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Spirit Of Love

BEST Inspirational Movie of the Year 2013
ICM Inspirational Country Music Association-Nashville TN

Spirit of Love : The Mike "Stinger" Glenn Story       
A Darla Rae Film - Produced by Film-It Productions
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FILM-IT PRODUCTIONS 
presents 
A DARLA RAE FILM 
SPIRIT OF LOVE,
THE MIKE "Stinger"GLENN STORY
  • music by ALEX GRANT 
  • edited by BARRY KOLSKY 
  • director of photography KEN MOSTEK 
  • executive producer DARLA RAE
  • producer KATHY SHIPP
  • associate producer NICOLE CSIZA
  • written & directed by DARLA RAE
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About Spirit Of Love, The Mike "Stinger" Glenn Story

SYNOPSIS

Retired NBA player Mike “Stinger” Glenn plays himself in this wonderful film inspired by his real life Basketball camps for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. In a unique casting, deaf & hard of hearing, and hearing actors work together and deliver a film which is authentic, charming, competitive, funny, and challenging.

Spirit of Love is a diverse coming of age story. A group of misfit teens arrive at the 33rd annual basketball camp, which is the first time girls will attend the camp. Some come with hoop dreams, while others are trying to survive tumultuous teenage angst.

Alexi arrives angry and at odds with his Dad Coach Phil, while Ford wants everyone to know he’s more than Deaf, and Maddie thinks everyone sees her as a freak. Not only do they learn life lessons through the game of basketball, they soon learn what it means to soar like Eagles, Win or Lose.

Spirit of Love will motivate, encourage, uplift and inspire all audiences.

ABOUT THE FILM

In 1965 segregation was at its peak. Cave Spring Georgia was no different. At the age of 10, The Spirit of Love was born in young Mike Glenn’s heart as he stepped onto the basketball court at Georgia School for the Deaf. There a group of unlikely heroes taught him life lessons and skills which would lead him to the NBA .Not until he returned home to Cave Spring and Georgia School for the Deaf, could Mike “Stinger” Glenn make a childhood dream and promise come true.

Spirit of Love is about the life of former NBA player Mike “Stinger” Glenn. Glenn played in the NBA for 10 seasons from 1977-1987, back when they played for the Love of the Game. It is about how his life was molded and developed during his formative years from heroes who you may not recognize. Mike grew up in the south during segregation, and learned profound skills for life from the most unlikely heroes during that time period, deaf children, his father a teacher, and a black girl. As a rookie drafted by the Chicago Bulls, and then traded following a broken neck, Mike was able through Faith to champion the skills learned earlier in life to push through a potentially career ending injury and go on to propel others to achieve great accomplishments through his basketball camps for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

It will inspire other athletes who are considering professional sports as a career, but it will also give a positive boost to professional sports in general. Most importantly Spirit of Love will show the general public that there are still professional ball players who care and respect others and give back to the society which has given them so much. It will allow kids to be a part of something which they otherwise would never be involved with again. But it sets a tone for the path that they will take for their life. My own nephew is deaf in one ear and has very limited hearing in the other ear. As I watched him play most likely his last game recently I realized that he was part of something and it the game of basketball was part of him, and he will always remember the camaraderie and sense of accomplishment. He will always remember how it felt to be a part of a team win or lose, because life asks us to be a part of a team in many aspects in our day to day life. To see the pride and honor of having his name announced out loud alongside his teammates was very emotional, and with this completed film many youth around the world will hear and see that these things are possible.

This film has ASL sign language and captioning and the spoken word.

Executive Team
  Darla Rae-Producer, Director, Screenwriter
Darla Rae-Producer, Director, Screenwriter

Darla Rae is an award winning filmmaker and CEO of Film It Productions. Her first full-length feature film, "The Goal" also won numerous awards at various International Film Festivals in three countries, and has screened internationally and received worldwide distribution. Rae's first documentary "Dandy Kids" also won awards and screened before the United States Congress and was distributed by Film It Productions and continues to help the medical community along with children and their families around the world.

Rae started acting at the age of eight. Growing up in the Los Angeles suburb of Azusa, it was only natural that her love of the arts would flourish. She started acting in stage productions and gradually made the transition to writing, directing, and producing. Rae made the move from stage to film when she was 18. She has written, directed, and produced over 100 stage, film, video and commercial productions. Rae's passion and unlimited creativity along with her business experience produces products of excellence. Darla also has over 20years of experience in Management for aerospace companies managing production and procurement, including contracts with NASA.

She is an alumna of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. Rae got her start in the industry in John Carpenter's original Halloween.

   Kathy Shipp (Kas), CFO, Producer/AD
Kathy Shipp (Kas), CFO, Producer/AD

Kas brings 50 years of experience in the entertainment industry to Film-It. At the age of 10 she had her own television show in St. Louis and at 15 she went to study ballet and acting in NY. She studied acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NY. She landed a role on Broadway, but soon left it behind to pursue her true passion of ballet. She toured with the Ballet Rouse de Monte Carlo, and later with the National Ballet Company of Washington, DC. She performed with many famous dancers including Frederick Franklin and Mikhail Baryshnikov. George Balanchine also directed her in the premier of �Serenade.�  She performed over 200 performances of Swan Lake.

She is Producer on all Film-It projects. She has also earned degrees in Business and Nursing. She developed, owned and operated a Christian Bookstore in a large mall in Houston Texas. She also owned and developed a line of cosmetics and health products, forming a company with 50 employees. Kas served as Regional Director of Safety and Health for a fortune 100 company.

Louie Feher-Pelker, Associate Producer of Spirit of Love, The Mike "Stiner" Glenn Story
Louie Feher-Peiker- Associate Producer

Louie has been blessed with three great kids, who he has been able to spend time with learning about the arts, music, stage and filmmaking.

His wife of nearly 30 years has been the love of his life since he
"first set eyes on her" and knew that this was the one for him. He
loves working with others and helping them achieve more than they ever thought they were capable of , whether it is singing, performing or just living their passion. 

Louie has been pleased to be able to help tell stories through film working with Darla Rae and seeing so many grow through her insight, guidance and mentorship, which is why he continues to work with FIlm It and it's projects in many capacities. 

He and his family also own and run an 1889 historic stone castle as a 3 generation run Bed and Breakfast hotel in the heart of Denver's historic Wyman neighborhood on the outskirts of downtown.

Charlie Feher-Pelker Student AD of Spirit Of Love, The Mike "Stinger" Glenn Story
Charlie Feher-Peiker- Student A.D

Charlie is a philosopher and a heavy thinker. He likes good music,
good books and good food. Charlies favorite animal is the snow tiger and his favorite color is green. He has a chivalry complex probably due to having read so many knights tales as a kid and is a bit of a europhile. He enjoys classic films and has always been interested in the making of great movies. From writing to acting to filming to directing. Charlie has past film experience with Darla Rae and has learned all he knows from her. Charlie's film icons are Humphrey Bogart and Clint East Wood.



louis J. Feher-Pelker, Student Grip/Gaffer of Spirit of Love, The Mike "Stinger" Glenn Story
Louis J. Feher-Peiker- Student Grip/Gaffer

Louis has been a student and friend of Darla Rae since his first minor role in a film with her at his age of 6. He is heavily involved in community service with groups like Magic Moments, inc. Arbour Day groups. He has a deep afinity for vocal Chamber music and loves to read on the front porch during a rain storm. Well known for his individuality, Louis normally wears a kilt once a week. His role models include his father Louis Sr., Gene Kelly, and Col. Robert Gould Shaw.
  Claire Burkholder- Student Production Coordinator
Claire Burkholder- Student Production Coordinator

Claire Burkholder is a junior at CIVA Charter High School in Colorado Springs. She has performed in 12 productions so far, with most recent appearances in West Side Story, the Elephant�s Graveyard, and Phantom of the Opera as well as Community Theater (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the Hobbit, and Robin Hood.) She loves acting, film, photography, singing, writing, and the bass guitar, and plans to continue those interests in college and beyond. Claire has two sisters and a brother, and her younger sister is deaf. Claire also signs.
   Hunter Schultz-Student Production Still photographer
Hunter Schultz-Student Production Still photographer

Hunter loves to read and critique movies. Which he has been doing since the age of three with his Aunt (Darla Rae).Hunter has appeared previously in two award winning films, Dandy Kids ,and The Goal. He has his junior black belt in Tai Kwondo and plays basketball, golf, chess, and enjoys watching all sports.He is a good student and loves Math, Science, and English.

He loves playing games with his brothers and sister.  Hunter was born deaf in his left ear and has mild hearing loss in his right ear.
 
Ford Eberlein-Student Production Assistant

Ford is 14 years old and is currently a freshman at the Denver Center for International Studies. (DCIS) He loves music and baseball. Ford was diagnosed at birth with a mild-moderate hearing loss and has worn hearing aids since he was 3 weeks old. Although his hearing loss has progressed, he is grateful to have discovered and enjoy
music. He hopes to someday meet Todd Helton and Dave Mustaine, as the two have influenced his life in very different and profound ways. He hopes to play pro baseball or make a living with his music, but says that acting may be okay too.
Liz Feher-Peiker-Student Production Assistant
Liz Feher-Peiker-Student Production Assistant

Liz loves to swim in the summer and loves to act and sing. Liz especially loves to do short and long movie�s with Darla Rae. Liz loves to work in the family business with her two brothers her parents and her grandparents. Liz loves to ride her bike everywhere and loves to play. Liz loves to camp in the wildlife and go skiing. Liz loves to watch mystery shows with her grandma and grandpa.

