I were looking through the internet and he was showing me a spectacular movie that was coming out. It is called “The Mysterious Islands, Surprising Journey to Darwin’s Eden”. Source
I want you to go to this link and watch the trailer of the movie on the video there. It’s a beautiful movie and a testament to God’s creation. Listen to the words in the narrative during the video. Wonderful!
I watched this with my husband and I immediately wanted it, but they are not releasing it until August 31st. My husband says, “You can pre-order it”. I whipped out my card, practically threw it at him and told him, “order it! I want to see that! That is BEAUTIFUL!”
This movie was made by the same people who made “Fireproof” which we have, “Facing the Giants” and “Flywheel”. I am quite familiar with the Kendrick Brothers Alex and Stephen, and how they turned the congregation of their little church in Albany, Georgia into a cast and crew of several movies, naming their company “Sherwood Pictures”. I had even sent an idea for a story in to them when I first saw Flywheel. I thought to myself “How needed are movies like this!”
I was elated that another movie was coming out “by the makers of Fireproof” and when I saw the quality of “Courageous” and “The Mysterious Island”, I thought to myself, “wow! They have really matured!” I asked my husband as I watched this trailer, “Where did they get the funding to put out a quality film like that?”
The film distribution company was “Provident Films”, not Sherwood Films and just as I thought they may have partnered with another film company I hear my husband say “Uh-oh . . . Provident Films, a Unit of Sony Music Entertainment”.
I spun around in my office chair (it spins, and my husband’s desk is behind mine on the opposite wall. This happens a lot), and looked at his computer screen.
You know that sinking, agonizing dead feeling in the pit of your stomach that pulls all the blood in your body to the floor, similar to the day you heard on the T.V. or radio that Michael Jackson died? Well that is the feeling I got. I leaned closer to the screen. Sure enough on the bottom of the web page where they usually have that “copyright” © sign, was the “Provident Films” Sony Music Entertainment claim.
So my lil’ buddies from Albany Georgia sold out to murdering Sony! That is a crying shame. Did they know Sony’s history or just go with the highest bidder regardless of how much or who’s blood that money had been soaking in?
I told my husband, “Give me my card back, please. We are not getting the movie.” Then on second thought I asked him, “Would you please email me the links to both those web pages? I’m telling others about this.”
I am devastated. Of all the people Sherwood had to sell their beautiful movies to and it had to be a thieving, art-destroying mob-run company. No wonder their movies were so much more professionally done . . . It was probably backed with MICHAEL JACKSON BLOOD MONEY!!!!
The article talking about how this little homespun church and two of its parishners became inspired to make faith-based movies, found encouraging success distributing through church networks and the internet grew into “Sherwood Pictures” with their first movie “Flywheel”. Then they made “Facing the Giants” then “Fireproof” with Kirk Cameron. Now with “Courageous” and “The Mysterious Islands”, I am going to have to ask you all to help me. Article Source
The section about Sony:
“Alex Kendrick and Michael Catt took Facing the Giants to some distributors in Hollywood. Their best offer was a deal to go directly to DVD, with no theatrical run. They went home discouraged, feeling a door had been shut.
A few days later Stephen called Provident Music Group in Franklin, Tennessee, to get formal permission to use a popular Christian rock song that was in one of the scenes. The money Provident wanted—“tens of thousands,” Stephen said—took his breath away. “We’re a church,” he pleaded. “The movie’s a ministry! Can’t you give us a break?”
They would have to see the movie first. When the DVD arrived, Terry Hemmings, president and chief executive of Provident, said he would give it a few minutes while he ate lunch, but that he had a one o’clock meeting. After 15 minutes, he canceled his one o’clock and called his staff in to watch with him. After 30 minutes, he told his assistant to book him a flight to Albany. By the time the movie was over, he called Stephen Kendrick, who was fishing with his son.
“We’re in,” Hemmings said simply.
“In?” Stephen asked. “What does that mean?”
“Not only can you use our song but we will help you get distribution.” Could Stephen please send a DVD to Provident’s parent company, Sony?”
I am writing a letter to the Kendrick brothers, Sherwood pictures, and Kirk Cameron about Sony and the mistake these people have made.
Sony’s REAL HISTORY with Michael Jackson!
