BEST Inspirational Movie of the Year 2013
ICM Inspirational Country Music Association-Nashville TN
Spirit of Love : The Mike "Stinger" Glenn Story      
A Darla Rae Film - Produced by Film-It Productions

News About Spirit of Love Movie

SPIRIT OF LOVE family film night to benefit local Colorado cancer non profit SENSE of SECURITY
Thursday March 12th,2015 at the Historic BUG Theater, 3654 Navajo St. Denver CO.

Spirit of Love,and NBA legend ,with Deaf Teen stars continues to make history  Sept,12,2014
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/3648974783.html

Spirit of Love gets worldwide distribution  August 1,2014

http://newswire.net/newsroom/pr/00084342-http-newswire-net-newsrooom-spirit-of-lover-gets-worldwide-distribution-iamflix.html

LEGENDS of Basketball

http://www.legendsofbasketball.com/2013/10/spirit-of-love-the-mike-stinger-glenn-story-wins-award/

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Denver's Own David beats Goliath


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Thursday October 10th @ 6pm,2013 Benefit. Spirit of Love screening will benefit Good Shepherd Catholic School scholarship program. Cost is $20 per family and everyone receives a DVD copy. If you can't attend screening you can sign up through Good Shepherd Catholic School and purchase DVDS at $20 each which benefits the scholarship program and Mike Glenn deaf basketball camps. Hot Dogs and drinks will be available for purchase. Free popcorn. Q&A with cast members following the screening. Good Shepherd located at 620 E. Elizabeth St Denver,CO. 80206

Sunday September 29th,Deaf Awareness Night at East Boulder Baptist Church  located at 7690 Baseline Rd 80303 between Lafayette and Boulder  Spirit of Love screens in Boulder Co. Sunday Sept 29th,5:30 DVD's will be available for purchase for $20 to benefit deaf ministry .Free Ice cream Sundaes and Q&A with cast members following.

ICM TOP 5 Tags Pioneer Indie Deaf & Hard of Hearing Teen Basketball Film  
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"Spirit of Love" Shares Spotlight with "42" for Nomination

The film Spirit of Love, the Mike Glenn story inspired by NBA legend Mike “Stinger” Glenn and his basketball camps for the deaf and hard of hearing received a TOP 5 nomination alongside Warner Bros. sports film “42”.The film is a full length narrative feature written by Darla Rae.

(Newswire.net -- August 16, 2013) --

 ICM TOP 5 Tags Pioneer Indie Deaf & Hard of Hearing Teen Basketball Film

Nashville TN-Award Winning family film Spirit of Love and Film It Productions made  history again by being the first indie film produced with Deaf & Hard of Hearing teens, ASL(American Sign language) and Open Captions to receive an ICM (Inspirational Country Music) TOP 5 award nomination for Best Inspirational film. Cast member Laura Dodd who wrote & performed the movie’s title song also received nominations.

 “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.

 The film continues to gain mileage and accolades with audiences. Most recently the film was nominated in 6 categories and awarded “Inspirational Film Spotlight” award as the opening night film for the Gwinnett International film festival for its Georgia premiere.  The TOP 5 nominations were announced yesterday in Nashville by Inside Editions own Megan Alexander, and Sirius XM The Highway’s Storme Warren. http://www.faithfamilycountry.com/?page_id=1186.

In a unique casting Glenn plays himself on screen with some amazingly talented teens that are deaf & hard of hearing along with hearing actors who deliver a film which is authentic, charming, competitive, funny, 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.

“We were blessed to be the ones asked to tell this inspiring story. In a time where “Change” is a word that people use but seldom mean, I can honestly say I am “Changed” from having made this film. As a filmmaker it is always my desire to leave audience members inspired or emotionally touched by the films we do, so they can “Change” something in their life in a positive light. I no longer have fear, or feel that” uneasiness” when I’m around deaf people who are signing. Doing this film has caused me to want to be able to communicate more effectively with the deaf community, and I want others to do so as well. Recently I found myself in a conversation finger spelling in ASL effectively with someone. So receiving this historic nomination for our film from the ICM awards for the TOP 5 nomination is definitely a “Change” we welcome and celebrate. We are grateful to ICM, industry professionals and the fans who voted to get us here. It is a true honor,” said director, producer Darla Rae.