Cast & Crew
Cast Crew
Mike Glenn                Mike “Stinger” Glenn
(as himself)
Director/Producer/
Screenwriter
Darla Rae
Coach Reggie Jason Pope
Coach Emma Lisa Eberlein Producer Kathy Shipp
Coach Robyn Darla Rae
Coach Phi l Louie Feher Peiker Assoc.Producer Louie Feher Peiker
Coach Rick Roger Davis Assoc.Producer Nicole Allen Csiza
Assoc.Producer Emily Coates
Alexi Alexei Taylor Assistant Producer Jennie Glasgow
Maddie Maddie Burkholder
Ford Ford Eberlein Production Coordinator Kristin Edwards
Production Coordinator Janetta Curtis
Hunter Hunter Schultz
Brad Brad Hughes Director of Photography Ken Mostek
Lizzie Lizzie Feher Peiker Camera Ken Hendricks
Camera/AD Justin Reed
Joz Joslin Lichty Camera/Data Wrangler Mike Carpenter
Ham Hayden Emoboyy Williams A/C Roger Davis
Cam Cameron Clarke 2nd Unit DP Jennie Ross Castor
Elija Elijah Ruck
Kelin Kelin McCluskey Sound Dave Soner
Nyah Nyah Williams Rasch
Andrea Andrea Wood Editor Barry Kolsky
Abby Abby Burkholder
Claire Claire Burkholder Composer Alex Grant
KC Kaycee Summers
Skylar Skylar Sypher Graphic Design Lauren Kimball @ Solace Skies Studios
Courtney Courtney Petras Website Design Allison Frost @ EternalFrost Art
Allison Allison Oakley
Morgan Morgan Wilfahrt Interpreters Wrangler Rachel Rose(Rae) @ Rose Interpreting
Quenton Quenton Webber
Ky Kyana Simone Sandoval Vesel
Gus Augustus Ruck
Shanna Shanna Grace
Referee Willie Brown Jr.
National Anthem Singer Laura Dodd
Motivational Speaker  Randy Perkins (as himself)
Male Sportscaster Neil Brown
Female Sportscaster Jennie Ross Castor
1960’s/70’s Cast:
Young Mike Glenn Andrae Mayfield Coleman
Coach Charles Glen Ketrick “Jazz” Copeland
Annie Glenn Ny Cabs
Teen Mike Glenn Josh Perkins
Jack Nick Bauman
Will Sean Thompson
Mr. Stanley Kirk Montgomery
Opposing Coach Kevin Sean Ryan



ABOUT MIKE “STINGER” GLENN

Mike Theodore "Stinger" Glenn (born September 10, 1955 in Rome, Georgia) is an American former professional basketball player.

A 6'2" guard, Glenn graduated in 1973 from Rome's Coosa High School, where he was an all-state standout, still holding the school points record at over 2,400 points for his high school career. He also completed twelve years of perfect attendance in elementary, middle, & high school while being named the #1-rated basketball player in the state and maintaining his status as an honor student. Moving on to Southern Illinois University, Glenn was an All-Missouri Valley Conference college basketball player, graduating with honors and a B.S. degree in mathematics (minoring in computer science) in 1977. He would go on to play ten seasons (1977–1987) in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Buffalo Braves, New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, and Milwaukee Bucks.

Drafted twenty-third overall by the Chicago Bulls in 1977, Glenn broke his neck in an offseason auto accident and was released from the team. He battled back to make a quick recovery, though, starting his NBA career later that same year with the Buffalo Braves. In 1978, Glenn signed with the New York Knicks; during his time in New York City, Glenn attended graduate business classes at St. John's University and Baruch College, earning his stockbroker's license. Over the course on his NBA career, Glenn averaged 7.6 points per game while shooting 54.2% from the field. He was noted for his smooth midrange jump shot, which not only contributed to his high shooting percentage (an amazing mark for a 6'3" guard), but also earned him the nickname "The Stinger" early in his career from his Knicks teammates. In 1981, Glenn received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for community service.

Since retiring as a basketball player, Glenn has worked as a television analyst, writer, and commissioner of the World Basketball Association. Because of his business background, Glenn was also employed in the early 1990s by Merrill Lynch as a consultant for the NBA's pre-pension plan. He currently runs the Mike Glenn All-Star Basketball Camp for the Hearing-Impaired, which is the nation’s first basketball camp for deaf athletes and is offered every summer, free of charge, to as many as 120 deaf athletes from across the country. He worked as the Atlanta Hawks' color commentator on SportSouth and FSN from 1992–2005, and now serves as the
Hawks' postgame analyst on FSN South. 

In addition to his basketball-related work, Glenn is also an avid collector of artifacts pertaining to African-American history. He maintains a large personal library on the subject, and has displayed his collection in exhibits across the country. Using sources from his library, Glenn has written several biographical books on famous African-Americans.

Mike "Stinger" Glenn on Wikipedia                  Mike "Stinger" Glenn's Website                Mike "Stinger" Glenn Basketball Camp

"I Heard A Miracle"
Miracles Behind the Scenes


Directors Comments

One of the most enjoyable and humbling experiences in making Inspirational and heartfelt films is getting to hear and see those amazing miracles behind the scenes play out first hand. That is absolutely what drives my passion, which is how God created me. Basically if I’m moved and inspired I believe others will be too, even if inspirational family feel good films aren’t your thing. I believe everyone has a special place in the heart which can be moved.So with that being said, I would love to share the amazing testimonies of the miracles behind the Spirit of Love, the Mike Glenn story movie.

These are stories which I know to be true. So here Goes…… 
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News About Spirit of Love Movie
 
SPIRIT OF LOVE family film night to benefit local Colorado cancer non profit SENSE of SECURITY Thursday March 12th,2015 at the Historic BUG Theater, 3654 Navajo St. Denver CO.

Spirit of Love,and NBA legend ,with Deaf Teen stars continues to make history  Sept,12,2014 http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/3648974783.html

Spirit of Love gets worldwide distribution  August 1,2014 http://newswire.net/newsroom/pr/00084342-http-newswire-net-newsrooom-spirit-of-lover-gets-worldwide-distribution-iamflix.html

LEGENDS of Basketball http://www.legendsofbasketball.com/2013/10/spirit-of-love-the-mike-stinger-glenn-story-wins-award/ or: Christian NewsWire http://christiannewswire.com/news/8853273066.html

Newswire http://www.newswire.net/newsroom/pr/00077813-david-beats-goliath-top-film-at-icm-film-award-2013-nashville.html

Denver's Own David beats Goliath http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=2a1a4b0e1ab5d0eae26c8c97e&id=6f53f653a8

http://www.faithfamilycountry.com/?page_id=1396

Thursday October 10th @ 6pm,2013 Benefit. Spirit of Love screening will benefit Good Shepherd Catholic School scholarship program. Cost is $20 per family and everyone receives a DVD copy. If you can't attend screening you can sign up through Good Shepherd Catholic School and purchase DVDS at $20 each which benefits the scholarship program and Mike Glenn deaf basketball camps. Hot Dogs and drinks will be available for purchase. Free popcorn. Q&A with cast members following the screening. Good Shepherd located at 620 E. Elizabeth St Denver,CO. 80206

Sunday September 29th,Deaf Awareness Night at East Boulder Baptist Church  located at 7690 Baseline Rd 80303 between Lafayette and Boulder  Spirit of Love screens in Boulder Co. Sunday Sept 29th,5:30 DVD's will be available for purchase for $20 to benefit deaf ministry .Free Ice cream Sundaes and Q&A with cast members following.

ICM TOP 5 Tags Pioneer Indie Deaf & Hard of Hearing Teen Basketball Film Louie Feher-Peiker August 16, 2013 The film Spirit of Love, the Mike Glenn story inspired by NBA legend Mike “Stinger” Glenn and his basketball camps for the deaf and hard of hearing received a TOP 5 nomination alongside Warner Bros. sports film “42”.The film is a full length narrative feature written by Darla Rae.

(Newswire.net -- August 16, 2013)

ICM TOP 5 Tags Pioneer Indie Deaf & Hard of Hearing Teen Basketball Film

Nashville TN-Award Winning family film Spirit of Love and Film It Productions made  history again by being the first indie film produced with Deaf & Hard of Hearing teens, ASL(American Sign language) and Open Captions to receive an ICM (Inspirational Country Music) TOP 5 award nomination for Best Inspirational film. Cast member Laura Dodd who wrote & performed the movie’s title song also received nominations.

“Love the message, Love the Theme. This movie must be seen by many students in schools throughout this great earth” Jeff Conley, FCA Fellowship Christian Athletes.

The film continues to gain mileage and accolades with audiences. Most recently the film was nominated in 6 categories and awarded “Inspirational Film Spotlight” award as the opening night film for the Gwinnett International film festival for its Georgia premiere.  The TOP 5 nominations were announced yesterday in Nashville by Inside Editions own Megan Alexander, and Sirius XM The Highway’s Storme Warren.

http://www.faithfamilycountry.com/?page_id=1186

In a unique casting Glenn plays himself on screen with some amazingly talented teens that are deaf & hard of hearing along with hearing actors who deliver a film which is authentic, charming, competitive, funny, and challenging. Spirit of Love is a diverse coming of age story. A group of misfit teens arrive at the 33rd annual basketball camp, which is the first time girls will attend the camp. Some come with hoop dreams, while others are trying to survive tumultuous teenage angst.

“We were blessed to be the ones asked to tell this inspiring story. In a time where “Change” is a word that people use but seldom mean, I can honestly say I am “Changed” from having made this film. As a filmmaker it is always my desire to leave audience members inspired or emotionally touched by the films we do, so they can “Change” something in their life in a positive light. I no longer have fear, or feel that” uneasiness” when I’m around deaf people who are signing. Doing this film has caused me to want to be able to communicate more effectively with the deaf community, and I want others to do so as well. Recently I found myself in a conversation finger spelling in ASL effectively with someone. So receiving this historic nomination for our film from the ICM awards for the TOP 5 nomination is definitely a “Change” we welcome and celebrate. We are grateful to ICM, industry professionals and the fans who voted to get us here. It is a true honor,” said director, producer Darla Rae.

