Films that Inspire: “Home Run” and “Not Today”

Two films “Home Run” and “Not Today” that inspire and challenge to make a difference have something in common—they prove you don’t always have to have a big budget to reach the audience.  At the core of both of these movies are the authentic relationships that we can all identify with.  First, there is the human spirit to survive in truth and second that we all are broken in some way.

Home Run: A broken man haunted by his past finds the path to healthy healing in dealing with his “hurts, hang-ups, and habits.”  Cory Brand, appears to have it all with his identity fused with his fame and fortune in a baseball career. However, his life in the fast lane is given a truth wake-up call to face the relationships he left behind in Oklahoma.

The film breathes a realistic element in showing relationships in the process of healing that are not perfect.  I liked the connection with Cory and his son that is handled with touches of betrayal and the same need for acceptance he never got from his father.

Cory begins to work through his arrogant attitude, alcohol, anger and the artificial allurement of baseball stardom through a program called Celebrate Recovery.  The healing process is not immediate.  Cory finds that he must surrender all in order for the transformation to begin.

As in real life, there are moments of light and laughter too.  Look out for the endearing moments with his son’s baseball team Cory ends up coaching.

For more information about the program Celebrate Recovery visit http://www.celebraterecovery.com

Similarly, the movie “Not Today” focuses on how freedom from what haunts you is available through an inside out transformation.  Cory was haunted by the voice of his father and the character of Caden Welles in “Not Today” is haunted by guilt of not helping a man and his daughter in India.

Not Today: Caden goes from looking for fun and self-fulfillment in the United States to experiencing fear and search for faith in India.  His worldview is opened to recognize how other people live.  Human trafficking, poverty and a struggle to live through a single day are ever present where all you have is each other.

The love between Kiran and his daughter Annika pull on your heartstrings where love conquers all. Caden undergoes a metamorphosis when separated from the comfort of his family, friends, home and material possessions.  His choice to help Kiran find his daughter that was sold sets him on a path of redemption.

The film’s unique subtitles for some conversations in India and shaky camera shots might throw the audience for a surprise compared to a more slick and polished look of a big budget film.  However, this challenge to pay extra attention to camera shots is intentional.

The film challenges us to grow by making the audience feel uncomfortable.  This discomfort is achieved through the graphic visual of children being bought and sold as slaves and the ultimate pain of a father selling his own daughter so that she could eat.

At the end of the film the actors talk about ways everyone can make a positive difference with human trafficking.  Visit the film’s website to meet the challenge.  http://www.nottodayresources.com/

I like to applaud the producers and those connected with these films who had the vision to tell stories of truth and authenticity.  Whether you are in Oklahoma or India brokenness can be found anywhere.  There are no boundaries when it comes to searching for truth and healing.  Catch these two films when you can with their limited theater run.