Thursday, November 30, 2006

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Christian film makes Houston premiere at Baptist church
‘THE OATH’ IS A HISTORICAL DRAMA SET IN NAPOLEONIC FRANCE
Although Richard Ramsey considers himself a Christian filmmaker, his second and most recent film, “The Oath of Desormeau,” is not outright Christian.

While many Christian filmmakers produce works that use overt preaching, Ramsey uses symbolism to tell spread the Christian message in his story, which is set in Napoleonic France and is about a man’s vow to protect two orphaned children, and how it is carried out even after his death.

“The characters, objects and places represent larger ideas,” he said of his film, which he calls allegorical. The central characters in the film represent ideas and people essential to Christian faith.

God, Adam, the church, Christians and the devil are all symbolized through the film’s main characters, although this relation is never stated in the film.

Awarded Most Dramatic Film at the What You See Is What You Get film festival in San Francisco and both Best of Festival and Audience Choice at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, “The Oath” is scheduled to premier at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Houston’s First Baptist Church.

The premiere, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the chapel and will be followed by a reception that will include a question and answer session with the cast and crew.

“The Oath” is a product of Aletheia Stage and Film Company, which was founded by Ramsey in 2003 as way to produce films that had more meaning and for him to do work in harmony with his world view as a Christian.

Montrose-area resident Santry Rush, who recently became the production director at First Baptist, joined Ramsey in the formation of the film company.

“It’s hard to find work that you can be passionate about if you don’t feel like its fulfilling a better purpose,” Rush said.

The two studied theater at McLennan Community College and University of Houston.


Santry appears in the film as the villian Jacques Renard, who symbolizes the devil.

Both men said that it is impossible to divorce artists from their worldviews. That is why in his writing, Ramsey’s Christian worldview is just assumed, instead of him trying to convince the audience that what he believes is true.

I feel like a lot of Christian films beg where they should presuppose,” Ramsey said. “I’m not gonna beg you to believe that Christianity is true.”

A film doesn’t have to be about a Bible tale or be about a missionary or preacher to show Christian values.

“All truth is God’s truth,” Santry said. “Whether you see that in a secular or Christian film. I think he can be found wherever you are looking.”

In his drama, Ramsey strives to show the redemption, sanctification and sovereignty of God.

In addition to spreading his Christian worldview, as an entertainer Ramsey always wants the audience to enjoy a great story. In other words, viewers who might not understand or choose to disregard the film’s deeper meaning, will still be entertained.

Santry Rush to go on KSBJ

Santry Rush, who plays Renard in The Oath of Desormeau, is scheduled for an interview on Houston's 89.3 KSBJ. I don't know the exact time yet, but he will be recording at 2:00pm. So, it will be aired sometime tomorrow after that. I will try to post an update, if I find out a more specific time.

He will be discussing The Oath of Desormeau and it's premiere at Houston's First Baptist Church on SATURDAY, DECEMEBER 2ND at 7:30pm.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Bad Luck with Dates

For those coming here after reading The Memorial Examiner, The Friendswood Journal, and the Pearland Journal, the correct date for the premiere is SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2nd at 7:30.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Corrected

Thanks to Steven Murray for diligently seeing to the date correction. Click here to read the Houston Chronicle article with the corrected date.

Date Correction -Premiere is Dec 2nd

While we are very grateful for the article below, we wanted to announce a date correction. The premiere is not this Saturday, November 25th, but rather next Saturday, December 2nd.

Thanks again to the Houston Chronicle, Kim Hughes, Vollmer PR, for getting the word out, and Steven Murray for noticing the needed correction.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

In the Houston Chronicle

Here is an article about The Oath of Desormeau's premiere at Houston's First Baptist Church in the Houston Chronicle. Thanks to the Chronicle, Kim Hughes, and Vollmer Public Relations for helping us get the word out.
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Christian film to be shown at First Baptist
'Oath of Desormeau' shot in Mermentau, La. set for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday
By KIM HUGHES Chronicle Correspondent

Houston's First Baptist Church at 7401 Katy Freeway will present an award-winning Christian film on Saturday.

Set in France during the 1800's, The Oath of Desormeau is the story of one man's vow to protect two orphaned children, even after his death.

The movie was shot with a cast of 12 during eight days in Mermentau, La., and underwent 18 months of post-production work before it was unveiled in October at the 2006 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, where it won Best of Festival and Audience Choice Award.

"So far, Houston is the only city where the movie will be shown to a general audience," said Santry Rush, a 29-year-old Montrose resident who appears in the film.

"This is the first time a lot of people in the cast and crew will even see it," said Santry, who also works at Houston's First Baptist Church as a production director.

"The film is only 50 minutes long, and we are prepared to show it multiple times throughout the evening depending on how many people we get. The chapel downstairs in the church seats 300."

