Archive | September 2014

Last Chance: Catch These Great Movies Before They’re Gone

It’s officially the fall season now, and October is right around the corner. So you only have a few days left to catch some great movies on Feeln before they expire at the end of this month to make room for new additions. Here are nine titles you ought to check out before they go.

Rated PG-13
Why We’re Feeln It: Jim Carrey throws his whole body into the role of a dad who needs magical intervention to learn that honesty is the best policy.

Jim Carrey in 'Liar Liar' (Universal Pictures)

Jim Carrey in ‘Liar Liar’ (Universal Pictures)

Rated PG
Why We’re Feeln It: 30 years after it was a box-office smash, the collision of comedy geniuses and special-effects masters is still so funny it’s scary.

Rated PG
Why We’re Feeln It:  Inspired by true events, this unconventional sports story shows that there can be laughter, sisterhood, and even crying in baseball.

Rated PG
Why We’re Feeln It: Changing your perspective can help with understanding those who are different than you.

Rated PG
Why We’re Feeln It: History’s greatest ballplayer teams up with the funniest cartoon characters ever for a “wascally” good time.

Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan in 'Space Jam' (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan in ‘Space Jam’ (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Rated PG-13
Why We’re Feeln It: Two sets of women in two different eras demonstrate how friendship (and Southern cooking) can overcome any hardship.

Rated PG
Why We’re Feeln It: A spy movie for everyone, featuring the fuzziest, most adorable action heroes ever.

Rated PG
Why We’re Feeln It: Some say that winning is the only thing, but how you treat others is the true mark of a champion.

Rated PG-13
Why We’re Feeln It: Captain Picard and shipmates face their fiercest enemy in the most exciting mission of a generation.

Brent Spiner in 'Star Trek VIII: First Contact' (Paramount Pictures)

Brent Spiner in ‘Star Trek VIII: First Contact’ (Paramount Pictures)

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Behind the Scenes of Team Long Brothers: A Feeln Original

This week, we are proud to present the world premiere of the Feeln Original “Team Long Brothers,” available exclusively at “Team Long Brothers” is a documentary about triathletes Connor and Cayden Long, Sports Illustrated Kids 2012 SportsKids of the Year. Although Cayden has hypertonic cerebral palsy, a condition that prevents him from walking or talking, he and his older brother Conner participate in sports competitions across the country. “They compete as a way to build their bond, to connect, to enjoy time together, and to overcome the barriers between them,” said director Cristina Malavenda (“Hanz,” “Flight of Honor“). The Long brothers’ spirit and determination has inspired countless other athletes.

Sports Illustrated Kids 2012 SportsKids of the Year

Connor and Cayden Long, Sports Illustrated Kids 2012 SportsKids of the Year


Cayden’s condition is so difficult because he can’t communicate with his family. He can’t tell them why he feels the way he does. “On the day of the race, it was a huge surprise that Cayden didn’t want to compete,” Cristina said. “We didn’t know whether it was all the loud noise in the stadium, his medicine, or that he’d been waiting in the raft for too long. We were stunned, but we kept shooting.” Times of adversity are the true test of one’s character, and Conner stepped up. Even though his brother wasn’t able to participate this time, he competed for them both. “In the end, being with Team Long for this race was much more real and inspiring,” Cristina said. “Conner and Cayden are a team. They’re with each other through thick and thin. Their insights about sports and life are really mature for their age.”

Connor and Cayden Long

Connor and Cayden embracing on the day of the race


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7 Days of Free Movies – How to Use Your Trial Week of Feeln

When you have seven days of unlimited access to a movie collection like ours, the possibilities are endless. Where to begin? To help you take full advantage of our collection, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite movies and offered some personal suggestions on how to maximize good Feeln during your week of free movies. Watch free movies now!


7 Films for 7 Days:

1. Feeln Favorites

Feeln Originals Favorites

We’ve selected a dozen of our most beloved short films and compiled them together into one hour-long feature. These handpicked selections represent the uplifting and heartwarming nature of these finely crafted originals you will only see on Feeln.


