Sunday, November 27, 2016

It's Giveaway Time: Two Delightful Movies

Trading The Runner from Ravenshead for two Circle C Adventures books
On December 12, the Giveaway Tool chose the winner of the DVDs: "Traci." Congratulations, and I hope to hear from you soon with your mailing address.

NOTE: This giveaway starts bright and early Monday morning (November 28), so check back soon!

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
Fast forward six years. You can imagine my surprise when I ran into this homeschooling family again (with two more children, bringing Amelia and her siblings up to eight) this past July at the Phoenix, Arizona, convention. They had finished producing The Defense of New Haven, their second award-winning movie.

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.

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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! 
 




24 comments:

  1. Looks pretty cute and I'm sure my daughter would enjoy.

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  2. Thanks for the giveaway, Mrs. M!

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  3. Are we allowed to enter more than once if we have extra email addresses?

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    1. Oh, sure. Find by me. This is a casual, fun contest, and if you think it will help! :-)

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  4. I loved Runner from Ravenshead and had no idea the family created a second movie! Yay!

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  5. Thank you for this generous giveaway.
    Marilyn

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  6. Thank you for a chance to win these dvds

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  7. thank you for the giveaways. These look great.!!!

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  8. I'm in Canada, but would love to see these with my kids- who are interested in film. Where could I get them from?

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    1. Runner from Ravenshead is available through Amazon Canada:
      https://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/151-4588892-5179608?url=search-alias%3Ddvd&field-keywords=The+Runner+from+Ravenshead

      The newest movie is not even available on the states Amazon yet. :-(
      You could also go to the Defense of New Haven FB page and PM Lisa about shipping to Canada. I'm sure she'd love to get those to you somehow! :-)

      https://www.facebook.com/thedefenseofnewhaven/?fref=ts

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    2. Thanks, I'll look into those :-)

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  9. Thanks so much for sharing

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  10. This would be an awesome prize to win! My son and I saw you at the Denver Homeschool Convention and he thoroughly enjoyed the movie! Crossing our fingers to win!

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  11. Thank you for sharing!Looks good!

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  12. I love the look of your newly updated blog, Andi! Way to go . . . being kept informed is a joy.

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  13. Thank you Susan for your generous offer! So very excited to receive the videos. Our daughter loves your books. :)

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  14. Kinda sad it's been a month and no new posts... :( The blog has kinda gone downhill in the past year. It used to be a lot of fun. :/

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  15. I know! I feel your pain and am sad that I am so swamped that I can't find the metal energy to do it all! I'm hoping once the new year arrives I can breathe new life into this blog.

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    1. It's okay, Mrs. M. We understand...not that that means that I don't miss new posts as much as everybody else. :( I just can't wait til the 4th book comes out... it'll be soon now, right? Anyway, I understand how busy you are and appreciate everything you have done and are doing. We all love you, Mrs. M!

      Horse lovin', Back Country, Cowgirl Hope

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  16. Okay, Mrs. M. I don't want to offend you, but... well... I went to the Circle C Milestones website and was sooo happy to see that some things had been updated... I then went to the Characters page and scrolled down... and... Ugh! Right before my very eyes I saw... something straight from a nightmare (which I've been having a lot of lately).
    Riley is one of my very favorite characters, probably in the top two. And I have NEVER seen such a poor excuse for Riley EVER! In fact, I saw a great person for Riley yesterday at the stockyards... and at least ONE of my many brothers would make a Riley a million miles better than that one. I am so sorry if it seems like I'm complaining, but PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE Mrs. M, change that picture back to the old one... I really liked that one! :) Again, I am so sorry if I offend you, this is just my own humble opinion.

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    1. You didn't offend me. LOL These are all made-up characters and I'm happy to put the old one back up---if I can remember which one it was. I have had the hardest time finding "Riley" that I just about gave up. I can't use the original picture I think you mean (for anything other than websites) as that is an old movie star, and I needed a picture for study guides and stuff. But if you want to send me a picture of your brother(s) I'm happy to look at them. But they can't wear anything modern, like snap buttons, etc. It just makes me smile that you have such a strong opinion about a pretend character. I will see what I can do! Blessings, Mrs. M

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    2. Okay, I changed it to what I THOUGHT I had a year ago. Let me know if that's the picture you remember. We all voted on pictures earlier, and I think this is the character who won. Robert Fulton (from the old 70s show Emergency). He was much, much younger in the westerns he played in. If I'm wrong, help me out here, okay?

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  17. When is the new book coming out?

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    1. Hopefully I'll get my copies next week!!!! I emailed my publisher.

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Let Andi know what you think!