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Mike Furches

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    Promo from my book The Keystone Kid
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    too much to mention, although I really do love Zydeco
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    Hate to sound bad, but the things I have written
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  1. Been too long since I have been here, the short has been entered into various film festivals, doing quite well there. I am going to do festivals for another 3 - 6 months and then have it available. The DVD and packaging is complete and it has over 2 hours of special features on it which I am quite proud of. We are currently looking at a business plan to make it happen as a feature. So sorry for the late delay in response though
  2. Anyone seen this series? I was surprised that I couldn't find a discussion of it here. I have been rather pleased with the series, and while many adult themes in it, I enjoy the way it is filmed, and the story line has been rather impressive. On the second shortened season now, but for those who haven't seen this, one of the better offerings for cable television in the last few years.
  3. I have been watching the show and think it is well done. Nothing that hasn't been said or done before, nothing really unique or original, but if you like boxing, like the game, a kind of cross between Rocky and The Sopranos.
  4. Man, now I feel bad for not visiting like I should. I was told about this after some discussion at Hollywood Jesus and my review of the new I Spit on Your Grave. I have a question, did anyone nominate The Devil's Rejects by Rob Zombie? Other than that one being left off the list, I think a very good list here, and am also surprised at the number of older films listed here. I was also surprised that the remake of The Thing got nominated over the original.
  5. I haven't been on in a while and a discussion in another forum regarding horror got me to come check some things out. I hate to shamelessly promote my own work here, but thought some who know me from Hollywood Jesus or other ways would be interested. My book The Keystone Kid is now out and available. You can find more out about it by visiting it at www.thekeystonekid.com It deals with the abuse I went through as a child and while the language is tough, all of the advance reviews on the book have been positive. It currently has a 5 Star rating at Amazon, and individuals such as Angela Shelton, form Finding Angela Shelton fame and as featured on Oprah has also endorsed the book. Others include David Bruce from Hollywood Jesus, Pastor Bob Beeman from Sanctuary International and many others. It is also available in paperback, hardback, and e-reader formats. You can read the prologue and chapter 1 at the web site, and more at Amazon. There are ministry options available for the book to be used in youth centers, abuse centers, and so forth. Those books are available at my cost and I make nothing on them but want to make them available to those needing or wanting to use the story. Licensed Social workers and other advocates have stated the benefits of the book for their facilities. Anyway, I appreciate it. I am just a regular guy, without a large marketing campaign, who pastors an inner city poor church but believes in integrity and quality. A short movie is near completion on the story and the intent is to use that to raise funds for a feature film. Anyway, appreciated and hope it didn't take up much of your time. I will say, I am deeply saddened, that many of faith, seem to not address the issue of physical and sexual abuse, which occurs at a high rate in communities of faith, as well as those communities outside the faith community. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, I speak to those individuals every day, there is a reason many are turning away from the faith community, if we would only open our eyes and hearts and show the love towards these individuals that Jesus does.
  6. Here is all I know, I was skeptical of an e-reader, then did a ton of research, and virtually every reputable review I did gave the highest marks to the Kindle. I purchased one, was $139 not the $400 as stated earlier. It is my absolute favorite gift to myself I may have ever purchased, outside of my primary bass guitar. I have about 50 books now on it, of which I paid less than $20, most have been free, and I have read more since January 1 than I did all of last year, and I read a lot. I have had no issues with it, and would gladly take it over the other readers. The lending feature is now available with Kindle, although I never use it. The only feature that continues to come up is the lending from the library feature with the Nook, I have spoken to many Nook owners who have told me that they can't get the books they want, have to place an order for 5 books at a time from the library, and usually have to wait 2 weeks before getting one of those books. I just don't have to worry about it, and like I said, 90% of the books on my reader, were free. From a die hard skeptic, who has turned into a full-fledged lover of the device. I have been overwhelmingly, pleasantly surprised. As to a reading audience. Let me say this, I have sold approximately, to best of my knowledge since December around 500 paper back and hard back copies of my book The Keystone Kid. Last weekend alone, I sold 127 e-books via Kindle. An astronomical difference and as an author, I will make that trade off any day. As to the differences between the nook and the kindle. I would be glad to comment on my experiences of trying both prior to purchase, and from purchase.
  7. Final steps are being taken on The Long Walk a short by Tiroma Film, directed by Titus Jackson based on my book, The Keystone Kid. Right now we just have to finish up the score with Rob Cassels and Sam Eakins from South Carolina. The book and short addresses the aspect of physical and sexual abuse and the forgiveness associated to my story, (not in the book) I am pretty pleased with it although a little long for a short, (working now around 20 minutes) We will be using it to raise funds for the feature. Anyway, pretty excited about it, and for those that have followed my stuff in the past, I don't think will be too surprising, and we have worked at making it a quality piece, not a 'typical' Christian piece at all. In fact, the short if rated would be PG-13 or R for language and situations. More about that in the future, but for those reading my stuff at Hollywood Jesus over the years the book is also out now and available at its website www.thekeystonekid.com or other locations such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Friesen Press and others. It is also available in Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and other e-reader format versions.
