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I believe the Rapture could be imminent….

I took this picture in Waikiki the other night – completely deserted

Praying everyone comes to Christ in these difficult times.

I believe the Rapture could be imminent. Here’s my think – not date setting:


God bless everyone in the U.S. and abroad.

April 9, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Watch ‘Freedom’ (Cuba Gooding, Jr) for Free on Amazon Prime.

If you haven’t seen ‘Freedom’ yet, you can watch it for free on Amazon Prime:


It took me over 7 years to write and produce this film. All the honor and glory to the Lord.

The film is based on two stories – one is a family escaping to the North with a legendary slave hunter in pursuit – and the second story is of John Newton, former slave trader who found redemption and wrote ‘Amazing Grace’

I was an atheist before I found Christ in my 30’s. In a lot of ways, I was worse than John Newton in my heart. But Christ saved me. I’m not perfect by any means, but I’m forgiven!

February 26, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

11 Weeks for ‘The Islands’

Our film, ‘The Islands’ went 11 weeks in the theaters. Many thanks to all the theater chains for believing in the movie.

The film is based on the true story of Chiefess Kapiolani who went into an active volcano in 1823 to demonstrate her faith in Christ. It’s considered one of the greatest acts of courage by a world leader.

Many thanks to the thousands who saw the film in the theaters. We received hundreds of Facebook emails of people who were touched by the film and hopefully drew closer to God.

God bless!

More articles:



February 25, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Was Our Movie ‘The Islands’ Ignored by the Academy Due to Faith?

Just an interesting thought…..
Monday, February 10, 2020 5:10 PM

LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / February 10, 2020 / As the Academy Awards wrapped on Sunday, one question is why the Academy ignored the critically-acclaimed movie, ‘The Islands’, from director Timothy Chey. Was it due to the film being faith-based?

‘The Islands’ was released theatrically on December 6, 2019 in over 45 major cities across the nation, including Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Houston, Orlando, Phoenix, etc

The film was also nominated for ‘Best Picture of the Year’ by the Hawaii Film Critics Association.

So why was the film ignored by the Academy? ‘The Islands’ is about a brave Hawaiian chiefess who challenged the volcano due to her faith in Christ in 1823 and has spent ten weeks in the theaters. The film starred a mostly Hawaiian/Polynesian cast and Oscar-Award winning actress Mira Sorvino.

“It’s out of our hands,” says Chey. “I’m just happy our film had a national theater release and several thousand people saw the film. That’s my Academy Award!” he laughs.

Was the film ignored because of the faith component?

“I think the last faith-based film nominated was ‘Ben Hur’ in 1959,” Chey replies. “But I don’t think there was any anti-faith discrimination. We didn’t do a good enough job marketing to the Academy. But we’ll do better with the sequel.”

Chey believes the sequel, ‘The Islands: Betrayal,” which begins shooting this summer (2020) will be nominated for ‘Best Picture’. “We’ll definitely have the budget this time to do a full Academy push and screen the film to all the members,” he says.

Chey has signed on to direct ‘The Islands: Betrayal’.

The sequel is based on the true story of Queen Lili’uokalani whose faith and courage saved Hawaii as she was dethroned and jailed.

Casting has already begun for the actress to play ‘Queen Lili’uokalani’.

“The Islands: Betrayal”
Begins Shooting Summer 2020
Directed by Tim Chey


February 12, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Being a Consumer-Rights Attorney…

I’ll never forget as a young teen coming home one day and seeing my mom sitting alone and sad. It disturbed me to see her like that. I said, “Is everything ok, Mom?”

She replied, “Yes. I just went to get an oil change and I left paying $3,700 for something I don’t think needed repair. It’s ok.”

My mom was a hard-working teacher and $3,700 wasn’t chump change.

It’s the reason I became a consumer-rights attorney and still am despite being a full-time filmmaker. I hate seeing people get ripped off. It brings the ‘Batman’ side to me like no other.

I don’t sue good people or good companies. I sue bad people and bad companies.

I sue a dishonest caterer who overcharges a film production. I sue Netflix for failing to bring in a Christian movie due to fraud. I sue an airlines for leaving a customer stranded at 4 am due to their fault.

As a born-again Christian, I can still love the people that we file lawsuits against. But I can’t let them rip off people. I like Hosea 12:6: “But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.”

February 7, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Very Excited About ’20 Minutes’

Press Release on 20 Minutes:

’20 Minutes’ is about an incoming ballistic missile to Hawaii that changes twelve people’s lives when they discover they have 20 minutes to live.

The characters in the film range from a conservative Republican and a liberal Democrat; atheist and Believer; and a Japanese billionaire and Native Hawaiian – all seeking refuge as the missile approaches.

“The movie ponders the ultimate question,” says director Tim Chey. “What if I had twenty minutes to live?”

The film was included in the Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Screen International magazines and people from around the world were intrigued by the film.

“I met a guy onboard a super-sized yacht at Cannes,” says Chey. “He came to the screening and brought six of his friends. I warned him it was faith-based, but he still came. There’s a real hunger for things about God these days.”

“20 Minutes” comes on the heels of the ballistic missile warning in Hawaii in 2018 that caused many to panic and think of their eternal destiny. The false warning made worldwide news and graced the front pages of the BBC, Yahoo, CNN, Fox News, and 350 major news outlets.

