FEATURE FILM BEGINNING
Everything happened as planned and even better as the New Year began with our first filming for the feature documentary, SECRET KNOTS! There is only one reason this miracle took place, FAITH!!! We especially recognize our founders Tom and Rene' Stewart for their amazing faith in bringing about the beginning of our feature documentary.
Jim Gromer from Cross Productions joined the team from Denver, Colorado. Jim is a former ABC and STARZ Network employee who has been involved in ministry for a long time. He recently finished a feature documentary on Martin Luther and is a friend to Tom and Rene'. We are honored to have him working with GRP to create a film trailer you will see soon on the website too.
The entire film team worked so relentlessly hard on our film shoot. We deeply appreciate Magna Talent Agency, parents of our child actors, SAG actor Brett Bower, Hospitality Coordinator Rene' Stewart, Jessica Gambill & Stephanie Musser of GRP, David Barrow & Jim Gromer camera operators and Christi Craddock for all their work to make this dream be birthed. Dr. Kevin McAfee worked with this entire team to ensure the hope of SECRET KNOTS was shared to the world. Thanks to all who opened up on film with Tom and Rene's courage along with Christi Craddock.
Truly, when you make a film it takes a village, so a special thank you to everyone who worked diligently helping share Tom's story.
TESTIMONIES FROM FOUNDERS
January brought four teams and organizations together to listen and hear the amazing testimonies of Tom and Rene' Stewart. This family of believers in Jesus Christ are preparing to bring hope to many who are suffering from sexual abuse, PTSD, trauma and real crisis which may have been in your life. The filming of these powerful testimonies will arrest your heart and spirit on so many levels.
Tom and Rene' both shared their story with the teams in the Biblical Counseling headquarters of HIS TRUTH TRANSFORMS. After many tears of compassion and love the bond of people understanding these powerful stories only grew stronger.
Thanks to the President Christi Craddock and the CEO Doris Craddock in Oklahoma City, SECRET KNOTS had a special Craddock home to film our interviews. Christi shared from a Biblical perspective the importance of people receiving help who have gone through issues like these. Resources are being made available through this Biblical Counseling Ministry today for those in need.
SECRET KNOTS - A NEW NON PROFIT
The epic decision to create a non profit public charity grew to the surface and was solidified! A plan is being constructed over the next sixty days to make this dream a reality. We will be honored to receive donations in 2018 and hope to have our non profit completed by 2019!
Here is how this impacts you. Maybe you would like to give to support a ministry like SECRET KNOTS and you should. Maybe your church has a desire to reach out to people in need, this is their chance. No matter your background or your reason, this is a time we need people to help us help others.
NEW BOOK "SECRETS" BY RENE' STEWART
Rene' Stewart is using her talents in writing to bring a new book on Tom's memoirs entitled, SECRETS. Her commitment and dedication is providing the foundation for everything created for the ministry. Please be in prayer for her as she embarks on a journey to find even more solutions for others through this published work.
She has been working years to accurately share this story and will be including Biblical keys to guide those who are seeking refuge, a safe place and more to help those who are in need.
We are very proud of the entire team, the group who has been gathering and the people associated with this wonderful ministry. If you want to be involved, just write us today. Remember your prayers are needed for so many. There are millions who are suffering and have been victims of sexual abuse. Now is the time to take a stand and give a voice to the voiceless.
Thank you for being a part of SECRET KNOTS!
Your Secret Knots Team Cares!
2018 is finally here and you have a responsibility to stop and reflect on what has happened in your past and also to consider what your future will be like. So many of us have had many different kinds of "knots" which have tangled up our past. Is this you and do you feel you have areas where your life could be stronger?
First, remember to all of you who have been a victim, this was not your fault. When predators come against you and you are a child, helpless and even in crisis, these situations were not created by you. You have value and are so very important to many people, even those in our team.
What has made our group the unified purpose driven organization is simple. We saw the knots in our past lives and when we got help, started to untangle the web which had been constricting us, we saw a new hope we had not seen possible.
Honestly means, "Accurately reporting the facts to those you love, even when it hurts". We realize how difficult it can be to open up to anyone. This is why secrets are often a danger all within themselves. Opening up to people you can trust is an essential part of a new future for you, and if we can be the "seed" which begins to grow again in a new healthy way, this is our dream.
What is your dream today? Would you like to share your past and be willing to consider a new tomorrow?
