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C2: Giving Movies a Second Look
Small Group Curriculum DVD Series In Stores Today

Michael W. Smith, Seabourne Pictures, Randall House Help Individuals Develop Critical Thinking Skills When Watching Movies

Nashville, Tallahassee and River’s Edge Film Festivals Feature C2 Films

C2dvd.com Website Launches




Seabourne Pictures founders are pictured (l-r): Mark Cowart, Michael W. Smith and Ryan Smith


NEWS SOURCE: Hoganson Media
July 15, 2008

Nashville, Tenn., July 15, 2008 – In stores today from Michael W. Smith, Seabourne Pictures and Randall House is the innovative new small group study series on DVD called C2: Giving Movies a Second Look. C2 is designed to help individuals develop critical thinking skills when watching movies. Although just hitting retail shelves, C2’s Love At First Sight [Volume One] and Relapse [Volume Two] are already garnering acclaim from film, group leader and media critics alike.

Entering and receiving exclusive appearances at three respected film festivals, Love At First Sight and Relapse have been featured in the 2008 Nashville and Tallahassee Film Festivals respectively, and “Relapse” will be featured in the upcoming 2008 River's Edge International Film Festival in Paducah, KY.

Garnering acclaim for its theatrical quality, C2 is expected to help meet the increased demand for DVD curriculum, as well as the growing demand from fans of Christian films. Each C2 DVD contains a twenty-minute original short film along with bonus features, which include a personal introduction from Michael W. Smith, behind-the-scenes movie features, out-takes, director’s comments and deleted movie scenes. The leader of a small group will have access to helpful tools, including study guides for three separate lessons relating directly to the movie and promoting critical thinking.

“In today’s culture it’s imperative that we help teens and young adults develop critical thinking skills for the movies, entertainment and art they interact with,” says Darren Whitehead, Willow Creek Community Church youth minister. “Michael W. Smith has stepped up to meet this challenge by developing a groundbreaking resource in C2. It’s entertaining, easy to use and engaging.”

Collide Magazine adds that “C2 will be a great addition to any small group” and calls Relapse “beautifully filmed, well-written and emotionally stirring…”

Love At First Sight Synopsis:
Co-written and directed by Mark Cowart and scored by David Hamilton, Love at First Sight features two teenage video store clerks who argue about the possibility of love at first sight when the year’s biggest romantic drama hits the shelves. Jessica loves the movie and the idea of falling in love at first sight; Dane thinks it’s ridiculous and claims that his favorite film, an obscure independent French film, is a much better love story. She issues a challenge, he accepts, and their friendly competition leads to an eye-opening surprise. The acompanying small group study will provide discussion points related to true love, judging others and accepting differing opinions.

Relapse Synopsis:
Written and directed by Ryan Smith and scored by Jim Daneker, Relapse is a drama dealing with themes of addiction, grief and bioethics. Grief affects each parent differently as time goes by. The mother has found a unique way to avoid dealing with her grief. She is caught in a vicious cycle and must find a way to break the cycle for everyone in the family, including the child. The accompanying small group study will provide discussion points related to addictions, playing God and dealing properly with grief.

More information on C2 can be found at the recently launched www.C2dvd.com.

About Michael W. Smith
Over his 24-year career as a recording artist, Michael W. Smith has amassed an impressive catalog of achievements. His 19 albums have garnered multiple honors including an American Music Award, three GRAMMY Awards and 40 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. In addition, he holds 16 Gold and five Platinum albums, 31 No. 1 radio hits, and has been named one of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People. In addition, Smith has scored film projects and written 11 books. His tours consistently rank among the best attended in the country, and he has performed to capacity crowds throughout the world. Constantly giving back to the community, one of his current projects is Rocketown, a nightclub for teens in his hometown of Nashville that serves as safe place for young people to enjoy music and for artists to be discovered. He is married to Debbie Smith and they are the proud parents of five children. Stand, Michael’s 19th album, released November 7, 2006. (www.michaelwsmith.com)

About Seabourne Pictures:
Seabourne Pictures was founded in 2005 by Ryan Smith, Mark Cowart and Michael W. Smith, with the objective of creating thought-provoking and engaging feature films. Over the past three years, Seabourne has produced various music videos and short films, while developing several feature film projects, one of which is now in pre-production. (www.seabournepictures.com)

About Randall House:
Randall House has been publishing small group and Sunday school curriculum for over 50 years. In 2004 they trademarked the CLEAR Learning System that has been adopted by churches all across the country as the most effective way to teach students in small groups. Not only is Randall House a curriculum publisher, but they also publish CLEAR Devotional Magazines for the Entire Family, trade books and other Christian products for individuals, families and churches around the world. (www.randallhouse.com)

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