November 11, 2012

October Baby -DVD

'"You saw me before I was born.' Psalm 139:16 (NLT) As the curtain rises, Hannah hesitantly steps onto the stage for her theatrical debut in college. Yet before she can utter her first lines, Hannah—unscripted—collapses in front of the stunned audience. After countless medical tests, all signs point to one underlying factor: Hannah's difficult birth. This revelation is nothing compared to what she then learns from her parents: she was actually adopted … after a failed abortion attempt. Bewildered, angered, and confused, Hannah turns for support to Jason, her oldest friend. Encouraged by his adventurous spirit, Hannah joins his group of friends on a Spring Break road trip, embarking on a journey to discover her hidden past … and find hope for her unknown future. In the midst of her incredible journey, Hannah finds that life can be so much more than what you have planned."

Since we saw this video on YouTube we have been anxiously awaiting the DVD release of October Baby. The movie has an incredible message and emphasis on one of the most critical issues of our day -abortion.

We were not disappointed by this fabulous film. Such a powerful, powerful movie and so very well done. Christian films tend to be cheesy but that is not the case with October Baby.

There are so many things you can pull from this but I'm going to just touch on two. First, I love the personification of aborted babies this movie conveys. Hannah is an abortion survivor who never would have taken her first breath if the procedure went correctly and yet you see her as a beautiful, intelligent, gifted, talented young woman. I think even us as pro-life supporters sometimes forget the individuality of each baby in an abortion statistic and that they would have grown up to be an incredible person made in the image of God.

Second, the writers did such a great job of showing abortion to be wrong while still being very sensitive to any woman watching who may have had an abortion. We should always keep in mind that women who have had an abortion are hurting people. We should never dull the horrors of abortion however we do need to be sensitive and not kick a person who is already down.

Great story, beautiful soundtrack, talented cast...all the essentials. I highly recommend October Baby.

3 comments :

  1. Oh dear, I wouldn't say Christian films are cheesy! :) I've worked in the Christian film industry AND will be going to my second San Antonio Independent Christian film festival next year. Some of the bigger-name independent film companies, such as Sherwood Pictures and Burns Family Studios are really making progress--most of it depends on funding. For ie, my sister, mom, and I worked in the wardrobe department of Beyond the Mask, a film by Burns Family Studios that will be coming to theaters in 2014. It is full of high-tech camera work and big names such as John Rhys-Davies. Anywho--the era of cheesy Christian films is over. Granted, there are still many struggling filmmakers out there (again, a lot of that has to do with poor funding.) However we are making a HUGE impact on the world, and I think in future years we will really show Hollywood a thing or two. Just my two cents. :)

    Hope you've been doing well!

    ~ Michaela

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  2. Oops, forgot to mention a couple things!

    October Baby is just a wonderful example of what the Christian Film Industry has become. Many of the films being produced right now (coming to theaters in 2013 and 2014) are Hollywood quality. Examples are:

    Alone Yet Not Alone:
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1986769/

    To Have and To Hold (coming this year)
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2133360/

    Beyond the Mask:
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2433040/

    Same, if not better quality than October Baby. :) I'd be very interested in hearing your reviews, if you choose to see any of these movies.

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    1. Hi, Michaela.

      No offense, but here is the deal. I have the honor of working with two companies reviewing Christian media. And I do a ton of movie reviews. Over the years, as a mom looking for media that will support the values we are trying to instill in our children I have viewed more videos than I can really count. And I still assert the average Christian programming tends to be poorly put together and cheesy. I understand that regrettably the reason for the poor quality is the lack of funding. Several I did this month alone, really stick out in my mind. Does that mean we won't watch? No, absolutely it does not. Because whether we think the acting and script leave something to be desired these films still teach the morals and beliefs we want our children to grow up with. And the truth is, while we may be rolling our eyes, our little ones find most of these films entertaining.

      With all that said, I am delighted to agree with you that this is changing. Christian film makers are, at long last, making an impact on Hollywood with some fabulous first rate films. Orgainizations such as Sherwood pictures, producers like Mike Norris and companies like EchoLight Studios are leading the way to better cinema options for those who want to honor the Lord in what they view. I am tickled to support them in any way we can for their efforts. Furthermore I believe their success has encouraged others to take a stand and claim this ground for the Lord.

      I look forward to seeing what will come next and would be delighted to have the opportunity to promote them when the time comes.

      Hugs,

      Kat

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