INO Records and documentary film-makers from the Nomad Series recently collaborated to release "Sara Groves: Just Showed Up For My Own Life" a music infused, reality style film featuring Groves in all aspects of her life over the past year, and as the project hits the market this week, word about the film and its impact are pouring in from media, fellow artists and more:
"This DVD will truly impact the life of anyone who views it, Sara's gift thru her songwriting has always been her transparency regarding her faith, this film is a natural outgrowth of that transparency and her desire to be a true Christian in a world where Christians find it easy to be phony, take the time and watch it but be careful it may change your life" - Kevin Collard, ABC Radio-Detroit
“Literally watching you and your family take a leap of faith as a life change to radically embrace the poor is such an amazing model for us all. I pray this video is shown widely for the sake of the church. I love the quote you bring to light of Mother Theresa’s. In the midst of this fight—at times we feel so much we are losing—you reminded me that we can only do small things, with great love. And that is what we are called to do. We can’t change the world in a day, but we can just a bit at a time.” Jenny Eaton Dyer, DATA/THE ONE CAMPAIGN National Faith Outreach Director
"There is something deeply satisfying that happens when we are invited into the real-time dialogue and struggle of a person finding redemption in the face of human suffering and violence. And it is a rich and wonderful gift to connect with God and humanity through the experiences and thoughts of someone as articulate, inspiring, and graceful as Sara Groves. " -Dan Haseltine (jarsofclay/Blood:Water Mission)
“It’s one thing to face life outside of your comfort zone and to embrace the suffering around you, but to share that journey with the world is nothing short of courageous. This film inspires.” - Cara Davis, editor, Radiant magazine
"Be forewarned. By viewing this documentary, your own view of the world may be changed or, at the very least, called into question. And in this case, that can only be a good thing." -Andy Argyrakis for CCM Magazine
“Just Showed Up for My Own Life” invites the audience to view an artist beyond the studio, beyond backstage and beyond the road life. Travel with Groves to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in Slidell, Louisiana as relief efforts are underway to restore a community ravaged by the storm. See the beautiful country of Rwanda on an emotional trip with Groves and her team to learn about the challenges of reconciliation and economic development 11 years after mass genocide.
"We started out making a simple music DVD, with behind the scenes footage in the studio, scenes from our life on the road, and of course some concert footage, but it just failed to capture the essence of the album,” recalls Groves. “So, we partnered with a documentary film company to tell the larger story. We started to ask what it means to “add to the beauty,” and that question led us around the world. As production wraps up, I am profoundly grateful that God chose me to be a witness to this span of years. I am excited to be a witness to what God is doing in this, my brief time on earth, and humbled that He has invited me to be a part of His beautiful, restorative work."
For more information on Sara Groves, the film, and how to find out what it means to “add to the beauty,” go to: www.saragroves.com
Date: 14 August 2006