The film was filmed in 2 weeks with deaf & hard of hearing teens that had never acted or played basketball previously. Rae rewrote the original script to allow deaf & hard of hearing teens the opportunity to advocate for their own “Change”. Those teens are courageous, fearless and inspiring for all audiences, regardless of whether deaf or hearing. The film is enjoyable and groundbreaking in its approach to filmmaking while eradicating prejudice.

For more information and interviews please contact 323-522- 4179 or visit http://www.spiritoflovemovie.com.

                                                                 
2013 ICM AWARDS TOP 5 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

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NBA  Commissioner HAILS  Deaf Teen Movie, Spirit of Love
http://www.newswire.net/newsroom/financial/76185-nba-commissioner-hails-filmmaker-of-inspirational-teen-basketbal.html

ICM Faith, Family & Country Award Nominates “Spirit Of Love” For Semis

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Darla Rae and Laura Dodd

The ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards semi-finalists were released, with three new categories of Mainstream Country Music. The Movies section includes the unique Indie Film “Spirit of Love” competing with “42” for top honors.

For Immediate Release

(Newswire.net – July 8, 2013) Nashville, TN – The Inspirational Country Music Association celebrates its 21st Anniversary during ‘Country Music Month’ in Nashville, Tennessee, with newly announced expansion of award show categories. The 2013 ICM Faith, Family and Country Convention and Awards will take place at Two Rivers at Opryland in Music City on Oct 20-24, 2013; with the 19th annual Inspirational Country Music Awards taking place on October 24, 2013, at Two Rivers.

“At this time, more and more mainstream artists are releasing positive messaged songs that bring Faith, Family, and Country into their music and we felt it to be appropriate to recognize these artists for their efforts in bringing such a message to their audience,” says Jason Higgins, ICM Executive Director.

Last year's female Vocalist of the Year Award Winner, Laura Dodd, is the co-writer and performer of award winning film "Spirit of Love" title track. She was inspired to write the song with her longtime friend and Indie movie producer and director Darla Rae. When Darla shared the story of Former NBA player Mike "Stinger" Glenn and his real life basketball camps for the deaf and hard of hearing. She was moved to great emotion when she saw how her song was showcased in the final scene of the film featuring two deaf and hard of hearing actors using ASL(American Sign Language) to interpret her song on screen to the audience that typically does not have musical lyrics offered to them. Laura also appears and performs in the film.

This year Ms. Dodd is nominated for Inspirational Country Song of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. 

"It's an honor to be considered for these great awards and recognized along with films from major studios like 20th Century Fox,and Warner Bros.  I believe this is the first time a film with Open Captions and ASL, and deaf actors has been included. This is a great milestone for us as indie filmmakers and for our deaf and hard of hearing teen actors to be honored this way. We are thrilled for this opportunity," said writer Darla Rae.

The ballot, voted on by  membership, includes a stellar array of major names in a broad array of categories that include entertainer, artist, new artist, song, songwriter, group, duo,  musician, radio, radio station, film, and television honors.  Major artist semi-finalists for this year’s awards include Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Josh Turner, Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Oak Ridge Boys, Thompson Square, among others.

ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards Movie Semi-Finalists are:
• 42 – Warner Bros. Pictures
• Brother White – Pure Flix Entertainment
• Home Run – Hero Productions
• Last Ounce Of Courage – Veritas Entertainment
• Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure – Documentary
• Parental Guidance – Twentieth Century Fox
• Ring The Bell – Whitney Beach Pictures
• Spirit Of Love, The Mike Glenn Story – Film It Productions
• The Frontier Boys – Destiny Image Films
• Unconditional – Harbinger Media Partners

For additional information about the awards schedule, visit http://www.faithfamilycountry.com/?p=1058 . To schedule interviews or more information about “Spirit of Love” , contact Kathy Shipp at 323-522-4179 or visit http://www.SpiritOfLoveMovie.com .

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Audiences Have High Praise for Indie Movie “Spirit of Love”

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Audiences Share Thoughts After Premiers

It’s just a matter of time before others catch on to this wonderful authentically pure and inspirational feel good film “Spirit of Love”. The film has a big message which we can all learn from while being entertained.

