Christian Film Festival slated for Waterworks

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"Midnight Clear," a movie based on a story by Jerry B. Jenkins and starring Stephen Baldwin, is among the free films that will be shown during next weekend's Christian Film Festival.

John Schneider stars in "Hidden Secrets," part of the Christian Film Festival next weekend at Waterworks.
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The fourth annual event will be Oct. 20-22 at Waterworks Cinemas near Fox Chapel. It will showcase "Midnight Clear," the oddly spelled "Thr3e" and "Hidden Secrets," along with children's titles and the previously released "Facing the Giants" and "End of the Spear."

All movies, many with themes of hope and redemption, are free to the public.

Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance tickets will be available at the box office for that day's showings only.

Scheduled to be shown:

OCT. 20

1:45 p.m.: "Hermie and Friends" -- Two tales from Max Lucado, "Stanley the Stinkbug" and "To Share or Nut to Share."

3:30 p.m.: "Facing the Giants" -- Uplifting story about a hard-luck football coach suffering with consecutive losing seasons and troubles at home. Through religious inspiration and a little divine intervention, he teaches his high school team to win and changes his family's fortune.

5:45 p.m.: "VeggieTales: Gideon, Tuba Warrior" -- The story of a man carefully chosen to defend his people against an undefeated army of malevolent pickles.

7 p.m.: "The Second Chance" -- Grammy winner Michael W. Smith plays a polished, out-of-touch pastor whose beliefs are tested when he teams up with a street-smart minister.

9:15 p.m.: "Thr3e" -- Psychological Christian thriller about a seminary student under attack, based on the book by Ted Dekker.

OCT. 21

1 p.m.: "Larry Boy and the Bad Apple" -- VeggieTales story about temptation.

2:15 p.m.: "VeggieTales: Gideon, Tuba Warrior."

3:45 p.m.: "Facing the Giants."

6 p.m.: "Pastor Greg" -- Season one finale and season two premiere of Cornerstone TeleVision sitcom.

7:15 p.m.: "End of the Spear"-- Director-writer Jim Hanon dramatizes the real-life murders of five American missionaries by an isolated Amazon tribe in 1956 and what happens when brutality is met by faith and forgiveness.

9:30 p.m.: "Thr3e."

OCT. 22

1:30 p.m.: "VeggieTales: The Adventures of Minnesota Cuke" -- Larry the Cucumber is Minnesota Cuke, peaceful children's museum curator by trade, daring explorer at heart, who is tempted to retaliate against a bully.

3 p.m.: "Though None Go With Me" -- Another Jenkins novel serves as inspiration for this movie about a woman whose faith is tested by hardships and sorrow. Amy Grabow and Cheryl Ladd star.

5 p.m.: "Hidden Secrets" -- John Schneider is among the stars of this movie about friends whose secrets are exposed. Featuring music by Rachael Lampa and Building 429.

7:15 p.m.: "Midnight Clear" -- Christmas Eve in the Arizona desert provides the backdrop for this story about a middle-age man and old woman who contemplate suicide. Chance encounters with strangers and perhaps some divine intervention allow them to cross paths and change each other's life.

Go to for theater directions and more information, including what selections are child-appropriate or contain mature themes or language.

The festival is presented by Scott & Christie and Associates along with Good Looks Eyewear and sponsored, in part, by Praise 910 AM Christian Radio, Great American Equity Mortgage, Geneva College, Speakman Financial Group, Grove City College, Cornerstone TeleVision, RC Holsinger and Associates, Clarion Hotel and Colussy Chevrolet.

Post-Gazette movie editor Barbara Vancheri can be reached at or 412-263-1632.


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