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What Audiences are saying about “Spirit of Love”
Spirit of Love was a very inspirational movie. I even learned some things to help me in my coaching. I'm definitely going to use some of the things I saw last night in our program. I hope this story becomes a major movie. I see more inspiration and life lessons in this movie than Hoosiers. Thank you for letting us be a part of this life changing event. Kathleen Richey-Walton
Department Chair/Athletic Liaison
2009 BCA National High School Coach of the Year
2009 GAHPERD State Secondary Teacher of the Year Basketball Coach, AAAA State Champs 2008, 2009, 2010, AAAA State Runner-up 2012, AAAAA State Champ 2013 Competition Cheerleading 2011 Region 6AAAA Champs Competition Cheerleading 2011 GHSA AAAA Elite 8 Girls Lacrosse Coach Southwest DeKalb High School
Over forty years ago God called me to serve as a pastor in the unique and diverse culture of Deaf people. Early on I became aware of the many challenges that Deaf people face in the mainstream of everyday life as they live in a hearing world.
Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to take a group of Deaf church members to the screening of Darla Rae’s new movie, “Spirit of Love” and meet Mike Glenn. The story of his real life basketball camps with Deaf and hearing kids motivate and challenge everyone to understand, communicate and help each other.
Mike Glenn is real. Growing up with Deaf kids, learning their language and culture causes, Mike’s personality and experience to connect with Deaf people. This kind of connection, and respect from the Deaf community is rare since he is not deaf himself. The film is funny, challenging and inspiring while teaching group and family values that are seriously lacking in America today.
Meeting Mike Glenn and seeing the movie has inspired me to do what I can as a pastor to make this movie available to the Deaf community. I believe the Deaf community will totally embrace “The Spirit of Love” because of the superb manner in which the movie is presented in American Sign Language, caption, and spoken English.
This is a great movie for everyone!
Pastor Arthur Craig: Woodhaven Baptist Deaf Church, Houston Texas
“This movie provides insights into the prejudices that separate people and the interactions that bring us together. Basketball legend Mike Glen has stepped up for years to make a difference in the lives of kids with lessons about character, integrity, hard work and simple human kindness. This movie helps open doors to acceptance of others based on the content of character and not the choices of communication. Both hearing and deaf alike can enjoy the deeper messages.” Bob Ayres, author of Deaf Diaspora: The Third Wave of Deaf Ministry. Bob Ayres, DTQ National Director, YFC Deaf Teen Quest, Youth for Christ/USA.
Mayor Kelly Kautz of Snellville Georgia said, “Spirit of Love is a unique film because not only is it family friendly entertainment it contains an important message about how we are all different but really the same. This message is so important to communicate in today’s society. The film opens our awareness to the deaf community and to the selfless efforts of Mike Glenn and his staff. You leave the film feeling good about our community, but you also leave wondering what you yourself can do to better help and accept not just people in the deaf community but everyone as they are."
“Love the message. Love the theme. This movie must be seen by many students in schools throughout this great earth" Jeff Conley, FCA, Fellowship Christian Athletes.
Award winning Radio personality, and Actress Jennifer Wilde says “I loved Spirit of Love! Although it’s a film about basketball, it’s not about the sport. It’s a film about working hard, perseverance, and acceptance, and the way to create acceptance of others is to find the way you are like them. That’s what the film teaches. Whether we are black, or white, deaf or hearing, we are our own entire unique person…and that makes us great. Good job Darla, Mike and cast &Crew! Great Work!
Karen Graham Fox News Atlanta- EXCELLENT!
“It’s a great film for all to watch! A Must See Movie” 5280 Girls Competitive Basketball Coach Richard Ray
“This film needs to be shown to all deaf Schools and all deaf & hard of hearing programs in public schools. Our Deaf Ministry will be promoting this film and scheduling a screening at East Boulder Baptist church." Barb Coffan-Deaf Ministry
The movie, Spirit of Love speaks to all of us…young and old, boy and girl, man and women, able and disabled, black and white-or any shade in between. Your take on your situation, your attitude matters. Are you going to “SOAR” like an Eagle or be satisfied with doing very little like the Chicken? Our worlds might look different but they are more similar than different. This movie teaches us to celebrate our diversities and know that we can do all things through him that strengthens us. There are lessons in everything and Spirit of Love reminds me of many I have learned, or I should be more exact – many I continue to work on. For example, “a man is only as good as his word” or “You can never go wrong when you are helping others”, or “We win and lose as a team”. As a teacher I continue to talk about the importance of being yourself and your BEST self. What better than to see a movie full of inspiration to those that sometimes feel like they don’t count or can’t go on and they do…AND to those that forget how lucky they are.