(Newswire.net -- June 27, 2013) Los Angeles,CA -- Audiences from all walks of life have high praise for indie film “Spirit of Love.”

Part of getting a film distributed is finding out what your audience thinks or feels about your film.

Clearly audiences believe there is a positive message.

Karen Graham Fox News Atlanta- EXCELLENT!

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.

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.

Spirit of Love was a very inspirational movie. I learned some things to help me in my coaching. I’m definitely going to use some of the things I saw last night in the film within our program. I hope this movie becomes a major movie. I see more inspiration and life lessons in this movie than in the film “Hoosiers.” Thank you for letting us to 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 Girls Lacrosse Coach Southwest DeKalb High School

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.”

It’s a great honor to have our film compared to Hoosiers which I feel is one of the best sports films ever, and specifically basketball. We are thrilled to receive such great feedback from audiences who have either screened the film privately or at film festivals. Grassroots can seem slow for indie filmmakers, but we know we have a great message for audiences and like most filmmakers we want to share it with others,” said director Darla Rae.

While Producers are looking for the right distribution home for Spirit of Love, the Mike Glenn story, the film hopes to gain audience support as the Opening night film for the Inaugural International Film Festival to be held at the Gwinnett Cultural Arts Center in Georgia on July 26th at 8pm. The Gwinnett International Film Festival is presented by BrandBank. Location: Performing Arts Center.

For information contact Kathy Shipp 323-522-4179 http://spiritoflovemovie.com/ visit; http://www.gwinnettcenter.com/Event-Info.66.0.html?&no_cache=1&tx_calendar_pi1%5Bf1%5D=1530

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June 26,2013
 
click link to see all nominees including Spirit of Love
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Indie Movie Spirit of Love Brings Audiences Together

Louie Feher-Peiker

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Mike Glenn and Darla Rae

New indie film by Darla Rae inspired by the real life basketball camps and the life of former NBA player and Fox Sports analyst Mike “Stinger” Glenn was celebrated by a packed house in Denver at the SIE Film Center.

 (Newswire.net – May 15, 2013) Denver, CO – “Spirit of Love is one of those rare films that goes beyond the art of film making and touches the heart. You can't miss the message that each of us, while appearing different, are really quite the same - we ALL need to be loved, and to show love to one another!" stated one of the hundreds of audience members at the Invitation only Sold Out screening. They continued - "One of the things I loved about the film was how what most view as a physical limitation was viewed as something normal - as opposed to over sensationalizing the topic. The metaphor of sports is great because, as one coach says in the film, '...anyone can play basketball...'".

Spirit of Love will give you a new way of viewing those who, on the surface, appear different. And you will be challenged to show love to others in a brand new way”, Said comedian Dan McGowan.

Darla Rae and Mike Glenn attended and were overwhelmed by the emotion of watching the audiences respond through tears and cheers. “As a filmmaker it is always rewarding when you see the emotion openly displayed by an audience member while watching your work. But really Mike’s life as an unsung hero tugs at the heartstrings. However it’s the amazing teens that make you pull out the tissue” said Rae.

The film features Deaf and Hard of Hearing teens most that had never acted or played basketball before.

Award winning radio personality Jennifer Wilde said “I loved Spirit of Love. Although it is 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 ways you are like them. That’s what the film teaches. Whether we are black or white, deaf or hearing, we are all, our own unique person, and that makes us great. Great work!”

Rae ends the film with a unique ASL performance piece to the title song “Spirit of Love” vocally performed by Laura Dodd, but interpreted by two individuals Aaron Kellogg, and MJ Williams, representing two generations, two genders, and two ethnicities  with Open captions proving that it doesn’t matter how you communicate, but that you communicate.

The film is continuing to screen at festivals while seeking the right distribution partners. Partners who are ready, willing and able to meet the NATO National Association of Theater Owners head on, and deliver to them an outstanding award winning inspirational film which is rated PG, A film which will bring in the families and fill seats, and change lives while being entertained.

This is the right film to be distributed in theaters with open captions, bridging the gap and exploring diversity amongst many groups while being inspired with a Spirit of Love.

