Wow, just finished a 27 country epic journey called ‘Epic Journey: The Quest to Find God’. God is really moving around the world in these last days. Incredible testimonies. Amazing stories. We were so blessed to travel to Tokyo, Cairo, Jerusalem, Istanbul, Nairobi, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Rome, Lima, Buenos Aires, et al.
God is great and continues to show His presence everywhere. Also finishing ‘FINAL’ shot in six countries. And finally ‘UNDERGROUND RAILROAD’ starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. – Busy year – God be given all the glory!
One of the most discouraging things about being a Christian filmmaker are the blood-thirsty ‘critics’, both secular and Christian, who attack our films. Of course, I remember Jay Schroeder, the former NFL quarterback saying the worst thing he hated about playing football was enduring the sports critics who never wore a jock-strap. I guess it’s the same with me – movie critics who’ve never picked up a camera.
However, I’ve learned just to forgive. The Lord has blessed me so much – I’ve directed 6 films that have reached over 96 million households on TV and in the theaters.
Here’s 3 important verses in Scripture that every ‘critic’ needs to read before bashing films that honor God:
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.
2 Chronicles 19:2
Jehu the seer, the son of Hanani, went out to meet him and said to the king, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Because of this, the wrath of the LORD is upon you
If the people of this world hate you, just remember that they hated me first. If you belonged to the world, its people would love you. But you don’t belong to the world. I have chosen you to leave the world behind, and that is why its people hate you.
It’s amazing how fast a year goes as you get older.
2010 was the best year of my life.
I feel I’m really walking close to the Lord and listening to Him.
‘Suing the Devil’ is my best film and the one I’m the most proud of after ‘Live Fast, Die Young’. It opens in theaters in March. Please pray for it. That it really opens the eyes of a jaded world in search of peace. The spiritual battle has been fierce around the film, but we never backed down. And God rewarded us for it.
I want to wish all of you – my friends – a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
God is great!
I keep meeting political Christians where ever I go.
And it’s a tragedy.
Jesus Christ was not political. There were many times he could have discussed Rome’s politics of the day. It was well-known that whatever was discussed in the Forum of Trajan and the Pantheon spread throughout all of the Roman empire.
Yet Jesus never engaged in the politics of the day – he focused on the Gospel.
I don’t care who wins in 2012. I care about lost souls. I care about the imminent return of our Lord and Savior.
A team of us are currently in Dayton and Columbus, Ohio where we’re releasing our latest film, ‘Live Fast, Die Young’.
The people of Ohio are terrific – I spoke at several Bible study groups and churches here.
This morning I was on the radio with my good friend Judah, an evangelist, and we discussed how often we’re persecuted for doing the most simple things – like even handing out tracts or postcards with a Gospel message.
But there’s real unity and brotherhood in Christ in Ohio. People are real and they’re rock solid in their faith.
God bless everyone here.
We just wrapped the movie ‘Live Fast, Die Young’ on June 21, 2008.
For those of you who want the storyline, here it is:
Story: At an exclusive Hollywood party on Christmas Eve, an A-list star dies of an apparent overdose. A detective holds a protesting core group of Hollywood insiders for questioning. The group, consisting of an A-list director, a top agent, a movie star, a media mogul, a writer, a wannabe actress, a studio head, and others, begin a deep and profound discussion on the meaning of life, including the existence of God.
What I like about this film is the underlying premise that our very culture is being manipulated by 5 companies. I mean, take a step back and look at my average day:
1) Turn on the TV at home – MSNBC is on;
2) Waiting at the airport lounge – CNN is playing;
3) Go to the hospital for my mom’s surgery – Fox News is playing;
4) Drive in your car (CBS 1070 is playing – the govt took away our cell phone privileges)
5) Go to the supermarket and we see the magazines at the checkout counter – same 5 companies.
Are you getting the picture? Throughout my typical day (and yours), we’re carefully being ‘taught’ how to think by a select few companies that control all the content in the world.
Very scary when you digest it.
Nevertheless, God is in control. Just be aware of what the 5 big media companies are up to.
We’re currently in pre-production for ‘The Underground Railroad’
This past weekend, ‘The Genius Club’ (‘Duela De Genios’) was the #2 independent film in Mexico City (Sept 21-23) and #5 overall (out of 40 movies). Only ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’, ‘Resident Evil’, and ‘Underdog’ beat us. We were in the 16 biggest theaters throughout Mexico City (Population: 22 million).
It caught our distributor, Cien Films, completely off guard.
The toughest film critics gave our film a thumbs up, with Milenio newspaper giving ‘The Genius Club’ 4.5 out of 5 stars. This is the same paper that has done no-holds bar critiques on Alfonso Cuarón (“The Children of Men”), Alejandro Iñárritu (“Babel”), and Guillermo del Toro’s (Pan Labyrtinth) movies.
The best part was the director, Tim Chey, being able to tell the reporters that the world’s problems ARE solvable and how God changed Mr. Chey’s life – it was phenomenal to say the least. We were featured in the largest newspapers, national TV, and even Rolling Stone. They told us they never saw a movie that discussed God intellectually.
At the screenings, people were seen literally weeping as they came out. It was infectious. Countless people approached us after our screenings to say how they cried and how much the film made them think about their lives, death, and God.
We’ve attached some press photos of our screenings, etc.
May the Lord bless each of you mightily as he has us!
The new feature film ‘The Genius Club’, from writer/director Tim Chey, will have it’s European premiere at the Cannes Film Festival/Market on May 18, 2007 at 12 p.m at the Gray 3 Theater. The interest in the film has grown since the film had a theatrical release in October 2006.
The premiere international distribution company, Eleven Arts, is handling international distribution. “We’re extremely proud to be associated with the film and congratulate Tim Chey on a terrific job in writing and directing such a powerful and emotional thriller,” says Kana Aida of Eleven Arts. “Foreign buyers from around the world have been inquiring of the film.”
“We’re delighted to be screening ‘The Genius Club’ at this year’s Cannes,” says director Tim Chey, of RiverRain Productions. “We’re looking forward to translating the film in many different languages.”
The Genius Club is produced by Arch Bonnema and Daishi Takiishi and is written and directed by Tim Chey. The official website is: http://www.TheGeniusClubMovie.com
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