The film was filmed in 2 weeks with deaf & hard of hearing teens that had never acted or played basketball previously. Rae rewrote the original script to allow deaf & hard of hearing teens the opportunity to advocate for their own “Change”. Those teens are courageous, fearless and inspiring for all audiences, regardless of whether deaf or hearing. The film is enjoyable and groundbreaking in its approach to filmmaking while eradicating prejudice.

For more information and interviews please contact 323-522- 4179 or visit http://www.spiritoflovemovie.com.

2013 ICM AWARDS TOP 5 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

http://www.faithfamilycountry.com/?p=1206

NBA  Commissioner HAILS  Deaf Teen Movie, Spirit of Love http://www.newswire.net/newsroom/financial/76185-nba-commissioner-hails-filmmaker-of-inspirational-teen-basketbal.html

ICM Faith, Family & Country Award Nominates “Spirit Of Love” For Semis

Louie Feher-Peiker July 08, 2013

The ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards semi-finalists were released, with three new categories of Mainstream Country Music. The Movies section includes the unique Indie Film “Spirit of Love” competing with “42” for top honors.

For Immediate Release

(Newswire.net – July 8, 2013) Nashville, TN – The Inspirational Country Music Association celebrates its 21st Anniversary during ‘Country Music Month’ in Nashville, Tennessee, with newly announced expansion of award show categories. The 2013 ICM Faith, Family and Country Convention and Awards will take place at Two Rivers at Opryland in Music City on Oct 20-24, 2013; with the 19th annual Inspirational Country Music Awards taking place on October 24, 2013, at Two Rivers.

“At this time, more and more mainstream artists are releasing positive messaged songs that bring Faith, Family, and Country into their music and we felt it to be appropriate to recognize these artists for their efforts in bringing such a message to their audience,” says Jason Higgins, ICM Executive Director.

Last year's female Vocalist of the Year Award Winner, Laura Dodd, is the co-writer and performer of award winning film "Spirit of Love" title track. She was inspired to write the song with her longtime friend and Indie movie producer and director Darla Rae. When Darla shared the story of Former NBA player Mike "Stinger" Glenn and his real life basketball camps for the deaf and hard of hearing. She was moved to great emotion when she saw how her song was showcased in the final scene of the film featuring two deaf and hard of hearing actors using ASL(American Sign Language) to interpret her song on screen to the audience that typically does not have musical lyrics offered to them. Laura also appears and performs in the film.

This year Ms. Dodd is nominated for Inspirational Country Song of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year.

"It's an honor to be considered for these great awards and recognized along with films from major studios like 20th Century Fox,and Warner Bros.  I believe this is the first time a film with Open Captions and ASL, and deaf actors has been included. This is a great milestone for us as indie filmmakers and for our deaf and hard of hearing teen actors to be honored this way. We are thrilled for this opportunity," said writer Darla Rae.

The ballot, voted on by  membership, includes a stellar array of major names in a broad array of categories that include entertainer, artist, new artist, song, songwriter, group, duo,  musician, radio, radio station, film, and television honors.  Major artist semi-finalists for this year’s awards include Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Josh Turner, Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Oak Ridge Boys, Thompson Square, among others.

ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards Movie Semi-Finalists are: • 42 – Warner Bros. Pictures • Brother White – Pure Flix Entertainment • Home Run – Hero Productions • Last Ounce Of Courage – Veritas Entertainment • Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure – Documentary • Parental Guidance – Twentieth Century Fox • Ring The Bell – Whitney Beach Pictures • Spirit Of Love, The Mike Glenn Story – Film It Productions • The Frontier Boys – Destiny Image Films • Unconditional – Harbinger Media Partners

For additional information about the awards schedule, visit http://www.faithfamilycountry.com/?p=1058 . To schedule interviews or more information about “Spirit of Love” , contact Kathy Shipp at 323-522-4179 or visit http://www.SpiritOfLoveMovie.com .

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Audiences Have High Praise for Indie Movie “Spirit of Love” Louie Feher-Peiker June 27, 2013

Audiences Share Thoughts After Premieres

It’s just a matter of time before others catch on to this wonderful authentically pure and inspirational feel good film “Spirit of Love”. The film has a big message which we can all learn from while being entertained.

(Newswire.net -- June 27, 2013) Los Angeles,CA -- Audiences from all walks of life have high praise for indie film “Spirit of Love.”

Part of getting a film distributed is finding out what your audience thinks or feels about your film.

Clearly audiences believe there is a positive message.

Karen Graham Fox News Atlanta- EXCELLENT!

This movie provides insights into the prejudices that separate people and the interactions that bring us together. Basketball legend Mike Glen has stepped up for years to make a difference in the lives of kids with lessons about character, integrity, hard work and simple human kindness. This movie helps open doors to acceptance of others based on the content of character and not the choices of communication. Both hearing and deaf alike can enjoy the deeper messages.” Bob Ayres, author of Deaf Diaspora: The Third Wave of Deaf Ministry. Bob Ayres, DTQ National Director, YFC Deaf Teen Quest, Youth for Christ/USA.

“Love the message. Love the theme. This movie must be seen by many students in schools throughout this great earth" Jeff Conley, FCA, Fellowship Christian Athletes

Spirit of Love was a very inspirational movie. I learned some things to help me in my coaching. I’m definitely going to use some of the things I saw last night in the film within our program. I hope this movie becomes a major movie. I see more inspiration and life lessons in this movie than in the film “Hoosiers.” Thank you for letting us to be a part of this life changing event. Kathleen Richey-Walton, Department Chair/Athletic Liaison, 2009 BCA National High School Coach of the Year 2009 GAHPERD State Secondary Teacher of the Year Basketball Coach, AAAA State Champs 2008, 2009, 2010, AAAA State Runner-up 2012, AAAAA State Champ Girls Lacrosse Coach Southwest DeKalb High School

NQ MEDIA, Kevin POWERS- "A truly inspirational film for the whole family that will teach you about teamwork, friendship, and the Love of The Game.”

“It’s a great honor to have our film compared to Hoosiers which I feel is one of the best sports films ever, and specifically basketball. We are thrilled to receive such great feedback from audiences who have either screened the film privately or at film festivals. Grassroots can seem slow for indie filmmakers, but we know we have a great message for audiences and like most filmmakers we want to share it with others,” said director Darla Rae.

While Producers are looking for the right distribution home for Spirit of Love, the Mike Glenn story, the film hopes to gain audience support as the Opening night film for the Inaugural International Film Festival to be held at the Gwinnett Cultural Arts Center in Georgia on July 26th. The Gwinnett International Film Festival is presented by BrandBank. Location: Performing Arts Center.

For information contact Kathy Shipp 323-522-4179 http://spiritoflovemovie.com/ visit; http://www.gwinnettcenter.com/Event-Info.66.0.html?&no_cache=1&tx_calendar_pi1%5Bf1%5D=1530

June 26,2013 click link to see all nominees including Spirit of Love http://www.faithfamilycountry.com/?p=1058

Indie Movie Spirit of Love Brings Audiences Together

Louie Feher-Peiker May 15, 2013 New indie film by Darla Rae inspired by the real life basketball camps and the life of former NBA player and Fox Sports analyst Mike “Stinger” Glenn was celebrated by a packed house in Denver at the SIE Film Center.

(Newswire.net – May 15, 2013) Denver, CO – “Spirit of Love is one of those rare films that goes beyond the art of film making and touches the heart. You can't miss the message that each of us, while appearing different, are really quite the same - we ALL need to be loved, and to show love to one another!" stated one of the hundreds of audience members at the Invitation only Sold Out screening. They continued - "One of the things I loved about the film was how what most view as a physical limitation was viewed as something normal - as opposed to over sensationalizing the topic. The metaphor of sports is great because, as one coach says in the film, '...anyone can play basketball...'".

Spirit of Love will give you a new way of viewing those who, on the surface, appear different. And you will be challenged to show love to others in a brand new way”, Said comedian Dan McGowan.

Darla Rae and Mike Glenn attended and were overwhelmed by the emotion of watching the audiences respond through tears and cheers. “As a filmmaker it is always rewarding when you see the emotion openly displayed by an audience member while watching your work. But really Mike’s life as an unsung hero tugs at the heartstrings. However it’s the amazing teens that make you pull out the tissue” said Rae.

The film features Deaf and Hard of Hearing teens most that had never acted or played basketball before.

Award winning radio personality Jennifer Wilde said “I loved Spirit of Love. Although it is a film about basketball, it’s not about the sport. It’s a film about working hard, perseverance and acceptance. And the way to create acceptance of others is to find the ways you are like them. That’s what the film teaches. Whether we are black or white, deaf or hearing, we are all, our own unique person, and that makes us great. Great work!”

Rae ends the film with a unique ASL performance piece to the title song “Spirit of Love” vocally performed by Laura Dodd, but interpreted by two individuals Aaron Kellogg, and MJ Williams, representing two generations, two genders, and two ethnicities  with Open captions proving that it doesn’t matter how you communicate, but that you communicate.

The film is continuing to screen at festivals while seeking the right distribution partners. Partners who are ready, willing and able to meet the NATO National Association of Theater Owners head on, and deliver to them an outstanding award winning inspirational film which is rated PG, A film which will bring in the families and fill seats, and change lives while being entertained.

This is the right film to be distributed in theaters with open captions, bridging the gap and exploring diversity amongst many groups while being inspired with a Spirit of Love.

For more information Call Kathy Shipp at  720-620-0536 or Visit  http://spiritoflovemovie.c

Spirit of Love, the Mike 'Stinger' Glenn Story Brings Audiences Together Through Tears, Cheers, and Unique ASL Musical Performance with Open Captions Including Dignitaries Contact: Kathy Shipp, 323-522-4179

LOS ANGELES, May 18, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- Winner "Best Inspirational" film. The new indie film by Darla Rae, inspired by the real life basketball camps of former NBA player and Fox Sports analyst Mike "Stinger" Glenn celebrated sneak previews in Denver and Georgia. A proclamation by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock named May 6th "Spirit of Love" day. The film also received congratulatory letters from Georgia dignitaries Senator Johnny Isakson, Governor Nathan Deal, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

"Spirit of Love is one of those rare films that goes beyond the art of film making and touches the heart. You can't miss the message that each of us, while appearing different, are really quite the same - we ALL need to be loved, and to show love to one another!