For more information Call Kathy Shipp at  720-620-0536 or Visit  http://spiritoflovemovie.c

Contact: Kathy Shipp, 323-522-4179

LOS ANGELES, May 18, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- Winner "Best Inspirational" film. The new indie film by Darla Rae, inspired by the real life basketball camps of former NBA player and Fox Sports analyst Mike "Stinger" Glenn celebrated sneak previews in Denver and Georgia. A proclamation by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock named May 6th "Spirit of Love" day. The film also received congratulatory letters from Georgia dignitaries Senator Johnny Isakson, Governor Nathan Deal, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

"Spirit of Love is one of those rare films that goes beyond the art of film making and touches the heart. You can't miss the message that each of us, while appearing different, are really quite the same - we ALL need to be loved, and to show love to one another!

"One of the things I loved about the film was how what most view as a physical limitation was viewed as something normal - as opposed to over sensationalizing the topic. The metaphor of sports is great because, as one coach says in the film, '...anyone can play basketball...'

"Spirit of Love will give you a new way of viewing those who, on the surface, appear different. And you will be challenged to show love to others in a brand new way," Said comedian Dan McGowan.

"Our amazing teens make you pull out the tissue and stand and cheer" said Rae.

The film features Deaf and Hard of Hearing teens most that had never acted or played basketball before.

Radio personality Jennifer Wilde said "I loved Spirit of Love. Although it is 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 ways you are like them. That's what the film teaches. Whether we are black or white, deaf or hearing, we are all, our own unique person, and that makes us great. Great work!"

Rae ends the film with a unique ASL performance piece to the title song "Spirit of Love" vocally performed by Laura Dodd, but interpreted by two individuals, representing two generations, two genders, two ethnicities with Open captions.

The film is seeking distribution partners willing to meet (NATO) National Association of Theater Owners request head on, and deliver to them an outstanding award winning inspirational film which is rated PG.

The film bridges the gap and explores diversity amongst many groups while inspiring with a Spirit of Love.

For more information visit spiritoflovemovie.com.

9News Eblock with Kirk Montgomery (Video Clip)
May 7, 2013

Denver Indie Film Debuts To Sold Out Audience With Deaf and HoH Cast & Captions

"Best Inspirational film “Spirit of Love", The Mike Glenn Story will Premiere in Georgia with Open Captions
For immediate release: April 10, 2013
Contact: Mike Glenn 404/314-8930


Atlanta, GA -- Best Inspirational film “Spirit of Love” will screen for a multicultural event in Georgia at the Stonecrest Library in Lithonia on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:30 pm.

The multicultural cast of Caucasian, African American, Chinese, Deaf and Hard of Hearing teens along with hearing and inner city kids come together to bridge the gap between various cultures while crushing stereotypes and racism in an inspiring coming of age film,

The film is inspired by retired NBA player (New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, and Milwaukee Bucks) and Fox SportSouth analyst Mike “Stinger” Glenn and his real life basketball camps for deaf and hard of hearing teens, now in its 34th year. The camp is held in June each year beginning on Father’s Day in memory of Mike’s father who taught and coached basketball at the Georgia School for the Deaf in Cave Spring, Georgia for many years and where Mike grew up and learned his basketball skills as well as how to communicate in American Sign Language (ASL).

The narrative feature film was written directed and produced by Darla Rae and Film It Productions and was filmed in Georgia and Colorado.

According to Darla Rae, “It was a no brainer when it came time to cast the role of the retired NBA player. Mike Glenn is a warm, charming, and nurturing person in real life and once I watched how he is with the kids at his camp I knew he had to play himself. The film is authentic, genuine, and pure of heart. The kids had an opportunity to come together with professionals and experience something unique by acting or working as crew on a feature length family film. The teens and Mike were amazing and did not disappoint. We are excited that members of the community and media will be able to attend the premiere to meet the kids and see Mike’s amazing performance on screen.”

In addition to retired NBA player Mike “Stinger” Glenn, Deaf Olympian and Hall of Famer Willie Brown Jr., Nashville recording artist Laura Dodd, and producer director Darla Rae, all whom appear in the film, many special honored guests will attend the premiere and be introduced.

