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Are you in Malaysia currently?
Ya, in Miri . Life is not easy now days but I believed when we put God first everything is POSSIBLE! He is so good !!! I always love HIM no matter what happens in my life 💪
 

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Ya, in Miri . Life is not easy now days but I believed when we put God first everything is POSSIBLE! He is so good !!! I always love HIM no matter what happens in my life 💪
Godliness with contentment is great gain. Will be praying for you and your family. Feel free to reach out anytime.
 
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Do families still take time on regular basis just to enjoy one another as they enjoy a time of diversion?
I'm asking somewhat selfishly as I had children later in life and still have a houseful of misfits and I'm looking for some fresh ideas.
Maybe something to consider for future family nights, if available in the future as release is 5 Dec 2022. Scroll to bottom and other Johnny Cash historic films.

Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon (2022) - IMDb
 
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This sounds like a new release. Requires two posts.
BELLS’ A BIG SUCCESS
Sight & Sound’s 1st film extends run, nears $3M in box office sales
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Lancaster County-based Sight & Sound Ministries’ first film, “I Heard the Bells,” grossed $2.77 million at the box office since it opened Thursday, landing it at No. 6 for weekend ticket sales nationally.
Because of its success, the film’s run is being extended.
“‘I Heard The Bells’ is closing in on $3 million in gross United States box office and because of that, dates will be extended through Dec. 15th,” Ray Nutt, CEO of the film’s distributor, Fathom Events, wrote in an email to LNP | LancasterOnline on Monday.
“This is very significant (for) a small film producer like Sight & Sound. ... ‘I Heard The Bells’ was number two on its opening night (Thursday), only behind ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.’” That means Sight & Sound and Fathom Events were second behind a major Disney release, Nutt wrote.
The film ranked sixth in U.S. and Canadian box office sales for Friday through Sunday, according to data from Comscore and reported by The Associated Press.
The box office tally, as well as positive reviews, provide encouragement for what the longtime Bible-based stage producer termed an “experiment” with potentially profound business implications. With the new film, Sight & Sound is not only trying to extend its reach to screens big and small, it is also trying to tell new stories about faith-based but not specifically biblical subjects.
Beyond expectations
The film about famed 19th-


Rachel Day Hughes plays Fanny Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s wife, in Sight & Sound Films’ first movie release, “I Heard the Bells.” Below, Stephen Atherholt plays Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
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Film: Sight & Sound’s ‘I Heard the Bells’ a big hit, nearing $3M at box office
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century American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow tells the tragic and inspirational events that led him to write the poem “Christmas Bells,” which would become the beloved Christmas carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”
Between Thursday and Sunday, the film has been shown on about 1,200 screens in the United States to an estimated audience of 220,000 ticket-holders, said Katie Miller, Sight & Sound director of marketing. The count is not final and does not include Canada and Australia, where it was also released.
“We are feeling very excited this morning,” said Miller on Monday. “It’s beyond what we were hoping for an opening weekend.”
By contrast, the weekend’s highest-netting film — “Wakanda Forever” — grossed an estimated $17.59 million over the weekend at 3,855 U.S. screens making its total domestic box office take at $393 million. A closer comparison might be Christian faith-based “The Chosen Season 3: Episodes 1 and 2,” which has grossed $14 million since its release Nov. 18. “The Chosen” is a television series about the calling of Jesus’ disciples.
Sight & Sound, headquartered in Strasburg Town-ship, is known for its epic stage productions of biblical stories through the private, for-profit Sight & Sound Theatres. Its newest theater production, “David,” debuted in March and is considered an important driver of tourism in Lancaster County. Sight & Sound also operates a theater in Bran-son, Missouri.
Filmed in Lancaster County with a local cast, “I Heard the Bells” cost roughly $3 million to make and is considered low budget by Hollywood standards. Yet, its makers, steeped in decades of epic stage performances, embraced high production values. As of Monday, the film had a 98% score based on 250 audience reviews on RottenTomatoes.com.
Only one movie critic review is listed, and that is from Sunbury Broadcasting and “The Aisle Seat” critic Mike McGranaghan, who is also known by his radio moniker “Movie Mike.” Mc-Granaghan gave the film three out of four stars.
 
