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