"One of the things I loved about the film was how what most view as a physical limitation was viewed as something normal - as opposed to over sensationalizing the topic. The metaphor of sports is great because, as one coach says in the film, '...anyone can play basketball...'

"Spirit of Love will give you a new way of viewing those who, on the surface, appear different. And you will be challenged to show love to others in a brand new way," Said comedian Dan McGowan.

"Our amazing teens make you pull out the tissue and stand and cheer" said Rae.

The film features Deaf and Hard of Hearing teens most that had never acted or played basketball before.

Radio personality Jennifer Wilde said "I loved Spirit of Love. Although it is a film about basketball, it's not about the sport. It's a film about working hard, perseverance and acceptance. And the way to create acceptance of others is to find the ways you are like them. That's what the film teaches. Whether we are black or white, deaf or hearing, we are all, our own unique person, and that makes us great. Great work!"

Rae ends the film with a unique ASL performance piece to the title song "Spirit of Love" vocally performed by Laura Dodd, but interpreted by two individuals, representing two generations, two genders, two ethnicities with Open captions.

The film is seeking distribution partners willing to meet (NATO) National Association of Theater Owners request head on, and deliver to them an outstanding award winning inspirational film which is rated PG.

The film bridges the gap and explores diversity amongst many groups while inspiring with a Spirit of Love.

For more information visit spiritoflovemovie.com.

9News Eblock with Kirk Montgomery (Video Clip)

May 7, 2013 Denver Indie Film Debuts To Sold Out Audience With Deaf and HoH Cast & Captions

Mike Glenn Takes Leave From Hectic Travel of NBA Commentating to Help Promote the Denver Debut of the first fully captioned film made available to the deaf and Hard of Hearing communities - "Spirit of Love". The movie was produced with mostly teenagers who have hearing issues and gave them a chance to create a feature length movie and learn life and business lessons with basketball and movie making.

Louie Feher-Peiker May 05, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Newswire.net – March 5, 2013) Denver, CO – When Mike Glenn joined the NBA, and even before when he made a promise to his deaf and Hard of Hearing friends from the neighborhood and school where his father taught, he never imagined that he would be changing so many lives by the love of basketball that he had.

Fostered by his father who taught at a deaf school in Goergia, Mike became friends with many kids who only had a chance to play basketball because of his father's care for children who didn't have the same opportunities as other kids.  When Mike , known by the nickname Stinger, got onto the hardwoods in college and eventually the NBA, he knew he had to keep his promise of creating a basketball camp for defa and hard of hearing teens and those who were underpriveleged, to give them the opportunity to learn life lessons though the game of basketball.

"These are kids who would not have the chance to learn how to really play basketball other than on the streets. It gives them a chance to meet professional players, coaches, and others who have attended the camps." Mike Glenn has hosted these camps for 33 years, and have helped change the lives of thousands of teens from around the Atlanta, GA area and from many adjoining states.

The movie was written by Darla Rae and Film It Productions created the screenplay and produced the movie in record time in the Denver, CO area. It is having a screening debut in Denver and Atlanta in the same week after having won it's first national award at the Texas Christian Film Festival in Houston. It garnered the "Best Inspirational Movie" title at this years festival.

The movie was created for a broad audience of families who enjoy sport and inspirational movies, and to also allow for a large and growing segment of the population that has had no movies produced that could be seen and enjoyed by those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.  This segment of the population continues to grow, especially with the aging population. This movie gives everyone a wholesome experience in a theater or eventually home studio environment.

Spirit of Love will be promoted across the country, simliar to the movie "The Blind Side" and others that have a message of overcoming adversity and helping people understand each other and use the storyline as a way to help bring about discussion and offer alternatives to difficult situations.

Spirit of Love, the Mike Glenn story is now into the next phase making decisions regarding distribution partners, and the avenue that best supports their message, theme and targeted demographic.

For more information. Call Kathy Schipp at  720-620-0536 or Visit the website at http://spiritoflovemovie.com

"Best Inspirational film “Spirit of Love", The Mike Glenn Story will Premiere in Georgia with Open Captions For immediate release: April 10, 2013 Contact: Mike Glenn 404/314-8930

Atlanta, GA -- Best Inspirational film “Spirit of Love” will screen for a multicultural event in Georgia at the Stonecrest Library in Lithonia on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:30 pm.

The multicultural cast of Caucasian, African American, Chinese, Deaf and Hard of Hearing teens along with hearing and inner city kids come together to bridge the gap between various cultures while crushing stereotypes and racism in an inspiring coming of age film,

The film is inspired by retired NBA player (New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, and Milwaukee Bucks) and Fox SportSouth analyst Mike “Stinger” Glenn and his real life basketball camps for deaf and hard of hearing teens, now in its 34th year. The camp is held in June each year beginning on Father’s Day in memory of Mike’s father who taught and coached basketball at the Georgia School for the Deaf in Cave Spring, Georgia for many years and where Mike grew up and learned his basketball skills as well as how to communicate in American Sign Language (ASL).

The narrative feature film was written directed and produced by Darla Rae and Film It Productions and was filmed in Georgia and Colorado.

According to Darla Rae, “It was a no brainer when it came time to cast the role of the retired NBA player. Mike Glenn is a warm, charming, and nurturing person in real life and once I watched how he is with the kids at his camp I knew he had to play himself. The film is authentic, genuine, and pure of heart. The kids had an opportunity to come together with professionals and experience something unique by acting or working as crew on a feature length family film. The teens and Mike were amazing and did not disappoint. We are excited that members of the community and media will be able to attend the premiere to meet the kids and see Mike’s amazing performance on screen.”

In addition to retired NBA player Mike “Stinger” Glenn, Deaf Olympian and Hall of Famer Willie Brown Jr., Nashville recording artist Laura Dodd, and producer director Darla Rae, all whom appear in the film, many special honored guests will attend the premiere and be introduced.

All but three of the teens in lead or supporting roles in the film are deaf or hard of hearing and the film will screen with Open Captions and feature both ASL and spoken English.

Please contact us if you would like to attend this event or need more information about the film http://spiritoflovemovie.com or visit the Mike Glenn basketball camps for deaf and hard of hearing at http://www.mikeglenn.com.

Producer of family film, “Spirit of Love” will release Free Discussion and ASL Guide with DVD For immediate release: April 10 Contact: Kathy Shipp 720-620-0536

Los Angeles CA- Producer of Deaf and Hard of Hearing teen basketball film will release free discussion study guide with DVD to encourage youth groups, sports teams, churches, schools, and nonprofit organizations across the US and around the world to engage in meaningful conversations.

It was obvious to us following private strategic screenings including the U.S. festival premiere at the Texas Christian Film festival in Houston where the film won “Best Inspirational” film that something was needed to help facilitate discussions. The film created a vehicle that opened up unique and educational dialog between audience members. It was truly inspiring and encouraging to see all ages, both deaf and hearing audience members engaging in conversations where topics being discussed were both biblical and non biblical principles, said Producer, Director Darla Rae.

“One teen communicated through ASL and an interpreter that he identified with the struggle of one character who recognizes he’s not the best athlete, yet he perseveres and presses on toward the goal, while one adult audience member recognized the racism of the 60’s depicted in the film caused her to see the bigger picture, where the “R” word is not just about color. Racism like the film encompasses numerous layers while asking us all to open our eyes and become more aware of situations around us every day, realizing that we miss opportunities each day to pay it forward.”

Rae said “it’s a basic simple discussion guide which is useful for all audience members and groups. In addition we will also release a basic ASL alphabet chart to encourage the general public to learn some basic sign language. Recently I heard a story where someone was injured because nobody could communicate with a deaf young person. If someone could have even letter spelled basic words I believe the outcome could have been different. We make movies that Uplift, Motivate, Encourage, and Inspire audiences and Spirit of Love, the Mike “Stinger” Glenn story does just that.”

Keeping with the Mantra of the real life basketball camps which inspired the film, proceeds from group sales will benefit non profits that book private screenings and purchase 100 DVDs.

For information regarding private group screenings, licensing and fundraising opportunities please visit the website or contact us for detailed information at 323-522-4179 http://spiritoflovemovie.com

“Best Inspirational” film “Spirit of Love", The Mike Glenn Story will premiere at SIE film center with Open Captions. For immediate release: April 2, 2013 Contact: Kathy Shipp 720-620-0536

Denver CO- Spirit of Love will screen privately for a multicultural event in Denver at the SIE film center on May 6th, 2013.The multicultural cast of Caucasian, African American, Chinese, Deaf and Hard of Hearing teens along with inner city kids and hearing come together to bridge the gap between various cultures while crushing stereotypes and racism in an inspiring coming of age film,

The film is inspired by retired NBA player and Fox Sports South Mike “Stinger” Glenn (Knicks & Hawks) and his real life basketball camps for deaf & hard of hearing teens. Glenn plays himself in the film.

The narrative feature film was written directed and produced by Darla Rae and Film It Productions. The film was filmed in Denver and surrounding cities last August over 14 days.

The film is authentic, genuine, and pure of heart. The kids had an opportunity to come together with professionals and experience something unique by acting or working as crew on a feature length family film.

Once I interviewed world renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson for a film I did called “Dandy Kids” who said “just because someone starts their life out behind the 8 ball doesn’t mean they have to stay there. You have to raise the bar” I’ve never forgotten that quote. So when the diverse group showed up at the auditions I knew I had to use the gift that had been given to us in the lives of these incredible teens standing before me. I went back and rewrote the script to fit the talented kids who desired to raise their own bar. The teens were amazing and did not and will not disappoint. Although space is limited, we are excited for members of the community and media to attend the film with cast and crew members. Everyone on our team made a great contribution to the film and the lives of these fabulous teens. Now we want to share it with the world and this is the first step, said Rae.