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“There’s a sincerity to the presentation that will make it resonate with faith crowds, but also hold appeal for Longfellow enthusiasts or folks coming merely for the holiday theme,” Mc-Granaghan wrote after a minor critique of pacing. “Seeing where Sight & Sound goes from here will be interesting. Their debut film is a promising start to whatever they have in mind for moviegoers.”
Miller said the company embarked on its first movie as an experiment, a $3 million attempt to learn about filmmaking and the film business. Filming began in 2021.
“From the very beginning we have been calling it a learning experience,” Miller said. “We wanted to be able to learn and learn well. We had really very limited expectations.”
Miller acknowledged there were differences in filming theater, which Sight & Sound has presented in the past to about 100,000 ticket holders. Films of productions of “Jonah,” “Moses” and “Noah,” have been presented as one or two-day events in theaters.
“We were pleasantly surprised at how well our teams took their craft from the stage to the screen,” Miller said. “It is different to film on location with so many outside partners. It’s definitely different from theater.”
Some notable locations include Strasburg Rail Road and downtown Strasburg, the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, Moon-stone Manor in Elizabethtown, Trinity Evangelical Church in Manheim and Mount Hope Winery, north of Manheim.
Miller said there was a question about how a non-biblical story would be received by Sight & Sound’s core audience, and it’s clear there is support for more Christian faith-based stories.
A ‘sweet spot’
“It was a really good showing this weekend,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore, an entertainment analytics firm in California. “It shows the kind of interest for this type of film.”
Dergarabedian said the current film market benefits a small faith-based holiday film such as “I Heard the Bells.” The film comes at a time when there are fewer films than prior to the pandemic and movie theaters are eager for content, he said. Plus it is a faith-based movie released during the Christmas season.
“It’s sort of hitting the exact sweet spot,” Dergarabedian said. “It’s actually in a lot of theaters, and that’s pretty impressive.”
He said in a traditional marketplace it would be difficult for a film like “I Heard the Bells” to break into the top 10 but in this current, post-pandemic marketplace is an opportunity for this type of film or event.
Being an event-based showing means that the film license is limited. The film was set to close Thursday nationwide. It won’t run as long or on as many screens or showings as a traditional film.
“In the faith-based world it’s all about timing and getting the word out,” Dergarabedian said.
“I Heard the Bells” was released in partnership with Fathom Events, a distributor of content to movie theaters in North America.
The movie has been packaged with other faith-based film events for the holidays including: “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “5,000 Blankets,” “The Met’s Magic Flute” and “It’s Christmastime Again.”
Nutt said faith-based films have seen growth in 2022.
“Fathom Events has supported those films not just through our network of theaters but also through our Fathom Church Network — an arm of our organization that works with church groups to bring films to underserved communities, perhaps those far from a local theater,” Nutt said.
In addition to “The Chosen,” Nutt said this year, seven of the top 25 documentary films were faith-based through Fathom Events including “Mother Teresa: No Greater Love” grossing $1.6 million and “A Case For Heaven” grossing $1.5 million. “The Chosen Season 3: Episodes 1 and 2” just broke Fathom’s all-time record at $14.4 million.
For smaller, nonstudio releases, Fathom Events is able to leverage a network of 800 theater partners to introduce the film to audiences worldwide. Based on demand, more can be added, Nutt said.
Miller said the film found its largest audiences in Philadelphia; New York City; Dallas; Washington, D.C.; and Lancaster County.
She said those markets are where Sight & Sound typically sees high sales because that is where audiences are most familiar with the theaters. Dallas is most familiar with the Branson location.
Rounding out the top 10 popular locations for the film are Atlanta, Salt Lake City and Roanoke, Virginia.
Miller said she thinks stories of hope are resonating with people because “it’s been a very challenging season for many.”
“We’re thrilled to see faith entertainment to be received throughout the nation because we are passionate to tell stories of hope,” Miller said.
“I Heard the Bells” will remain in Lancaster County movie theaters until the end of the month and is expected to extend its run at many theaters nationally as well.
Story is ‘not done being told’
The film is on track to gross at least what it cost to make but it’s not clear if Sight & Sound will recoup it all. There are tiers thresholds of ticket sales that change how much Sight & Sound gets, Miller said.
There are further opportunities to sell the film, including internationally and digitally. It could be released again next year.
“We’re learning a lot about the industry itself and continuing to learn as this process unfolds,” Miller said. “We’re not sure what comes next but we know the story is not done being told. We believe there is still a place for it to play again in the future.
“For us, at the end of the day, it’s really about audiences experiencing their own renewed sense of hope during the holiday season.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, portrayed by actor Stephen Atherholt, is the focus of Sight & Sound Films’ first movie release, “I Heard the Bells.”
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Cameron143

