Independent Christian film "Pendragon: Sword of His Father" recently hit stores in DVD-format, just weeks after winning three awards at the Bare Bones Film Festival.
The two-hour motion picture, which also won the 2009 Attic Film Festival Award for Best Technical Achievement, is being distributed through retail stores with support from Family Christian Stores and the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
Earlier this year, "Pendragon" was among the finalists of the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, joining the ranks of "Fireproof," "Expelled," and SAICFF Best of Festival winner "Widow's Might."
"Our family seeks to inspire Christians to embrace God's purpose for their lives – to take up the world-changing task that God has for them," commented director Chad Burns, whose film was built on the vision of two home-schooled families.
"To that end, we're leveraging one of the most heart-penetrating forces of our time – film," he added.
Set in a distant time and a faraway place, "Pendragon" tells the epic story of a young man whose life was changed when he submitted himself to God's plan.
Though it contains epic battles and dramatic intrigue, the movie aims to do more than just entertain; the goal of the movie is to inspire believers and influence them through a medium that has come to play a bigger role in shaping American society than the Church.
According to a 2002 Barna Group survey, movies are one of the leading influencers in American society while churches have lost much of their influence.
It was for this reason that the Kendrick brothers of Georgia started their movie-making ministry, which went on to produce blockbusters such as "Facing the Giants" and "Fireproof."
Following suit, two home-schooling families – parents, aunts, uncles, young people – and volunteers from their churches came together to put out a movie that some might find hard to believe to have come from anyone less than movie-making veterans.
"Once it was said that 'the pen was mightier than the sword.' Today, feature films are shaping cultural norms and ways of thinking," Burns commented. "It is our vision that through 'Pendragon' and our other pictures, people will be inspired to live bold, vibrant lives for Jesus Christ."
In an endorsement for the movie, Tim Eldred, executive director for the youth ministry organization Christian Endeavor, said "Pendragon" "captures the cry of a generation ready to step forward and transform their world."
"This film serves as an example of what happens when we believe in God's call on young lives."
Aside from its film festival awards, the motion picture has been recognized with four "Doves" by the Dove Family Foundation.