Monday, June 29, 2015

New Website for Providence

Providence, an upcoming film in which I play the adult version of the lead male, just launched their website: www.ProvidenceMovie.com.

You can read about my involvement at www.RichDrama.com/Providence.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Touching the Soul


I attended the Swahili service here this morning with Alice Wamboi Maina, whose mother helped raise my mom and aunt in Kenya. It was such an incredible, exuberant expression of love, joy and faith! At one point the pastor prayed that a tsunami of the Lord's love would flood the hearts of terrorists. I thanked him after the service, and he said love is the strategy that will triumph over all that is wrong in the world.
Another pastor recognized me from my performance of Lazarus there in 2007. He gave me a couple of minutes to speak, and I was so deeply moved by the worship I told them that people go after all sorts of things so their souls will be touched, but many of those things damage their souls, but worshipping the Lord can touch our souls at the deepest levels and there are no bad side effects, only eternal blessings.

Then I asked them to pray for The Dragon and the Raven as we record it this coming week.
One of the pastors mentioned my tribute to Alice's mum, which can be found here: www.RichDrama.com/Njeri.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Headshots from The Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp

One of the great blessings of The Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp this year was that Paul Leavitt was on hand to do headshots for everyone at no additional charge! I had a beard at the beginning of the camp, and then I shaved it off strategically. Not all of the stages are finished, but here are couple.

I highly recommend Paul for any of your photography needs. He does more than just headshots, as you can see from his site: PaulLeavittPhotography.com.

Here are some of the other headshots he did...


I had an amazing time being the official photographer for the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp in Colorado. The...
Posted by Paul Leavitt Photography on Saturday, June 20, 2015



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Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Dragon and the Raven



I've been cast as Theodore the Monk in the audio drama The Dragon and the Raven, based on G.A. Henty's book of the same title. We'll be recording in London, England!

Heirloom Audio produces world-class radio dramas, recording in London and LA. Our flagship program is The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty.

Past cast members include Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings, Mom's Night Out), Kirk Cameron (Fireproof), Skandar Keyens (Narnia), Billy Boyd (The Lord of the Rings), and Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey). I'll be working with our current cast--including John Rhys Davies (The Lord of the Rings and Beyond the Mask) and Helen George (Call the Midwife) and Brian Blessed (Tarzan, Star Wars).  

I'll be directed by John Fornof, who recently taught at The Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp with me. He's also one of the writers for , and he's won two Emmy Awards for that skill.

Our goal is to make history's heroes come alive using the best writers, actors, sound designers, and music composers.  

Synopsis for The Dragon and The Raven
It's the 9th century. The Danes have invaded--and are taking over  England. One by one, each kingdom falls. The Danes destroy entire villages, level monasteries and churches, and massacre men, women and children. 

Only one kingdom is left—a small sliver of southwestern England known as Wessex. And only one king stands against them.  His name is King Alfred.  And he’s 22 years old.  

It's all about making the story come alive in the imagination with the best actors, movie-quality sound design, and a custom music score.  

The final product is a retail CD, with future plans to launch as a radio drama. 

Here's a video from their most recent production:


I'm beside myself with joy at this opportunity!

Here's a recording of our church praying over me before the journey:


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Monday, June 15, 2015

The War Within Trumps Inside Out

We just got back from a pre-release screening of Inside Out, Pixar's look inside our minds. We enjoyed it very much, just not as much as Brett Varvel's The War Within, which took numerous awards last year, looking instead into our souls.

My preference lies mainly in the fact that, according to Inside Out our emotions are running the show. In The War Within, Emotion is just one of the six main characters that govern our thought-life. He's joined by Mind, Memory, Will, Conscience, and Heart. These elements all come into play in Inside Out, but they're not the decision makers.

Also, The War Within has a fantastic faith component, which is completely missing from Inside Out.

That being said, Inside Out does have a wonderful Christ moment, and the whole film is certainly enjoyable. It also has some deep insights into who we are. It was interesting to look into various people's minds and see who was running the show: Eleven-year-old Riley, whose mind is the set for most of the main plot, is run by Joy from birth. For her mother it's Sadness. For her Father it's Anger.  I'm glad we're not run by our emotions since "The heart is deceitful above all things..." But I do like the picture of choosing which emotion takes the lead.

If you like Inside Out, I highly recommend that you order the one that came first: The War Within.

Christians should know:
* Cartoon violence
* Anger wants to use a curse word, but, thankfully, never gets to do that



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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Pastor Joyce Swingle preaches on Exodus 20:8-11 and Genesis 1:26-2:3. Opening, prayer, and announcements by Pastor Jim Warren. Prayer by Sandy R. I introduced the song "Beautiful."



