This week, we are proud to introduce InspireWire 2.0, our exclusive original series. Feeln producers Jeffrey Allen and Iris Ichishita return to bring you the web’s most inspiring videos, but this season, InspireWire is bigger and better. For starters, the show is now a half-hour long, so you get more Feeln packed into every episode. “We always wanted to do a longer show because we wanted to go out in the world to cover inspiring stories,” Jeff said. “We tested the format last season with the ‘Fitness’ episode and had so much fun that it seemed only natural to do more.”
Each episode is divided into multiple segments, including a few segments that recur every month. “Inspiral Videos” is the traditional part of the show, where Jeff and Iris bring you the most heartwarming and smile-inducing videos the Internet has to offer. This season, InspireWire will also profile a new artist every month, and their artwork will be featured on the set in each episode. The segment “You’re Doing It Wrong” is about a practical tip or hack that will help you improve the quality of your life. Episode 1 also includes a few other segments like the field segment “First Class Commute” and a feature on centenarian Fred Fox.
This season, we’re also happy to welcome Emmy-nominated producer and show runner Caleb Nelson, who will be directing each episode. “Caleb shares our sensibility and really loves working on a show that ‘celebrates the good stuff.'” Jeff said. “We’re really excited to have him with us.”
Do you have an inspiring video you’d like to share with Iris and Jeff? Tweet your videos and inspiring moments to @inspirewire with the hashtag #inspiralvideos. You can watch all previous episodes of InspireWire on Feeln. A new episode of InspireWire airs every month.
It’s officially the fall season now, and October is right around the corner. So you only have a few days left to catch some great movies on Feeln before they expire at the end of this month to make room for new additions. Here are nine titles you ought to check out before they go.
Why We’re Feeln It: Jim Carrey throws his whole body into the role of a dad who needs magical intervention to learn that honesty is the best policy.
Why We’re Feeln It: 30 years after it was a box-office smash, the collision of comedy geniuses and special-effects masters is still so funny it’s scary.
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
Why We’re Feeln It: Inspired by true events, this unconventional sports story shows that there can be laughter, sisterhood, and even crying in baseball.
THE ANT BULLY
Why We’re Feeln It: Changing your perspective can help with understanding those who are different than you.
Why We’re Feeln It: History’s greatest ballplayer teams up with the funniest cartoon characters ever for a “wascally” good time.
FRIED GREEN TOMATOES
Why We’re Feeln It: Two sets of women in two different eras demonstrate how friendship (and Southern cooking) can overcome any hardship.
CATS & DOGS
Why We’re Feeln It: A spy movie for everyone, featuring the fuzziest, most adorable action heroes ever.
SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER
Why We’re Feeln It: Some say that winning is the only thing, but how you treat others is the true mark of a champion.
STAR TREK VIII: FIRST CONTACT
Why We’re Feeln It: Captain Picard and shipmates face their fiercest enemy in the most exciting mission of a generation.
To catch these movies before they’re gone, sign up for Feeln now and get your first week free.
This week, we are proud to present the world premiere of the Feeln Original “Team Long Brothers,” available exclusively at feeln.com. “Team Long Brothers” is a documentary about triathletes Connor and Cayden Long, Sports Illustrated Kids 2012 SportsKids of the Year. Although Cayden has hypertonic cerebral palsy, a condition that prevents him from walking or talking, he and his older brother Conner participate in sports competitions across the country. “They compete as a way to build their bond, to connect, to enjoy time together, and to overcome the barriers between them,” said director Cristina Malavenda (“Hanz,” “Flight of Honor“). The Long brothers’ spirit and determination has inspired countless other athletes.
Cayden’s condition is so difficult because he can’t communicate with his family. He can’t tell them why he feels the way he does. “On the day of the race, it was a huge surprise that Cayden didn’t want to compete,” Cristina said. “We didn’t know whether it was all the loud noise in the stadium, his medicine, or that he’d been waiting in the raft for too long. We were stunned, but we kept shooting.” Times of adversity are the true test of one’s character, and Conner stepped up. Even though his brother wasn’t able to participate this time, he competed for them both. “In the end, being with Team Long for this race was much more real and inspiring,” Cristina said. “Conner and Cayden are a team. They’re with each other through thick and thin. Their insights about sports and life are really mature for their age.”
