“Spirit of Love” The Mike “Stinger” Glenn Story

“Spirit of Love” the Mike Glenn story premieres in the Lone Star State

Atlanta, GA -- Award winning filmmaker Darla Rae’s new film “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 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 and Hard of Hearing. In a unique casting, deaf and 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 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.