There are so many essential understandings that Spirit of Love reminds us of: 1. As human beings we are more alike than different; 2. A difference does not make another human better than others or less than others; a difference merely makes us different; 3. How we treat other people shows what we believe about ourselves and our relationships to other human beings; 4. People who do not see others equally worthy of dignity and compassion can come to understand the power of kindness; 5. I am enough, I do not need to make others
feel lessened in order to feel that I am enough. In conclusion this film may be watched over and over and new inspirations will occur to you. It will make you think and prosper emotionally. Judy Chapman, Educator 24 years 2nd grade teacher, Highline Community School, Cherry Creek School District Colorado
Nebraska Businessman Jerry Kilthau- It’s a great film with a powerful message.
Georgia Businessman Franklin Brown- "God's "Spirit of Love"
Kim Schultz-Amazing film! Very "Spirited" story and very funny.
NQ MEDIA, Kevin Powers- "A truly inspirational film for the whole family that will teach you about teamwork,
friendship, and the Love of The Game."
Toni Vann - Inspiring movie. "A Gift of Life."
Otis L. Tillman - "Great Film. I'm telling everyone I know about this film."
|DVD Release Date:3/15/2013
Spirit of Love: The Mike Glenn Story
Suitable for all ages
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Company: Film It Productions
Writer: Darla Rae
Director: Darla Rae
Producer: Darla Rae, Kathy Shipp
Runtime: 118 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Starring: Mike Glenn, Maddie Burkholder, Ford Eberlein, Alexi Taylor, Hunter Schultz, Darla Rae, Kirk Montgomery, Brad Hughes, Loz Lichty, Lizzie Feher Peiker, Louie Feher Peiker
Former NBA player Mike "Stinger" Glenn plays himself in this wonderful film inspired by his real life Basketball camps for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. In a unique casting deaf & hard of hearing, and hearing actors work together and deliver a film which is authentic, charming, competitive, and challenging.
Spirit of Love is a diverse coming of age story. A group of misfit teens arrive at the 33rd annual basketball camp, which is the first time girls will attend the camp. Some come with hoop dreams, while others are trying to survive tumultuous teenage angst. Alexi arrives angry and at odds with his Dad Coach Phil, while Ford wants everyone to know he's more than Deaf, and Maddie thinks everyone sees her as a freak. Not only do they learn life lessons through the game of basketball, they soon learn what it means to soar like Eagles, Win or Lose. Spirit of Love will Motivate, Encourage, Uplift and Inspire all audiences and leave you cheering.
This is a movie with a message, and a great one - that everyone has worth! This terrific film features NBA player Mike "Stinger" Glenn (he plays himself) and is about his Basketball camps for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
The teens in this story are portrayed as real-life people with real-life problems that have dreams they hope to make real. The various conflicts include a character that is having problems with his father and his anger over that fact and one girl, Maddie, believes everyone sees her as "different" or a "freak." As the misfits learn to play as a team they also learn about life and this inspirational and remarkable story just may have you cheering by movie's end! There are a few racists in the story but the main characters overcome nicely. We are pleased to award the film our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal for all ages although it might be too intense for the very young. See this one soon and it just may give you a spark when you most need one!
Sex: Married couple seen in bed.
Language: G/OMG-3; Butt-2; Freaks-uttered many times; Ignorant-1; Sucks-1; Crap-1; Young man angry at not being chosen for All-Stars calls coaches and players "Losers" and he storms off.
Drugs: A drunken man is seen with a bottle.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless boys; boys swim in trunks.
Other: Protesters against black players (Sixties); Man has sign against blacks, "Go home boys"; racism; boys whistle at girls; after a player takes a girl's shoes as a joke the coach makes the players wear bows in their hair; character has tattoo on arm.