Religious Film Production Companies

16 Apr

In the film industry there is a small but mighty group whose goal is to bring spiritual, uplifting, and edifying messages to its audience. This group consists largely of Christian production companies from all over the world. Today, we will take a look at five of these companies (within the U.S.) and the films that are making a spiritual dent in our society.

Provident Films

Based in Nashville, it started as a music group production company, but its CEO Terry A. Hemmings took it to the next level.[1] Provident Films has quite an extensive and impressive resume. Its films include “Grace Card”, “King’s Faith”, “Courageous”, and the upcoming “Mom’s Night Out”.

Click for King’s Faith

Sherwood Pictures

 Not as prominent as Provident films, it still has produced some wonderful films alongside PF, such as “Flywheel”, “Facing the Giants”, “Fireproof”, and “Courageous”. Alex and Stephen Kendrick joined the staff in 1999 (Alex) and 2001(Stephen). They not only write and direct, but occasionally star in their films.[2]

LightWorkers Media

LWM is the newest to the industry, with Roma Downey as President. Known for her work on “Touched by an Angel”, it is not surprising that she would want to join her peers in creating big screen cinema. Her husband, Mark Burnett, works alongside her.[3] Their most recent successes have been the epic miniseries “The Bible” and wide release “Son of God”.

Click for Son of God

Cloud Ten Pictures

 With over a decade of critical and popular success, Cloud Ten Pictures continues to produce films that inspire and lead. Actors such as Judd Nelson, Kirk Cameron, Ving Rhames, and Nicolas Cage have starred in several films. It is most noted for its “Left Behind” series, “Apocalypse,” “Tribulation”, and “Revelation”.

Halestorm Entertainment

 Founded in 2001 by Kurt Hale and Dave Hunter, Halestorm Entertainment has produced comedy and dramatic films. “Singles Ward” launched its success, followed by “The Home Teachers”, “Sons of Provo”, and “The Best Two Years”. HsE primarily works produces and films for the Mormon community, although about anyone can enjoy these films, especially if you are familiar with the stereotypes and clichés among Latter-Day Saints.[4]

Click for Singles Ward

Click for The Best Two Years

Most of us have never heard of these films, but if you find you are in need of a spiritual boost, many of these and others can be found on netflix and youtube.

[1] http://www.providentfilms.org/about

 

[2] http://SherwoodPictures.com/how-we-do-it/

 

[3] http://www.lightworkersmedia.com/homepage.htm

 

[4] http://www.halestormentertainment.com/about-halestorm

 

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6 Responses to “Religious Film Production Companies”

  1. Open Book April 16, 2014 at 4:44 PM #

    Great, great list LB. How did they make your list? Did u have a particular criteria that help you comprise your list?

    • littlebells April 16, 2014 at 9:11 PM #

      Thank you! Honestly, I just picked films I had seen in the last 10 years or so and checked who their production team was. Provident Films has a great list of their movies. I was amazed at how many they had done.

      You can also check out the following link for all Christian Productions:http://www.christianfilmdatabase.com/production-companies-3/

      • Open Book April 18, 2014 at 3:09 PM #

        Great link LB.

        On a different note. Do u know who produced “Noah” and “Son of God?” Noah has received good reviews but films like “God’s Not Dead,” Heaven’s for Real” and “Son of God” did poorly among critics. Do u think there is some validity to their claims stating those films are “cheesy, safe, bland and does not hold up on the big screen?”

        Granted I think audiences should make their own decisions when choosing a film instead of relying on a film critic who may have different agendas etc… But truth be told I dislike films that are too literal and overt with their message which is what some religious films often get accused of being by critics. Do u think that’s a fair assessment?

        • Open Book April 18, 2014 at 3:23 PM #

          I guess the real challenge for religious films is sustaining realism and objectivity.

        • 4string April 20, 2014 at 8:16 PM #

          However, with a biblical film like Noah, you need to be as true as possible to the source material, The Bible in this case. Critics may have liked it but I’ve heard that Jewish and Christian reviewers said it was ridiculous. I haven’t seen it, but they were saying they tried to make it Transformers with Noah’s ark. Also, keep in mind that many religious movies don’t have big budgets.

          • littlebells April 25, 2014 at 1:26 PM #

            I agree with 4String. It is a story from the Bible and once you take away that source, it’s not credible. Granted I wasn’t there with Noah, but I’m pretty sure Hollywood’s version was not it. Noah’s story is also very God centered. It was God who commanded him to build the ark and explained why he was doing it.

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