San Francisco, California -- "The Final Call," a Christian film that shows people how to replace terror, trouble and turmoil with quietness and confidence, became an official selection of the sixth annual Christian What You See Is What You Get Film Festival in San Francisco for 2005.
The movie won honors for its healing ideas, which Festival official Chris Rossetti described as "real eye-openers." Last year`s winner was Mel Gibson`s "Passion of the Christ."
Baker E. Morten, a former television, radio and newspaper reporter in Chicago, Baltimore and Washington, DC, said he was "delighted" when his film was honored.
"Because of its extraordinary healing message," a screening official said, "The Final Call is a powerful tool for spiritual growth. It`s like a college-level study course. It`s a great gift for the holidays."
Ranked No.1 for screening at the Festival, the film is based on the healing truths of Jesus` best-loved and most distinctive sermon - the Sermon on the Mount. It is a source of information, ideas and inspiration for serious seekers of truth; people searching for the deeper purpose and meaning of life. "It`s nice to be amused by movies," Morten told the Festival audience, "but we live in very stressful times - and we need films that show us how to solve the pressing problems we face every day. This film is great for open and honest solutions to problems.
"There are times in human experience," he added, "when the fury of evil seems to manifest itself in a mad attempt to terrify us - to rob us of our peace. This film unfolds a refuge from the storms of human difficulty and conflict. It shows us how to extricate ourselves from the bitter tears, broken hearts, cruelty and anguish of life."
A synopsis of "The Final Call" says it`s the most comprehensive treatment of the Sermon on the Mount ever filmed. It is a three-part, three-hour production on two DVDs, which cover each verse of Christ`s great teachings in detail - from the cultural, historical and spiritual perspectives, something never before done on film. The movie is available now on the website: www.finalcallmovie.com "These important teachings of Jesus are certainly not neglected in the Christian world," Morten said, "but they are miserably misunderstood. This film clears up the misunderstandings."
Whatever a person`s religion, race, education or occupation, he noted, "this timeless nondenominational movie can unlock the power of true spirituality, and help people find mental and physical peace in these stressful times."
Morten studied spirituality for more than 35 years while serving as a TV newscaster and filmmaker for Channel 7-TV in Washington, DC; a radio newsman for WMAL Radio in Washington; and a newspaper reporter for the Baltimore and Washington Afro-American newspapers; the Chicago Daily Defender; and the Associated Negro Press.In 1998, he went to southern Africa to make Christian films.