  8. Here in Wichita we have a very good up and coming festival called Tallgrass. I am submitting at least one short to it this year, albeit a longer short. As to filmmaker friendly, that is hard to say, they had over 600 submissions last year, only accepted around 75, including shorts, I know people get upset when their work isn't accepted. That said, very high standard, very good hospitality room and one of the reasons it has grown so much is the way the filmmakers are treated. It is what I would consider a typical film festival, they will screen virtually all types of film, those with social commentary tend to get higher acceptance, few Christian oriented films accepted, and few horror. Audience Choice, best in particular categories including, short, documentary, feature etc... Depends on the film and maker of the film here as to travel comp. For most basic film outside of feature and high profile names, no. In other situations, yes. I will say that in the documentary category, Tallgrass has a very high standard. Their site can be seen with a simple google, I think tallgrass.com Last year, documentaries included The Tillman story, Wayman Tisdale Story, Do the Right Thing, many others.
  9. First two shows are up and good audience numbers. We are in need of guests, including reviewers. I am open to various topics and so forth, if interested contact me at mike@thevirtualpew.com or even via phone (316) 258-3952. Greg Wright and I will be hosting our Monthly Feature, Cinema Under The Radar this Friday, should be fun. Thanks and hopefully some of you will be interested in promoting your site, reviews, and so forth. If you want to listen to the show, go to www.blogtalkradio.com/hollywoodjesus
  10. Today, Friday, November 02, 2007 there will be two special programs on Blogtalkradio. The first will be a morning program with The Virtual Pew Live where we have the rescheduled live interview with Sigmund Brouwer who coauthored, along with Hank Hanegraaff, (AKA The Bible Answer Man) the controversial best selling novel, Fuse of Armageddon. Brouwer and Hanegraaff have collaborated in the past on various other books that have been among the top selling Christian Fiction works on the market. In the interview regarding Fuse of Armageddon we will discuss the controversy surrounding the books theology, and the differing view of the book of Revelation promoted and supported by Brouwer. We will also discuss the nation of Israel, Middle Eastern Politics, and Terrorism. This program can be heard on The Virtual Pew Live at www.blogtalkradio.com/thevirtualpew The program will air at 11 AM EST, 10 AM CST, 9 AM MST, and 8 AM PST. Phone calls to the program can be made at 646-717-8587 If unable to call into the program, or listen live, one can access the program through the archives at the web site. This is a special broadcast for The Virtual Pew Live as normal programming airs every Wednesday, at 5 PM EST, 4 PM CST, 3 PM MST and 2 PM PST The Virtual Pew Live has interviewed various individuals including author Creston Mapes and film Makers The Brothers Williamson producers of the new documentary Rebellion of Thought, Post Modernism, The Search for Authentic Faith among others. The second program of the day will be Hollywood Jesus Live. During this program host Mike Furches will speak with David Bruce regarding the start up and origins of the popular web site, www.hollywoodjesus.com This web site has been featured on numerous television and print medias and is among the top movie review web sites on the planet. Hollywood Jesus is not just limited to movies however; it looks at the arts in general with commentary and reviews on everything from books to DVD
  11. Just catching up on some of this. FFF has done a mediocre job at best regarding the films they did. I will say I read Thr3e long before seeing Adaptation and would also say, don't judge Dekker by the movie. The movie was as poor a representation of Dekker as one could get. I am linking here my review and interview with him that was conducted long before the release of the movie. http://www.hollywoodjesus.com/comments/furches/blog.html
  12. Things are moving well, spoke with David yesterday and will likely speak with Greg again this afternoon. The change has been wonderful and something a number of us has been praying for for some time. Chris has even posted a few reviews. As I told David yesterday, I think we have a way to go, but we are at least going forward. I can't think of anyone better than Greg and Jen to be there helping out and Grace Hill even bothered to call several of us and speak of our concerns. Something that should also be noted in their effort to get things "back on track."
  13. I did the initial review at HJ and will tell you, I am catching some flack from, you guessed it, Christians who haven't seen the movie. I thought the film was great and was very pleased with it. Peter an interesting point, especially with the comment about the men. I am not sure that was nessecary as the men were not the focus. Instead the redemtption of Lazarus and Riccis character, and in some part, the Justin Timberlake character is what the film is largely about. I think the continuation, the what if's and so forth regarding the men who had also done wrong is wonderful debate and thought, but not required for the overall themes and concepts.
  14. I don't know for sure where to put this. The interview will eventually be on Hollywood Jesus, and is now on my myspace blog until David gets some of the things worked out at Hollywood Jesus, will then be on my blog at Hollywood Jesus, The Virtual Pew and reviews. Thought it might be of interest to some here. Click here to see the Billy Bob interview.
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