Creative Christian Moments – Blog Article 10: Director, Producer, and Author James Leesley of Leesley Films

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Creative Christian Moments

“Reviews of up and coming Christians in the arts community.”

Blog Article 10: Director, Producer, and Author James Leesley of Leesley Films

Hollywood has sold its soul for the sake of pursuing profit and pushing immoral progressive ideas onto their audience. Talent has evaporated and the audience has been left with regurgitated remakes, pretentious prequels, and shoddy sequels. Originality has vanished while post modernism is pushed constantly into the minds of the viewers as the absolute truth holding society together. In the midst of this barren waste land of cinema, Christian films have slowly gained the momentum of becoming mainstream genres across the nation. Personally, I enjoy well written and gorgeous cinematic independent movies and get even more excited when they are from Christians. Like all great titans of the film industry, many directors, producers, and writers begin their cinematic journeys through the publication of independent films. One such person striving to make his entrance into this field is director, producer, and author James Leesley of Leesley Films.

Leesley and I first met in a LinkedIn discussion blog about supporting Christian movies from independent directors and the process of gathering support from such showings. Much of the discussion centered on the frustration of the Christian community not backing projects that demonstrate the Gospel in application. Given the progressing darkness growing in movies and television, I recommend all Christians to support their fellow brothers and sisters trying to preach the Gospel through this medium. Leesley Films has produced one published movie called Maddy and is working on a second movie entitled Apparition. You can check out scenes and movie trailers from their website and YouTube page to support them in their endeavors to spread the Gospel.

Maddy, released in 2010, is a movie that examines the concept of regret, hurt, and pain that one can self-inflict through a traumatic event. Maddy’s family is killed and she blames herself for their deaths. She is driven into a life of homelessness but maintains the ability to help others as she wrestles with the discovery of a long lost brother and a progression towards faith in Jesus Christ.

Leesley’s current project, Apparition, is based on the examination of the invisible spiritual world of good and evil. The main character, Marcus, purchases a home and discovers at hat in the basement of his property that allows him to see and hear the demonic after attending a church service. Apparition delves into questions regarding the Christian perspective of good and evil and how much the demonic impacts the common daily interactions humanity experiences.

Leesley Films is a conglomeration of authors, musicians, producers, and directors with a passion for the pursuit of birthing meaningful Christian films. They are located in Council Bluffs, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska. You can support Leesley and his film company through prayer, donating to his movie projects, partnering with him for local film projects, and connecting with him through social media.

James Leesley’s Pages
Official Website: http://www.leesleyfilms.net
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=150501243&locale=en_US&trk=tyah&trkInfo=tas%3Ajames%20lee
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/leesley777
Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/m/user19762565

References
Christian Film Database. “Maddy.” Christian Film Database. http://www.christianfilmdatabase.com/review/maddy (accessed September 18, 2013).
Leesley, James. “About Us”. Leesley Films. http://www.leesleyfilms.net/about-us.html (accessed September 20, 2013).
Leesley, James. Portrait, 2013. http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=150501243&locale=en_US&trk=tyah&trkInfo=tas%3Ajames%20lee
Maddy 60.AVI, YouTube video, 1:00, posted by cgutha, October 10, 2010, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esQICWhyGOk#t=32
Promo-scene to Apparition movie, YouTube video, 4:12, posted by james leesley, March 16, 2013, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLzDiKlAMvA
OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR THE UPCOMING CHRISTIAN MOVIE “APPARITION”, YouTube video, 2:41, posted by James Leesley, October 31, 2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9VkUG671e4

Creative Christian Moments – Blog Article 9: Author and Poet Tshombye K. Ware

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Creative Christian Moments

“Reviews of up and coming Christians in the arts community.”

Blog Article 9: Author and Poet Tshombye K. Ware

In the Parable of the Bags of Gold in Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus Christ describes how God increases the talents given to humanity for their obedience in using what they have already been entrusted with by God. Like the servants in this parable, author, poet, and musician Tshombye K. Ware has taken his writings of gold and multiplied its value amongst many Christian genres: music, poetry, blogs, and fiction.