When you have seven days of unlimited access to a movie collection like ours, the possibilities are endless. Where to begin? To help you take full advantage of our collection, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite movies and offered some personal suggestions on how to maximize good Feeln during your week of free movies. Watch free movies now!
7 Films for 7 Days:
We’ve selected a dozen of our most beloved short films and compiled them together into one hour-long feature. These handpicked selections represent the uplifting and heartwarming nature of these finely crafted originals you will only see on Feeln.
This Emmy award-winning Hallmark Hall of Fame movie is the inspirational true story of a social worker who risked her life to save thousands of Jewish children during WWII. Starring Anna Paquin and Marcia Gay Harden.
When a sister and brother start a board game they find in the attic of their new house, they inadvertently release monkeys, a lion and a man who was trapped inside the game.
A PBS documentary series. During the Depression, the popularity of dozens of superhero characters opens the door for a new generation of artists and writers. World War II creates a patriotic fervor for star-spangled adventurers to represent the American spirit at war and on the home front, but in the 1950s, superheroes are caught in the fire of government scrutiny and regulation.
Filmed over 5 years in 200 spots around the globe, this series captures the remarkable varieties of life cohabitating in our oceans. The oceans dominate our planet while still remaining largely unexplored and mysterious. Their influence dominates the world’s weather systems. They support an enormous range of life, from the largest whales to the smallest plankton, from hordes of sea birds to lonely, deep-sea fish. All this is governed by a complex system of biological and physical forces. This first episode demonstrates the sheer scale, power and complexity of the ‘Blue Planet.’
A hapless inventor finally finds success with a flying car, which a dictator from a foreign government sets out to take for himself.
In this charming and educational series, Emmy Award-winning Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and best pal of the animals, Jack Hanna takes us on adventures around the globe to meet furry, feathered and finned friends. Children of all ages get close up looks as animals prove how smart and talented they are, while Jungle Jack shows us the importance of caring for our bio-diverse planet.
Other ways to make the most of your Feeln free trial:
1. Watch Hallmark Movies Online: Feeln is the only place where you can stream Hallmark Hall of Fame movies online. We have dozens of titles: romances, true stories, family dramas, stories about inspiring teachers and friendships, and some behind-the-scenes films as well.
2. Watch Feeln Originals: Feeln Originals are inspiring short films that our in-house production team has written, filmed, and edited since 2007. We direct each step of the process to make sure these films are of the highest quality and packed with Feeln. We release a new Feeln Original every month.
3. Series: Feeln like binging on a TV show? We have Ken Burns’ extraordinary PBS documentaries Baseball and The National Parks as well as BBC nature series and our own original series, InspireWire.
4. Kids: This section features a mix of short films, feature films, and TV series, all great for kids! Check out Tinga Tinga Tales, The New Adventures of Madeline, and the Adventures of Paddington Bear.
This September, check out these 10 new Family Movies Online at feeln.com. These Good Family Movies are just a few of the titles we’ve added to our online streaming service this month. Watch Family Movies Online on your computer or on any of these supported devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android, Nook, Kindle Fire, Roku, Google TV, Xbox 360.
Amelie is a young woman who had a decidedly unusual childhood. Misdiagnosed with an unusual heart condition, Amelie didn’t attend school with other children, but spent most of her time in her room, where she developed an active imagination. Amelie has grown into a healthy and beautiful young woman who works in a cafe and has a whimsical, romantic nature. When Princess Diana dies in a car wreck in the summer of 1997, Amelie is reminded that life can be fleeting. She decides it’s time for her to intervene in the lives of those around her, hoping to bring a bit of happiness to her neighbors and the regulars at the cafe. This film contains some mature themes and mild sexual content.
Wilbur the pig is scared that at the end of the season, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen.
