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CFDb August 2012 Newsletter

To Our Fellow Christian Film Lovers!

August is one of my most favorite months of the year.  It seems that a lot of significant events in my life happen in the month of August.  Looking forward to seeing what God has in store for me this August, 2012!

Don’t forget to enjoy the remainder of the summer!  Savor the moments!

Sincerely, Annelie Rudlaff, llc


Psalm 139:16 – Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all thy members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

My #1 Summer film has to be:

The Secrets of Jonathan SperryThe Secrets of Jonathan Sperry – This is a movie that we highly recommend for children and teenagers.

This is fantastic for adults as well!  Gavin McLeod plays the most amazing character, one we should all want to imitate.






CFDb – 5  Star Christian Movie Recommendation: 

The Ultimate Gift

The Ultimate Gift –  This is yet another one of my all time favorite films.  There is a book that I’ve heard is even better than the movie.

The movie itself doesn’t have any direct Christianity in it but the message is so powerful!




CFDb Newsletter News!

We are excited to announce that we are attending our FIRST Film Festival this October!

Check out the Pan Pacific Film Festival this year Oct 18-21!  Look out for the future interview about this Festival as well.  There is STILL time until September 1st, 2012 to submit your films!

CFDb Recommends:
Silver Dove interviews Brad Heller 
BRAD HELLER – Actor, Producer, and Acting Coach

CFDb Interviews

CFDb Interviews

S. David Acuff ~ Editor for

= > How long have you been the Editor for

I launched in January 2009. The year before, I had gotten estimates from various web developers to build a website. They ranged from $2500 to $Ridiculous! Then I discovered that some of the proposals those tapioca brains sent me were nothing more than WordPress Templates and Premium Themes. So, I was ordering a donkey jawbone from to go all Old Testament Sampson on them the day my favorite Premium Theme (Revolution Church Theme) was offered for free! In a burst of inspiration – some would say desperation – I decided to do it myself.

And that’s the story of how I became a web developer. After that, it was just a matter of appointing myself Editor-in-Chief, Illustrious Potentate and Dictator-for-Life. I mean, if you’ve seen “Social Network” you’ve pretty much seen my story. Minus the 500 million friends and the Billions of dollars and the revenge and the hedonism and the Success parts.

= > What is the purpose of

I’m a filmmaker and life-long film student. Love to hear how people made their movies. Directors specifically. How they chose a particular look, a certain actor or script, how they wove their story together…what worked and especially what didn’t work and why. It’s all fascinating to me. And I’ve got a teacher’s heart. So the stuff I learn, I want to pass along to others. Hide it under a bushel, Annelie? No! I’m gonna let it shine, is what my Bible says. I wanted to create a website for filmmakers by filmmakers. I want Directors to go interview their favorite Directors. I want Producers to go interview their favorite Producers. I want Actors to go interview their favorite Waiters. Haha. I kid, I kid. (I don’t want them to spit in my food!)

Anyway, I was inspired by an excellent filmmaker named Peter Bogdanovich (“What’s Up, Doc”, “Paper Moon”) who had done a similar thing in his book “Who the Devil Made It” where he interviewed legendary filmmakers and asked the greatest questions because he himself was a filmmaker. So, not the “what are the stars wearing” fluffery like Entertainment Weekly, but the meaty “what lens did you use” stuff like American Cinematographer. And he became a notable filmmaker in his own rite because of sitting at the feet of the Masters like John Ford, Howard Hawks and Orson Welles.

I’m also a Christian – ever since the Lord saved me from a horrible, backslidden, rotten sinners life at the age of 6. Oh the diabolical things I could do with Go-gurt. Anyway, I have the passion for telling stories that are on God’s heart. Honestly, truthfully, I think Christian Filmmakers have missed the mark. I don’t think we’ve quite discovered what is on God’s heart.

Does God really want another Left Behind, end-times movie? I don’t know. Does God want another Life of Jesus drama? Maybe. Jesus in 3D could be awesome, I guess. Does God want another Tyler Perry Madea movie? Definitely. I have a feeling Madea makes the Holy Spirit laugh til milk comes out his nose. But do you know the best Christian Film of the past few years? The Blind Side. Academy-award winning. And it was not a Christian film. It wasn’t made by Christians. It was a well told, well crafted story about this Christian family making a difference in their world. By the way, the best salvation scene I’ve ever seen was in La Amistad when one slave told another the salvation story through bible pictures. Powerful and moving.



Coming in August 2012


Blue Like Jazz A Beautiful Soul Between Heaven & Ground Zero


Eyes to See I Am Gabriel

Marriage Retreat The American Bible Challenge

Raising Izzie
TV/CABLE August 3rd


The Penniless Princess


Recently added films that just came out this year, but were not listed on the earlier Newsletter!

25 Hill
Release Date
July 3



Catching Hearts
Release Date
July 15


Pivot Point
Release Date
July 27
Race to the Finish
Release Date
July 20


The Young Believers
Release Date
July 24


Time Collectors
Release Date
July 15
Lambs Among Wolves
Release Date
May 30


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