Is VidAngel Actually Legal?

If you have not already heard, both the studios and VidAngel have requested to extend the discovery period until Dec 19th. This means we get to keep holding our breath over the injunction decision for almost another month. In the meantime, the #SaveFiltering movement is not slowing down! I know with your help, we can make it to 60,000 signatures!

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[Court Update] I’m holding my breath over here!

Now I don't know about you but I have been holding my breath since this case entered the court almost 10 days ago. I have some good news and some bad news on the update of the court case. Let’s get the bad news out of the way first:

 

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The Battle of Hollywood vs. The Family

Today is THE BIG DAY... but first

WE HIT 50,000 PETITION SIGNATURES

I want to take a moment to thank all of you for standing up for your rights and more importantly your family. Thanks to you, the #SaveFiltering petition has exceeded 50,000 signatures! This truly has become a movement and it gains momentum as people continue to become aware of the cause.

Today at 1 p.m. Eastern 10 a.m. Pacific, VidAngel’s legal team will meet in court with the legal teams of 4 studios to determine what could be the fate of the filtering industry, and more importantly, the Family Movie Act (FMA) a law created to enable filtering in the spirit of protecting families.

I’ve said it before, the outcome affects nearly everyone you know, even if they will never use a filtering service. This will determine if the courts side with families or Hollywood. Your right to parental control is at stake.

WHAT YOU'RE FIGHTING FOR

In today’s world, when it comes to protecting the wellbeing of your children, many parents just like you are faced with an onslaught of media competing for the attention of their young minds. This is not just sexual content, violence and language, we’re talking about. Your kids are being fed innuendos, subliminal messages, indoctrination and social conditioning like never before in history. Services like VidAngel allow you to pre-filter movies and TV shows giving you peace of mind about what your children are exposed to.

If VidAngel loses this case, it’s back to the stress of relying on TV and movie ratings that don’t always reflect the values you hold for your family. This often leaves you with one choice: to completely opt out of watching a great TV show or movie if it wasn’t for that unnecessary scene.

HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP IMMEDIATELY

  1. If you have not already signed the petition, add your signature the petition to enforce your right as a parent to protect your children.

  2. Visit our Facebook page and share the very first post you see to all of your friends, family and sphere of influence.

  3. If you haven't already, LIKE #SaveFiltering on Facebook. Over the weekend I went live on the #SaveFiltering Facebook page for the first time. I will be going live today on Facebook around 12:30 PM Eastern, 9:30 AM Pacific to talk about the case before it begins.

 

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Thank you so much for your ongoing support!

Bryan Schwartz

P.S. If you're looking to help out this movement in an additional way you can Donate to the cause. #SaveFiltering is a nonprofit and 100% of donations go towards creating additional awareness for this movement so every dollar helps!


Your parental rights will be decided in less than 7 days

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If you have not heard the preliminary injunction for the VidAngel case has been moved (again) to November 14th. That’s just 1 week from today. To top it all off, VidAngel has raised enough funds to take this all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary. So I felt like it was important to remind ourselves what we’re fighting for.

WHAT YOU'RE FIGHTING FOR

In today’s world, when it comes to protecting the wellbeing of your children, many parents just like you are faced with an onslaught of media competing for the attention of their young minds. This is not just sexual content, violence and language, we’re talking about. Your kids are being fed innuendos, subliminal messages, indoctrination and social conditioning like never before in history. Services like VidAngel allow you to pre-filter movies and TV shows giving you peace of mind about what your children are exposed to.

If VidAngel loses this case, it’s back to the stress of relying on TV and movie ratings that don’t always reflect the values you hold for your family. This often leaves you with one choice: to completely opt out of watching a great TV show or movie if it wasn’t for that unnecessary scene.

HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP IMMEDIATELY

This outcome affects nearly everyone you know, even if they will never use a filtering service. This will determine if the courts side with families or Hollywood. Your right to parental control is at stake. You’ve already done so much to support this movement just by signing the petition. I know we can easily reach 50,000 signatures before next week but we can’t do it without you! To really get the word out by doing 3 simple things:

  1. Add your signature the petition below to enforce your right as a parent to protect your children.
  2. Share the petition to all of your friends, family and sphere of influence, it affects them too!
  3. Donate to the cause. 100% of donations go towards creating awareness for this cause.

