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A NEW OPTION FOR THE DVD PLAYER – Franklin Springs Family Media

by Linda Pliagas

It was his family’s lack of viewing choices that led Ken Carpenter to start a new company.
            After years of producing award-winning film and video projects for the biggest names in Christian media under his Franklin Films banner in Nashville, he gave birth to Franklin Springs Family Media.

            “As a father of  eight children – and as a television and video producer – I’m especially concerned about the profound influences of visual media.  We started Franklin Springs out of a desire to provide God-honoring DVDs that support what families are trying to develop,” said Carpenter, who started Franklin Springs two years ago.

Now, with 10 DVDs in their catalogue and several more currently in production, Franklin Springs is quickly earning the trust of families by providing titles that entertain, encourage, and edify families.

            “With all due respect to those who hail films as ‘family friendly’ just because they have minimal objectionable language or romance, we want to take our films several steps further.  Our purpose is to provide films that offer a biblical worldview – while being entertaining and professional,” explained Carpenter.

            While Franklin Films continues to produce television projects (including the new John Tesh “Alive” PBS special, and 13 episodes of a new show with Joni Eareckson Tada) and DVDs for leading Christian artists and ministries (including the 2007 Dove Award-winning Amy Grant “Time Again” concert/documentary), more and more of Carpenter’s focus is on Franklin Springs.

             “A Journey Home” was the first release for Franklin Springs.  The stirring story of Tommy Waller’s transition from 80 hour work weeks to having his heart turned toward his family - and the resulting fruit of that decision, has been warmly embraced by audiences around the world.  “A Journey Home” was awarded Best Documentary at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival.

            “I think ‘A Journey Home’ strikes such a deep chord with people because so many of us are longing for a reformation within our family.  God designed the family to function as a beautiful unit, and the story of the Wallers inspires us to seek after God’s best for our families”, said Carpenter, who produced and directed “A Journey Home”.

            Franklin Springs has also recently released “Still Standing: The Stonewall Jackson Story”, heralded by The Washington Times and other critics as an outstanding portrait of this great Civil War hero, who fought valiantly for his faith and family, while defending his homeland of Virginia.  Beautifully photographed in High Definition, “Still Standing” presents an inspiring story that casts a vision for living a highly principled life.

            “Measure Twice, Cut Once” is a new DVD that teaches basic building skills through the adventure of constructing a tree-fort.  Hosted by 16-year old Joey Valenti, the homeschooled son of a custom home builder, “Measure Twice, Cut Once” is a fun-filled teaching tool for builders of all ages.

            Franklin Springs’ initial offerings also include “The Peasall Sisters:  Family Harmony”, a concert/documentary featuring the Grammy Award-winning (for their work on the “O Brother Where Art Thou” soundtrack) Peasall Sisters.  Sarah, Hannah, and Leah blend their beautiful voices with the rich heritage of growing up in an homeschooling family that seeks to impact the world for God’s glory.

            “We’re excited about building a library of DVDs that offer a wide range of films that can truly augment what parents are trying to accomplish with their families.   We believe that wonderful things are happening in homes all over the world as God is equipping families to function in ways that honor Him.  We want to play a small part in using our resources to provide films that will help families on that journey”, added Carpenter.
DVDs from Franklin Springs Family Media can be ordered online at L.P.

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