20 Minutes Movie – IMDB

20 Minutes at Cannes

August 29, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What If You Had 20 Minutes to Live?

We just wrapped ’20 Minutes’ in Hawaii.

The film is about an incoming ballistic missile to Hawaii changes twelve people’s lives when they discover they have 20 minutes to live.

What if you had 20 minutes to live? It makes you truly think about your life and what matters.

I hope everyone sees this film – not to bring anyone glory but the Lord and He’s coming sooner than we think!

We’re planning to release the film nationwide in March 2020 – please keep the film in prayer


20 Minutes Wraps Filming


Official website


Facebook Site






April 25, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

‘The Islands’ hits theaters Fall 2019!

God is good. ‘The Islands’ hits theaters in Fall 2019!

Please pray for the film as we’re under constant attack from the enemy for doing this story.


Chey’s official site: http://TimChey.org

Article on the Volcano and the film

Medium articles

Epic Journey – watch the film now!

Mira Sorvino wraps ‘The Islands’

Google +

Radio interview

October 30, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

‘The Islands’ hits theaters March 15, 2019

‘The Islands’ movie will hit theaters nationwide on March 15, 2019.

‘The Islands’ is based on the true story of a Hawaiian queen who found Christ over two hundred years ago and challenged the volcano god by going into the active volcano. It’s considered one of the greatest acts of moral courage by a world leader.

The film has been screening at premiers around the world with Chey introducing the film. He will be in Tokyo in early October showing the film and then on to Hong Kong.

Academy-Award winning actress Mira Sorvino plays one of the Boston missionaries to arrive into Hawaii in 1821. The film has received a lot of positive media attention for using Native Hawaiians/Polynesians in the lead roles.

“I was thrilled to work with Mira on this important film,” says Chey. “She was so courageous and even did her own stunt work in rescuing a villager in the rain and riding a horse.”

Sorvino, who has been in the news lately regarding Harvey Weinstein’s alleged blacklisting of the actress for refusing his sexual advances, was always at the top of Chey’s list to play Lucy Thornton.

“I hired Mira way before the Harvey thing broke out and was so sad to hear about how Mira was possibly blacklisted,” continues Chey. “There are too many rumor-mills in our industry and it’s very unfortunate that innocent people are swept up and grinded out.”

Sorvino also starred opposite Teuria Shanti Napa, Ricky Sua’ava, Malia Marquez, Michael Camp, Lehi Makisi Falepapalangi, and legendary actor John Savage.

Chey also produced the faith-based movie ‘Freedom’ (Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, Sharon Leal) that was shot on the Amistad and also produced and directed Sony Pictures ‘Slamma Jamma’ (Michael Irvin, Chris Staples) which had a national theater release on March 24, 2017. The film hit 502 theaters in 281 cities across the U.S.

“The Islands”

In Theaters March 2019


Chey’s official site: http://TimChey.org

Article on the Volcano and the film

Medium articles


October 30, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“Christmas Stories” Begins Filming January 2019; Tim Chey directing

Hi Everyone!

Here’s a press release on our latest movie, ‘Christmas Stories’

“The high-profile faith-based film, “Christmas Stories” will start shooting this December.

The film focuses on ten true stories that happen on Christmas Eve. The epic film will go from New York City to the battlefields of World War II to plains of Africa – all on Christmas Eve and will put Christ back into Christmas with these profound stories.

The producers are planning to release ‘Christmas Stories’ into 3,000 theaters in November 2019.

“I’ve wanted to make a Christmas movie that really reflects why the season is so important,” says Tim Chey, the director. “The world really needs a Savior right now and that Savior is Christ the Lord.”

One of the stories involves the true story of a Colombian woman who was going to kill her husband on Christmas Eve by orders from Pablo Escobar. But that night, she heard a church singing ‘Silent Night’. Drawn into the church, she gave her life to Christ and told Escobar what happened at great risk to her life.

Chey uncovered the Columbian story as he traveled to over 30 countries for his ‘Epic Journey’ film that aired prime-time on Daystar TV to 80 million homes

Another story involves the incredible true story of how the seminal Christmas song, ‘O Holy Night’, was written against all odds and how the song was almost lost and found several times. Starting in a French Chateau in the 1800’s and continuing on through the Civil War.

“I believe we’re going to hit a giant home-run for the Lord,” says Chey. “All to make Jesus known throughout the world.”

Chey runs the third largest faith-based production company, RiverRain Productions, and his partners are currently raising over $1 billion to create the largest faith-based studio.

Chey’s other films, “Freedom” (Cuba Gooding, Jr., Sharon Leal) for Showtime on the early life of John Newton, writer of ‘Amazing Grace’, “David and Goliath” (Miles Sloman), and “Slamma Jamma” for Sony Pictures.

His latest film, ‘The Islands’ (Mira Sorvino, Ricky Sua’ava) hits theaters in the Spring 2019.

Shooting on Christmas Stories

Tim Chey’s Christmas Stories – Filming in January 2019

Official Website for ‘Christmas Stories’

Interview with Carman

God bless!

Tim Chey

September 26, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment