Inside Look at 'Another Chance' with Paulo Simoes

We are excited to announce that Paulo Simoes, owner of Brios Media Group and Executive Producer on Secrets in the Fall, recently directed a faith-based feature film with Living Word Films out of Raleigh, NC. The project, entitled Another Chance, is a story of a sleazy small town politician who has his world turned upside down when two teenagers struggling to overcome their own mistakes bring him face to face with his sordid past.

Simoes is a veteran in the film industry having work for the Brazil division of Sony Entertainment for over twenty years. During that time, he dealt primarily with distribution and marketing of big-budget films the likes of which have made Sony one of the most renowned brands in the world. After becoming more involved with Secrets in the Fall, his first independent faith-based film, Simoes was approached by his pastor and Living Word Films to pursue the ambitious goal of developing a dramatic Christmas film with a very small budget of $5,000 and the holidays creeping up fast. He says, “I saw this as a great opportunity to do something for God,” which had been lacking for so long in his previous role at Sony. Now he would be able to take the reigns and turn his attention more to the development of the story and carry out his creative ideas. “I was able to put myself to the test,” said Simoes.

Minimal budgets, narrow time frames and lack of personnel all posed interesting challenges for Simoes and his crew. “When you have these kind of constraints, everyone has to wear many hats to get the job done,” said Simoes. He even joked that while coming back from Orlando, he purchased a copy of Directing for Dummies and had an unfamiliar women from the plane wish him luck on the film. Luck is hard to come by in the film industry but you take all you can get!One of the things that we appreciate about the film is that, like the Secrets films, it puts a strong emphasis on empowering youth. Their courageous actions inspire change in characters that are struggling with their walk in faith. Self-esteem is something that is lacking in today’s youth, and it is very important to be able to deliver a message that connects with them and makes them realize that they have the power to influence this world in a positive way.

Another thing that drove us to work with Paulo initially was his willingness not to make another “preachy, message-heavy Christian film”. Don’t get me wrong, we have tremendous respect for Christian film companies that create said projects, but we, like Simoes, want our films to be accepted by a secular audience as well to empower common perceptions about the Christian media industry. The films still have strong morals and ideals but we focus more on the true-to-life scenarios and positive interactions rather than highlighting specific Bible verses to make the film “faith-based”. Simoes also stated, “I do not like it when I feel manipulated as a viewer, so we worked to leave it very open to interpretation.” Ultimately, very person who sees your film has different thought processes about scenes, interactions and dialogue, so if you can leave it up to their interpretation then many times they will become more emotionally invested in the characters and their stories.

Another Chance is now available for purchase on DVD and online streaming through the film’s official website (http://anotherchancethemovie.com/) and Simoes hopes to have it available on Amazon soon.  

Check out the promotional video on LWF's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o391pmq13Yg#t=38

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New Home in Tennessee

For those that follow our social media posts since the holidays, you may have noticed that lately Brittany and I have been spending a lot more time in Tennessee. We are pleased to announce that, as of last week, the Goodwins are now official Tennessee residents!  We are living in Murfreesboro, a college town situated about 20 minutes southeast of Nashville and the home of the MTSU Blue Raiders.   Very similar geography to North Raleigh in that you can drive about 15 minutes north from a metro area and find beatiful rolling pastures where livestock normally outnumber people.  

For the major part of 2013, we planned on moving to the Middle Tennessee area because it is a great area to find talented film professionals and musicians that embody similar Christian ideals that we hold near and dear to our hearts. We are very excited about what the future holds for our company and look forward to planning our next project that will likely start pre-production in early 2015.

Our apologies go out to those that we did not have a chance to say goodbye to before we left. The move happened very fast and we were fortunate enough to sell our home quickly, which gave us the kick in the pants to take a leap of faith on the move.  

Thank you to everyone for all of your continued support. We appreciate your enthusiasm for our projects and willingness to spread the word about our films and the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Also, in case you did not hear, the Spaceship Days 'December' video that we shot back in November just surpassed our goal of 100,000 views on YouTube!  If you have not seen it then please check it out (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_upFU-XGJE).  The track 'December' is featured on the 'Secrets in the Fall' soundtrack.  They are an awesome band with great tunes and they are big fans of our company and films.   Hate we can't hang out with them anymore!  

Talk to y'all soon.

(don't be mad at me for throwing in some southern twang now that we're in Nashville!)