“I want to make a movie.”
Many of us hear those words from our children, whether at age 7 or 14. But Jesse Winton (now 17) made movie-making a reality from the time he first uttered those words two years ago.
This is more than switching on the iPhone, video-taping Lego warriors falling from brick castles, and uploading the movie to YouTube. Jesse worked with his brother Cody, father Randy, and also teamed up with renowned production companies and composers to bring their movie Rescued to completion. They were able to submit it to the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival last month. Check out the trailer here: Rescued.
We’ve chosen the Winton family as an organization to sponsor for their work in spreading the word about adoption. The focus of Rescued is to call us to view adoption as a necessary function of the church to take care of the fatherless and give orphans a future. Jesse himself chose the topic. With November as Adoption Awareness Month, the timing couldn’t be more perfect, and for the Wintons, more meaningful: Randy and Lisa added two girls to their family through adoption.
So how did Jesse and his brother Cody first learn to 1.) take initiative and, 2) follow through with their goals? It started years ago when Randy changed careers so that he could spend more time with his wife and boys. A series of events brought the family to become the Winton Family Bluegrass Band, and now Randy, Cody and Jesse bring their award-winning bluegrass music to churches and events throughout the United States. The boys have learned from the family what it takes to take an idea from scratch and make something out of it… no small task when producing CD’s and competing in competitions.
The Winton Bluegrass band has toured from California to South Carolina this summer, hitting Missouri, Iowa, Texas and a whole host of states in between.
To find out more about their music, see the track list, listen to clips, or purchase their CD’s or singles, visit their store.
If you can convince them to come to your town, I highly recommend you see them in person. Randy and the boys have a show that will entertain you, humor you, and get your toes a-tappin’ and head a-noddin’. If they play Little Black Train for you, it’s worth whatever miles you travel to hear them, just to hear that song.
Until then, they’re offering YOU an opportunity to win their very latest CD called Be Assured. Here’s a clip of my favorite song from their album: You’re God
Contest will end November 15, 2011
To be entered to win the CD, do one or more of the following:
(make sure to leave your email or sign up to follow the comments so we can get a hold of you!)
1.) follow The Wintons music/band page on Facebook and report here that you did so
2.) follow Rescued the Movie on Facebook and report here that you did so
3.) “Adoption” – what does it make you think of? Leave a statement here.