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    The short movie produced in collaboration with Phipps Philms, Twice Owned, was nominated for Best Short as a Finalist in the Christian Worldview Film Festival this March.  Johnathan Schutz (visual effects artist) and Benjamin Owen (producer) were present for the movie screenings and awards event. Audiences commented on its “good story arc” and liked the “watercolor effects”.  In the following month, Twice Owned was awarded an Honorable Mention by The Attic Film Festival, also held in Texas.

    “We wanted to produce something for low-cost ministry use,” Owen explained, “and we hope it will provide a good starting point for presenting the Gospel.” The short film and bonus videos are free to view online, including the study guide.


    Most recently, Twice Owned was selected for the GloryReelz Christian Film Festival where it received the award for Best Short Film.  “I’m really proud of the finished movie.” said director, Caleb Phipps, who is delighted with the GloryReelz recognition.  Many people volunteered time and property for the making of this movie.  And lead actor, Stone Davis, put in a long weekend for this production.

    Twice Owned was designed as a package — with study guide, etc — because we didn’t want to leave the allegory of redemption unexplained.” says Owen.  The bonus content includes a video presentation about the allegory of the sailboat, and a printed study guide helps bring out the meaning behind Twice Owned.  In another of the bonus videos, Caleb Phipps, takes viewers behind the scenes for a glimpse into the heart of Twice Owned.

    “Twice Owned presents the essential message of the Gospel in such a clear and creative way,” says music composer, David Michael Hyde. “I am honored to be associated with such a powerful tool that brings glory to Christ and helps expand His Kingdom.”

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    Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. (Isaiah 45:22)

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    The new five part “Refracted Glory Bible Study” released earlier this spring.  It adapts the documentary film to a format suitable for group studies.  The study booklet, written by Caleb Rodriguez, takes a slower pace than that of the film, which allows for a deeper exploration of Scripture.

    Hummingbirds, whether viewed in rocks or in flight, in laboratories or in backyards, point us to the eternal life only found in Jesus Christ.

    “It became clear that the ‘Refracted Glory’ movie was rather hard for churches to use,” says the film’s director, Benjamin Owen; “but we wanted that content to be usable for church groups.”  The solution of a Bible study came through much prayer, and the collaborative efforts of Caleb Rodriguez, David Rives, and others.

    The accompanying DVD provides an introduction for each session, with the “Refracted Glory” content referenced in the study booklet.  “You could say the documentary looks mostly at the science, where as the study book is focused mainly on Scripture,” explains Owen.

    Each session is rich with scripture and insight, great for stimulating exciting discussions with your family or bible study group.  While hummingbirds may point us to Scripture, it is Scripture which enables us to understand hummingbirds. And in every matter, His word is found reliable and relevant for our daily lives.



  • “Twice Owned” received an Award of Recognition from the Best Shorts Film Competition in the Children / Family Programming category.  The short movie also won an Award of Recognition in the Accolade Global Film Competition short film category.


    Currently in its 11th year, Accolade Global Film Competition is a worldwide competition recognizing filmmakers who produce high quality shorts and new media. Each year Accolade Global Film Competition receives thousands of entries.

    There are four levels of awards: Best of Show, Award of Excellence, Award of Merit and Award of Recognition. As with the Tellys and regional Emmy Awards, entries do not compete against each other. Instead, entries are judged against a high standard of merit and are scored accordingly.


    Each year Best Shorts Competition receives thousands of entries. Quality and creativity are celebrated in four levels of awards: Best of Show, Award of Excellence, Award of Merit and Award of Recognition. Entries do not compete against each other. Instead, entries are judged against a high standard of merit and are scored accordingly.

  • The Dove Foundation recently reviewed “Refracted Glory” and we’re very happy to have recieved a Dove Seal recommending our hummingbird documentary for family viewing.  You can read the review HERE.


    “We are proud to award ‘Refracted Glory’ the Dove ‘Faith-Friendly’ Seal for all ages.”

    The purpose of the Dove Seal is to identify a video or entertainment product that is “appropriate for the  family” based on Judeo-Christian ethics.

  • David Rives interviews Benjamin Owen on Creation in the 21st Century Episode 45, which recently aired on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network).  The weekly television show is hosted by David Rives and features interviews with leading scientists in the fields of biology, astrophysics, geology, medicine, and more.  In this episode, Owen talks about what he learned while producing the hummingbird documentary Refracted Glory.  You can watch the archived episode on the website…


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    You can find TBN’s channel on your TV by consulting your Channel Guide.
    For Dish customers, tune to Channel 260
    For DirectTV, tune to Channel 372
    AT&T  U-verse, Channel 560
    Comcast, and Xfinity subscribers, Channel 392
    Charter Cable (please check the channel guide for your area, as channel number is area-specific)

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    Filming “Creation in the 21st Century” at the TBN studio.



  • RG_VODthumb_square800We’re very excited to make “Refracted Glory” available for online rent/streaming through Vimeo and Reelhouse.  This is a great alternative to buying the DVD if you only want to watch the movie once.  Both sites offer a PayPal checkout option.


    Similar to YouTube, Vimeo is a video hosting service.  They also have an “On Demand” store where you can download or rent movies.


    A unique feature of Reelhouse is the option to gift the rental to a friend. Simply click the “purchase as gift” button on the checkout page.

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    San Antonio, Texas — “Refracted Glory” screened at the Christian Worldview Film Festival held March 12-14, where it was nominated for two awards; Best Documentary and Best Origianal Music Score.  Representing the film were Benjamin Owen, Gabriel Hudelson, Caleb Phipps and Matthew Duran.

    “It was an honor to be a finalist in the Christian Worldview Film Festival next to so many great films.” Owen said. “It’s nice talking with viewers after the screenings, and someone always has a hummingbird story to share.”

    The event featured 80 films, plus 6 showcase films and musical performances.  There were around 1,000 people attending throughout the week and 14 awards were presented at the closing ceremony.

    You can view the finalists films at:

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