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Hometown Values Reflected On Screen & Now Streaming: Great American Media’s CEO Bill Abbott

“There is a desperate need for family-friendly, faith-based content, and that we’re filling that need.” Great American Media’s CEO, Bill Abbot, talks about the company’s most recent merger with Pure Flix creating a 24/7 companion to Great American Family with uplifting films and series. We also chatted about the landscape of television, marketing and the…

Inspired By One of the Most Tragic Wildfires, Peter Facinelli Directs & Stars in On Fire

Inspired by true and harrowing events, On Fire tells the story of an ordinary man, played by Peter Facinelli, that finds his world suddenly torn apart as devastating wildfires rip through the surrounding countryside. With precious moments ticking by, he must flee with his son, played by Asher Angel, and pregnant wife, played by Fiona…

Surprised by Oxford: Carolyn Weber’s Nod to Spiritual Memoir of C.S. Lewis Brought to Screen

Based on the award-winning memoir, Surprised by Oxford is the true-life story of college-aged American Caro Drake. It’s a wonder-filled exploration of life’s beauty and complexity, experienced in a manner not entirely dissimilar to C.S. Lewis’s famous awakening nearly a century ago in the hallowed halls of Oxford, England. Based on Carolyn Weber’s memoir with the same…

From Migrant Farm Worker to NASA Astronaut, Jose Hernandez Inspiring Journey to Space

Interviewed for Risen Magazine Risen Magazine: I am so excited to talk to you this morning. I just found your story to be so inspiring, unbelievable at points, because of your perseverance and this relentless pursuit of your goal. Maybe share a little bit about writing your story and then now getting to see it…

Camp Hideout: Family Comedy from Called Higher Studios

Sumer Camp shenanigans are at a high in this family comedy that feels a bit like Home Alone meets Ernest Goes to Jail. Camp Hideout stars Back to the Future‘s Christopher Lloyd and High School Musical‘s Corbin Bleu along with an ensemble cast of kids showing us it’s never too late to ask for help,…

A Father, Mentor and Randy Houser’s Lyric Change: Director Jeff Celentano & Rickey Hill Talk The Hill

The Hill is the incredible and inspiriting true story about a boy, Rickey Hill, born needing braces on his legs and how major league baseball becomes a very real dream. Randy Houser not only stars but also lends a song, and agrees to change a lyric! We talked with Director Jeff Celentano about getting the…

Brandon Potter: Pressure Builds, the Appreciation of Quintus’ Character Arch

Brandon Potter is the Roman you can’t take your eyes off of… that’s right, he’s Quintus on The Chosen and we got a chance to sit down with the actor to talk about the pressure building and the arc of his character. Plus the incredible sets! Taking time out of his shooting schedule, we got…

Nick Shakoour: From Care Bears to The Chosen and Zebedee’s Careless Audition

He’s voiced Grumpy Bear and Tender Heart and then came in front of the camera in The Chosen starring as Zebedee. We talk Care Bears, and the careless audition that connected with Dallas to land Nick Shakoour on the hit series.

From Leg Braces to the Big Leagues: Rickey Hill’s Unbelievable Baseball Story Brought to Screen

From being born with a defect that required braces on his legs, to dreams of playing major league baseball.. the story of Rickey Hill is incredible. An unshakeable hope, and a drive, that beats all odds, his story comes to theatres in The Hill. His dad, played by Dennis Quaid, is a Baptist preacher and…

The True Story Behind Dreamin’ Wild: Donnie & Nancy Emerson with Bill Pohlad

Dreamin’ Wild, the true story about what happened to singer/songwriter Donnie Emerson (played by Casey Affleck) and his family when the album he and his brother, Joe (played by Walton Goggins), recorded as teens was rediscovered after thirty years of obscurity and was suddenly hailed by music critics as a lost masterpiece. While the album’s rediscovery…

A Life-Changing Role! Shaan Sharma in The Chosen

You know him as Shmuel on The Chosen and we got a chance to sit down with the actor to talk about the “life-changing” role and also a warning we all learn from watching Jesus in the series. Taking time out of his shooting schedule, we got together on set while filming the much-anticipated Season…

Yasmine Al-Bustami: On Her Original Character Ramah

You know her as Lucy from NCIS: Hawai’i and she’s returning to Season 4 of The Chosen as Ramah. We talked with Yasmine Al-Bustami about this original character, the amazing sets and what’s in store for fans.

Kirk B.R. Woller: Gaius Gets Ready for The Chosen Season 4

Risen was on location this summer with The Chosen series as they filmed Season 4. We got a chance to watch some scenes, talk with cast and filmmakers and explore the set. Kirk B.R. Woller, who plays Gaius, sat down with us… and it got a little emotional.

