Faith in Film for Families
Children are sponges. Even when it seems like they aren’t listening, they are. Just wait until they choose to repeat something you said at the most inopportune time.
That case in point is why it’s important to instill in them the truths of God’s Word—the things you want them to know and share—while they are young.
According to a father of four, writer and director, Bruce Stacey, “Research shows us that there is a narrow window of time available to place foundational truths into the hearts and minds of our kids. Children 5–12 years old need to know that God loves them! If we miss this important window, statistics show us that the vast majority will never become believers later in life.”
It’s never too early to start teaching your children biblical truths. The reality is they’re already being exposed to the world’s philosophies. Yes, there are “the heroes of the local church” Stacey says, who “tirelessly work to introduce kids to the God who loves them.” But training up children can occur in other ways too. As a grandfather of seven, Stacey is aware of the messages that are bombarding children on screens of all sizes every day.
The originator of successful media brands, such as the GodRocks!™ franchise, Stacey has seen how faith-based entertainment can use the power of storytelling to effectively reach the next generation.
“Stories of faith, hope and love are important for us to share,” Stacey says. “Nothing brings me more joy than seeing a child’s face light up with delight, discovery and wonder when experiencing a story, rich in eternal truth.”
Using Jesus’ model of teaching parables to the crowds, Stacey has produced a new allegorical animated movie, filled with original songs and family-friendly messages of faith, hope and love, called Ice Dragon: Legend of the Blue Daisies.
Ice Dragon actually began as a short story that Stacey wrote 25 years ago while he and his wife Elaine were visiting Russia as part of a humanitarian team helping orphans. But God had bigger plans, and Stacey and his wife adopted two orphans during that trip—their son and daughter, Alex and Elena. Stacey wrote the story for his children, telling a tale of hope in a time of hopelessness as Communism was coming to an end. The story sat untouched until recently when he dusted it off and adapted it into a movie.
Ice Dragon is the story of two believers living in a world of unbelievers. Melody and her grandfather know the truth about the Ice Dragon and what has the power to defeat it, but no one believes them.
“The opportunity for families to share a fun and yet meaningful spiritual experience at the movie theater doesn’t happen very often . . . and this is largely what I hope for,” Stacey says. “The adventure, comedy and music in Ice Dragon are all part of the experience, but I love that there is more beneath the surface to discover.”
“It’s exciting to think of the mixed audience of families that go to the movies,” he concludes. “What a wonderful opportunity to entertain and inspire with a parable-adventure, full of faith, hope and love!”
Ice Dragon: Legend of the Blue Daisies will be in theaters across the nation on March 24 and March 26, 2018 via Chelsea Road Productions Inc. and Fathom Events. Visit icedragonmovie.com or click here for theater location and times, ticket information and more. Click here to view the trailer.
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