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Continued from #46
“There’s a sincerity to the presentation that will make it resonate with faith crowds, but also hold appeal for Longfellow enthusiasts or folks coming merely for the holiday theme,” Mc-Granaghan wrote after a minor critique of pacing. “Seeing where Sight & Sound goes from here will be interesting. Their debut film is a promising start to whatever they have in mind for moviegoers.”
Miller said the company embarked on its first movie as an experiment, a $3 million attempt to learn about filmmaking and the film business. Filming began in 2021.
“From the very beginning we have been calling it a learning experience,” Miller said. “We wanted to be able to learn and learn well. We had really very limited expectations.”
Miller acknowledged there were differences in filming theater, which Sight & Sound has presented in the past to about 100,000 ticket holders. Films of productions of “Jonah,” “Moses” and “Noah,” have been presented as one or two-day events in theaters.
“We were pleasantly surprised at how well our teams took their craft from the stage to the screen,” Miller said. “It is different to film on location with so many outside partners. It’s definitely different from theater.”
Some notable locations include Strasburg Rail Road and downtown Strasburg, the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, Moon-stone Manor in Elizabethtown, Trinity Evangelical Church in Manheim and Mount Hope Winery, north of Manheim.
Miller said there was a question about how a non-biblical story would be received by Sight & Sound’s core audience, and it’s clear there is support for more Christian faith-based stories.
A ‘sweet spot’
“It was a really good showing this weekend,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore, an entertainment analytics firm in California. “It shows the kind of interest for this type of film.”
Dergarabedian said the current film market benefits a small faith-based holiday film such as “I Heard the Bells.” The film comes at a time when there are fewer films than prior to the pandemic and movie theaters are eager for content, he said. Plus it is a faith-based movie released during the Christmas season.
“It’s sort of hitting the exact sweet spot,” Dergarabedian said. “It’s actually in a lot of theaters, and that’s pretty impressive.”
He said in a traditional marketplace it would be difficult for a film like “I Heard the Bells” to break into the top 10 but in this current, post-pandemic marketplace is an opportunity for this type of film or event.
Being an event-based showing means that the film license is limited. The film was set to close Thursday nationwide. It won’t run as long or on as many screens or showings as a traditional film.
“In the faith-based world it’s all about timing and getting the word out,” Dergarabedian said.
“I Heard the Bells” was released in partnership with Fathom Events, a distributor of content to movie theaters in North America.
The movie has been packaged with other faith-based film events for the holidays including: “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “5,000 Blankets,” “The Met’s Magic Flute” and “It’s Christmastime Again.”
Nutt said faith-based films have seen growth in 2022.
“Fathom Events has supported those films not just through our network of theaters but also through our Fathom Church Network — an arm of our organization that works with church groups to bring films to underserved communities, perhaps those far from a local theater,” Nutt said.
In addition to “The Chosen,” Nutt said this year, seven of the top 25 documentary films were faith-based through Fathom Events including “Mother Teresa: No Greater Love” grossing $1.6 million and “A Case For Heaven” grossing $1.5 million. “The Chosen Season 3: Episodes 1 and 2” just broke Fathom’s all-time record at $14.4 million.
For smaller, nonstudio releases, Fathom Events is able to leverage a network of 800 theater partners to introduce the film to audiences worldwide. Based on demand, more can be added, Nutt said.
Miller said the film found its largest audiences in Philadelphia; New York City; Dallas; Washington, D.C.; and Lancaster County.
She said those markets are where Sight & Sound typically sees high sales because that is where audiences are most familiar with the theaters. Dallas is most familiar with the Branson location.
Rounding out the top 10 popular locations for the film are Atlanta, Salt Lake City and Roanoke, Virginia.
Miller said she thinks stories of hope are resonating with people because “it’s been a very challenging season for many.”
“We’re thrilled to see faith entertainment to be received throughout the nation because we are passionate to tell stories of hope,” Miller said.
“I Heard the Bells” will remain in Lancaster County movie theaters until the end of the month and is expected to extend its run at many theaters nationally as well.
Story is ‘not done being told’
The film is on track to gross at least what it cost to make but it’s not clear if Sight & Sound will recoup it all. There are tiers thresholds of ticket sales that change how much Sight & Sound gets, Miller said.
There are further opportunities to sell the film, including internationally and digitally. It could be released again next year.
“We’re learning a lot about the industry itself and continuing to learn as this process unfolds,” Miller said. “We’re not sure what comes next but we know the story is not done being told. We believe there is still a place for it to play again in the future.
“For us, at the end of the day, it’s really about audiences experiencing their own renewed sense of hope during the holiday season.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, portrayed by actor Stephen Atherholt, is the focus of Sight & Sound Films’ first movie release, “I Heard the Bells.”
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Wow. I'm blown away by the effort you have expended on my behalf. A mere thank you can in no way engender the gratitude I feel for your kindness nor for the reminder of what it means to love your neighbor as yourself. I am humbled by your grace.
 
