Gary Wheeler of Level Path Productions is a multi-award winning director, producer, and writer from North Carolina who has produced numerous television projects and films globally. Many know him for his adaptations of several legal thrillers by Christian author, Robert Whitlow including the recently released “Jimmy”, “The Trial”, and “The List”. “Mountain Top”, starring Barry Corbin, Coby Ryan McLaughlin, Valerie Azlynn, and Sydney Penny, is the latest Whitlow film; the release date is still pending at this time.
In this interview Wheeler chats with CMC host, Cheryl Ariaz Wicker, about several of his past and present projects, including “Jimmy” and “Mountain Top” and the televised movies, “The Heart of Christmas” and “Somebody’s Child”. There is also mention of another film in the works that sounds very interesting.
Kathleen & Phil Cooke, co-founders of Cooke Pictures and The Influence Lab, are a power couple who know the world of media and entertainment, and whose opinions are highly respected when it comes to the film industry. Phil is an internationally known speaker, author, and producer. His knowledge of how to use media effectively to get your message across is used worldwide. Kathleen is a sought after speaker who is on the advisory board for the Hollywood Prayer Network and Hollywood Connect.She also heads a group called “Influence Women” whose purpose is to train, teach, and encourage women involved in the entertainment and media industry.
Phil & Kathleen Cooke talk to CMC host Cheryl Ariaz Wicker about movies.
In this interview, Kathleen and Phil Cooke talk to CMC Host, Cheryl Ariaz Wicker, about “Noah” and “Son of God”. They discuss how these films, along with others, can impact our culture and open doors of conversations to share your faith.
In addition to being contributing writers for several magazines and news sources, they both have their own blogs. To read their blogs and other projects, you can find Kathleen at kathleencooke.com and Phil at philcooke.com.
Brad Stine, co-star and associate producer of the political suspense thriller, “Persecuted”, talked to Cheryl Ariaz Wicker before a screening of his film at the National Religious Broadcasters convention this year. Calling “Persecuted” a movie that will bring a new wave of what faith based films will look like in the future, Stine also expressed his belief that the best way for Christians to make an impact on their culture is by supporting what they believe in rather than protesting what they oppose. He says that many people today pay more attention to entertainers than to politicians or pastors, and films are a useful tool for expressing beliefs and values.
Scheduled to be released in theaters July 18, 2014, this film is a fictional account of a nationally known evangelist, John Luther, who stands in opposition of religious reforms that are sweeping the nation. When he is framed for the murder of a young girl, Luther sets out to find the truth and is confronted with persecution that threatens the Christian community in the United States. Stine believes this is a film that can be enjoyed by all, but warns that it is not meant for children. It is rated PG13. “Persecuted”, written and directed by Daniel Lusko, stars James Remar, Bruce Davison, Dean Stockwell, James R. Higgins, Gretchen Carlson, Fred Thompson, Raoul Trujillo, Brad Stine, and Natalie Grant
Visit the “Persecuted website at www.persecutedmovie.com