I will keep you updated with more news in the coming week. Thank you so much!

Bryan Schwartz

P.S. Don’t forget to vote!

 


Faith In Film

Our family is part of the consumer demographic. What do I mean by this? Well, I don’t create films. I certainly have no intentions to do so. I am very content to suck on the life-blood of Hollywood, as I know it isn’t my calling to produce media. However, as a husband to a supportive, beautiful wife and a father to seven, I have to be a passionate consumer. Passionate because I am aware of the reality that my “consumerism” affects not only me, but also my entire family. Passionate because I demand excellence and  quality. Passionate because I want films that impact me, challenge  me to be a better father, husband, child of God.  I want the O- movies; movies accepted on all fronts that produce life. Quite frankly, I am a sucker for a well-made movie.

The yellow-brick road leading to a satisfactory movie isn’t paved solely with special effects or pristine cinematography. For me quality films need to portray two essential qualities: faith and fertility. The first is relatively self-explanatory. The second one, which may lead to various connotations, will be explained later. As a Christian, I recognize that no time is lost time. Not even a movie theater is nugatory. I desire films that build my faith. Draw me closer to an experience with God. I want no time lost; time is valuable to me. It is a gift to be stewarded. This is why I am so very excited and encouraged that Hollywood has been targeting the faith driven audience by producing solid, inspirational films that can also move my soul. These films need to be supported, viewed, and praised in order to encourage their prevalence.

But I am only mortal, and that morality is constituted of both soul and mind. I also want a movie that makes me think. I desire a movie that softens my mind and plants a seed of change, and hope. A seed that sprouts from a tiny thought into an action. And as much as I dislike admitting it, I often times don’t come out with a soft, fertile mind after viewing a Christian movie. My spirit is stirred, but my senses aren’t. What do I do when I want to be a victorious gladiator, but I’m stuck facing a begrudging giant? Is it selfish to desire a fusion of both faith and fertility? How can I be in the world and not of it?

Solutions are few, and the search for balance can often times be overwhelming. But as a Dad who is used to playing Hide-and-go-seek, I revel in the joy of finding my treasured child. A hidden gem. The hidden-gem in my family’s treasure hunt is VidAngel. It promotes the amalgamation of faith and thought. Its concept is simple; and that is a must, because with seven kids I really have little time to think. Through VidAngel I am able to filter out what I don’t want to see, and leave in the epic scenes that I want my whole family to experience. Yes, I will continually support Christian, faith based films because I know that they are impacting culture. But I am also impacting my own culture, the next generation.  So I value both sides of the equation. I need to feed my kids’ faith in God, but also help their minds grow; and quite frankly those two criteria aren’t in a PG movie. I don’t want to dumb my kids down, I have to raise them up. No time is lost time, and VidAngel has made my time count for more by doing the bleeping for me.

Written by the Schwartz family, Family Goals


Go Big or Go Home

In the movie Braveheart, William Wallace, played by Mel Gibson, is standing in front of an army facing incredible odds and gives this rousing speech:  "Sons of Scotland!  I am William Wallace.  And I see a whole army of my countrymen here in defiance of tyranny.  You have come to fight as free men and free men you are.  What will you do with that freedom?  Will you fight?  (The outnumbered army's response:  "NO!...we will run and we will live.)  Aye, fight and you may die.  Run, and you'll live, at least for a while.  And dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to do that, for just one chance...just one chance!...to come back here and tell our enemies, they can take our lives, but they can never take our FREEEEDOM!" 

In the same pre-battle scene here is a dialogue with two of his closest comrades:  Stephen: "Fine speech. Now what do we do?"  William Wallace: "Just be yourselves." Hamish: "Where are you going?"  William Wallace: "I'm going to pick a fight."  Hamish: "Well, we didn't get dressed up for nothing."

VidAngel has found itself in a fight.  When it comes to fighting, it's not enough to just to show up...coming in 2nd place in a fight is what the great Ricky Bobby's dad calls "first loser."  If you're going to fight, fight to win.  

