Will America’s conservative revolution begin with Heartland Films’ influence?

Melanie Tipton and John Grow on Freedom's Gate

WASHINGTON, February 28, 2015 — While it may be super cool in Hollywood to make conservative religious or patriotic blockbuster movies like American Sniper that raked in mega dollars for studios, directors and producers the Academy Awards still blockades them. It seems awarding those movies because of their depiction of heartland values is a total non-starter.

In other words, Hollywood does not want to reflect true movie goers’ values by awarding those actors and entertainment industry participants with an official acknowledgment. American Sniper can earn its studio over $400 million but the Academy screeners and judges reject them outright. There are several examples like 2014’s “God’s Not Dead”, “Heaven is For Real”, “Gimme Shelter” or Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary hit “America.”

Fortunately, there are Hollywood and heartland movie documentary producers who are standing up to the embargo and taking their case to Ronald Reagan’s flyover country movie goers. On Communities Digital News Hour’s ‘Standing at Freedom Gate’s show, John Grow executive producer of the movie “Ragamuffin” joined movie documentary executive producer Melanie Tipton of “Melanie’s Journey Through Chattanoogaville.” They discussed how Christian and conservative value movies make an impact on America movie goers and the industry itself.

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They may have a point, because when it comes to Hollywood’s bottom dollar, it is the Christianity and conservative movie themes that are keeping the entertainment industry afloat in hundreds of millions of dollars. In other words the ching ching of Christian movie viewer theater and DVD dollars are pouring in, while the producers and directors as well as actors pretend their squalid values should be pushed into the mainstream of America.

Tipton, countered and rejected the thinking that Hollywood can still dictate what Americans should be accepting as correct beliefs, which Michael Moore’s movies depict a dangerous array of socialist fueled assault on America and its private sector foundation.

Her own documentary is one of the best examples of how Americans blinded by gangster-like manhandling of America’s values of freedom, liberty and religion by Hollywood actors like Sean Penn, Alec Baldwin and even Jaime Foxx. In fact it was Foxx who once called Obama his, “ Lord and Savior” as he compared him to Jesus Christ. Fortunately Americans are coming out of this long night of moral paralysis. Her documentary movie which celebrates the truth of Reaganomics’ and Capitalism’s rebirth in America will be a welcome change agent.

Grow who spoke on “Standing at Freedom’s Gate” about how movies that reflect traditional values can reach and uplift families and young people in America. He suggested that showing religious truth is crucial. His own movie, Ragamuffin, which chronicles the real life journey of Rich Mullins, a musical prodigy who rose to Christian music fame and fortune, deals honestly with his struggles.

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It is the struggles and the rising from the darkness that his movie portrays which actually helps Americans welcome the understanding that faith and God is not dead and is essential in their life. Grow stressed how parents have the opportunity to be part of the growing sea of conservatives who have the power of the movie purse strings which can help dictate the direction of new movies, yet unmade.

Presently there are young filmmakers all across America who has been raised in heartland households across the nation. They are in high school, colleges, and in small and large production companies. These future entertainment and Hollywood industry professionals are the new first wave of America’s conservative revolution. It will be their films, their movie and entertainment projects that will degrade and destroy the liberalism, socialism and anti-Christian influence of current Hollywood industry performers.

Melanie Tipton and John Grow have raised the banner that other conservatives in the film and movie industry will willingly unfurl for Hollywood Heartland values which families can embrace and accept.


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Kevin Fobbs
Kevin Fobbs began writing professionally in 1975. He has been published in the "New York Times," and has written for the "Detroit News," "Michigan Chronicle," “GOPUSA,” "Soul Source" and "Writers Digest" magazines as well as the Ann Arbor and Cleveland "Examiner," "Free Patriot," "Conservatives4 Palin" and "Positively Republican." The former daily host of The Kevin Fobbs Show on conservative News Talk WDTK - 1400 AM in Detroit, he is also a published author. His Christian children’s book, “Is There a Lion in My Kitchen,” hit bookstores in 2014. He writes for Communities Digital News, and his weekly show "Standing at Freedom’s Gate" on Community Digital News Hour tackles the latest national and international issues of freedom, faith and protecting the homeland and heartland of America as well as solutions that are needed. Fobbs also writes for Clash Daily, Renew America and BuzzPo. He covers Second Amendment, Illegal Immigration, Pro-Life, patriotism, terrorism and other domestic and foreign affairs issues. As the former 12-year Community Concerns columnist with The Detroit News, he covered community, family relations, domestic abuse, education, business, government relations, and community and business dispute resolution. Fobbs obtained a political science and journalism degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1978 and attended Wayne State University Law School. He spearheaded and managed state and national campaigns as well as several of President George W. Bush's White House initiatives in areas including Education, Social Security, Welfare Reform, and Faith-Based Initiatives.