Thursday, January 29, 2015

John Forbes featured in pre-Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp videos

John Forbes' performance of William Booth for a reading in an upcoming Broadway musical about how Booth began The Salvation Army was literally put on ice for the recent blizzard, but he was willing to take some time to talk with our students in the context of one of our teaching videos, addressing the critical importance of staying in the present moment when performing. John is an international and Off-Broadway producer, and he's performed on and Off-Broadway and around the world. He even helped the king of the Zulu nation produce a musical in South Africa! 

The online teaching modules are available exclusively to those registered for the camp.

Tomorrow is the last day of the Early Bird Deadline (January 31). Save $150 for one week, $350 for two: www.ChristianFilmmakersCamp.com.



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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bev Holloway to address students of the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp


Beverly Holloway has agreed to meet with students of the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp via video conference. She'll talk about her work as a casting director and then field questions from our students. Beverly is known for her work on The Ultimate Gift (starring Abigail Breslin and James Garner), Like Dandelion Dust (starring Barry Pepper and Academy Award-winner Mira Sorvino), and the upcoming Beyond the Mask (starring John Rhys-Davies). 

I first had Bev work with my students in 2008, and I was impressed with her 30-some credits. The list has now grown to 56! Bev is a genius at what she does, and is so filled with joy. She's always a delight. She has often considered my students for her projects, and I know that two of them were being strongly considered for the lead role in a major project. 

The video conference is available exclusively to those registered for the camp.

There are only three days left of the Early Bird Deadline. Save $150 for one week, $350 for two: www.ChristianFilmmakersCamp.com.



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Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Armor and the Truth

This morning Joyce preached on Ephesians 6:10-20.



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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Official Selections

Performing Jonah at last years Festival.

The Christian Worldview Film Festival has announced its official selections, and I performed in three of them: Princess Cut, Polycarp, "The Making of Rather to Be Chosen." I was a consultant for "Firefly." Two of our students at The Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp created "The Sticky Note."

We're so very pleased to see how the Lord is raising up talented Christian filmmakers as the marketshare increases!

I'll be teaching at the Christian Worldview Guild, which precedes the Festival (get a discount by using code RICHSWINGLE), so I'm looking forward to seeing as many of these films as possible, as well as many others who were created by friends or just look really great!

Last year we were SO encouraged by the other speakers at the Guild. They really set the tone for using the film medium for increasingly more powerful ways to impact society and draw people to the Lord.


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Thursday, January 08, 2015

Flying back to the Oregon Coast...

Goofing around on the Oregon Coast after performing at The Newmark Theatre.
Last October I performed at The Newmark Theatre in downtown Portland, Oregon. While there I reconnected with a family I'd met in a restaurant a year or more before, the Olstads. As they wheeled their son past our table I noticed a sticker on his wheelchair: "Joni & Friends." I have a number of connections to Joni Eareckson Tada, so we struck up a conversation. When we were kids our mom read from her autobiography, telling how she became a quadriplegic in a diving accident, and how she's gone on to be a painter, international speaker, writer (3M copies of her autobiography in print), and singer. In fact Joni sang the Oscar-nominated song for Alone Yet Not Alone in which I play a land speculator. Her husband pressed her diaphragm so she could hit the high notes.  She personally called our friend, Art Sanborn, who became a quadriplegic in a boogie boarding accident. His story and how he now jogs and does 150 pushups every day is told in his amazing autobiography, Walking Miracle. And one of our friends, a physical therapist, has traveled with Joni & Friends to Peru, Cuba and Poland to help fit the disabled with wheelchairs that have been donated. Turns out the Olstads worked with our friend on at least one of those trips! I'm sure we had many eavesdroppers in that restaurant as we talked excitedly about how the Creator of limbs could work so mightily through those who couldn't use them.

At The Newmark I reconnected with the Olstads, and they invited me to perform at a Joni & Friends event on the Oregon Coast. In fact that event will take place at Twin Rocks Friends Camp, where I served on summer staff when I was in college.  The evening at The Newmark was a fundraiser for Twin Rocks. 

I was pleased to hear that Joni & Friends keeps a lean budget, making sure that most donations go straight to the disabled who benefit from their assistance. The downside is that they can only cover my airfare. I've agreed to do the booking, especially in light of a friend who broke his neck just a couple of months ago while play wrestling. This twenty-something is now facing life as a quadriplegic, but we're trusting the Lord can either bring glory through his healing, as He did through Art Sanborn, or through the disability, as He's done through Joni. 

If you're in the Pacific Northwest I'd love to add to my itinerary! I'll be performing for Joni & Friends on August 11 & 18. I have free dates between those performances and after the 18th. 

If you're in the Cincinati area, the director of Polycarp has invited me to attend the premiere on February 20, so I would love to set up a booking in that area for the 21st and/or 22nd. 

Send decision makers in your church or college (wherever you may be) to www.RichDrama.com.

Here's the newly released trailer for Polycarp, which leads with me in the role of a slave trader:


I could use your help on one more front: I submitted for the role of a lifetime in a major motion picture, and they're basing their casting on each actor's standing on IMDb. If you visited www.IMDb.me/RichSwingle after our Christmas eCard was posted I thank you! There was a great surge in my standing, but now it's dropped considerably, and the submissions deadline has just arrived. Now is the time they'll be sorting through the candidates. If you have a second, click here. If you have a minute, while you're on the page find the Facebook Like button. If you have five minutes, click on each of the films in which I've performed and Like them. 