Ware’s poetic and writing skills have produce a plethora of works like his CD release L.O.C. (The Love of Christ), publication of five books of fiction and poetry, and his encouraging words in his WordPress blogs. Multiple times throughout his many social media sites, Ware has stated he uses his writings to minister to the body, soul, and mind of the reader.

Ware and I first met on LinkedIn and I learned more about him and his work through a series of LinkedIn messages, emails, and following his blog. Being a self-published author myself, I know the challenges of entering the writing market dominated by bureaucratic publishers who hold monopolies on the market and hardly grant chances of the publication to the numerous pools of new talent. As I examined book summaries, trailers of his publications, and read his blogs, Ware demonstrated that he is amongst the new generation of prophetic writers that will use the muses of writing to exhilarate others. With such a calling, Ware also possesses a humility best depicted in his own words of why he writes.

“I don’t want to be someone that writes to write. I want to be that person who helped and encouraged others through his writing. I am only a vessel, seeking to inspire others as we live this life of faith…to live again” (Ware, 2013e, n.p.). Ware’s words echo the callings of this new generation of underground writers: regardless of prestige or payoff, God is raising up prophetic writers to share the Gospel message through poetry and fiction.

His most recent novel, Web of Allure, follows the character of Jake Ross, a successful shareholder at a large firm, who lets a work place relationship damage his relationship with his wife Jennifer. As a result, both are drawn away from their faith and must overcome personal and family adversity to correct the matter. As Jake and Jennifer progress through this story they discover this toxicity spreads deeper and deeper beyond their own family.

Ware regularly writes inspirational and encouraging messages in his blog entitled Dawriter’s Blog on WordPress. “Plethora of Inspiration” describes how humanity has been destined with spiritual gifts from God and that the resolution of such gifts is to release others from the chains of darkness governing this world. “STAND in Confidence but Posed with Humbleness” discusses the subject of confidence and how to remain in this position without being compromised by arrogance, ego, and pride.

Ware is currently a resident of Troy, Alabama and the Presidential Assistant of Poetry in Motion, an organization that uses poetry as an outreach tool for the Gospel message. You can support Ware through prayer, purchasing one of his books through Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble, following his WordPress blog, scheduling him for book signing and discussion events, and connecting with him on LinkedIn.  May the fiery Rhema and Logos words of revelation continue to consume his writings with the transformational power of the Holy Spirit.

Tshombye Ware’s Pages
Amazon.com Author Profile: http://www.amazon.com/Tshombye-K.-Ware/e/B008GGFILG/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1379309080&sr=1-2-ent
WordPress: http://dawriter.wordpress.com
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tshombye-k-ware/4a/7b0/ba1
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/InsightfulCreationP

References
Poetry Talk Teaser, YouTube video, 3:00, posted by InsightfulCreationP, March 12, 2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJc5sj2w-5c
Ware, Tshombye K. “Plethora of Inspiration,” Dawriter’s Blog (blog), August 27, 2013, http://dawriter.wordpress.com
Ware, Tshombye K. “STAND in Confidence but Posed with Humbleness,” Dawriter’s Blog (blog), September 5, 2013, http://dawriter.wordpress.com
Ware, Tshombye K. Poet Talk. Georgia: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012. http://www.amazon.com/Poet-Talk-T-K-Ware/dp/1475171676/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1379309080&sr=1-3&keywords=tshombye+k.+ware
Ware, Tshombye K. Portrait, 2013. http://www.amazon.com/Tshombye-K.-Ware/e/B008GGFILG/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1379478734&sr=1-2-ent
Ware, Tshombye K. “Profile.” LinkedIn. Last modified Month Day, 2013. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tshombye-k-ware/4a/7b0/ba1
Ware, Tshombye K. Up Close and Personal Series: Caveat of Penitent (Volume 1). Georgia: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. http://www.amazon.com/Up-Close-Personal-Caveat-Penitent/dp/1480153028/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1379309080&sr=1-1&keywords=tshombye+k.+ware
Ware, Tshombye K. Web of Allure (Volume 2). Georgia: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. http://www.amazon.com/Web-Allure-T-K-Ware/dp/0615777295/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1379309080&sr=1-6&keywords=tshombye+k.+ware
WEB OF ALLURE – PART ONE, YouTube video, 1:19, posted by InsightfulCreationP, September 14, 2013, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cuogz4lrCdU
WEBOFALLURE – PART TWO, YouTube video, 1:45, posted by InsightfulCreationP, August 27, 2013, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-y-uoDsjqLA

Creative Christian Moments – Blog Article 8: Jessi McNeal “Pen to Paper” Review

Creative Christian Moments

“Reviews of up and coming Christians in the arts community.”