Thaddeus O’Sullivan: Ireland, Lourdes, & The Miracle Club

Set in 1967, The Miracle Club follows the story of three generations of close friends, Lily (Maggie Smith), Eileen (Kathy Bates), and Dolly (Agnes O’Casey) of Ballygar, a hard-knocks community in Dublin, who have one tantalizing dream: to win a pilgrimage to the sacred French town of Lourdes, that place of miracles that draws millions…

Dallas Jenkins: The Chosen Season 4 Set Visit

The CHOSEN Thursdays! Yes that’s right, Risen Magazine got to visit the set of The Chosen and catch up with more than a handful of the cast members and filmmakers so every Thursday through the rest of the summer we’ll be releasing a sit down interview with your favorite faces. Kicking it off today with none other than…

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Military Children: Books to Help While A Parent is Deployed

Raising kids isn’t easy. As a parent you’re pulled in so many directions as you try your best to help your little ones develop, learn, and navigate their surroundings. As a military family, there is the added explanation of helping children better understand big concepts like duty, deployment, separation, protection and service, just to name…

Parenting During the Pandemic: Biblical Tips for Families

We’ve been pandemic parents for a while now, and moms are not alone in feeling the depths of their inabilities; so now is the time to consider how we can grow and adapt to our new circumstances. It’s hard not to be reactionary when faced with the unexpected but we know that Godgives us what…

Parenting: Control the Controllable During COVID

Risen Magazine: Parents are overwhelmed, especially now with the current state of the world from pandemic, to homeschooling, black lives matter to wildfires, hurricanes and mental health… what do parents need to know? Cynthia Yanof: There’s so much going on that we can hyper focus on any one thing. But what we’ve been trying to…

From the Track & Field to the Television: Meet Two-Time Olympians Jamie and Shevon Nieto

They may both be extremely talented, athletic and two-time Olympians but ironically it wasn’t Track & Field that brought Jamie and Shevon Nieto together. Jamie, a high jumper, represented the United State at the Athens 2004 and London 2012 Games, while Shevon competed on the track for her native Jamaica in 2004 and also Beijing…

Impacting the Community with LaDanian Tomlinson

LaDainian Tomlinson is no stranger to running. He spent eleven seasons as a running back in the NFL. He was invited to five Pro Bowls and was an All-Pro six times. In 2017, Tomlinson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Off the field, Tomlinson is known…

National Adoption Awareness Month with Sean Anders

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. It was started in 1976 by Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis announced an Adoption Week as a way to promote awareness of the children in foster care that needed adoptive families. In 1995, President Clinton would expand it to the entire month and in 1998 Clinton would develop a plan…

Fighting for Freedom with U.S. Navy SEAL Robert Ekoniak

From Lone Survivor to 13 Hours, over the past decade more and more movies are being made about the Navy SEALs. And while many people are able to view some of the combats that have been made public, there are very few people who make it through the rigorous training involved of being an actual…

Talking Faith with Melissa Joan Hart

It’s pretty fair to say that people in show business have the acumen to go-with-the-flow. Script changes, scene set-ups and personality disputes are often part of the territory. So when Risen called Melissa Joan Hart for their preset interview in 2016, she graciously kept the appointment in spite of the snow day she was in the midst…

Renewed Hope After a Miscarriage with Julia and Ryan Sadler

Renewed hope. Whether we are going through a physical ailment, financial crisis or just having a hard day, it is a universal message and one that Julia and Ryan Sadler are very familiar with. After facing the heartbreak of three miscarriages, the Sadlers needed hope. Exhausted physically and feeling the emotional and physical drain of…

On Faith with Brandon Micheal Hall

Our faith is shaped by a variety of factors ranging from our upbringing to things we have experienced along the way. They can either draw us closer in our relationship with God or cause us to question the faith that once seemed so strong. Brandon Micheal Hall is one who knows this faith conflict well.…

Pastors Philip and Holly Wagner

Understanding Your Calling with Philip and Holly Wagner

Phillip and Holly Wagner are the founding and leading pastors of the Oasis Church in Los Angeles. They’ve written books on dating, love, and mending marriages. They’ve founded a non-profit water organization, survived cancer, and recognize the importance of supporting the gifts of your spouse. While Oasis Church has grown and recently moved to new location on…

Sandi Patty Bringing A Voice to the Voiceless

She has been dubbed, “The Voice,” and rightfully so. Sandi Patty has released over thirty albums and is the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history. Over the past thirty years, she has won forty Dove Awards, five Grammy awards, four Billboard Music Awards, had three platinum records, five gold records, and sold…

Standing Beautiful with Chloe Howard

Born with a debilitating foot deformity and undergoing her first surgery at a mere six months old, Chloe Howard has a courageous story about embracing physical differences. She went on to have five major surgeries by the time she was fifteen, but her parents kept reminding her she was beautifully and wonderfully made. It wasn’t…

Anna Buffini: Reserve Champion in the Under 25 Grand Prix National

Anna Buffini was crowned the Brentina Cup champion in 2016 with her now-retired mount Sunday Boy, as well as the reserve championship with Wilton II the same year. She was more than happy to return with Wilton II, her 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Jazz—Olympia, Contango) after he had been out of training for a period…

Pricilla Shirer Stars in Overcomer

Author, speaker and actress Priscilla Shirer stars in the new film Overcomer alongside Alex Kendrick. This inspiring family film dares to leave you filled with hope and asks the question: what do you allow to define you? Synopsis: Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are…

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