EchoLight Studios' Religious Freedom Docudrama Set to Release After Hobby Lobby Victory
"One Generation Away" explores ongoing tension and suppression of religious issues in America
NASHVILLE, June 30, 2014 /Christian Newswire
/ -- EchoLight Studios, a faith and family film studio and distributor, is releasing "One Generation Away: The Erosion of Religious Liberty
," a docudrama that explores several current state and federal court cases, including Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby
, examining the ongoing tension of expression and suppression of religious freedom in America.
Set to release on September 1, 2014, "One Generation Away" is the world premiere film for EchoLight Cinemas, which utilizes churches as first-showing venues across America before going to theaters.
"One Generation Away's" fast-paced approach focuses on seven cases in which religious freedom has come under scrutiny throughout the United States: the Mt. Soledad Veteran's Memorial in San Diego; wedding service providers in Oregon and Washington; Hobby Lobby's Supreme Court case; the chaplaincy in the military; two education cases with a collegiate counseling program; and high school cheerleaders in Koontz, Texas.
"One Generation Away" presents a complex perspective on the religious freedom debate including interviews with individuals and organizations whose freedoms are being challenged, as well as politicians, thought leaders, business executives, religious leaders and freedom advocates from both sides of the political aisle. The film represents Conservative and Liberal points of view in its exploration of how the First Amendment, Equal Protection Clause, Free Exercise Clause and Religious Freedom Restoration Act have been interpreted and applied.
Dr. Vincent Munoz, Concurrent Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor Department of Political Science at The University of Notre Dame said in the film, "[Thomas] Jefferson said, 'a free people must be an educated people. 'People need to learn about their rights, learn about where their rights come from, and learn that religious freedom is not granted by government and therefore cannot be taken away by government."
Veteran Producer/Director Ken Carpenter solicited commentary from more than 60 interviewees, including advocates such as Fox News Host and 44th Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee; New York Times bestselling author and speaker Eric Metaxas; Executive Director of the Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Barry Lynn; American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Attorney James McElroy; Senior Pastor of Hope Christian Church Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr.; Freedom From religion Foundation Co-President Dan Barker; Fox News Host Todd Starnes; President of the Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention Russell Moore; and dozens more of America's respected business and community leaders.
"'One Generation Away' clearly presents the complex perspective on important issues, like the recent Hobby Lobby case, that your average Christian American doesn't think about every day," said Jeff Sheets, President of EchoLight Studios. "We hope to bring more attention to the critical times we are facing, and help Americans open their eyes to the reality that we are indeed closer than ever before to losing the religious freedoms that our ancestors so bravely fought to obtain."
"One Generation Away" is a co-production of Abington Ridge Films, American Family Studios, EchoLight Studios and Triple Horse Studios.
Alan Sears, President, CEO and General Counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, said in the film, "We are living in a time when more resources are at the tips of our fingers than ever before. There is no excuse to be uninformed."
EchoLight Studios is a world-class entertainment studio specializing in bringing first-class, redemptive media to the marketplace. EchoLight Studios produces, directs, funds and distributes faith-based films that bring communities together. For information visit www.echolight.com.
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