Blog Article 8: Jessi McNeal – Pen to Paper Review

I often wonder where the Christian music industry discovers their talent as much of the genre has become predicable and uniform in the artists they choose to promote. I miss the days in which theology and Biblical truths were woven into hymns to teach seminary level educations to multitudes of people. Though I enjoy multiple styles of worship and contemporary Christian music, much of today’s songs lack the anointing power of the Holy Spirit to reach into the broken heart of humanity and touch what we hold tender. However, with local Christian musicians like Jessi McNeal arising from Washington, I am excited about where God will take them in their journey to return us to these former glories and rebirth a new heavenly sound for this decade.

I first met McNeal through a series of emails and Facebook messages in regard to learning about a local Christian arts group hosted out of Mill Creek Foursquare Church in Lynnwood, WA. As I attended more meetings on a regular basis, McNeal shared multiple songs with us and her dream of releasing a CD. This dream was realized on February 23rd, 2013.

McNeal’s album Pen to Paper is a refreshing CD that touches the human soul through by applying the different aspects of the human condition to her music. McNeal describes her music as a blend of contemporary Christian, alternative country, and American folk used to present Biblical truths in both Christian and secular spheres of society. Her melodious acoustic songs are complemented with her distinct vocals moving one through an emotional roller coaster of self- reflection.

The Mill Creek Foursquare Arts Group and I were granted opportunities to listen to a few of her songs and offer feedback before the initial CD release. During our discussion time we were moved to tears as we let the emotions of the songs serenade over us. Her songs were perfect. I felt as though I had traveled back in time to a downtown coffee shop of the 1990s and was witnessing the ascension of the next paragon of Christian music to transform the genre. Her live performances and her recorded album are almost indistinguishable in sound reflecting the precision and intelligent execution of her music.

The three songs that struck my emotions the most were “Water Rolls Down”, “Wash Over Me with Grace”, and “Undone.” “Water Rolls Down” is a song about persevering through the valleys and mountains of life. “Wash Over Me with Grace” is a gentle song about searching for true peace amongst the chaos of life’s burdens. McNeal emphasizes that you cannot purchase peace and that only Jesus Christ can satisfy this need. “Undone” is a narrative about a man’s self-reflection on his personal vices of anger, grief, and sorrow, while letting the acoustics paint the consequences of bottling it up inside. McNeal concludes “Undone” with the protagonist’s recognition of letting the presence of Jesus Christ undue the problems he has inflicted on himself.

Other artists that assisted McNeal in her album involve David Sproul on accompanying acoustic guitar, Tim Muchira on drums and percussion, John Nuhn on bass, Warren Ludden on electric guitar, Stephen Gasperetti on accompanying vocals and electric guitar, and the accompanying vocals of Sherry Muchira and Bart Budwig. McNeal’s album was funded through crowdsourcing by local enthusiastic fans and supporters through the website Kickstarter.com. You can preview McNeal’s entire album at the Band Camp link before you purchase it. McNeal has many different social media sites you can contact her through and you can support her by purchasing her album, attending an upcoming concert, or hosting her for a concert.

Jessi McNeal’s Pages
Personal Web site: http://jessimcneal.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JessiMcNeal
Band Camp: http://jessimcneal.bandcamp.com
Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/m/user12607633
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/jessimcnealmusic?feature=watch
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jessi-mcneal/4/397/564
Mill Creek Foursquare Arts Group: http://www.mc4s.org/ministries/discipleship-groups.html
(Times have changed so email the contacts for current day, place, and time of meeting).

References
Jessi McNeal, Pen to Paper, Self-Published, 2013, MP3.
McNeal, Jessi. Pen to Paper Album and Portrait, 2013. http://jessimcneal.bandcamp.com