All but three of the teens in lead or supporting roles in the film are deaf or hard of hearing and the film will screen with Open Captions and feature both ASL and spoken English.

Please contact us if you would like to attend this event or need more information about the film http://spiritoflovemovie.com or visit the Mike Glenn basketball camps for deaf and hard of hearing at http://www.mikeglenn.com.

Producer of family film, “Spirit of Love” will release Free Discussion and ASL Guide with DVD
For immediate release: April 10
Contact: Kathy Shipp 720-620-0536


Los Angeles CA- Producer of Deaf and Hard of Hearing teen basketball film will release free discussion study guide with DVD to encourage youth groups, sports teams, churches, schools, and nonprofit organizations across the US and around the world to engage in meaningful conversations.

It was obvious to us following private strategic screenings including the U.S. festival premiere at the Texas Christian Film festival in Houston where the film won “Best Inspirational” film that something was needed to help facilitate discussions. The film created a vehicle that opened up unique and educational dialog between audience members. It was truly inspiring and encouraging to see all ages, both deaf and hearing audience members engaging in conversations where topics being discussed were both biblical and non biblical principles, said Producer, Director Darla Rae.

“One teen communicated through ASL and an interpreter that he identified with the struggle of one character who recognizes he’s not the best athlete, yet he perseveres and presses on toward the goal, while one adult audience member recognized the racism of the 60’s depicted in the film caused her to see the bigger picture, where the “R” word is not just about color. Racism like the film encompasses numerous layers while asking us all to open our eyes and become more aware of situations around us every day, realizing that we miss opportunities each day to pay it forward.”

Rae said “it’s a basic simple discussion guide which is useful for all audience members and groups. In addition we will also release a basic ASL alphabet chart to encourage the general public to learn some basic sign language. Recently I heard a story where someone was injured because nobody could communicate with a deaf young person. If someone could have even letter spelled basic words I believe the outcome could have been different. We make movies that Uplift, Motivate, Encourage, and Inspire audiences and Spirit of Love, the Mike “Stinger” Glenn story does just that.”

Keeping with the Mantra of the real life basketball camps which inspired the film, proceeds from group sales will benefit non profits that book private screenings and purchase 100 DVDs.

For information regarding private group screenings, licensing and fundraising opportunities please visit the website or contact us for detailed information at 323-522-4179
http://spiritoflovemovie.com

“Best Inspirational” film “Spirit of Love", The Mike Glenn Story will premiere at SIE film center with Open Captions.
For immediate release: April 2, 2013
Contact: Kathy Shipp 720-620-0536


Denver CO- Spirit of Love will screen privately for a multicultural event in Denver at the SIE film center on May 6th, 2013.The multicultural cast of Caucasian, African American, Chinese, Deaf and Hard of Hearing teens along with inner city kids and hearing come together to bridge the gap between various cultures while crushing stereotypes and racism in an inspiring coming of age film,

The film is inspired by retired NBA player and Fox Sports South Mike “Stinger” Glenn (Knicks & Hawks) and his real life basketball camps for deaf & hard of hearing teens. Glenn plays himself in the film.

The narrative feature film was written directed and produced by Darla Rae and Film It Productions. The film was filmed in Denver and surrounding cities last August over 14 days.

The film is authentic, genuine, and pure of heart. The kids had an opportunity to come together with professionals and experience something unique by acting or working as crew on a feature length family film.

Once I interviewed world renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson for a film I did called “Dandy Kids” who said “just because someone starts their life out behind the 8 ball doesn’t mean they have to stay there. You have to raise the bar” I’ve never forgotten that quote. So when the diverse group showed up at the auditions I knew I had to use the gift that had been given to us in the lives of these incredible teens standing before me. I went back and rewrote the script to fit the talented kids who desired to raise their own bar. The teens were amazing and did not and will not disappoint. Although space is limited, we are excited for members of the community and media to attend the film with cast and crew members. Everyone on our team made a great contribution to the film and the lives of these fabulous teens. Now we want to share it with the world and this is the first step, said Rae.

