(Photo:Veritas Entertainment, 2012)
Producers of a fictional movie about a mayor fighting a religious freedom battle in his own small town that mirrors the real-life culture wars in the U.S. have launched a social media campaign in hopes of starting a movement in support of liberty.
"'Last Ounce of Courage' is more than a movie with heart, it cries out for freedom and brings awareness to the issue that our personal liberties are slowly being threatened and questioned," said the film's director, Kevin McAfee ("Beyond the Gates of Splendor," "The End of the Spear"). "While the film is bipartisan, it reminds us that it's our personal rights as Americans that bring us together, and we must join in sending an important message about freedom to our nation's leaders during this critical election season."
Veritas Entertainment plans to release "Last Ounce of Courage" nationwide Sept. 14. The production company describes the movie as a powerful intergenerational story of a grieving father inspired by his grandson to take a stand for what's right against a tide of apathy and vanishing liberty. Amid a backdrop of military conflict abroad and domestic wars against freedom, a highly decorated combat veteran is reminded that we best honor our fallen heroes by holding dear to what they gave their all to defend.
The movie's producers were invited to screen the movie at the Republican National Convention along with "Obama 2016" last week in Tampa at a film festival one block from Liberty Plaza. Part of the reason for the invitation is because of the movie's overarching themes of freedom, liberty, military, patriotism, family and faith, said the film company.
Filmmakers hope the movie serves "not only as a source of entertainment, but more significantly stirs up important conversations."
In conjunction with the release of the film, the producers have launched StandUSA, "an unprecedented social broadcasting platform in assembling individuals, national and local organizations and thought leaders into an integrated community for expressing and sharing values."
The production company has implemented StandUSA as a Facebook community that "provides a place where Americans can find like-minded citizens and advocate for the freedoms they hold dear."
"It is vital that we give citizens a voice and place to create a national dialogue about the values that are important to us," said Steve Griffin, CEO and president of Veritas Entertainment. "We as Americans need to come together in defense of the values of faith, family and freedom, and StandUSA helps us do that."
StandUSA works with the Liberty Counsel, National Rifle Association, American Family Association and other organizations to support American values and amplify the voices of individuals who want to take a stand on these issues, say filmmakers.
"Last Ounce of Courage" is the first theatrical motion picture to receive "The Chuck Norris Seal of Approval." The movie opens in 1,200 theaters across the nation to coincide with the Sept. 11 commemoration of Patriot Day.
On the Web: http://www.joinstandusa.com