Contact our organization today and just know, we are praying for you and we want to do everything in our power to help you in your life's journey. We are ready to help start untangling the knots. We are completely committed to working with you in confidence to help you find the solutions for a new 2018.
It's time to begin a new year with a new life, so contact us today.
Your Team For Hope
PS Remember, we are here for you...
Thomas and Rene’ Stewart captured our hearts when we met in late October 2017 with their story of how personal tragedy was turned into triumph. Unlike the majority of those who have suffered traumatic crisis, their hope turned to helping others, verses focusing on themselves. Timing is everything in the marketplace and in the rise of the current events being raised by international media, a convergence is taking place across the world. People need help and the Stewart family has challenged all of us to rise to this important occasion and take a stand.
The silent screams of children who have gone through horrific life and family experiences brought a greater need for solutions than ever before. The Filmmaker’s Roundtable, a professional adjudication board of screenwriters & authors, reviewed Tom and Rene’s powerful book and came to a group of creative conclusions. Answers were found in using the visual language of film to tell the story of what happened in the past, illuminating truth in creating a new intellectual properties franchise and going even further by helping those in need.
Extending the resources, the research and the narrative into an interactive and confidential website called, SECRET KNOTS, the founders wanted to do more to reach the broken. "Entertainment" in the Greek literally means to distract and divert one’s attention, but Tom and Rene’ wanted to do more than a book or a movie. People need personal care who have been adversely impacted by the negativity this world brings. Proper diagnosis and a plan for healing are keys to wellness and over all health and this is where their organization transformed into a “higher level” of communication.
Plus, in light of the Twitter social media campaign, that was launched in the Fall of 2017 against sexual harassment, people were standing up and taking a stand through #MeToo. The Stewart family recognized the need to create more than just a hash-tag, documentary feature, a new book and a feature film. In anticipation of recognizing these problems, investments are needed for research, resources and solutions for those who still have no answers. We needed a proven case study to establish a baseline for success and fortunately, we had previous experience.
Almost twenty years earlier, the Hobby Lobby organization engaged me professionally as the CEO of their movie company, Every Tribe Entertainment, where we built a franchise very similar to the Stewart’s family interests. BEYOND THE GATES OF SPLENDOR and END OF THE SPEAR (FOX), two award winning back to back films were released in 2002 and 2006. In the same spirit, but with an improved counseling purpose and definition, Tom and Rene’ Stewart's SECRET KNOTS is going to the next level of providing help to the broken-hearted.
Since my early days at Disney up until the last film we made at the studio location in Buena Vista just a few years ago, I have experienced the motion picture industry hesitant to take on “big issues” like these moral problems and decay we are experiencing. Our film team, GR PRODUCTIONS, is a group of seasoned veterans with half a century of professional experience making movies and our team is ready to take on these problems. Film-making is a science and we are thankful for our track record as many great people behind the scenes truly made these succcesses happen.
Our economic models are among the finest in the business as we work to under-promise and over deliver as a social entrepreneurship company. At Lipscomb University, we have been working with graduate film students to help them see the value of “solid fiscal models”. Our goal is to make films of family, faith and freedom with precision and stewardship. However, we are not ever satisfied with the status quo and will always be improving our diagnostics, mitigating risks and creating “best practices” across an industry we are honored to serve.
Thank you for stopping on this site to learn more about the founders Tom and Rene' Stewart. Thank you for reaching out and believing in SECRET KNOTS, and taking the time to consider the opportunity to work with our non profit, VERITAS MISSION FILM ASSOCIATION www.veritasmissionfilms.com and our for profit production company GR PRODUCTIONS grpfilms.com. Please go to our websites and see for yourself what makes our team different. As a filmmaking team, we congratulate Tom and Rene’ Stewart, our new partners in changing the world for the better.
Thank you Tom for sharing your story so boldly. Rene', you have done a masterful job as a ghost writer and for taking a stand against abuse. Since you both have been victims of horrific experiences from the past, you stand as a beacon to all of us who have also been broken.
In conclusion, I have never shared with my own family of my history of abuse, but this step is important in helping others grow. Each of us have stories of tragedy and we need a community who will care. Thank you SECRET KNOTS for being open to hear my hurts and help me along the way. I appreciate you giving me this opportunity to begin opening up and sharing about my own pain in your first blog of a lovely website.
Faith has truly helped me heal, because without it, I would not be able to create this amazing story by placing the subject matter into a motion picture.
Dr. Kevin McAfee
Director - SECRET KNOTS