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Why I Support Faith-Based Films…

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:

Isaiah 5:20-21

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

John 15:18-19
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.

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Wrapped principal photography on ‘LIVE FAST, DIE YOUNG’

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.

June 26, 2008 Posted by | God, the genius club, tim chey, Toronto Film Festival, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The First Gospel Musical – The Underground Railroad movie

We’re currently in pre-production for ‘The Underground Railroad’

March 25, 2008 Posted by | 5665971, abolitionists, amazing grace, beautiful mind, bluegrass, calvin college, cannes film festival, christian films, God, gordon college, gospel, gospel songs, harriett tubman, harvard university, houghton college, movie reviews, the genius club, the underground railroad, the underground railroad movie, thomas garrett, tim chey, Toronto Film Festival, willowcreek church, world hunger | , | Leave a comment

THE GENIUS CLUB is the #2 FILM AT THE BOX OFFICE IN MEXICO CITY

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!

September 23, 2007 Posted by | 11th hour, AFM, al gore, American Film Market, beautiful mind, bill clinton, Blogroll, Duelo De Genios, gas prices, george bush, George Clooney, God, Half Nelson, iraq war, Michael Clayton, movies, Regal Cinemas, Sundance Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, the genius club, the queen, tim chey, Toronto Film Festival, world hunger | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Genius Club Invited to the DC Film Festival

NEWS RELEASE (1.25.07):

The prestigious Washington, DC Independent Film Festival (DCIFF) is an award winning festival which showcases world premieres, award winning features, shorts, animation and documentaries by local, national and international filmmakers.

“We’re happy we were invited to a great film festival in the Nation’s capital,” says Tim Chey, the director of the closing night film, ‘The Genius Club’.

DCIFF is proud to present the 2007 finalists** (**films are subject to change) More information will be posted shortly :

Features:

1) The Genius Club, directed by Tim Chey (2006) World Premiere, U S A http://www.TheGeniusClubMovie.com
2) Baby Blues, directed by (2006) World Premiere, U S A
3) Barrio Cuba, directed by Humberto Solas (2006) East Coast Premiere, Cuba
4) Disappearances, directed by Jay Craven (2006) World Premiere, U S A http://www.kingdomcounty.com
5) Al Qarem, directed by Affandy Yacoob (2006) World Premiere, Afghanistan U S A http://www.alquremthemovie.com
6) God in My Pocket, directed by Arnault Labaronne (2006) US Premiere, France
7) ntellectual Property, directed by Nick Peterson (2006) World Premiere, U S A http://www.ipthemovie.com
8 ) My Brother, directed by Anthony Lover (2006) World Premiere, U S A
9) One Buddha, directed by (2006) World Premiere, Argentina
10) Rain in the Mountains, directed by (2006) World Premiere, U S A

January 29, 2007 Posted by | borat, the genius club, tim chey | Leave a comment

Interview/Jack Scalia/set of ‘The Genius Club’

Here’s an interview with Jack Scalia, star of ‘The Genius Club’.

“Jack was a real joy to work with – he played the American President so convincingly I would vote for him in the next election” – Tim Chey/Director’s Commentary/The Genius Club

January 25, 2007 Posted by | movies, the genius club, tim chey | Leave a comment

Interview/Stephen Baldwin/set of ‘The Genius Club’

Here’s an interview with Stephen Baldwin, star of ‘The Genius Club’.

Stephen Baldwin’s character is Rory, a pizza delivery guy with an IQ of 239.

January 25, 2007 Posted by | the genius club, tim chey | Leave a comment

Marilyn Beck on ‘The Genius Club’

Marilyn Beck on ‘The Genius Club’

NOW THERE’S AN IDEA: ‘The Genius Club,’ writer-producer Tim Chey’s unique movie, in which a demented soul has a nuclear bomb set to go off on Christmas day — unless the President of the United States and a group of the world’s greatest minds can come up with solutions to the world’s problems in one single night. We’re told those problems include hunger, war, cancer, terrorism, the meaning of life, rush hour traffic, and jerks.

Marilyn Beck
The Hollywood Exclusive

January 22, 2007 Posted by | beautiful mind, borat, movies, the departed, the genius club, the illusionist, the queen, tim chey | Leave a comment

The Genius Club as a ‘catchphrase’?

As I was surfing the net the other day, I saw a lot of new sites referring to join a ‘Genius Club’. One person even invited his fellow geniuses to join ‘The Genius Club’ party at his house. I think the title ‘The Genius Club’ has entered the public lexicon already in a short amount of time.

This is due to the increasing power of the internet. We’re still shooting for a March date in Los Angeles next.

More info:

December 24, 2006 Posted by | beautiful mind, Blogroll, borat, christian, movies, the genius club, tim chey, Uncategorized | Leave a comment