Some of the teens who appear in the film are Alexei Taylor, Maddie Burkholder, Ford Eberlein, Hunter Schultz, Brad Hughes, Cameron Clark, Lizzie Feher -Peiker, Joz Lichty and Josh Perkins who plays the teenage Mike Glenn..

In addition to the core cast Mike “Stinger” Glenn and Coach Randy Perkins of the Colorado Miners and members of the Colorado Miners youth basketball and 5280 girls’ basketball team all whom appear in the film along with Mr. Entertainment Kirk Montgomery will also be attending the VIP premiere.

All but three of the teens in lead or supporting roles are deaf or hard of hearing. The film will screen with Open Captions and features both ASL and spoken English. Please contact us if you would like to attend this event. http://spiritoflovemovie.com or 720-620-0536



“Spirit of Love”, the Mike Glenn story wins “Best Inspirational” Film in Houston

For Immediate Release: February 20.2013
Contact: Kathy Shipp 720-620-0536


Denver CO- Spirit of Love, the Mike “Stinger” Glenn story was a slam dunk with sold out audiences at the TX Christian Film festival in Houston this past weekend and received the award for “Best Inspirational” film. Many cast members were in attendance including teen actors Brad Hughes, Alexei Taylor, Joz Lichty, Nashville recording artist Laura Dodd, Ketrick “Jazz” Copeland, with filmmaker Darla Rae, and retired NBA player and FOX Sports Analyst Mike “Stinger” Glenn who plays himself in the film. Many movie goers with tickets were unable to attend due to overcrowding at the well known Houston Galleria, as a result of the NBA All-star weekend because Texas DOT shut down freeway exists leading to the Galleria and the festival was in the same path.

After holding briefly to allow for traffic issues the film screened to a packed house with both deaf and hearing audience members all who enjoyed the film which screened with “open captions”.

The film is inspired by the real life camps which Mike Glenn started for the deaf and hard of hearing 33 yrs ago. Mel Hughlett, Mike Glenn’s former Saluki college teammate from SIU (Southern Illinois University) and NBA player said “GREAT FILM, Perfect Story”.

“As a filmmaker it’s a wonderful opportunity to watch reactions from the back of the room with a live audience” said Rae. This was the first time the film had screened for an audience publically in the US. Comment cards were available for attendees and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive and the age range attending was very broad, from age 5-90.
Pastor Arthur Craig from Houston Woodhaven Baptist Deaf Church said “It was Great!” and “So Inspiring!!!” said Kelly Reagan from Houston’s Lillian Beard Deaf Center.

Director, Producer Darla Rae said “It can be overwhelming telling a story inspired by a real person who happens to be sitting on the front row watching it unfold on the screen. However as I watched Mike settle in and laugh and tear up along with other audience members I began to relax and enjoy the moment. Watching deaf and hearing together enjoying our film side by side with open captions was very touching. We had accomplished one of our major goals”

One person wrote “Thank you for providing a Christian insight into the “unseen reality” of our deaf youth in the US!” Kelly Berger from TX Hands & Voices a nonprofit organization who promotes all aspects of communication amongst the deaf community wrote “The movie was wonderful! Thank you for making it and thank you for the captions. What a great undertaking! We need more films like this in theaters.”
People both deaf and hearing commented over and over “Very Inspiring, Awesome, and heartwarming!”

The film has a “Sweet Innocence” lacking in today’s films and may be the “Feel Good” movie of the year said Bill Shryock. From your lips to Hollywood’s Ears Bill!

Spirit of Love, the Mike Glenn story is now into the next phase making decisions regarding distribution partners, and the avenue that best supports their message, theme and targeted demographic.
For more information. Visit the website at http://spiritoflovemovie.com

 

Former NBA player runs camp for deaf kids

Mike Glenn spent 10 years in the NBA playing for teams like the Knicks and Hawks. Since retiring, Glenn has written a book and he makes appearances as a motivational speaker and a basketball analyst. Now, he's returning to the court as a coach and giving back to his own community in a big way.

