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Who are we to talk about movies and morality?

Fidelis Entertainment founder Charles R. Welty  with friend Kayla.We have a lot to say about it. I've raised three children: one is married, one is in the U.S. Navy, and the third is in college. And I care deeply about what they see in a movie theater.

So let's call a spade, a spade: Hollywood produces garbage. There. I said it.

I called on one of our potential investors in Burbank, California recently. When I referred to the studios down the street from his office as "cesspools" of entertainment, with a rueful smile the man understood what I meant. But don't take just my word for it. And now even MSNBC's own poll points out that the values of Hollywood movie makers are way out of touch as far as the movie-going public is concerned. See the results of the MSNBC poll by clicking here or by clicking on the "Out of Touch Values" link above.

Veteran entertainer Pat Boone1 had some things to say about it in a recent commentary from his column at . Here's what he had to say:

Shakespeare offered, "He who steals my purse steals trash; but he who steals my good name takes that which little enriches him but makes me poor indeed." Will we, in the final analysis, settle for being known as Ugly Americans, those wimpy dissolute weaklings who can't even stay married, who abort their young by the millions and who have the highest crime stats in the world? Will our identity be chiefly as the producers and exporters of the filthiest and most decadent "entertainment" since Caligula to the rest of the watching world? Will we be identified as the citizenry who divorced themselves from the very God they used to call on for protection and guidance, and who gave Muslim extremists excuses galore to call us "the great Satan"?

[The emphasis is mine. CRW]

What does all this have to do with us, and with you? Well, as for us, we want better entertainment for our family and our friends for our nation and the world. And it has become abundantly clear that if this is going to happen, it's going to be up to us, the independent producers, directors, and writers, because "Hollywood" that is to say, the mainline studio system surely has no incentive to do anything different.

But we intend to be different. That's our promise to our customers, the movie-going public. And it's our promise to our investors.

So as for you, why not join us?

1Pat Boone had a minor role in my choice of career. He wouldn't know about this, of course. How many of you remember the marvelous motion picture Journey to the Center of the Earth, starring James Mason and Pat Boone? I saw that picture in a theater in Fort Madison, Iowa, when I was seven years old (way back in 1959). I never forgot it. And part of my decision to work as a screenwriter (and now producer) in the motion picture business came from remembering the thrills I saw in that marvelous movie. I'm glad that someone has remade it for theatrical release (in 3D).

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