In the Qing Dynasty, two factions of warriors face off using martial arts and deadly weapons when a sword called the Green Destiny is stolen. But it’s not just the perfectly honed weapon that brings the fighters together. It’s their shared history, love and destiny that has them square off against each other and learn life’s mysteries. You don’t have to be a kung-fu fan to be awed by the balletic action scenes or moved by the lushly romantic love stories.
Ferris Bueller, a high school wise guy, is determined to outwit his parents and principal to take the day off from school with his girlfriend and best friend.
5. Free Willy
When a boy learns that a beloved killer whale is to be killed by the aquarium owners, the boy risks everything to free the whale.
Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?
Let the magic back in your life with this enchanting second chapter to the story of Peter Pan. This time, a middle-aged Peter must duel the vengeful Captain Hook. On the line are the lives of Pan’s children, and this is his opportunity to prove to them that they’re the most important people in his world.
8. October Sky
The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner’s son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father’s wishes.
A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.
10. The Karate Kid
Daniel and his newly-widowed mom, Lucille, move to the Los Angeles suburbs from New Jersey so she can start a new job and a new life. He quickly discovers that sunny Southern California is nothing like home when he becomes the target of school bullies. To learn to stand up to his tormentors, Daniel puts his faith and karate training in the hands of the maintenance man in his apartment building, Mr. Miyagi. It’s truly the best around. It’s exciting, funny, and very, very ’80s, but even younger kids will have fun learning how to “wax on, wax off” with Daniel-san and Mr. Miyagi.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has gone from a little-known comic book title to a full-fledged global phenomenon. It’s become the highest-grossing movie of the year in the U.S., earning over $300 million and topping more recognizable titles like Captain America and Transformers. And the sequel was announced before the first movie even hit theaters.
It will be three years, though, before the Guardians return to the big screen. That’s a long time to wait to see the next adventure of Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot. But if you’re looking for a movie to tide you over that has a similar mix of sci-fi action, good-hearted humor, and a friendly, deep-voiced colossus, you should check out the beloved animated adventure, The Iron Giant.
The Iron Giant tells the story of an isolated boy in 1957 America who befriends a 5-story tall robot who falls to Earth. Little seen during its theatrical release in 1999, the movie found a devoted fan following on home video. It was the first feature film from director Brad Bird, who went on to win two Academy Awards for his Pixar films “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille.” Now recognized as a modern classic, The Iron Giant might seem to have little in common with the comic-book antiheroes of Guardians of the Galaxy, but they do share some defining traits.
The most obvious connection between The Iron Giant and Guardians is they both feature oversized, soft-hearted creatures from outer space who speak with the deep, rumbling voice of Vin Diesel. Diesel was most known for a small role in Saving Private Ryan when he was picked to play the enormous robot. 15 years later, Diesel is an international superstar thanks to the Fast and Furious franchise, but once again he lent his unmistakable pipes to a kind but powerful alien being, the tree creature called Groot.
While the Giant may be made of an inorganic material, the character does have a lot in common with the wooden Groot. Both have limited vocabularies, though the Giant is able to say about 50 more words in his movie than Groot. Both have gentle spirits but the capacity to cause massive amounts of destruction. And both become the devoted protector of their much smaller best friend.
Looking to the Stars
A boy goes out into the night and faces an object from another world. Both Iron Giant and Guardians kick off their adventures with that scenario, though their stories go off in wildly different directions. In Giant, young Hogarth Hughes rescues the massive automaton when he gets caught up in power lines, and helps his new friend hide from the authorities. In Guardians, on the other hand, little Peter Quill gets taken away by a band of interstellar bounty hunters and grows up to be the infamous outlaw known as Star Lord.
Still, the two unlikely heroes are similar in notable ways. Both boys grow up without fathers. Hogarth’s dad is never mentioned, but a photograph of a military pilot hints that he died in the line of duty. And the identity of Peter’s father is still a mystery, but he is definitely not of our world. Hogarth and Peter are fast-talkers who have a habit of getting into trouble, but underneath they have caring hearts and they stand up for the misunderstood and mistreated. And both of them help alien creatures learn the importance of caring for others.
