|Trading The Runner from Ravenshead for two Circle C Adventures books|
I'm excited to offer my wholehearted recommendation for a couple of movies I have come to enjoy. Kids, especially, will delight in them.
In 2010, I was at a homeschool convention in Portland, Oregon, and met this little girl, Amelia. I traded a couple of Circle C books for a movie their family had produced, The Runner from Ravenshead. Amelia was one of the actors and the oldest child in the all-child-cast movie. She was ten or eleven at the time we met (nine in the movie). I was very impressed!
|Harrison, Amelia, Tate, Alayne (and newest baby in the stroller) in Phoenix|
We swapped a few more books for the new movie, and it's a delight like the first one. My grandkids love these movies!
Out of the generosity of their hearts, Joel and Lisa (the parents and the writers, producers, and directors of these two movies from Little Crew Studios), gave me both movies to use as a giveaway! Read my reviews of the movies then use the Giveaway Tools at the bottom of the blog post to enter to win! Tell your friends. Share this post! Let's spread the word about good, fun Christian DVDs!
The Runner from Ravenshead (2010)
With a unique all-kid cast (the oldest is 9; the youngest 2), this delightful movie won my heart and the hearts of my grandchildren six years ago. The Runner from Ravenshead tells the allegorical story of “Sam,” who has been sent to Ravenshead Prison. It is a dismal place, so when she finds a way to escape she takes it. The prison is guarded by wardens who keep constant watch for runaways and relentlessly go after them. Sam is no exception.
Enter the City of Refuge Guide Service. They are dedicated to directing poor souls to freedom in the City of Refuge, where the wardens cannot enter. Unfortunately, the guide service is understaffed and forced to send Henry, the day-dreaming, accident-prone Guide Service janitor, to lead Sam to this city. Through a series of narrow escapes, untiring Wardens, Henry’s good-hearted bungles, and the runner's desperation, there is never a dull moment as Sam seeks to find freedom from the “wardens” in her life that are intent on keeping her imprisoned. It’s a children’s allegory along the lines of Pilgrim’s Progress.
My eight grandkids of all ages adore this movie! The five child actors are gifted, and the visual effects (to make it look like many other characters are playing roles) and musical score give the movie a feel of the big screen. The movie climaxes with a mad chase involving a rocket car that zips along a zip line at fantastic speeds. (How did they do that?) Written, produced, and directed by Joel and Lisa Steege, the children’s parents, The Runner from Ravenshead is truly a “family affair.” Two thumbs up!
The Defense of New Haven (2016)
Imagine my delight when I discovered that the Steege family was at it again! A brand-new movie six long years later, The Defense of New Haven does not disappoint. The original five actors are back, along with two younger siblings who join the cast. This time the story is set in the city of New Haven. The City Defense Force is the only protection against the merciless Raiders, whose purpose in life is to wreak havoc on unsuspecting citizens of various cities. When the people of New Haven begin to disappear from smoke-filled buildings, the CDF springs into action.
Alec, who is missing an arm, hopes to join the City Defense Force team after he inadvertently gets caught up in a skirmish and carries a secret message to headquarters. He is allowed to join the CDF, but no one really believes he will succeed. He muffs crossbow practice and can’t figure out why one special Book keeps appearing on his cot, especially after the head of the CDF has encouraged him to study “other” books he says will help him more.
The Defense of New Haven does not believe in lag time. It sprints from one action scene to another, sprinkled with humor and occasional serious moments about the importance of the Book. Alec is a true hero and an appealing character. The Raiders are believable, even when they bungle their assignments. And in the end, good triumphs over evil and all is well.
Child viewers, especially, will thrill to the steel boats, the cannon fire, and the explosions on the river. The sets, visual effects, and musical score are professional and well done. An unexpected plot twist caught me by surprise.
All eight grandchildren (ages four to seventeen) sat glued to the screen for eighty-two minutes. (I'm thinking the seventeen-year-old was trying to get a handle on how they produced the special effects). When it was finished, the younger ones asked, “Can we go back and watch the first movie again?” They’re hooked on Little Crew Studios movies.
I am giving away this set of two Little Crew Studios movies The Runner from Ravenshead and The Defense of New Haven. Enter to win on the Giveaway Tools below. Contest runs two weeks (November 28 - December 12). Tell your friends about these delightful movies!