A new film dramatizing the importance of Internet safety and the danger of online child predators is being filmed in our local area. Starring Erik Estrada as Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown, the film is out to educate the public on a critical issue facing our families:
“Lynchburg, Virginia has become the epicenter for the upcoming faith-based film, Finding Faith, and Liberty University is right at the heart of the project.
Finding Faith aims to educate families on the importance of Internet safety through a powerful drama based on the real-life story of a girl who was abducted after falling prey to a skillful online predator. It stars Erik Estrada, a Hollywood legend and activist best known for his role on the 1970s and ’80s television series CHiPS. The film is set to release in early 2013 after a nationwide screening tour later this year.
From shooting to editing and post-production, all stages of production are taking place in Central Virginia with Lynchburg as its hub. Liberty has become a vital source of support for the movie, providing locations, housing, and equipment, as well as a deep talent pool from which the movie has drawn much of its cast, crew, and support staff…
Over 90 percent of the people involved with the film are affiliated with Liberty in some way (as alumni, students, faculty and staff, etc.), said alumnus Jason Campbell (‘93), Finding Faith’s executive producer and executive director of the Safe Surfin’ Foundation, which is backing the film. The movie has 12 volunteer teams involving more than 400 people and a cast and crew of over 200…” (Read more at www.Liberty.edu)
More about the film:
“A home in Lynchburg turned into a movie set on Tuesday for the film “Finding Faith.” The movie is a project by Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown. He says there will be a lot of action and a great plot. But, the sheriff has a bigger goal in mind than entertainment.
Sheriff Brown says the movie experience is fun, but his real goal is to educate parents and children about dangers of online predators.
ABC13 News got to see some of the key scenes in the movie being shot in Lynchburg. The scene show S.W.A.T. teams storming into a West Virginia home in search for an abducted girl.
The movie follows the tale of 14-year-old Faith Garrett, a girl who falls victim to an online predator. Brown says it’s is loosely based on an actual case in Bedford County. Actor Erik Estrada stars.
“It will give people the awareness of what’s going on the lab tops, computers, and smart phones. In this particular case this girl was had on her smart phone,” said Estrada.
For Brown, the film is a long-time dream, and he hopes a way to educate kids.
“We believe it’s going to save young people’s lives, and their innocence. And, it’s a wonderful feeling that it’s here,” said Brown.
Estrada will play a Sheriff on the hunt for Faith, who is abducted and taken to West Virginia. The film will also feature volunteer work from dozens of Liberty University Film students.
“It gives these kids an opportunity to learn. Who knows? We may have the next Steven Spielberg here on set so it’s great,” said Brown.
And the work of the Internet Crimes Against Children’s Task Forces will also be highlighted…”(Read more at www.WSET.com)
The new educational film is based on real life events:
“The Safe Surfin’ Foundation is producing a full-length film based on a compilation of actual events that Sheriff Mike Brown has investigated through his Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. In a recent SSF Public Service Announcement, one such victim courageously told the story of how she was abducted by a child predator and how she remained captive for three days before being rescued by the police.
She was last seen near her home in rural Virginia. The last contact her family had with her was seeing her walking down their driveway talking on her cell phone. The victim was met at the end of the driveway by two people who forced her into a pick-up truck at knife point. She was abducted and held hostage until police rescued her in Pittsburgh, PA.
Michael Brown, Sheriff of Bedford County, Virginia, explains, “This abduction occurred through the use of a cell phone and the new technology allowing kids to chat via these new smart phones.” The victim had been texting and chatting for several weeks by cell phone with someone she believed to be a 16 year-old boy. She felt the relationship was innocent and frequently chatted with the boy about normal teenage troubles. But the person she was chatting with was not really 16; he was actually a 38-year old man who disguised himself as the boy. He and a female companion drove over 400 miles from his home in Pittsburgh to abduct their victim.
“We can’t just focus on Internet safety now. Technology is changing and child predators are always looking for new ways to hurt children,” Brown states. This story is a wake-up call for all parents to begin monitoring their children’s cell phones. The situation emphasizes the importance of parental involvement.
“This victim was one of the lucky ones, and we are so proud of her and her family for sharing this terrible experience in order to educate more and more young people. We are thankful that she wants to share her story,” Brown concludes.”
(Read more via the movie website: www.FindingFaithFilm.com)