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Wow. I'm blown away by the effort you have expended on my behalf. A mere thank you can in no way engender the gratitude I feel for your kindness nor for the reminder of what it means to love your neighbor as yourself. I am humbled by your grace.
Thnx for your appreciation but it really is important to try and promote Christian oriented media and that is what my intent is with posting adverts that are Christian oriented. This is from an online newspaper in Lancaster, Pa. That region is Amish Christians. Hope you enjoy the post. Effort is minimal.
 

Lanolin

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we play cards and eat
depending on ages of family members...or going out to yum cha is always a family event
 
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Do families still take time on regular basis just to enjoy one another as they enjoy a time of diversion?
I'm asking somewhat selfishly as I had children later in life and still have a houseful of misfits and I'm looking for some fresh ideas.
I don't know if anybody else suggested it already or not, but you might want to begin your family night by baking some sort of dessert together. While it's in the oven, you can watch or movie together or something like that, and then enjoy the dessert together as a family when it is ready. Personally, I'd shy away from any type of competitive games. It's kind of counter-productive to bonding, in my opinion.
 

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I don't know if anybody else suggested it already or not, but you might want to begin your family night by baking some sort of dessert together. While it's in the oven, you can watch or movie together or something like that, and then enjoy the dessert together as a family when it is ready. Personally, I'd shy away from any type of competitive games. It's kind of counter-productive to bonding, in my opinion.
I appreciate you taking the time to respond. And those are great ideas. But too late for the competition thing. Around here we can turn brushing teeth into a contest. The key is to keep going until you find something that everyone is best at. I still hold the record for most marshmallows in your mouth at 1 time. Hint: think mini marshmallows ;)
 
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I appreciate you taking the time to respond. And those are great ideas. But too late for the competition thing. Around here we can turn brushing teeth into a contest. The key is to keep going until you find something that everyone is best at. I still hold the record for most marshmallows in your mouth at 1 time. Hint: think mini marshmallows ;)
Contests or not, I suggested baking (or cooking) because it not only promotes teamwork, but then you also all get to reap the rewards of eating it afterwards. Whatever you do, I hope that the Lord grants you a strong family unit.
 

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Contests or not, I suggested baking (or cooking) because it not only promotes teamwork, but then you also all get to reap the rewards of eating it afterwards. Whatever you do, I hope that the Lord grants you a strong family unit.
I appreciate those sentiments and I truly have been blessed with a great family.
 
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Tik-Tok a subsidiary of ByteDance a Chinese company is possibly to be impacted by legislation imposed in response to evidence of accusations that Tik-Tok reports are made to Chinese Government on demand. The link here is likely from a Chinese 'company'. Interesting. Family Night from China, wholesome, child friendly, no violence and etc. Tik-Tok a bit risky?

https://www.ganjing.com/video/1ffg6ogdnqhb938AtVJYfpCYA1mc1c
 

Cameron143

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quiz or carol singing
After the great caroling fiasco of 2009 the neighbors now pay us not to go caroling. But some sort of trivia game is intriguing. Really appreciate the suggestions.
 

Lanolin

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you have to make up the questions yourself, quizmaster...

They can be how much you know about each other, family history, etc. Like when Ross did the quiz on Friends. Although I dont think you should swap houses/rooms if you win...
 

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After the great caroling fiasco of 2009 the neighbors now pay us not to go caroling. But some sort of trivia game is intriguing. Really appreciate the suggestions.
When the HOA adds in a clause that forbids neighborhood caroling (with not so subtle hints specifically towards your family,) I guess it's finally time to give up the goose -- even if it sings. 😭😳😂

Really enjoying your posts! Thanks for the laughs. 😁