Some of the teens who appear in the film are Alexei Taylor, Maddie Burkholder, Ford Eberlein, Hunter Schultz, Brad Hughes, Cameron Clark, Lizzie Feher -Peiker, Joz Lichty and Josh Perkins who plays the teenage Mike Glenn..

In addition to the core cast Mike “Stinger” Glenn and Coach Randy Perkins of the Colorado Miners and members of the Colorado Miners youth basketball and 5280 girls’ basketball team all whom appear in the film along with Mr. Entertainment Kirk Montgomery will also be attending the VIP premiere.

All but three of the teens in lead or supporting roles are deaf or hard of hearing. The film will screen with Open Captions and features both ASL and spoken English. Please contact us if you would like to attend this event. http://spiritoflovemovie.com or 720-620-0536

“Spirit of Love”, the Mike Glenn story wins “Best Inspirational” Film in Houston For Immediate Release: February 20.2013 Contact: Kathy Shipp 720-620-0536

Denver CO- Spirit of Love, the Mike “Stinger” Glenn story was a slam dunk with sold out audiences at the TX Christian Film festival in Houston this past weekend and received the award for “Best Inspirational” film. Many cast members were in attendance including teen actors Brad Hughes, Alexei Taylor, Joz Lichty, Nashville recording artist Laura Dodd, Ketrick “Jazz” Copeland, with filmmaker Darla Rae, and retired NBA player and FOX Sports Analyst Mike “Stinger” Glenn who plays himself in the film. Many movie goers with tickets were unable to attend due to overcrowding at the well known Houston Galleria, as a result of the NBA All-star weekend because Texas DOT shut down freeway exists leading to the Galleria and the festival was in the same path.

After holding briefly to allow for traffic issues the film screened to a packed house with both deaf and hearing audience members all who enjoyed the film which screened with “open captions”.

The film is inspired by the real life camps which Mike Glenn started for the deaf and hard of hearing 33 yrs ago. Mel Hughlett, Mike Glenn’s former Saluki college teammate from SIU (Southern Illinois University) and NBA player said “GREAT FILM, Perfect Story”.

“As a filmmaker it’s a wonderful opportunity to watch reactions from the back of the room with a live audience” said Rae. This was the first time the film had screened for an audience publically in the US. Comment cards were available for attendees and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive and the age range attending was very broad, from age 5-90. Pastor Arthur Craig from Houston Woodhaven Baptist Deaf Church said “It was Great!” and “So Inspiring!!!” said Kelly Reagan from Houston’s Lillian Beard Deaf Center.

Director, Producer Darla Rae said “It can be overwhelming telling a story inspired by a real person who happens to be sitting on the front row watching it unfold on the screen. However as I watched Mike settle in and laugh and tear up along with other audience members I began to relax and enjoy the moment. Watching deaf and hearing together enjoying our film side by side with open captions was very touching. We had accomplished one of our major goals”

One person wrote “Thank you for providing a Christian insight into the “unseen reality” of our deaf youth in the US!” Kelly Berger from TX Hands & Voices a nonprofit organization who promotes all aspects of communication amongst the deaf community wrote “The movie was wonderful! Thank you for making it and thank you for the captions. What a great undertaking! We need more films like this in theaters.” People both deaf and hearing commented over and over “Very Inspiring, Awesome, and heartwarming!”

The film has a “Sweet Innocence” lacking in today’s films and may be the “Feel Good” movie of the year said Bill Shryock. From your lips to Hollywood’s Ears Bill!

Spirit of Love, the Mike Glenn story is now into the next phase making decisions regarding distribution partners, and the avenue that best supports their message, theme and targeted demographic. For more information. Visit the website at http://spiritoflovemovie.com

Former NBA player runs camp for deaf kids Mike Glenn spent 10 years in the NBA playing for teams like the Knicks and Hawks. Since retiring, Glenn has written a book and he makes appearances as a motivational speaker and a basketball analyst. Now, he's returning to the court as a coach and giving back to his own community in a big way.

HLN's Joe Carter sat down with Glenn to talk about his one-of-a-kind basketball camp, designed specifically for hearing impaired or deaf kids.

http://www.hlntv.com/video/2013/02/10/mike-glenn-basketball-hearing-deaf-sports



“Spirit of Love” the Mike Glenn story premieres in the Lone Star State January 8, 2013 Source: http://www.legendsofbasketball.com/2013/01/spirit-of-love-the-mike-glenn-story-premieres-in-the-lone-star-state/

NBRPA Member Mike “Stringer” Glenn is featured in a new film. Award winning filmmaker Darla Rae’s new movie “Spirit of Love” The Mike “Stinger” Glenn story will make its Texas premiere at the Texas Christian Film Festival, Saturday, February 16th at 7:30 pm at Bethany Christian Church located at 3223 Westheimer, Houston, Texas. Pre-screening activities with food and product booths start at 6:30 pm which includes shooting hoops with Glenn and other cast members.

In the film, Glenn plays himself in this wonderful film inspired by his real life Basketball camps for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In a unique casting, deaf and hard of hearing actors work together and deliver a film which is authentic, charming, competitive, funny, and challenging.

Spirit of Love is a diverse coming of age story. A group of misfit teens arrive at the 33rd annual basketball camp, which is the first time girls will attend the camp. Some come with hoop dreams, while others are trying to survive tumultuous teenage angst. Alexi arrives angry and at odds with his dad Coach Phil, while Ford wants everyone to know he’s more than Deaf, and Maddie thinks everyone sees her as a freak. Not only do they learn life lessons through the game of basketball, they soon learn what it means to soar like Eagles, Win or Lose.

Spirit of Love will motivate, encourage, uplift and inspire all audiences. The film features an amazing score by Alex Grant and a beautiful title song “Spirit of Love” co-written by Producer, Director Darla Rae and Nashville’s 2012 Inspirational Female vocalist of the year Laura Dodd, and is performed by Dodd, who also appears as herself in the film. The film was filmed in 14 days with a team of 20 American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters.

Spirit of Love recently was awarded the Dove Foundation seal of approval and Four Doves. The Dove Foundation has been advocating and approving family films for 20 years. The Dove Foundation says, “This inspirational and remarkable story just may have you cheering by movie’s end! We are pleased to award the film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages. See this one soon and it just may give you a spark when you most need one!”

“We are excited, honored and privileged to receive this recognition for our film. Great efforts were taken by our team to make sure we didn’t exclude any audience member from seeing our film. We’re thankful for the Dove Foundation and the integrity they provide to our family audiences, and we are also deeply honored to be making our Texas premier at the Texas Christian Film Festival” said producer Darla Rae.

The film will screen with captions so that deaf and hard of hearing audience members may enjoy our story. Filmmakers and cast members including Mike Glenn will be available for Q&A following the film. It is a great film for youth groups, sports teams, and perfect for a night out as a family.

Cost to attend the screening is free, however reservations are required. To make reservations please visit the Texas Christian Film Festival website at http://texaschristianfilmfestival.com/.

For more information about the movie visit http://spiritoflovemovie.com. For information about the annual “Mike Glenn Basketball Camps for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing” visit www.mikeglenn.com.

Information on the Georgia movie premiere will be posted soon.

NBRPA Member Mike Glenn announces 34th Basketball Camp for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Athletes

Former NBA player and current NBRPA Legend Mike “Stinger” Glenn will open the doors to the 34th annual “Mike Glenn Basketball Camp for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing” athletes on June 16, 2013. Glenn explained, “We will proudly continue our tradition of welcoming the nation’s deaf athletes to our camp in Decatur, Georgia starting on Father’s Day, June 16, and concluding on Friday, June 21. Last year at our opening dinner, our staff unanimously acknowledged our determination to provide our campers with a fun-filled week that could be considered the best week of their lives. We will make that pledge again as we utilize the diversity of our campers, the support of our sponsors and patrons, and the cooperation of the community.”

Practice sessions, drills, scrimmages, and games will take place at the Clairmont Presbyterian Church, the Decatur First United Methodist Church, and the Southwest DeKalb High School gym. The culminating all-star games will be played on Friday night, June 21, at Southwest DeKalb gymnasium. Campers will once again be housed at the Clairmont Presbyterian Church and the Hillcrest Church of Christ.

“I am extremely gratified by the recently developed relationship with the coaches, players, and administration of Southwest DeKalb High School. Our entire camp was embraced and welcomed by one of the most esteemed athletic programs in the country. The extraordinary friendship, competition, and hospitality have quickly become a highlight of the camp. We are, of course grateful for the continued commitment to our camp and participants by the Hillcrest Church of Christ, the Clairmont Presbyterian Church, and the Decatur First United Methodist Church. I am excited to see the development and enthusiasm of many of our young campers who displayed a lot of promise through their hustle and aggression,” states camp founder Mike Glenn.


Reviews

Movie review from Dr Fred Eichelman and Point North Tidings http://pointingnorth.com/tidings_issues/2014/tidings_11_3_1sept14.pdf see pges 10-13

Out of courtesy to a friend, I agreed to view the movie, "Spirit of Love", the Mike Glenn story. I decided to make it a family movie night with my wife and daughter, and of course our little toy poodle. Little did I realize how heartwarming and moving the storyline of the movie would be. It was filled with multi faceted stories, life experiences and life lessons. It was beautiful to see the unseen thread woven to bring such redemption, hope and love in the lives of all characterized in the movie. From the Basketball enthusiast, to those needing to see past their moments of human challenges, the message and story depicted in Spirit Of Love will warm the heart, and bring renewed faith and hope. It will remind us that there can be a desire to win that is greater than our moments of pain, difficulties or challenges. Doug Stringer
founder / president
Somebody Cares America
Somebody Cares International
Houston, Texas. http://somebodycares.org

Movie Review Cosmic Broadcasting-Smack Talk Football Radio http://www.cosmicbroadcasting.com/spirit-of-love-movie-review/

What Audiences are saying about “Spirit of Love”

Spirit of Love was a very inspirational movie. I even learned some things to help me in my coaching. I'm definitely going to use some of  the things I saw last night in our program. I hope this story becomes a major movie. I see more inspiration and life lessons in this movie than Hoosiers. Thank you for letting us be a part of this life changing event.

