Posts Tagged ‘Courageous’

From the Set of Courageous: A Sheriffs Heart

June 17, 2010

If you ever want to really see the power of a father in a child’s life (good or bad) just ask someone to share thoughts about what they would say to their dad if he was standing there next to them at that moment.  I had that opportunity as I worked on the set of Courageous as part of my job at FamilyLife and helping with the promotion of fatherhood issues raised in the movie via social media.  Nearly every time I asked that at the end of an interview I conducted emotions were raw and sometimes there were tears–both joy and pain.  The movie is still being filmed and won’t be released until 2011.  But, there is so much power coming through the movie that I wanted to share or repost a blog article from Courageous Movie’s website/blog. And, since we are nearing father’s day, it’s appropriate to listen to and think about.

From Courageous Movie website:

When Sherwood Pictures was filming Fireproof, the support of the Albany Fire Department was an important element in helping the film realistically portray the realities firefighters face on a daily basis.

With Courageous, the support of the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Department, led by Sheriff Kevin Sproul, has been equally important—and equally impressive. Members of the Sheriff’s Department have been on set at different times throughout the filming, including Sheriff.

Stephen Kendrick spoke with Sheriff Sproul this week, but the focus of their conversation wasn’t on moviemaking or law enforcement. Instead, they spoke about the power of a father.

When we hear that phrase, we want to think about the positive influence of a dad in a child’s life. But in this video, Sheriff Sproul tells how he saw a father’s impact unfortunately played out in the life of a young man he coached in youth baseball.

As Father’s Day arrives this weekend, our prayer becomes more intense that dads everywhere will be inspired by Courageous to stand strongly and proudly proclaim, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”


DadPad: Courageous Friday-Dads in Film

April 16, 2010

Here’s a clip of what one movie reviewer hopes Courageous will do for a better portrayal of fatherhood in film:

A couple of questions for you to share your thoughts about:

1) What TV Dad do you recall as being a strong Dad

2)  What do you hope Courageous does to more positively impact the role of Fathers in our society?

The Next Sherwood Movie is Announced…and it is

November 15, 2009


In my Partnership director role at FamilyLife, I (Jeff) have had the privilege of working closely with the team that created, directed, produced and promoted the movie, Fireproof.  The integrity of the Hendrick brothers (Stephen and Alex; writers, directors and producers of the movie and pastors from Sherwood Baptist church in Albany, GA), the heart of the movie division that promoted and distributed the movie, Provident Films, and the zeal that everyone involved from the PR firm to the marketing promotion organizations and volunteer action squads displayed made this a wonderful experience.  So, I waited with great anticipation to hear the announcement of the “fourth-coming” movie from this team to be made this evening.

Announce_Alex_Kendrick_by_Hayley_CattI just received an email and PR release announcing that the fourth movie from Sherwood Pictures is goingAnnounce_Stephen_Kendrick_by_Hayley_Catt to be called, Courageous.  Why is this a DadPad worthy announcement?  The movie is going to be about fatherhood.  Here’s part of the press release I received from Lovell-Fairchild communications:

“The movie is about fatherhood and the title is one word: COURAGEOUS,” Alex Kendrick said, briefly outlining the plot.  “Four fathers who are all in law enforcement—who protect and serve together—go through a terrible tragedy,” he said. “They begin looking at their role as fathers . . . and they begin challenging one another to fulfill God’s intention for fathers.”

That single-word title, Pastor Catt said, echoes God’s call for men to “rise with courage” in their homes and as leaders.  This at a time when 4 of 10 marriages end in divorce* and more than a third of all children live away from their biological fathers.

“The statistics on fatherless children are devastating,” McBride said. “And because the family is the building block of society, one important place to rebuild families is through fathers who stay and lead and love.”

“God led us,” co-writer and producer Stephen Kendrick said to the audience of church members, many of them volunteer crew, cast, or catering in earlier Sherwood movies.  “We believe God is calling men to rise up with strength and with leadership in their homes, with their families and with their children.”

You can see why DadPad is excited about Courageous!  One of our desires with this blog is to get men engaged with their role as fathers.  I have no idea what this movie will turn out to be like but if the progression of quality and content continues as it has from Flywheel to Facing The Giants to Fireproof, I can only imagine that it will be a compelling story that will leave us thinking and being impacted as dads.

Begin to pray NOW for the writing, production, and filming of this movie (which begins in March 2010).  I know that Stephen and Alex Kendrick, Sherwood Baptist and Provident Films would invite your prayers for every aspect of this movie and, ultimately, that it might address and impact the plight of fathering in our culture.  Go get ’em Sherwood!!