We just wanted to take a moment and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the entire team at Henline Productions! This season is so important to slow down a little to remember our Savior's birth, celebrate with friends and family, and spread that joy to others! We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season whether at home or abroad.
It has been quite a year here at Henline Productions! When we pause for a moment to look back, it seems quite overwhelming with everything that has taken place. On January 1, 2015 we released the official trailer for POLYCARP. The movie premiere took place in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 21 with much celebration from cast and crew members who traveled in from around the country. With the film being several years in the making, the release date was a MUCH anticipated moment that took place on May 5! It was released directly to Christian Book Stores and a variety of online retailers.
Polycarp was accepted into a number of film festivals throughout the year, receiving a host of nominations and awards. Some of the main awards included: “Best Feature Film”, “Audience Choice Award”, and “Best Original Music Score” at the Christian Worldview Film Festival, “Best Actor” (Garry Nation) at the International Christian Film Festival, “Best Actress” (Eliya Hurt), and “Best Editing” at the Pan Pacific Awards, “Best Feature Film” at GloryReelz Christian Film Festival, and “Best Cinematography”, “Best Original Score”, “Best Production Design” at the Faith Film Festival.
Throughout the year, our team visited as speakers and/or vendors to many Homeschool/Christian Conventions and Conferences. It was such a delight to travel around and meet so many wonderful people to speak with them about this timeless film! We also represented POLYCARP at a number of Church Screenings. We opened the film to be shown in any church on a love offering basis early in the year. The response was refreshing and encouraging as we would continue to receive letters and hear reports from many churches and individuals being affected by the film's message.
There are so many highlights that it is hard to even remember or credit them all! But we do want to express our gratitude to you for your overwhelming support and most importantly to our Heavenly Father for his guiding hand throughout everything. The “Polycarp journey" isn't over for our team. There are some festivals and conferences still ahead in the new year as well as continued marketing and distribution. We are excited that this story doesn't go “outdated” after a year..even years from now, it's timeless message has the ability to impact someone's life in a special way.
Many ask the question “what's next for Henline Productions”. While we can't answer that just yet, we are always looking for the Lord's leading and we are at peace that it is completely in His hands.
Once again, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful time of celebrations, laughter, and cheer as you close out the year!
We are so excited to share that POLYCARP has received the Stellae Award for Best Actress (Eliya Hurt) and Best Editing (by John-Clay Burnett) at the 2015 Pan Pacific Film Festival
photo courtesy: PPFF)
On August 6, 2015, the awards ceremony took place for the Pan Pacific Film Festival in Fullerton, California. POLYCARP was nominated in four categories - Best Impact, Best Feature Narrative, Best Actress, and Best Editing. Jerica Henline (Writer) was present at the awards ceremony to represent POLYCARP, which recieved Best Actress and Best Editing. You can watch the full awards ceremony video here: ">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-0DNb_AQ8M
Jerica Henline (Writer) on the red carpet at the 2015 Pan Pacific Film Festival photo courtesy: PPFF)
Finally, after nearly 3 years in the making, POLYCARP will be available May 5th on Christian bookstore shelves and online stores where you find Christian media, including Family Christian, LifeWay, CBD, and many more, and of course, HenlineProductions.com/store.
Although set in the Second Century, the story of religious persecution, courage, faith and brutal oppression could be taken from today’s headlines about mass killings and persecutions of Christians. It tells the historically accurate story of an early Christian martyr, Bishop Polycarp, who was burned and stabbed to death for refusing to renounce his faith in Christ and worship Caesar. This feature length drama is told through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl, Anna, and has been given the “Family Approved” seal for all ages by The Dove Foundation.
POLYCARP was awarded Best Feature Film, Audience Choice Award and Best Original Music Score at the 2015 Christian Worldview Film Festival. Garry Nation recieved Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film at the International Christian Film Festival for his stellar performance as Polycarp.
“It challenges Christians of all generations to stand boldly on the gospel in the face of persecution. In the Western world our faith is increasingly coming under attack from our secularized society, so this movie is very timely for us today,” said Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis and founder of the Creation Museum in Hebron, Ky. “Based on real history and real Christians suffering real persecution, it’s a message we all need to be reminded of.”
“This is a moving story of second-century persecution, reminiscent of the persecution many believers face today,” said Alex and Stephen Kendrick, producers of hit films Courageous and Facing the Giants that sparked a growing trend of Christian movies.
“Through the use of realistic sets and talented actors, Polycarp brings to life the Biblical truths presented in Luke 17:33, 1 John 4:18, and Philippians 1:21 and reveals what it means to be fully dedicated to Christ and His Kingdom, even to the point of death.” - Samaritan Ministries
“POLYCARP is an inspiring movie with a sweeping score that will play well to modern audiences.” - Dove Foundation
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