Kathleen Richey-Walton
Department Chair/Athletic Liaison
2009 BCA National High School Coach of the Year
2009 GAHPERD State Secondary Teacher of the Year Basketball Coach
AAAA State Champs 2008, 2009, 2010
AAAA State Runner-up 2012,
AAAAA State Champ 2013 Competition Cheerleading
2011 Region 6AAAA Champs Competition Cheerleading
2011 GHSA AAAA Elite 8 Girls Lacrosse Coach Southwest DeKalb High School

Over forty years ago God called me to serve as a pastor in the unique and diverse culture of Deaf people. Early on I became aware of the many challenges that Deaf people face in the mainstream of everyday life as they live in a hearing world.

Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to take a group of Deaf church members to the screening of Darla Rae’s new movie, “Spirit of Love” and meet Mike Glenn. The story of his real life basketball camps with Deaf and hearing kids motivate and challenge everyone to understand, communicate and help each other.

Mike Glenn is real. Growing up with Deaf kids, learning their language and culture causes, Mike’s personality and experience to connect with Deaf people. This kind of connection, and respect from the Deaf community is rare since he is not deaf himself. The film is funny, challenging and inspiring while teaching group and family values that are seriously lacking in America today.

Meeting Mike Glenn and seeing the movie has inspired me to do what I can as a pastor to make this movie available to the Deaf community. I believe the Deaf community will totally embrace “The Spirit of Love” because of the superb manner in which the movie is presented in American Sign Language, caption, and spoken English.

This is a great movie for everyone! Pastor Arthur Craig: Woodhaven Baptist Deaf Church, Houston Texas

This movie provides insights into the prejudices that separate people and the interactions that bring us together. Basketball legend Mike Glen has stepped up for years to make a difference in the lives of kids with lessons about character, integrity, hard work and simple human kindness. This movie helps open doors to acceptance of others based on the content of character and not the choices of communication. Both hearing and deaf alike can enjoy the deeper messages.” Bob Ayres, author of Deaf Diaspora: The Third Wave of Deaf Ministry. Bob Ayres, DTQ National Director, YFC Deaf Teen Quest, Youth for Christ/USA.

Mayor Kelly Kautz of Snellville Georgia said, “Spirit of Love is a unique film because not only is it family friendly entertainment it contains an important message about how we are all different but really the same. This message is so important to communicate in today’s society. The film opens our awareness to the deaf community and to the selfless efforts of Mike Glenn and his staff. You leave the film feeling good about our community, but you also leave wondering what you yourself can do to better help and accept not just people in the deaf community but everyone as they are."

“Love the message. Love the theme. This movie must be seen by many students in schools throughout this great earth" Jeff Conley, FCA, Fellowship Christian Athletes.

Award winning Radio personality, and Actress Jennifer Wilde says “I loved Spirit of Love! Although it’s a film about basketball, it’s not about the sport. It’s a film about working hard, perseverance, and acceptance, and the way to create acceptance of others is to find the way you are like them. That’s what the film teaches.

Whether we are black, or white, deaf or hearing, we are our own entire unique person…and that makes us great. Good job Darla, Mike and cast &Crew! Great Work!

Karen Graham Fox News Atlanta EXCELLENT!

“It’s a great film for all to watch! A Must See Movie” 5280 Girls Competitive Basketball Coach Richard Ray

“This film needs to be shown to all deaf Schools and all deaf & hard of hearing programs in public schools. Our Deaf Ministry will be promoting this film and scheduling a screening at East Boulder Baptist church." Barb Coffan-Deaf Ministry

The movie, Spirit of Love speaks to all of us…young and old, boy and girl, man and women, able and disabled, black and white-or any shade in between.  Your take on your situation, your attitude matters.  Are you going to “SOAR” like an Eagle or be satisfied with doing very little like the Chicken?  Our worlds might look different but they are more similar than different.  This movie teaches us to celebrate our diversities and know that we can do all things through him that strengthens us. There are lessons in everything and Spirit of Love reminds me of many I have learned, or I should be more exact – many I continue to work on.  For example, “a man is only as good as his word” or “You can never go wrong when you are helping others”, or “We win and lose as a team”. As a teacher I continue to talk about the importance of being yourself and your BEST self.  What better than to see a movie full of inspiration to those that sometimes feel like they don’t count or can’t go on and they do…AND to those that forget how lucky they are.

There are so many essential understandings that  Spirit of Love reminds us of:  1.  As human beings we are more alike than different; 2. A difference does not make another human better than others or less than others; a difference merely makes us different; 3.  How we treat other people shows what we believe about ourselves and our relationships to other human beings;  4.  People who do not see others equally worthy of dignity and compassion can come to understand the power of kindness;

5.  I am enough, I do not need to make others feel lessened in order to feel that I am enough. In conclusion this film may be watched over and over and new inspirations will occur to you.  It will make you think and prosper emotionally. Judy Chapman, Educator 24 years  2nd grade teacher, Highline Community School, Cherry Creek School District Colorado

Nebraska Businessman Jerry Kilthau -  It’s a great film with a powerful message.

Georgia Businessman Franklin Brown "God's "Spirit of Love"

Kim Schultz-Amazing film! Very "Spirited" story and very funny.

NQ MEDIA, Kevin Powers- "A truly inspirational film for the whole family that will teach you about teamwork, friendship, and the Love of The Game."

Toni Vann - Inspiring movie. "A Gift of Life."

Otis L. Tillman - "Great Film. I'm telling everyone I know about this film."

DVD Release Date:3/15/2013
Spirit of Love: The Mike Glenn Story

Dove Family-Approved
Suitable for all ages


Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Source: Video
Company: Film It Productions
Writer: Darla Rae
Director: Darla Rae
Producer: Darla Rae, Kathy Shipp
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 118 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Starring: Mike Glenn, Maddie Burkholder, Ford Eberlein, Alexi Taylor, Hunter Schultz, Darla Rae, Kirk Montgomery, Brad Hughes, Loz Lichty, Lizzie Feher Peiker,

Louie Feher Peiker
Synopsis:
Former NBA player Mike "Stinger" Glenn plays himself in this wonderful film inspired by his real life Basketball camps for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. In a unique casting deaf & hard of hearing, and hearing actors work together and deliver a film which is authentic, charming, competitive, and challenging. Spirit of Love is a diverse coming of age story. A group of misfit teens arrive at the 33rd annual basketball camp, which is the first time girls will attend the camp.

Some come with hoop dreams, while others are trying to survive tumultuous teenage angst. Alexi arrives angry and at odds with his Dad Coach Phil, while Ford wants everyone to know he's more than Deaf, and Maddie thinks everyone sees her as a freak. Not only do they learn life lessons through the game of basketball, they soon learn what it means to soar like Eagles, Win or Lose. Spirit of Love will Motivate, Encourage, Uplift and Inspire all audiences and leave you cheering.

Dove Worldview:
This is a movie with a message, and a great one - that everyone has worth! This terrific film features NBA player Mike "Stinger" Glenn (he plays himself) and is about his Basketball camps for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The teens in this story are portrayed as real-life people with real-life problems that have dreams they hope to make real. The various conflicts include a character that is having problems with his father and his anger over that fact and one girl, Maddie, believes everyone sees her as "different" or a "freak." As the misfits learn to play as a team they also learn about life and this inspirational and remarkable story just may have you cheering by movie's end! There are a few racists in the story but the main characters overcome nicely. We are pleased to award the film our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal for all ages although it might be too intense for the very young. See this one soon and it just may give you a spark when you most need one!

Content Description:
Sex: Married couple seen in bed.
Language: G/OMG-3; Butt-2; Freaks-uttered many times; Ignorant-1; Sucks-1; Crap-1; Young man angry at not being chosen for All-Stars calls coaches and players "Losers" and he storms off.
Violence: None
Drugs: A drunken man is seen with a bottle.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless boys; boys swim in trunks.
Other: Protesters against black players (Sixties); Man has sign against blacks, "Go home boys"; racism; boys whistle at girls; after a player takes a girl's shoes as a joke the coach makes the players wear bows in their hair; character has tattoo on arm.

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The Sy Effect Radio Show Interview - DJ Holiday Sparkx

Spirit of Love Isn't Just a Saying, It's What Keeping a Promise is All About

Good Shepherd Gym Setting for Faith-Based Film

Film Looks at Basketball Camp for Deaf, Hearing-Impaired

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Colorado Kids in Promo Shoot for Film with Darla Rae in April 2012

Colorado Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Letters of Endorsement 


Spirit of Love” the Mike Glenn Story Comes to the Lone Star State
For Immediate Release: December 18, 2012
Contact: Darla Rae 720-620-0536


Houston Texas- Award winning filmmaker Darla Rae’s new film “Spirit of Love” The Mike “Stinger” Glenn story will make its Texas premier at the Texas Christian Film Festival on Saturday February 16th at 7:30pm at Bethany Christian Church located at 3223 Westheimer, Houston Texas. Pre screening activities with food and product booths start at 6:30pm which includes shooting hoops with NBA player Mike “Stinger” Glenn and other cast members.

In the film NBA player Mike “Stinger” Glenn plays himself in this wonderful film inspired by his real life Basketball camps for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. In a unique casting, deaf & hard of hearing, and hearing actors work together and deliver a film which is authentic, charming, competitive, funny, and challenging.

Spirit of Love is a diverse coming of age story. A group of misfit teens arrive at the 33rd annual basketball camp, which is the first time girls will attend the camp.

Some come with hoop dreams, while others are trying to survive tumultuous teenage angst.