Article about Sony and what they did to Michael
On one of Charles Thomson’s recent updates, he talks about and belittles my blog and its history of this CONSPIRACY dating back through the first child molestation allegations in 1993. What does Charles know about this conspiracy? Of course he would deny it. Sony is his livelihood. Charles was all of five years old when THAT was going on. Charles was 13 when Michael was battling Sony over the catalog and his album “Invincible” and Charles was 15 or 16 when Bashir’s nasty little crock-u-mentary was released and about 17 when Michael was going through his trial in Santa Maria. Charles has said himself that his focus was on how the press covered the trial, not Michael’s personal life . . . Yet he’s an admitted “paid Michael Jackson Expert”.
Just because Charles has neither focused nor investigated what was behind the trial that the press reported on does NOT mean the evidence didn’t exist. The Sony Speech happened on Charles’ Side of the pond in 2002. I guess Charles was too young for Sony to get him in on THAT press conference.
Surely Charles, you have an explanation for this? The Speech
Charles doesn’t believe there was a conspiracy. So what. I don’t believe Charles is a journalist. If he was, he would investigate instead of repeating what he is told to repeat by the provider of his snorkeling trips to Cyprus. That makes Charles a paid pundit, not a journalist. It is Charles job to make sure that Sony’s past is whitewashed and that people that follow him believe everything Michael endured because of that company was Michael’s fault. Unfortunately, court transcripts, Michael’s own speeches and the Jackson family know better and Charles is only revealing himself by blanket-denying Sony’s attempts to financially rape Michael to get their greasy little mitts on that catalog. But I guess we shouldn’t beat on Sony about that. After all, they do that to every artist. It’s an industry art form. They know how to market stolen property. That is a syndicate art form, but I digress . . .
Back to Sony and their movies, I want you to know we are going to run into a lot of this. We’re going to see movies advertised that are fantastic and inspirational, and they’re made by reputable, smaller, sometimes home-grown movie makers. But they are distributed or the company is bought out by one of Sony’s companies. There are other ways to get a screen play made into a movie and there are other ways to get it distributed and into theaters. And If I were Sherwood pictures, I would go with a Christian based, family oriented company that has its own string of theaters throughout the country. (wink-wink)
And if I were a certain, Christian-based, family-oriented owner of a chain of Movie theaters, I would forbid even one Sony picture to be shown in my theaters. As a matter of fact, I would even venture to contact Sherwood myself, buy out their Sony contract and persuade them to work with me, because their movies are good and I would not want them to compromise their values or lose respect because of their affiliation with Sony. They tried to rescue Michael, maybe they can rescue Sherwood films before someone else is driven to the brink of bankruptcy. Sherwood needs to be careful who they are dealing with. They don’t know, and they should be told.
The two links below lead the web sites of both Provident and Sherwood Films. I believe the name of the church that makes the films is Sherwood Church.
The Mysterious Islands
Courageous, The Movie
This is where you can write to them and let them know that Sony is a mistake and tell them why. Keep your letters professional and let them know that faith based movies should be promoted through more reputable companies and not those that steal from artists while driving them into bankruptcy. Contact
More about Provident Films . . . Check their lists, make sure you don’t patronize any of their movies.
And on a lighter note, I want to tell you how I spent Michael’s Birthday. I had posted a birthday blog for him, dedicating an allegory to him, here
Sunday, I did not go to church. My step son was visiting us and considering he started his senior year on Monday (today), we wanted to take him out to dinner. I did not hear any Michael music but on the way back home, I was listening to the Christian Contemporary station in my car. I was driving (always. My husband gives me heart attacks when he drives), and the song “I can’t Do this Alone” came on. I was humming it to myself. When it was over a commercial came on and I began humming “Human Nature”.
My husband asked me, “What song are you humming?” I told him and he said nothing. I continued humming it.
For some reason I looked down at my odometer. It read 77,777 miles. I said, “Ed! Hey look!” He did and uttered a “wow”. Then he said, “look at the time!”
The time on the car clock was 7:07pm.
When we got home, my husband was checking messages on his cell phone. He called me upstairs. He said, “I wanted to show you who called and left messages on my cell phone . . . Michael Jackson.”
I looked and sure enough, two calls logged from “Mike Jackson” for August 29, 2010 but they were in the morning. I took a picture.
Before you freak out . . .
Mike Jackson is my husband’s cousin out in California. :o)
God Bless you and sorry for the heart attack!
Tomorrow, I will finally get to Michael’s siblings, the outrage over their behavior and some things you should know about the Jackson “kids”.