HLN's Joe Carter sat down with Glenn to talk about his one-of-a-kind basketball camp, designed specifically for hearing impaired or deaf kids.

http://www.hlntv.com/video/2013/02/10/mike-glenn-basketball-hearing-deaf-sports



“Spirit of Love” the Mike Glenn story premieres in the Lone Star State

January 8, 2013
Source:
http://www.legendsofbasketball.com/2013/01/spirit-of-love-the-mike-glenn-story-premieres-in-the-lone-star-state/

NBRPA Member Mike “Stringer” Glenn is featured in a new film. Award winning filmmaker Darla Rae’s new movie “Spirit of Love” The Mike “Stinger” Glenn story will make its Texas premiere at the Texas Christian Film Festival, Saturday, February 16th at 7:30 pm at Bethany Christian Church located at 3223 Westheimer, Houston, Texas. Pre-screening activities with food and product booths start at 6:30 pm which includes shooting hoops with Glenn and other cast members.

In the film, Glenn plays himself in this wonderful film inspired by his real life Basketball camps for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In a unique casting, deaf and hard of hearing actors work together and deliver a film which is authentic, charming, competitive, funny, 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. The film features an amazing score by Alex Grant and a beautiful title song “Spirit of Love” co-written by Producer, Director Darla Rae and Nashville’s 2012 Inspirational Female vocalist of the year Laura Dodd, and is performed by Dodd, who also appears as herself in the film. The film was filmed in 14 days with a team of 20 American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters.

Spirit of Love recently was awarded the Dove Foundation seal of approval and Four Doves. The Dove Foundation has been advocating and approving family films for 20 years. The Dove Foundation says, “This inspirational and remarkable story just may have you cheering by movie’s end! We are pleased to award the film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages. See this one soon and it just may give you a spark when you most need one!”

“We are excited, honored and privileged to receive this recognition for our film. Great efforts were taken by our team to make sure we didn’t exclude any audience member from seeing our film. We’re thankful for the Dove Foundation and the integrity they provide to our family audiences, and we are also deeply honored to be making our Texas premier at the Texas Christian Film Festival” said producer Darla Rae.

The film will screen with captions so that deaf and hard of hearing audience members may enjoy our story. Filmmakers and cast members including Mike Glenn will be available for Q&A following the film. It is a great film for youth groups, sports teams, and perfect for a night out as a family.

Cost to attend the screening is free, however reservations are required. To make reservations please visit the Texas Christian Film Festival website at http://texaschristianfilmfestival.com/.

For more information about the movie visit http://spiritoflovemovie.com. For information about the annual “Mike Glenn Basketball Camps for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing” visit www.mikeglenn.com.

Information on the Georgia movie premiere will be posted soon.

NBRPA Member Mike Glenn announces 34th Basketball Camp for
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Athletes

Former NBA player and current NBRPA Legend Mike “Stinger” Glenn will open the doors to the 34th annual “Mike Glenn Basketball Camp for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing” athletes on June 16, 2013. Glenn explained, “We will proudly continue our tradition of welcoming the nation’s deaf athletes to our camp in Decatur, Georgia starting on Father’s Day, June 16, and concluding on Friday, June 21. Last year at our opening dinner, our staff unanimously acknowledged our determination to provide our campers with a fun-filled week that could be considered the best week of their lives. We will make that pledge again as we utilize the diversity of our campers, the support of our sponsors and patrons, and the cooperation of the community.”

Practice sessions, drills, scrimmages, and games will take place at the Clairmont Presbyterian Church, the Decatur First United Methodist Church, and the Southwest DeKalb High School gym. The culminating all-star games will be played on Friday night, June 21, at Southwest DeKalb gymnasium. Campers will once again be housed at the Clairmont Presbyterian Church and the Hillcrest Church of Christ.

“I am extremely gratified by the recently developed relationship with the coaches, players, and administration of Southwest DeKalb High School. Our entire camp was embraced and welcomed by one of the most esteemed athletic programs in the country. The extraordinary friendship, competition, and hospitality have quickly become a highlight of the camp. We are, of course grateful for the continued commitment to our camp and participants by the Hillcrest Church of Christ, the Clairmont Presbyterian Church, and the Decatur First United Methodist Church. I am excited to see the development and enthusiasm of many of our young campers who displayed a lot of promise through their hustle and aggression,” states camp founder Mike Glenn.


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