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    The People Behind Sound of Freedom

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    Director of Sound of Freedom (2023)

    Sound of Freedom (2023) is an indie film many readers have probably heard about, as it blew up in popularity last summer with its unique “pay it forward” marketing and an audience incredibly eager to do just that. Directed by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, and distributed by Mormon run media company Angel Studios, this film is in line with the many previous works of all parties.

     

    Alejandro Monteverde is a faith-based Mexican film director who seemed destined for greatness from the beginning of his career with many awards to his name, some for his first film ever directed, Bella. Bella tells the story of the main character, Jose, trying to convince a financially struggling woman to put her baby up for adoption, instead of going for an abortion. The film ended up winning the People’s Choice Award at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. He also ended up getting recognized by President George W. Bush for the movie.

     

    Bella (2006) poster
    Monteverde with President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The makers of this film had a very hard time getting it out there. It was first owned by 20th Century Fox, however after Disney bought the company, thereafter they shelved the movie. It is thanks to Angel Studios acquiring the rights did the movie end up going out nearly 5 years later. Though Angel Studios may be run by Mormons, they don’t specifically distribute Mormon films, just films that they believe “amplify light”. A lot of the other movies they distribute have strong Christian themes. They were also the ones behind their unique marketing through crowdfunding efforts.

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    Jennifer Bravo
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    I'm Jennifer Bravo and I am actually a senior this year. Very early into the school year I will also be turning 17, and as far as I know that isn't really an age where you unlock a bunch of new privileges like when you're 18 or 21, but it is a step closer so I'm looking forward to it. I like listening to music in my spare time and just like anyone else, I listen to basically everything except country. Lately though I've been really into the artist Arca.   I don't really watch all that many shows, I just haven't heard of enough stuff that interests me. As for reading I've been thinking about getting into the Bible; I've heard a lot of things about it. I hear it's a very beautiful text and I'd like to see what It's all about, maybe it's interesting. I don't really read comics, and I don't really like webcomics but that's probably because I haven't been exposed to enough of them because I started reading Homestuck earlier this year and it's been an alright experience, it definitely isn't for everyone though.
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