Watch for Princess Cut in theaters Valentine's Day. I play a suave realtor. And in April you can have a hand in bringing Beyond the Mask to a theater in your community. I play Dr. Bonneville in that one. 

I pray the New Year is off to a great start for each of you. Hope to see you out there somewhere... especially if you're in the Northwest or near Cincinnati. 

in Christ alone,
Rich

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The Messenger's Box


I've been cast in the role of Jesus in The Messenger's Box. I've portrayed the Lord many times on stage in numerous nations, but this will be the first time on film. There's something very special about that. I appreciate your prayers for me as I prepare and for the team as they're underway with production now.

It's directed by my friend, Gary Bosek. I performed with him in The Screenwriters and Polycarp. I think that you'll agree that things are looking great...



You may be wondering how Jesus fits into this modern piece. I can't wait for you to find out.

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Sunday, January 04, 2015

The Bride of Christ

Pastor Joyce Swingle kicks off the New Year preaching on Revelation 21-22. Pastor Linda Warren opens with prayer and reading from His Name is Jesus, including the lyrics of James Montgomery's "Angels from the Realms of Glory." Pastor Jim Warren leads communion and shares announcements. Rich Swingle performs an excerpt from his one-man play The Revelation.


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WCCC Worship 1/4/15 by RichS on Grooveshark
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 Photo courtesy of NicolettiPhoto.com. The Revelation © Copyright 1998, 2009, 2013, 2015 by Rich Swingle. All rights reserved.

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Governed by Love

Joyce preaches on Romans 14:13-23. She opened by sharing one of the most heated arguments of our marriage, but she was kind enough to follow it up with the wonderful story of how we met.

Bill and Liz H. led musical worship with Steven and Sia T., and the congregational singing of Silent Night closes the service. The carol, composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr, was sung 100 years ago during the Christmas truce of World War I in German, French and English. You can hear the Queen of England tell the story in the video below the service.

Pastor Randy Solomon prayed and shared the announcements:

*Pre-service prayer will continue at 10am.
*Men's Group will resume on Saturday.



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The Queen of England shares about Silent Night's place in the truce of 1914 and Jesus Christ's place in world peace during her Christmas address.



WCCC Worship 12/28/14 by RichS on Grooveshark
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Friday, December 26, 2014

Our Contributions at Uncle's Funeral


We flew to Montana for Joyce's uncle's funeral. We were honored to take part in the funeral, and you can hear our contributions below.

Joyce reads Romans 8:31b-39. On the second track Rich sings "Amazing Grace" by John Newton, accompanied by Maureen W.


Thursday, December 25, 2014

The Sketchy Pedigree of Jesus

Pastor Linda Warren closes our Advent series with an exploration of the genealogy of Jesus from Matthew 1:1-17. The story of Judah was read by Tom M. Rahab by Jan C., Mary by Tamara W., and Joseph by Rich Swingle.  Rebekah W. reads Matthew 1:18-25. The family style service ends with various individuals talking about why they’re glad to be a part of the family of God through Jesus.



Scripts © Copyright 2014 by Linda Warren, except for “Why Joseph Kept his Staff” by Rich Swingle with Linda Warren.

“Why Joseph Kept his Staff”  © Copyright 2014 by Rich Swingle and Linda Warren.

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WCCC Worship 12/24/14 by RichS on Grooveshark
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Receive the Gift of Christ: Overcome the Curse of Sin

Pastor Randy Solomon preached on Luke 2:8-20. He referred to Brother Lawrence's The Practice of the Presence of God and Where Angels Walk: True Stories of Heavenly Visitors.

Unfortunately there was a data corruption issue, and the sermon is lost.  His opening illustration about the angel was so powerful Rich Swingle felt compelled to recapture his memories of it, which you can hear below. You can also read the Chicago Tribune's re-telling of the story in a review of the book: "All the Angles on Angels."

The last song in our worship lineup--below--was sung by our nursery. As you listen imagine four to nine-year-olds dressed as Mary, Joseph, shepherds, magi, and of course angels. They moved us so much we gave them a standing ovation.



This service, well, at least Rich's description of it, is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

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WCCC Worship 12/21/14 by RichS on Grooveshark
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 Photo courtesy of NicolettiPhoto.com.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bethlahem Blessings

In this morning's sermon Joyce summarizes Genesis 29-31, the story of Jacob and his wives, drawing a fascinating connection between their lives and the curses and blessings of Bethlahem.

I introduced the Shepherd's Advent Candle by sharing about yesterday's Treasure Seekers Christmas Party I advertised in the video below.

Pastor Linda Warren opens by praying the lyrics of "O Little Town of Bethlahem." Bill H. introduces worship by quoting excerpts from The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) and Isaiah 9:6. Liz H. tells a heartwarming story about performing for a special needs audience. Pastor Randy Solomon prays and shares the announcements: We'll have a Christmas Eve service at The Crowne Plaza at 6pm.



This service is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

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WCCC Worship 12/14/14 by RichS on Grooveshark
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 Here's the Treasure Seeker's video I mentioned above...

 Photo courtesy of NicolettiPhoto.com.

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