Alexi arrives angry and at odds with his Dad Coach Phil, while Ford wants everyone to know he’s more than Deaf, and Maddie thinks everyone sees her as a freak. Not only do they learn life lessons through the game of basketball, they soon learn what it means to soar like Eagles, Win or Lose. Spirit of Love will motivate, encourage, uplift and inspire all audiences.

The film features an amazing score by Alex Grant and a beautiful title song “Spirit of Love” co-written by Producer, Director Darla Rae & Nashville’s 2012 Inspirational Female vocalist of the year Laura Dodd and is performed by Dodd, who also appears as herself in the film. The film was filmed in 14 days with a team of 20 ASL interpreters.

Spirit of Love recently was awarded the Dove Foundation seal of approval and Four Doves.

The Dove Foundation has been advocating and approving family films for 20 years. The Dove Foundation says, “This inspirational and remarkable story just may have you cheering by movie's end! We are pleased to award the film our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal for all ages. See this one soon and it just may give you a spark when you most need one!”

“We are excited, honored and privileged to receive this recognition for our film. Great efforts were taken by our team to make sure we didn’t exclude any audience member from seeing our film. We’re thankful for the Dove Foundation and the integrity they provide to our family audiences, we are also deeply honored to be making our Texas premier at the Texas Christian Film Festival”, said director and producer Darla Rae.

The film will screen with captions so that deaf & hard of hearing audience members may enjoy our story. Filmmakers and cast members including Mike Glenn will be available for Q&A following the film. Great film for youth groups, sports teams, and perfect for a night out as a family.

Cost to attend the screening is free, however reservations are required. To make reservations please visit the Texas Christian Film Festival website at http://texaschristianfilmfestival.com






Colorado Produced Movie “Spirit of Love” Receives Dove Foundation Seal of Approval
For Immediate Release: December 7, 2012
Contact: Darla Rae 720-620-0536


Denver, Colorado- Film It Productions is pleased to announce that their new film “Spirit of Love” The Mike “Stinger” Glenn story has received 4 Doves from the Dove Foundation and has been approved as a “family friendly” film, suitable for all ages.

The Dove Foundation is has been advocating and approving family films for 20 years. The Dove Foundation says, “This inspirational and remarkable story just may have you cheering by movie's end! We are pleased to award the film our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal for all ages. See this one soon and it just may give you a spark when you most need one!”

“We are excited, honored and privileged to receive this recognition for our film. Great efforts were taken by our team to make sure we didn’t exclude any audience member from seeing our film. We’re thankful for the Dove Foundation and the integrity they provide to our family audiences”, said director and producer Darla Rae.

The film is inspired by NBA player Mike “Stinger” Glenn and his camps for the deaf & hard of hearing. Glenn plays himself in the film along with some wonderful Colorado talent.

Talent includes Alexei Taylor, Maddie Burkholder, Ford Eberlein, Hunter Schultz, Brad Hughes, Lizzie Feher Peiker, Joz Lichty, Ketrick “Jazz” Copeland, and Mr. Entertainment himself Kirk Montgomery.

Rae was first contacted by Stu Klugler and Phil Merlino, two volunteer coaches from the Mike Glenn camps in 2010 about writing the screenplay. After writing the screenplay Rae visited the 33rd camp in June of 2012 and began filming in August 2012.The film was shot in Denver and surrounding areas in 14 days.



"Spirit of Love” Premieres in Milan, Italy
For Immediate Release: November 23, 2012
Contact: Darla Rae 720-620-0536


Milan, Italy- Film It Productions and award winning director, Darla Rae announced today that her new feature film “Spirit of Love” will make its world premiere at the FICTS 30th annual Sports movie & TV film festival in Milan Dec.5th thru 9th, 2012.

NBA player Mike “Stinger” Glenn plays himself in this wonderful film inspiredby his real life Basketball camps for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing.

In the film a group of misfit teens arrive at the 33rd annual basketball camp, which is the first time girls will attend the camp. Some come with hoop dreams while others are trying to survive tumultuous teenage angst. Not only do they learn life lessons through the game of basketball, they soon learn what it means to soar like Eagles, Win or Lose.

“Spirit of Love” cast features the talent of Deaf & Hard of Hearing teens with little or no acting experience. “It was a no brainer to cast kids with real hearing losses, rather than hearing kids playing deaf. I wanted a true authenticity to come across in the film”, said Rae. The film also features deaf Olympian Willie Brown Jr. who plays a basketball referee. Willie actually grew up attending the Mike Glenn camps and went on to play division 1 basketball for Hofstra University and now coaches at the camps. All of the teen athletes’ character names were the first names of the actors so that it was easier for everyone to communicate as needed through interpreters.

Rae believes it is important as a filmmaker to tell stories that raise awareness and gives recognition to “REAL” athletic heroes, specifically the ones who have been giving to our youth through sports in a positive manner when nobody is looking.

Rae said, “Mike Glenn is 100% an unsung hero who played in the NBA for ten seasons”. Glenn started the camp as a means to keep a promise to those in the deaf community who taught him their culture and accepted him when his father taught math and coached at the Georgia School for the Deaf.

Ms. Rae who also wrote the screenplay said, “We are honored to represent the USA and millions around the world who have hearing loss. This film is for all audiences.

Spirit of Love will uplift, motivate, encourage, and inspire all who see it. This film will bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing worlds through the world of sports”.

Rae’s feature film “The Goal” premiered in Milan at FICTS in 2006 and received Numerous international awards.



Colorado Kids in Promo Shoot for Film with Darla Rae in April 2012
Community Behind Spirit of Love Film
By Sara Kennedy, The Communicator


“Soon to be a major motion picture…” Hands & Voices recently caught up with filmmaker Darla Rae, who is producing and directing her next film called The Spirit of Love in Denver, Colorado.

Hands & Voices: Tell us what inspired you to tell Mike Glenn's story. Who is Mike Glenn?

Darla Rae: Mike Glenn is a retired NBA player who played in the pros for ten seasons with the New York Nicks and later with the Atlanta Hawks. He still serves as a commentator for basketball. The story was brought to me by a couple of his coaches who were familiar with my previous work. Truthfully, I put the story aside at first. It’s difficult to raise the funds to tell a story like this. I kept it in the back of my mind, and eventually, I connected with the story through watching my nephew play basketball. He has a severe hearing loss, and watching him play… hearing him say that “this is the first time I really feel accepted” was the catalyst for me. I remembered the story about Mike, and wanted to share it with everyone.

Mike himself is not deaf, but he grew up around the Georgia School for the Deaf when his father taught there. He knew he wanted to start a camp connecting deaf and hard of hearing kids and basketball for as long as he can remember.

My goal for the film is to make sure that kids who are deaf or hard of hearing know that nothing is out of their reach, no matter what they want to do.

H&V: You may or may not be aware that there can be some controversy between people who think there is one right way to educate children who are deaf or hard of hearing. How will the film treat those issues?

DR: That’s one of my main focuses in the body of the plot. These are personal choices, none are right or wrong. Whether someone uses a cochlear implant, sign language, hearing aids, how they communicate --it’s not important. They all communicate, and that’s the important thing. I don’t know sign language personally, but I am smart enough to know to work with an interpreter, to work with deaf people behind the scenes, and I know the audience will get the message that all that’s important is that we communicate and that a community comes together.

H&V: And that makes the film all the more compelling to Hands & Voices members! Do we have to enjoy or understand basketball to enjoy the film?

DR: Basketball is the backdrop to this story about life lessons. Teenagers come of age in this story, and deal with their own monsters. It’s not a basketball story, or a deaf story, or a hearing story. It’s about how Mike Glenn used basketball to help teens overcome their insecurities. It’s a universal story. It’s an inspirational story, and there aren’t many of those being made.

H&V: When and how can we expect to see this independent film? DR: The film will be captioned and distributed. I have been down this road before and know how to do this. My objective is to have this accessible to all members of a family. When the curtain rises depends on fundraising, but generally one could expect three to six months after completion. Our target time to film is July and August.

H&V: We can't wait to see the full story in the theaters! How can people help get Mike's story told?

DR: Even a famous producer has to raise funds for the production. We face the same obstacles as any other film. To gather support, we have set up a website where people can donate $5.00 or more. Don’t think that a small donation doesn’t matter – it shows sponsors that there is grassroots support for the movie’s completion. It’s much easier to raise funds once the movie is made and can be seen, but as of this date, we have raised 26,040.00 with a goal of $100.000 for shooting and $100,000 for marketing. Once we reach $100,000, we can lock in dates for production, locations, and actors. Supporters wanting to spread the world can post our message on Facebook, use Twitter, and spread the news at events.

H&V: We understand that there are some unusual opportunities for young people in the making of this film.

DR: We have a unique situation in this film by being able to mentor young people who are interested in all aspects of this industry. Young adults will be exposed to photography, marketing, writing, directing, producing, editing, and more. We will also be using young artists and set designers. This is a business like any other, with opportunities for kids, all kids. We are looking for actors now in Colorado who have basketball skills, who can play campers between the ages of 14 and 18, and for family members who can join in the championship game crowd scenes. We are excited to offer so many opportunities for so many people.

H&V: Anything else?

DR: One other aspect that is unique to this film is that proceeds of the film will be shared with community partners who have supported the fundraising campaign and the making of the film.

The theme of the movie is community – community coming together for the good of all. Please look for the website at www.spiritoflovemovie.com, the Facebook fan page connected to the website, the current list of sponsors and supporters, and share my contact information at darla@film-itproductions.com.

H&V: We hope our readers will get behind this project and help make it happen.



Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Endorses new film project
Casting for Deaf and Hard of Hearing talent film to be shot in Colorado
For Immediate Release: April 19, 2012
Contact: Darla Rae 720-620-0536


Denver— Award Winning filmmaker Darla Rae is producing and directing a new feature film titled “Spirit of Love”, the Mike Glenn story. It was Rae’s work on the award winning films “The Goal” and “Dandy Kids” that caused two coaches from Mike Glenn’s camp for the deaf and hard of hearing to contact Rae. “The Goal” garnered numerous awards around the globe including the International film festivals sanctioned by the IOC (International Olympic Committee) in Milan Italy, and Mumbai India. The film walked away with 5 prestigious awards between the two festivals and a total of 8. “Dandy Kids” an award winning documentary film screened before members of the United States Congress and continues to help families around the world, whose children are diagnosed with a rare brain malformation called Dandy Walker Syndrome. “I think it’s a rare thing that a filmmaker experiences. Sometimes I get calls in the middle of the night from frantic parents asking about this rare diagnosis their child has just received and I’m able to help them”, said Rae.