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During Bible Study Sandy R. introduced "Deeper Still" by Kimberly and Alberta Rivera.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Rocky Mountain Christian

I got to reprise my role of the Slave Trader from Polycarp for this intro
to Zack Lawrence's review of the film.
I just got back from a great two weeks at the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp, where we produced five short films, got an IMDb credit for all of our students when they performed in an opening sequence for film instructor Zack Lawrence's Indy Christian Review, and coached them all in auditions for an upcoming feature film. To make the most of our time together we uploaded teaching modules the students watched in advance so they could hit the ground running. Once on site we made the whole process as close to professional production as possibly, while teaching principles along the way.

We also had Emmy Award-winning writer John Fornof with us for a few days. He's directed actors for his radio dramas who have performed in Narnia, The Lord of the Rings and Downton Abbey, and he directed our students on voice-over pieces. 

Before Film Camp began we had a conference call with Bev Holloway. She fielded questions and shared from her wealth of experience casting nearly 60 feature films.

During both weeks of Film Camp actor/filmmaker/casting director Rebekah Cook gave an over-the-phone workshop on creating an actor website. She shared some outstanding insights, and then Zack and Ken Lawrence gave a student-only offer to create their sites for an incredibly reasonable rate.

You can hear my report on the Film Camp for our church, Westchester Chapel Church of the Nazarene by clicking here.

Pray about joining us next year: www.ChristianFilmmakersCamp.com.

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Sunday, June 07, 2015

Jesus Is Your Sabbath Rest

Pastor Randy Solomon preaches on Exodus 20:8-11. Pastor Jim Warren opens with a sketch with Rich Swingle, who later reported on his performance as Jesus in The Messenger's Box and his work as teacher and coach at the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp. Pastor Jim also led the congregation in creative worship. Pastor Joyce Swingle shared announcements and prayer.



The following week Rich introduced the song "Beautiful," one of the songs they sang at the Christian Filmmakers Camp.





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Monday, May 11, 2015

Mkulunqanda: The Great Beginner

Pastor Randy Solomon revisits the first commandment, "You shall have no other gods before me," exploring the stories of Jeroboam and Elijah. Opening, District Assembly report and prayer by Pastor Joyce Swingle. Prayer by Sandy R. Pastor Linda Warren brings the announcements, prayer for the Swingles and over the sermon.



Pastor Randy references the book George Mueller: He Dared to Trust God for the Needs of Countless Orphans by Faith Coxe Bailey.

The following video is put together from Rich Swingle's performance of this piece at the Metro New York District Assembly and at Westchester Chapel Church of the Nazarene:

More photos of the District Assembly
performance starting here.
Swazi translations by Rev. Sir Nkhosi.

Based on The Missionary Prospector by Harmon's wife, Lula Schmelzenbach (no copyright), and other research.

Copyright © 2015 by Rich Swingle. All Rights Reserved.
Available for live performances: www.RichDrama.com.

Here's the trailer for The Messenger's Box in which Rich will be portraying Jesus:


The flash of Jesus in the trailer is an insert. I'll perform my scenes May 16.

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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Photos from Alistair Begg's Church

About a month ago I got to perform at Alistair Begg's church. This performance was the answer to a five-year prayer, which started when friends dropped by my office in NYC before a performance at Carnegie Hall. They said their pastor, Alistair Begg, may be interested in hosting Beyond the Chariots, so I sent them home with a DVD for him. When another friend contacted me about performing at her church near Cleveland she asked which play I'd like to do. I told her Beyond the Chariots, since I thought there was a chance Alistair may attend. The next thing I knew I was booked into Parkside Church! Here are some photos from my performance there:
I got a chance to share about Beyond the Mask after the show.





Here are the rest: Beyond the Chariots at Parkside Church.

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Monday, May 04, 2015

So glad we met!!!

Eighteen years ago today Joyce and I met in this precise spot at Camp Taconic. We'd been told by friends that we'd meet our soul mates at the retreat, and we certainly did!!!

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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Living Free!

Pastor Joyce Swingle preaches on Exodus 20:1-6, also addressing Judges 6:25-32. Opening and prayer by Pastor Jim Warren.



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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Intro to God's Choices for His Beloved

Pastor Joyce Swingle launches a new series, God's Choices. She preaches on Psalm 119:169-176. Opening by Tim B. Testimony by Liz J. Prayer and announcements by Pastor Randy and Melanie Solomon.



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

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