The viewing will be followed by a question and answer session with cast and crew, as well as a reception.

"The film affirms the importance of honor, faithfulness, defense of those who cannot defend themselves and personal integrity," said film creator and director Richard Ramsey, a 29-year-old Pasadena-area resident who graduated from University of Houston's Theatre Arts program in 2000.

"I hope the audience comes away with a sincere desire to implement these and other Christian values into their lives. I also hope it encourages them to support the work of Christian filmmakers."

Ramsey said he's not sure yet if the film will be shown at additional Houston venues, but Steven Murray at Houston's First Baptist Church said they are honored to be the site of its debut.

"This is an opportunity to show the church is a relevant place where you can draw connections between culture and Jesus Christ," said Murray, director of communications.

"The world may look at the church and just see Sunday morning services, but we want to illustrate that church is a place to come and explore God's word in many different ways, and the arts is one of them."

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Simple Arithmetic

Saying Christianity can't be true because there are other religions is like saying two plus two can't be four because there are other numbers.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

New Mexico

Kristina, my daughter, and I are in Midland, TX, but I've spent the last day and a half with my father-in-law camping and hiking in New Mexico. It's the furthest west I have ever been. I know. That's pathetic. Anyway, I had a great time. Here's some pictures.
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The remains of this car and house were at the bottom of the canyon. How such an old car got down there is baffling. It takes four wheel drive to get to the campsite, and from there we walked to these ruins of an old settlement.
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A closer look at what was the house's doorway.
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I thought I'd go ahead and get in one of these.
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My father-in-law, Chip (right) and his friend, Keith.
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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Premiere Press Release

Thanks to Steven Murray, Katie Butler, and Lori Martin for the press release.
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AWARD-WINNING CHRISTIAN FILM PREMIERES IN HOUSTON
Houston’s First Baptist Church Presents “The Oath of Desormeau”

WHAT: On Dec. 2, Houston’s First Baptist Church will host the premiere of “The Oath of Desormeau,” winner of the “Best of Festival” and “Audience Choice” Awards from the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival.

The Oath of Desormeau,” a 55-minute film set in Napoleonic France, tells the gripping story of how one man’s vow to protect two orphaned children is carried out even after his unfortunate death. The film premiere is free and open to the public. Following the film, movie watchers are invited to a reception, including a Q & A session with the cast and crew.

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Houston’s First Baptist Church Chapel
7401 Katy Freeway

WHAT ELSE: Richard Ramsey, creator and director of “The Oath of Desormeau,” started his theatre career at The University of Houston and then at Massachusetts’ renowned Berkshire Theatre Festival. Spirituality became a central focus of his work at Sagemont Church; shortly thereafter he launched the Aletheia Stage and Film Company, which produced “The Oath of Desormeau” and award-winning “Washington’s Cross.”

Houston's First Baptist Church has been ministering to Houstonians for more than 165 years. Today, Houston’s First Baptist Church sponsors 23 missions and ministry points, reaching people of many languages and social needs. For more information, please visit www.houstonsfirst.org.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Katie Butler
Vollmer Public Relations
Katie@vollmerpr.com
713-970-2100 (office)
713-446-6944 (mobile)

Steven Murray
Houston’s First Baptist Church
Steven.Murray@hfbc.org
713-957-5890 (office)
713-857-8169 (mobile)
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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

A Glimpse Behind the Scenes

While on the set of The Oath of Desormeau, Sharon Attebury recorded over seven hours of Behind the Scenes footage. She was present for the first take of the film's swordfight. The take was followed by an enthusiastic applause from those present, including the Chateau's owner, Philip Desormeaux, who can be heard heartily cheering for "his ancestor," Julien Desormeau.
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The first take of the swordfight.
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Santry Rush and David Attebury would go on to battle it out for nine hours in the July heat of Mermentau Louisiana.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

The Oath of Desormeau Bible Study

Tomorrow Night at 7:20pm, we will begin a six week trial run of The Oath of Desormeau Bible Study at Friendswood Friends Church. The study is designed to help students better understand the symbolism used throughout the film. The study will focus on the Christian doctrines of Redemption, Sanctification, and the Sovereignty of God.
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"In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also [trusted], after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory." -Ephesians 1:11-14
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Monday, November 6, 2006

The Oath of Desormeau -Houston Premiere

The Oath of Desormeau will have its Houston Premiere at Houston's First Baptist Church on Saturday, December 2nd at 7:30pm. The screening is open to the public.
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The Oath of Desormeau Trailer

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The Oath of Desormeau

San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival Jubilee Awards:

Best of Festival
Audience Choice Award

What You See is What You Get Festival:

Most Dramatic Film

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Thursday, November 2, 2006

"Is All Our Comany Here?"

Here is Act I, Scene ii of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," which I recently directed at my alma mater Friendswood High School.
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