A pro-life movie largely produced by over 40 homeschooled students will release nationwide on DVD next month after receiving critical acclaim from Christians and conservatives over the past several months.
Produced with local cast and crew members, as well as approximately 40 homeschooled students from across the country, "Come What May" is the maiden project of Advent Film Group (AFG), a faith-based film production and distribution corporation founded by filmmaker George Escobar.
The movie follows the story of Caleb Hogan, a recent transfer to Patrick Henry College who must decide whether to vigorously defend an abortion parental rights case from a distinctly Christian perspective or do what might win the National Moot Court Championship.
"What's remarkable is that Come What May ... was largely produced by over 40 homeschooled students mentored by only a handful of professionals," says Mac Nichols, a tax attorney who plays one of the movie's U.S. Supreme Court Justices.
Furthermore, the movie's legal argument is solid, claims Escobar.
PHC founder and chancellor Dr. Michael Farris, who wrote the film's legal framework, is a constitutional attorney who has successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. And the core team of homeschoolers who worked on the movie tapped into speech and debate clubs for homeschoolers, in particular the NCFCA league.
"That's our 'secret sauce,'" Escobar said. "The NCFCA is the third-largest speech and debate league in the country, created exclusively by and for high school home schoolers. Graduates from NCFCA dominate college debate tournaments."
Like Sherwood Pictures, producers of "Fireproof" and "Facing the Giants," AFG produces with extensive volunteer help, donated locations, learn-as-you-go filmmaking, and considerable "prayer coverage." Since it first started producing films, Sherwood Pictures has gone from producing films on a $20,000 budget to a $500,000 budget and recently raked in over $33 million from their last film, "Fireproof."
"Like Sherwood Pictures, we believe Christian filmmakers should always work alongside organizations already in service for the Lord. We will always be under another's covering and authority," says Escobar.
"While Sherwood has its home church, with Come What May, we partnered with Patrick Henry College," he adds, giving acknowledgment to the first college in the United States founded specifically for Christian home-schooled students.
Over the next couple of years, AFG plans to produce five films touching on themes with a biblical worldview important to family audiences.
The goal, says Escobar, is not just to produce high quality family films but also to prepare a new generation of Christian filmmakers capable of producing and directing films like the highly successful "Amazing Grace" and "Chronicles of Narnia" series.
"Our mission is to change culture for Christ through media," says Escobar.
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.
"Come What May," winner of a "2008 Redemptive Storyteller Award," will come out on DVD on March 17.