Whether it’s an enormous robot dodging tanks or a wisecracking raccoon crashing a spaceship, The Iron Giant and Guardians of the Galaxy each have explosive climactic battle scenes. However, in both cases the heroes don’t defeat the villains by being the strongest, or toughest, or most heavily armed. The good guys are ultimately victorious through an act of self-sacrifice.
[SPOILER WARNING: Discussion of the ending of both films follows.]
Both characters voiced by Vin Diesel – the Giant and Groot – ultimately allow themselves to be blown to pieces in order to save their friends. Groot surrounds the other Guardians in a protective shell to cushion the impact of crashing to the ground. And the Giant embraces his inner Superman by flying directly into the path of a nuclear missile. Thankfully, the final scenes of both films show the rebirth of their fallen heroes, with the Giant’s pieces reassembling themselves and a tiny potted Groot shaking his stuff to the Jackson 5.
That’s the true connection between the movies: their emotional cores. Yes, they are expertly made sci-fi adventures with loads of action and laughs. More importantly, they are warm, big-hearted journeys about the importance of friendship and finding the hero inside yourself.
The Iron Giant is streaming right now on Feeln, and you can try it out for free for one week. Sign up at feeln.com to watch it and many more thrilling and moving films you whole family can watch together.
The film was written by Chris Commons (The Saint of Auschwitz, Indivisible) and John Dion (Superhero, Help on the Highway) and directed by Chris Commons. Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird was one of Chris’s main inspirations in writing the film. “Claude is a lot like Boo Radley,” he said. “He keeps to himself, and the blacksmith’s son is afraid of him, but he ends up saving the day.”
How did Chris and John write a Feeln film that still has all the features of a western? “We found that Feeln films can be darker, but we just draw the line when it comes to language or violence,” Chris said. “The darker the place you can take your characters, the more rewarding it is when they see the light. Essentially, this a story about compassion. A small act of kindness goes a long way. If you show kindness to someone, what goes around comes around.”
“Claude” was shot at the Paramount Ranch in Agora Hills, where studios have shot Westerns and other period pieces like Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. To avoid the cliches present in many Westerns, Chris made sure that the wardrobe and gun technology used in the film existed in 1867, the year the film was set. For example, the guns used by Steps and his crony were both historically accurate. Blue jeans with belt loops had not yet been invented–men wore suspenders to keep their pants up. And the brims of hats were not bent, otherwise they would fly off your head when you rode a horse.
This week, we are proud to present the world premiere of the FeelnTM Original short film “The Saint of Auschwitz,” available exclusively at feeln.com beginning 9/10/14. The film is based on the true story of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, a Catholic priest who sacrificed his life to save a Polish political prisoner at the concentration camp in Auschwitz. “I’m fascinated by people like Father Kolbe who are endowed with extraordinary compassion and extraordinary will,” said director Chris Commons (“Korengal”, “Chivalry in the Sky”). “What compels someone to make such a great sacrifice?”
One of Chris’s biggest challenges was finding the right actor to play Father Kolbe. Kolbe is a saint, someone people follow and respect, so he needed an actor with a special aura. Plus, the actor had to do a believable Polish accent! “We lucked out with Billy Gillespie,” Chris said. “He had admiration and reverence for the character he played.”
This FeelnTM marks Associate Producer Peter King’s writing debut. Peter was 14 when his mother first told him about the Saint of Auschwitz. “She said, ‘You have to be like this guy, you have to sacrifice,'” Peter said. “This was the first story that came to mind when I started working at Feeln. As I researched for the film, I learned how amazing Father Kolbe’s story really was.”
