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Six of the film industrys "most dynamic" independent Christian movie firms were featured in the faith-based section of Variety, a popular daily newspaper for the entertainment industry.
Among other things, the featured piece explained how these movie companies have remained independent from the studio system in the past to keep true to religious themes, but also how many are beginning to partner with Hollywood to gain more exposure for their productions.
While each company tries to have a spiritual impact on its viewers, each attempts to reach their audiences with different styles and strategies.
The six highlighted Christian companies are as follows:
Big Idea - creator of the ever-popular VeggieTales series, which relates Judeo-Christian lessons through computer animated vegetables. Its breakout movie was Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie in 2002 which brought in $25 million in theater revenue.
Cloud Ten Production - best known for its Left Behind movie in 1999 which chronicles the Tribulation period after all Christians have been raptured to heaven. The company labels itself as evangelical.
Codeblack Entertainment - focused more towards an African-American gospel crowd and found its largest success with Steve Harvey's Don't Trip, He Ain't Through With Me Yet, which features a clean standup act by the comedian at MegaFest, the annual event in Atlanta hosted by Pentecostal megachurch pastor T.D. Jakes.
Gener8xion - a Christian company that makes movies that are not about faith. We make movies that don't violate our faith, explained chairman and CEO Matthew Crouch in Variety. Their biggest venture was One Night With the King starring John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings) and Omar Sharif (Hidalgo); the movie cashed in $13 million at the box office.
Good News Holdings - still has not released their first project, but is in production with Dudleytown, a horror flick for Christian teens based on novels by Bodie Ingelvie.
Namesake - currently partnering with the new mainstream FoxFaith label, and helped bring FoxFaith its first theatrical release, Thr3e, about a student targeted by a psychopathic serial killer. The firms films tend to be more allegorical rather than blatantly Christian.