Archive | February 2012

Press Release 14-Feb-2012: ‘A Smile as Big as the Moon’ on

New Hallmark Hall of Fame® Film ‘A Smile as Big as the Moon’ Available as Streaming Video from

Viewers may watch Hallmark Hall of Fame® movies online at, or streaming to TV with the new Boxee™ and Roku™ SpiritClips Channel



LOS ANGELES, February 14, 2012 – ‘A Smile as Big as the Moon’, a new Hallmark Hall of Fame® film starring John Corbett (Sex and the City, Hallmark Hall of Fame’s November Christmas) and Jessy Schram (Unstoppable, Once Upon a Time) is now available for streaming online and to TV on the new Boxee and Roku SpiritClips Channel. After a successful premier broadcast on the ABC television network and a brief run on the Hallmark Channel, viewers my now enjoy watching ‘A Smile as Big as the Moon’ anytime with on-demand viewing from

“ is very proud to be presenting Hallmark Hall of Fame’s newest film A ‘Smile as Big as the Moon’ to our members. It’s an amazing story of hope and achievement and another one of Hallmark Hall of Fame’s beautifully crafted productions,” stated Rob Fried, Founder and CEO of

In the film, John Corbett portrays Mike Kersjes, a Michigan high school football coach and Special Education teacher. Kersjes inspires and helps his ‘special needs’ (Down syndrome, ADD, autism, dyslexia, etc.) students to achieve their impossible dream: attending Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Space Camp is an extremely competitive education program. Prior to Kersjes’ efforts, it had been exclusive to elite math and science students. ‘A Smile as Big as the Moon’ depicts Kersjes’ challenge in trying to make his students’ seemingly impossible dream become an inspiring reality. School administrators oppose the plan due to costs and doubt about the students’ participation. Space Camp officials are initially reluctant to change the status quo. When Kersjes and his students are finally given the green light, the rigorous required teaching, learning and training is lengthy and taxing on the students. But they and Kersjes persevere.

“Our members always look forward to the newest Hallmark Hall of Fame release on and the films are met with great appreciation,” stated Kate Hunter, Director of Marketing & Communications for “I’m certain ‘A Smile as Big as the Moon’ will receive positive reviews from our members, and also non-members who visit our site to watch the film on-demand.”

A Smile as Big as the Moon is a Hallmark Hall of Fame Production and is based on the memoir of the same title, written by Mike Kersjes with Joe Layden. The script is by Tom Rickman (Coal Miner’s Daughter, Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Front of the Class). It is directed by James Sadwith (Elvis, Life is Wild). Executive producers are Brent Shields (Beyond the Blackboard, The Lost Valentine) and Dan Paulson (Saving Jessica Lynch, Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Pictures of Hollis Woods). Many of the special-ed students in the film are actually played by young ‘special needs’ and actors.


Watch NEW Hallmark Hall of Fame: A Smile as Big as the Moon

Watch the NEW Hallmark Hall of Fame® production, ‘A Smile as Big as the Moon’ online at or on the new Boxee™ & Roku™ SpiritClips Channel. Based on a True Story, the film stars John Corbett as the dedicated and inspiring teacher of special needs students.

A SMILE AS BIG AS THE MOON…is a sweet depiction of love with a strong moral worldview and an entertaining plot line.”~MovieGuide, The Family Guide to Movies & Entertainment


A Smile as Big as the Moon‘ is available on-demand, or as part of Premium Membership.

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Send a FREE Valentine’s Day e-greeting!

Send a FREE Valentine’s Day e-greeting! Schedule this charming Norman Rockwell inspired e-card Valentine, or REGISTER with to select the FREE e-card of your choice to send!

Premium Members of may send unlimited digital greetings. Or share our unique and heartfelt SpiritClips Originals films for Valentine’s Day, such as La Cachette, starring Deborah Ann Woll.


Press Release 2-Feb-2012: Honor Black History Month w/ Montgomery Releases Original Short Film ‘Montgomery’ to Honor Black History Month

Viewers can watch the story of Rosa Parks’ historic bus ride for free during Black History Month


(Los Angeles, CA) – Feb 02, 2012 – The SpiritClips Originals short film Montgomery depicts the moment in 1955 America when Rosa Parks, a Black woman living and working in the segregated South, became an integral part of American history by refusing to give up her bus seat to a White passenger. During Black History Month, audiences may watch a free viewing of this film at

Montgomery was filmed on location in Montgomery, Alabama and reflects the authentic look and feel of 1955 Montgomery, Alabama by utilizing local actors, regional period costumes and a refurbished municipal bus for shooting. Told from the perspective of a fictitious fellow African-American bus rider, Montgomery captures the courageous spirit that ignited the 20th century civil rights movement in the United States.