“Spirit of Love” also written by Rae will be shot primarily in Colorado, with second units in Illinois, and Georgia.

This project is about shattering silence, discrimination, and educating and raising awareness, and honoring a great man who makes a difference in the lives of others.

Rae’s company Film It Productions http://film-itproductions.com produces family films that motivate, uplift, encourage, and inspire audiences. Like most projects from Darla Rae and Film It Productions “Spirit of Love” will be one of reaching out into the community to build a team. Darla Rae has a group of very experienced “Key” players on the Production Team, but will also be using this project as an incubator to give experience to people who desire to be a part of a project bigger than themselves.

This project will unite the deaf and hard of hearing communities and hearing community with at risk youth allowing all parties involved to learn the skill set associated with acting, producing, directing, and editing and distributing a film. “Most think its all glamour making films. It’s a lot of fun, but a lot of work as well. Most people don’t really have a handle on the business of filmmaking, and certainly not the grass roots and Truly Indie approach.” said Rae.

In order to be sensitive to the deaf community Rae met with Cliff Moers who is the director of the Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing who is endorsing the project along with many other key people in the deaf community across the country.

Rae said, “Our films message is not one of pity or sympathy but of empowerment”. This first step starts with the fundraising associated with any film project, specifically Truly Indie films, which is what “Spirit of Love” is. You can become a

backer of the film with a personal donation as little as $5.00 at http://indiegogo.com/spiritoflovemovie Businesses can also get in on the act and advertise their company logo or have their product used or seen within the body of the film. All options are tax deductible.

Visit the website and click on advertise if that’s what you desire or click on donate if it’s the personal backing option you desire. Donations also come with some unique and interesting perks. If you have something else in mind and you don’t see that option contact darla@film-itproductions.com and we will work with you. Nothing is too small. We are truly blessed to be involved in “Spirit of Love” and believe others will be too.



March 14, 2012
Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
100 W. School House Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Darla Rae- CEO
Executive Producer, Director, Screenwriter
2710 E. Fremont Place
Centennial, CO. 80122


Dear Ms. Rae
This year, the Mike Glenn Foundation presents their 33rd Annual Mike Glenn Basketball Camp for the Hearing Impaired from June 18th through June 22, 2012. This week long, cost free camp is an exciting time of skill, confidence and fellowship-building for our Deaf teens at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. Phil Merlino has been organizing our students in attending this outstanding basketball camp for some time now. Our student-participants enjoy daily basketball drills, exercises and scrimmages that will improve their skills on the court as well as camaraderie with hearing impaired peers and volunteers in the spirit of sportsmanship. Special guests, both Hearing and Deaf, visit the camp to share their experiences of overcoming adversity in their professional as well as personal life with the aim of building self-esteem. Off-site outings also give our participants the opportunity to enjoy camp in fun and carefree settings within the security of their peer group.

The camp historically culminates the week with an All-Star Game on Friday night. This finale event showcases the best performers of the week. The All-Star Game gives friends and family the chance to witness the impact that the Mike Glenn Basketball Camp for the Hearing Impaired has made on the social and athletic skills of our PSD students, and also provides a chance for campers to meet and socialize with their new friends. It is a cause worthy of public awareness as their mission is to simply empower these young athletes by including them in the mainstream.

This year’s camp is special in the fact that Award Winning Filmmaker Darla Rae and Film-It Productions will be filming an original motion picture about Mike Glenn, his life and this camp. We believe in the company’s mission to produce quality entertainment that motivates uplifts, encourages and inspires audiences.

Spirit of Love is about the life of former NBA player Mike “Stinger” Glenn. Mike Glenn played in the NBA for 10 seasons. It is about how his life was molded and developed during his formative years from heroes who you may not recognize. Mike grew up in the south during segregation, and learned profound skills for life from the most unlikely heroes during that time period, deaf children, his father a teacher, and a black girl. As a rookie drafted by the Chicago Bulls, and then traded following a broken neck, Mike was able to champion the skills learned earlier in life to push through a potentially career ending injury and go on to propel others to achieve great accomplishments through his basketball camps for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

The original concept for the story was provided by Stuart Klugler and Phil Merlino, a staff member in the high school at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. Phil has worked as a coach at Deaf schools since 1974 and has coached at Mike Glenn camps since 1982. Phil has been very instrumental in providing information for this story.

The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf endorses the Mike Glenn Basketball Camp and the filming of “The Spirit of Love.” We are extremely excited about the film and believe that the story and the impact of Deaf Culture on the general public would be a great. We believe that the Spirit of Love will inspire other athletes as well as give a positive boost to the NBA. Spirit of Love will show the general public that there are still professional ball players who care and respect others and give back to the society which has given them so much. The original music score titled. “Spirit of Love” is compassionate, competitive, and inspiring. We wish Ms. Darla Rae and her staff and actors the best of luck in “The Spirit of Love.”

Sincerely,



Mr. Larry Taub, Head of School
Pennsylvania School for the Deaf

March 6, 2012


To Whom It May Concern:

Nearly 7 years ago, VSA Tennessee was introduced to Darla Rae as she was getting ready to unveil, The Goal, which was a touching film involving tragedy, challenges and triumph. Once again, Ms. Rae has developed a film that focuses on this important human condition.

Spirit of Love is about the life of former NBA player Mike “Stinger” Glenn. Mike Glenn played in the NBA for 10 seasons. It is about how his life was molded and developed during his formative years from heroes who you may not recognize. Mike grew up in the south during segregation, and learned profound skills for life from the most unlikely heroes during that time period, deaf children, his father a teacher, and a black girl. As a rookie drafted by the Chicago Bulls, and then traded following a broken neck, Mike was able to champion the skills learned earlier in life to push through a potentially career ending injury and go on to propel others to achieve great accomplishments through his basketball camps for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

As an organization that works with people with disabilities, VSA Tennessee sees many families that are faced with the news of a disability that either shows itself at birth or manifests later due to an illness, accident or late detection. However, in most cases, the initial news of the disability is seen as a tragedy in the life of that family. Undoubtedly, the next stage the family will face is that of challenge. However, what these families need is encouragement and signs of hope so that they can move their focus from the “dis” to the “abilities” that the person still possesses.

Films such as Spirit of Love provide the message of triumph, success and hope that so many people with disabilities need for encouragement and inspiration. Over 20% of the population has a disability. Although those numbers are large, it is easy to feel very alone when you are the person with the disability. Films such as Spirit of Love remind those with disabilities that they are not alone.

VSA Tennessee strongly supports the promotion of the abilities of people with disabilities and the efforts of those individuals who work to champion such abilities. We look forward to the release of Spirit of Love.

Sincerely,

Lori Kissinger
Executive Director
VSA Tennessee


Resources

ASL Alphabet Chart 
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Spirit Of Love ASL Alphabet Chart
Spirit Of Love Discussion Guide
Spirit Of Love Discussion Guide page 2



Videos & Pics

Offical Trailer



Former NBA Player Runs Deaf Camp for Kids

http://www.hlntv.com/video/2013/02/10/mike-glenn-basketball-hearing-deaf-sports

Youth Entrepreneurs, Indie filmmakers come together for Spirit of Love movie Community project





Interview with Phil Merlino



Deaf Player and Hall of Fame Athlete Willie Brown Jr.



Interview with Stu Klugler



Links to more videos:

Slam Online

Inside Women's Basketball




Behind The Scenes

Bow Boys Rehearse



Brick, Gage, Stella, making acting debut and rehearsing blocking with Mike Glenn on day 6 of filming


Girls getting ready for game


Interpreter explaining to some of the boys involved in production


Jennie Castor making acting debut on SOL


Jump ball prep


Rhonda and MJ Glenn with Darla Rae




Production Stills


















Music


“The Spirit of Love”
written 1/3/2010 by Laura Dodd, Laura Dodd Music, BMI & Darla Rae
Download "Spirit of Love" song HERE

Unspoken words in a quiet room
A deafening silence that cuts right thru
Just when you think you can’t go on
You find your Savior to carry you on

(Chorus)
Out of the blue, He will guide you
So that you grow strong
The strength that He gives
Will teach you to live
And will lead you on all with the Spirit of Love

An unlikely hero enters the room
That can teach you more than you could ever assume
Just when you think you’ve done it all wrong
This unsung hero carries you on
(Repeat Chorus)

(Bridge)
Late Afternoon on an old basketball court
The Spirit of Love was born in a young man’s heart


(Repeat Chorus)



Original Score
Composed by Alex Grant
Download songs "Chicken or Eagle" and "1960" HERE

The original music score written by composer Alex Grant is compassionate, competitive, and inspiring. The film’s original theme song titled. “Spirit of Love” is co-written by Multiple Award Winning Filmmaker Darla Rae and Multiple Award Winning singer/songwriter Laura Dodd.

The Vain Brains, Lea Holz, and Jonathan Webb also contributed music for use in the film.

Another original song called “AMAZING” performed by Spirit of Love’s own 14 yr old Joslin “JOZ” Lichty was produced specifically for the film and dedicated to the entire cast by JOZ.


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"Spirit of Love" is happy to provide you with a FREE download of the ASL alphabet chart. We encourage you to learn this, print it out, and share it with others. You never know when you could help a deaf or hard of hearing person in trouble, or someone who is ill and needs help.

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We are also happy to provide you with a FREE download of this "Spirit of Love" discussion guide.  This is a great way to encourage group conversations after viewings in places such as schools, churches and youth athletic teams.

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