Several large studios are suing VidAngel, so what is VidAngel's response:  "Bring it!  We didn't get dressed up for nothing."  VidAngel has demonstrated to me that they are in this fight to win it with the hiring of David Quinto.  Quinto represented the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for 27 years.  

Check out this article written by The Hollywood Reporter that explains the significance of Quinto's hiring.  

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Why We Want to #SaveFiltering


Profanity

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When watching entertainment on VidAngel, one of the filters our family regularly utilizes is the profanity filter.  In our house our children range from age 20 down to age 7, so in order for us to watch a movie as a family compromises must be made.  

Does profanity really have an affect on us?  I do not have the research data to really give an educated answer from a psychological vantage point, but I can tell you what profanity is and what it is not.  Profanity is defined as blasphemous or obscene language.  To profane something, on the other hand, is to treat something or someone with irreverence or disrespect.  

As a leader in our family one of my primary roles and goals is to protect my family while striving to create a culture of honor and respect.  My family is a precious gift from God, one He specifically set apart for me to enjoy and cherish until I die. 

To profane something God has gifted to us, is to treat that gift as if it is common or ordinary when He desires it to be treated with reverence and respect.  When we filter our movies, my wife and I are making a value statement to our kids, declaring to them, "We honor and respect you too much to let you watch or hear things that can devalue the gift that you are to us."  Profanity, nudity, blasphemy, violence, etc. all carry the potential to profane our children, so we exercise discretion when it comes to what we watch and listen to.  

I think we all need a "profanity filter" in our lives that alerts us to when we are treating each other with irreverence and disrespect. Our goal should be to treat one another with honor and respect.  Filtering our movies is one way we can practically attach value to each other as family members.  


Here is a little more about what VidAngel is!

 

 


Why I Will Fight to Filter

So why VidAngel? Why sign this petition at all? Because we live in the information age. Our lifeblood is Facebook updates, chat videos, football games, reality TV shows and action movies on the weekends. Media overwhelms us. Molds us. At times, more than we would like to admit.  

Movies, music, and media all have a powerful, even psychological, hold on us. A song once sung is not easily forgotten. 20 years later and I can still belt a Bon Jovi ballad sans bloopers. (Although, the rest of my family is "Living On A Prayer" that I will stop.) The same can be said for all Movies and Television shows. It's impossible to ignore the chant of "Rudy, Rudy," as the hero trots towards the field, or forget the image of Darth Vader's wrinkled, white, sun-starved face after he finally speaks with Luke. How about Andy Dufresne emerging from the Shawshank prison covered in sewage and lifting his hands as the rain pours down, a symbol of freedom? Can you forget those scenes? No, certainly not. And VidAngel realizes the vast impact that movies  have on every aspect of life. And they want everyone to enjoy those blood-pumping, life-changing, riveting scenes.

As a Dad to seven, I am so grateful that my 7 year old son can enjoy the same movie that my 16 year old daughter can, as I know the scenes he is seeing can impact his life years down the road. My main mission as a father is to protect and empower my children by preserving the purity of my family.  Through VidAngel, my kids don't have to sacrifice their sensitivity, and I don't have to sacrifice my values, in order to experience cinema. VidAngel doesn't simply filter, rather they allow you to expose the raw excellence within films and get a firm grip on the power of a story line that could very well change your life. 

Before you sign the petition go to VidAngel.com and watch a movie with the ability to filter…scroll down the filters and simply look at what you will potentially be exposed to.  At least you will have the power of choice to filter or not to.  In our family we having varying degrees of sensitivity, so we are able to customize our movie viewing experience.  The other night I watched Zero Dark 30 with my 20 year old daughter and my 16 year old daughter.  As we were deciding what filters to implement, my 16 year old said, “Dad keep the violence” (a proud moment for a former NFL linebacker dad).  We were able to agree that we would cut out the profanity but keep the violence that was vital to the plot of the movie.  If after watching a VidAngel streamed movie, you have a positive experience, hop back on this website and sign the petition.  Thanks for checking in and joining the movement.  Bryan

 


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