The premium SpiritClips Original film, Montgomery, had been reserved for Premium Members of the subscription streaming media site, The company released the film for free viewing by all visitors in honor of Black History Month. “SpiritClips Originals are unique, entertaining, inspiring messages of hope and perseverance, and often include important life lessons and educational values. Montgomery is no exception. We recognized Black History Month as an opportunity to share this important message with all audiences,” stated Kate Hunter, Marketing & Communications Director,

Directed by Matthew Kohnen and Written by Chris Commons, Montgomery stars actress Deborah Watkins as ‘Rosa’ and actor Anthony Alexander as ‘Ray’. Academy-award winner and Founder of, Rob Fried, produced the film. The film is not only entertaining and an informative depiction of a vital moment in history; it has been used by many teachers, clergy and business leaders to teach valuable lessons of humanity and courage in daily life.

To commemorate Black History Month, Montgomery will be available for free viewing through the month of February. Audiences may watch the film by visiting

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Press Release 7-Feb-2012: SpiritClips Channel on Boxee & Roku

SpiritClips Channel’s Inspiring Films and Videos Now on Boxee and Roku

The new SpiritClips Channel offers positive entertainment and information for audiences of all ages



(Los Angeles, CA) – Feb 07, 2012 – award winning films and videos are now available for streaming to TV with Boxee™ and Roku™, creating a simple new way for fans to watch high quality content on their TV screens. The complete catalog of films and videos, including Hallmark Hall of Fame® movies and SpiritClips Originals films, is available to Premium Members via the new SpiritClips Channel. Non-members may enjoy a free preview of content offerings by accessing the new SpiritClips Channel with their Boxee™ or Roku™ devices.

Rob Fried, Founder & CEO of, stated the importance of the company’s expansion to streaming media devices. “SpiritClips content is life affirming content, featuring stories of hope and inspiration. We go to great lengths to insure that our family of subscribers can trust and enjoy each and every film that we license or produce. At SpiritClips, we believe that people should no longer be asked to pay for hundreds of channels that they never watch. We, therefore, are very excited to add Boxee and Roku to our growing list of IPTV devices and services that carry our collection of premium, professionally produced, uplifting content.”

Broadcasting via the new SpiritClips Channel on Roku™ and Boxee™ allows the opportunity to share its exclusively positive and inspiring content with the growing streaming-to-TV devices audience. Fans, including families, educators and motivation professionals, may now easily find and select films and videos that entertain and inform while depicting family values, positive life lessons and motivating inspiration. “We offer a niche service in broadcasting only inspiring, uplifting and heartwarming films – including our library of Hallmark Hall of Fame movies,” said Kate Hunter, Director of Marketing & Communications for “There are millions of viewers out there seeking a channel they can trust to deliver wholesome entertainment, and we meet their needs.” The new SpiritClips Channel on Boxee™ and Roku™ also broadcasts the company’s wide collection of advice, speeches and talks videos, including those in the ‘Quiet Triumphs’ and ‘Great Preachers’ video series. plans to continue expansion of its offerings on IPTV and mobile devices throughout 2012, while also significantly building its acquired and original content libraries.


Watch The NEW SpiritClips Channel on Boxee

Announcing the NEW SpiritClips Channel on Boxee!  
watch SpiritClips films & videos on your TV

We are NOW LIVE on the Boxee streaming-to-TV service. Boxee™ users may now  watch our SpiritClips Originals, Hallmark Hall of Fame® movies, and other inspiring content directly on their TV screens. Premium Members may access all content. Non-members may preview a sampling of our content for FREE. Check out the new SpiritClips Channel on Boxee™ and let us know what you think! Ready to activate our new Boxee app?

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Watch Celebrities Share ‘Quiet Triumphs’

NEW on, Quiet Triumphs presents a tremendously personal side of celebrities as they face personal issues of challenges and adversity. The signature Odyssey Networks series, available on, is a touching, joyful, practical, sometimes funny, yet always moving acknowledgment that despite the tough times, people can move ahead and live patient, strong, and faithful lives. Premium Members of may watch the complete series of episodes as part of their subscription package.

Visitors may WATCH A FREE EPISODE (featuring singer Ricky Skaggs) of the Quiet Triumphs series by visiting today! The episode will be available for free viewing through February 15th, 2012.

The talk-format series is hosted by Mary Alice Williams, an Emmy-award-winning television journalist, and former news anchor with both NBC and CNN. She has appeared regularly on NBC News Special Reports and theNBC Nightly News.

Honoring Black History Month: Watch MONTGOMERY free

In honor of Black History Month, is releasing the SpiritClips Originals film, Montgomery, for free viewing. Montgomery depicts the moment in 1955 when Rosa Parks, a Black woman in the segregated South, became an integral part of American history by refusing to give up her bus seat to a White passenger. WATCH MONTGOMERY FREE on

We invite you to also visit our the SpiritClips YouTube Channel to watch behind the scenes footage of the filming of Montgomery.


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