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EXTRAORDINARY: A student-driven film from Liberty University

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Stephan Schultze is the executive director of Liberty University’s Zaki Gordon Cinematic Arts Department, which created EXTRAORDINARY. Schultze also serves as executive producer for the film.

Working with the film students is one of my greatest joys in life. It combines two of my great loves: filmmaking and teaching. It allows me to share my life experiences in cinema and what I think I can bring to the educational process for students.

Sixty film students worked with professional directors, producers, department heads, and actors to create EXTRAORDINARY. Throughout the production, it was incredible to see the lightbulbs of excitement go on for our film students. They are following their calling into the world of filmmaking and it’s a special privilege to see them pursue their dreams.

The immediate impact of making EXTRAORDINARY is evident through the “learn by doing” approach that we practice at Liberty University’s film program. The approach allows Liberty to lead the way in training the next generation of filmmakers in a Christian-focused environment.

EXTRAORDINARY is the fourth feature film produced by the Liberty University Cinematic Arts department. The film school has also created Altar Egos, 77 Chances, and God’s Compass.

Through EXTRAORDINARY, the students have gained a wealth of knowledge in their respective positions on the film and now they have the first student-driven theatrical release in what very well could be, cinema history. That’s an impressive accomplishment.

For the long run, the topic of honoring your marriage will impact them on a greater level later in life when they’ve experienced the marriage journey themselves. It’s legacy work and it speaks volumes that college students came together to make a movie about such an important topic and to encourage couples to not just start well, but more importantly, to finish well.

Based on a true marriage journey, EXTRAORDINARY is an ideal movie to encourage couples to go the distance in their marriages. Plan now to bring a group of 10 or more from your church, alumni association, marriage ministry, neighborhood or workplace. This one-night event will be in theaters Thursday, September 7 ONLY. Tickets are available at ExtraordinaryMovie.com

Karen Abercrombie, Miss Clara From War Room, Talks New Film, Marriage (Part 1)

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Best known as Miss Clara from the hit film War Room, Karen Abercrombie plays Nina in EXTRAORDINARY. In this brief Q & A, Karen shares thoughts on marriage, the importance of vows, faith-based films and EXTRAORDINARY.

How did you relate to the story of EXTRAORDINARY?
I’m a married woman so I could relate on so many levels from a mother’s point of view and from a wife’s point of view. I could understand the frustration and the loneliness and all these things that can walk their way into bitterness. I had to think about how I felt dealing with similar situations. It’s something we all must deal with one way or another.

Why are you excited to be in a film that takes us on a true marriage journey?
The divorce rate for Christians is as high as it is for non-Christians. Just acknowledging that fact and bringing that to the table will allow us to talk about it. We must respect the power, the unity and the understanding that must take place to make a marriage successful.

In EXTRAORDINARY, you share a moving scene with Shari Rigby that focuses on marriage vows. Why are vows so important?
The world is continuously pressing in and telling you who you are, what marriage is, and what you are supposed to get from marriage. But we must remember the vows that we came together under God—through sickness and health, through the ups and downs. We must stand up and fight for that marriage and that union. You can get divorced quickly and cheaply now. It’s the darkness pressing in to break that God-given union. We must stand behind those vows that we took.

How do faith-based films make an impact?
When people who aren’t believers see these films that are being made and they aren’t overly preachy, they see the message being introduced in a way that is loving and authentic. They see people like them. Now we are making some headway. God is parting some waters.

EXTRAORDINARY is an ideal movie to encourage couples to go the distance in their marriages. Plan now to bring a group of 10 or more from your church, alumni association, marriage ministry, neighborhood or workplace. This one-night event will be in theaters Thursday, September 7 ONLY. Tickets are available at ExtraordinaryMovie.com

Director, Professor’s Friendship Leads To Extraordinary Film

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Director Scotty Curlee, a professor at Liberty University’s film school, first met David Horton, a professor and ultramarathon legend, as a student years ago. A friendship blossomed with Horton and his wife, Nancy, leading Curlee to bring their true marriage journey to the big screen in EXTRAORDINARY.

Early in the film, EXTRAORDINARY, a student tells professor David Horton that financial woes are forcing him to quit college. David writes the student a check for $1,000 and encourages him to finish what he started.

Years ago, I was that student at Liberty University and that real-life check from David came to me, along with the inspiration to continue. I know first-hand the impact David has on his students. I also know the great sacrifices Nancy has made in David’s life to allow him the opportunity to inspire students through his passion.

No athlete competes at the highest level without support at home. In David and Nancy’s case, it involves raising Brandon and Allison, their two children, through the trials and tribulations of life while David is away on his adventures.

David realizes he isn’t the extraordinary one; it’s Nancy. It’s always been Nancy because no matter how hard he pushed or the accolades he achieved, Nancy was the heartbeat of their family. EXTRAORDINARY is really the tale of an amazing ultramarathon legend that impacted thousands of students for Christ because his wife was beside him every step of the way. I am grateful to see not just a true story, but a true marriage journey – focusing on dear friends – coming to theaters.

As a husband, making this film is a labor of love. The importance of appreciating the sacrifices our spouses make in our lives is a universal theme, applicable to every marriage. It’s easy to take for granted the incredible, daily contributions of husbands and wives.

I hope audiences will leave with a greater appreciation for the sacrifices spouses make in their lives and to honor that sacrifice in return.

EXTRAORDINARY is an ideal movie to encourage couples to go the distance in their marriages. Plan now to bring a group of 10 or more from your church, alumni association, marriage ministry, neighborhood or workplace. This one-night event will be in theaters Thursday, September 7 ONLY. Tickets are available at ExtraordinaryMovie.com

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