Father Kolbe’s friary in Poland assisted Peter in his research and provided the footage of Kolbe’s canonization. For more information about Father Kolbe and his friary, please visit http://niepokalanow.eu
Cast and Crew
Directed by Chris Commons
Written by Peter King
Produced by Rob Fried
Produced by Iris Ichishita
Executive Producer Naré Mkrtchyan
Line Producer Rebecca Stone
Father Kolbe Billy Gillespie
Commandant Fritzsch Scott King
Henry Julian Curi
Franciszek Travis Dixon
Capo Skip Pipo
Gestapo #1 Erik MacRay
Gestapo #2 Richie Stephens
Cell Guard Jeremy Bridger Thimell
Voice on Telephone Sebastian Konarski
Director of Photography Jeff Dolen
Editor Mariana Flores
Original Score Fabrizio Mancinelli
Production Designer Frank Bonanno
Costume Designer Mikael Sharafyan
Casting Director Tanner Thomason
Visual Effects Supervisor Alfie Berger
1st Assistant Director John Dion
2nd Assistant Director Kaveh Taherian
Script Supervisor Nicole M. Rivera
Production Coordinator Hailey Oltman
Make Up & Hair Christine Choi
Make Up Assistant Carrie Christine
Wardrobe Assistant Marika Bastrmajian
Wardrobe Assistant Julie Gerges
Seamstress Laura Avetisyan
DIT/Behind the Scenes Dustin Elkin
Production Sound Mixer Adam Peter Lawrence
1st Assistant Camera Caitlin Panis
2nd Assistant Camera Paulina J. Bryant
Gaffer Jack Alexander
Key Grip Adam Watson
Best Boy Electric Sal Mousavi
Best Boy Grip Brad Carr
Swing Clayton Rodriguez
Swing Darshan Kembhavi
Stunt Coordinator Tripp Pickell
Key Production Assistant Adrain Rozas
Craft Services PA Drea Hoffman
Production Assistant Frank Paulino
Production Assistant Giancarlo Dîaz
Production Assistant Saila Reyes
Production Intern Christine T. Karaoglanian
Color and Additional VFX David J. Lee
Sound Designer Brian Bibbo
Re-recording Mixer Nathan Van Hala
Sound Mixed at ToneMesa
Christopher R. Ganiere
David Katz Manning
Mir Waiss Najibi
Barry S. Stem
Justin Vanden Heuvel
Our Lady of The Bright Mount, Polish Church
Sean T. Malis
Fort Tejon Rangers
Matthew A. Rubin
Archival Footage Courtesy of Niepokalanow Archives
I am very proud to announce that SpiritClips has changed its name to Feeln.
If you’ve been with us from the start, then you know that this exciting moment has been years in the making.
I founded this company in 2007 to produce films that celebrate character and the strength of the human spirit, films that could be enjoyed by everyone, and that I would be proud to share with my own family.
Feeln is a new identity that represents the current breadth of our services as well as everything we aspire to become. The new identity also embraces fundamental changes within our company. In 2012, our small startup became part of the passionate and creative Hallmark family. For over a century, our parent company has made the world a more caring place by helping people reach out and make meaningful connections. Our subscription service now features hundreds of thoughtfully selected Hollywood favorites, Hallmark Hall of Fame movies, and original short films, available on all major streaming platforms. And behind the scenes, our ranks have swelled, enlisting world-class filmmakers, designers, programmers, and strategists.
Our story is just beginning, but our commitment to offer you the very best family-friendly content remains the same. Our team is bubbling with new ideas, and we share a vision of a future so bright that we needed a new brand to do it justice. With tremendous pride for where we’ve been and great excitement for where we’re going, it is my pleasure to introduce FEELN.
Ferris Bueller. Jerry Maguire. Danny Zucko. Jean-Luc Picard. Michael Jordan. What do these famous names have in common? You can find them all on Feeln in September.
There are more great movies than ever this month at Feeln. We have hand-selected a gigantic new batch of film favorites for you to choose from to make it a family movie night to remember. From box-office blockbusters to critically acclaimed gems, you’re sure to find something to win over everyone in the house.
Here are the new additions you’ll find on Feeln starting September 1:
- The Ant Bully
- Cats & Dogs
- Charlotte’s Web
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
- Free Willy
- The Iron Giant
- Jerry Maguire
- Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
- Liar, Liar
- March of the Penguins
- October Sky
- Regarding Henry
- Searching for Bobby Fischer
- Space Jam
- Star Trek: First Contact
Watch as many of these huge movies whenever you want on your computer, TV, or mobile device with your Feeln subscription, starting for as low as $3.99 a month. Start your one week free trial now.