2. The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler

This Emmy award-winning Hallmark Hall of Fame movie is the inspirational true story of a social worker who risked her life to save thousands of Jewish children during WWII. Starring Anna Paquin and Marcia Gay Harden.


3. Jumanji


When a sister and brother start a board game they find in the attic of their new house, they inadvertently release monkeys, a lion and a man who was trapped inside the game.


4. Superheroes: A Never Ending Battle

PBS Superheroes

A PBS documentary series. During the Depression, the popularity of dozens of superhero characters opens the door for a new generation of artists and writers. World War II creates a patriotic fervor for star-spangled adventurers to represent the American spirit at war and on the home front, but in the 1950s, superheroes are caught in the fire of government scrutiny and regulation.



5. The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans

The Blue Planet

Filmed over 5 years in 200 spots around the globe, this series captures the remarkable varieties of life cohabitating in our oceans. The oceans dominate our planet while still remaining largely unexplored and mysterious. Their influence dominates the world’s weather systems. They support an enormous range of life, from the largest whales to the smallest plankton, from hordes of sea birds to lonely, deep-sea fish. All this is governed by a complex system of biological and physical forces. This first episode demonstrates the sheer scale, power and complexity of the ‘Blue Planet.’


6. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

A hapless inventor finally finds success with a flying car, which a dictator from a foreign government sets out to take for himself.


7. Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures: Hot and Cold

Animal Adventures with Jack Hanna Hot and Cold

In this charming and educational series, Emmy Award-winning Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and best pal of the animals, Jack Hanna takes us on adventures around the globe to meet furry, feathered and finned friends. Children of all ages get close up looks as animals prove how smart and talented they are, while Jungle Jack shows us the importance of caring for our bio-diverse planet.


Other ways to make the most of your Feeln free trial:

1. Watch Hallmark Movies Online: Feeln is the only place where you can stream Hallmark Hall of Fame movies online. We have dozens of titles: romances, true stories, family dramas, stories about inspiring teachers and friendships, and some behind-the-scenes films as well.

2. Watch Feeln Originals: Feeln Originals are inspiring short films that our in-house production team has written, filmed, and edited since 2007. We direct each step of the process to make sure these films are of the highest quality and packed with Feeln. We release a new Feeln Original every month.

3. Series: Feeln like binging on a TV show? We have Ken Burns’ extraordinary PBS documentaries Baseball and The National Parks as well as BBC nature series and our own original series, InspireWire.

4. Kids: This section features a mix of short films, feature films, and TV series, all great for kids! Check out Tinga Tinga Tales, The New Adventures of Madeline, and the Adventures of Paddington Bear.


10 Good Family Movies You Can Watch or Stream Online Now

This September, check out these 10 new Family Movies Online at These Good Family Movies are just a few of the titles we’ve added to our online streaming service this month. Watch Family Movies Online on your computer or on any of these supported devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android, Nook, Kindle Fire, Roku, Google TV, Xbox 360.


1. Amelie


Amelie is a young woman who had a decidedly unusual childhood. Misdiagnosed with an unusual heart condition, Amelie didn’t attend school with other children, but spent most of her time in her room, where she developed an active imagination. Amelie has grown into a healthy and beautiful young woman who works in a cafe and has a whimsical, romantic nature. When Princess Diana dies in a car wreck in the summer of 1997, Amelie is reminded that life can be fleeting. She decides it’s time for her to intervene in the lives of those around her, hoping to bring a bit of happiness to her neighbors and the regulars at the cafe. This film contains some mature themes and mild sexual content.


2. Charlotte’s Web

Charlottes Web

Wilbur the pig is scared that at the end of the season, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen.


3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

In the Qing Dynasty, two factions of warriors face off using martial arts and deadly weapons when a sword called the Green Destiny is stolen. But it’s not just the perfectly honed weapon that brings the fighters together. It’s their shared history, love and destiny that has them square off against each other and learn life’s mysteries. You don’t have to be a kung-fu fan to be awed by the balletic action scenes or moved by the lushly romantic love stories.


4. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Buellers Day Off

Ferris Bueller, a high school wise guy, is determined to outwit his parents and principal to take the day off from school with his girlfriend and best friend.


5. Free Willy

Free Willy

When a boy learns that a beloved killer whale is to be killed by the aquarium owners, the boy risks everything to free the whale.


6. Grease


Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?


7. Hook


Let the magic back in your life with this enchanting second chapter to the story of Peter Pan. This time, a middle-aged Peter must duel the vengeful Captain Hook. On the line are the lives of Pan’s children, and this is his opportunity to prove to them that they’re the most important people in his world.


8. October Sky

October Sky

The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner’s son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father’s wishes.


9. Searching for Bobby Fischer

Searching For Bobby Fischer

A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.


10. The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid

Daniel and his newly-widowed mom, Lucille, move to the Los Angeles suburbs from New Jersey so she can start a new job and a new life. He quickly discovers that sunny Southern California is nothing like home when he becomes the target of school bullies. To learn to stand up to his tormentors, Daniel puts his faith and karate training in the hands of the maintenance man in his apartment building, Mr. Miyagi. It’s truly the best around. It’s exciting, funny, and very, very ’80s, but even younger kids will have fun learning how to “wax on, wax off” with Daniel-san and Mr. Miyagi.

If You Liked ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ You’ll Love This ‘Giant’ Movie

Guardians of the Galaxy

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (Photo: Marvel Studios)

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has gone from a little-known comic book title to a full-fledged global phenomenon. It’s become the highest-grossing movie of the year in the U.S., earning over $300 million and topping more recognizable titles like Captain America and Transformers. And the sequel was announced before the first movie even hit theaters.

It will be three years, though, before the Guardians return to the big screen. That’s a long time to wait to see the next adventure of Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot. But if you’re looking for a movie to tide you over that has a similar mix of sci-fi action, good-hearted humor, and a friendly, deep-voiced colossus, you should check out the beloved animated adventure, The Iron Giant.

The Iron Giant

‘The Iron Giant’ (Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures)

The Iron Giant tells the story of an isolated boy in 1957 America who befriends a 5-story tall robot who falls to Earth. Little seen during its theatrical release in 1999, the movie found a devoted fan following on home video. It was the first feature film from director Brad Bird, who went on to win two Academy Awards for his Pixar films “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille.” Now recognized as a modern classic, The Iron Giant might seem to have little in common with the comic-book antiheroes of Guardians of the Galaxy, but they do share some defining traits.

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Diesel Powered

The most obvious connection between The Iron Giant and Guardians is they both feature oversized, soft-hearted creatures from outer space who speak with the deep, rumbling voice of Vin Diesel. Diesel was most known for a small role in Saving Private Ryan when he was picked to play the enormous robot. 15 years later, Diesel is an international superstar thanks to the Fast and Furious franchise, but once again he lent his unmistakable pipes to a kind but powerful alien being, the tree creature called Groot.

Groot and the Giant

Groot and the Giant (Photo: Marvel Studios/Warner Bros. Pictures)

While the Giant may be made of an inorganic material, the character does have a lot in common with the wooden Groot. Both have limited vocabularies, though the Giant is able to say about 50 more words in his movie than Groot. Both have gentle spirits but the capacity to cause massive amounts of destruction. And both become the devoted protector of their much smaller best friend.

Looking to the Stars

A boy goes out into the night and faces an object from another world. Both Iron Giant and Guardians kick off their adventures with that scenario, though their stories go off in wildly different directions. In Giant, young Hogarth Hughes rescues the massive automaton when he gets caught up in power lines, and helps his new friend hide from the authorities. In Guardians, on the other hand, little Peter Quill gets taken away by a band of interstellar bounty hunters and grows up to be the infamous outlaw known as Star Lord.

Star Lord, Hogarth

Peter Quill, aka Star Lord (Chris Pratt) and Hogarth Hughes (Photo: Marvel/Warner Bros.)

Still, the two unlikely heroes are similar in notable ways. Both boys grow up without fathers. Hogarth’s dad is never mentioned, but a photograph of a military pilot hints that he died in the line of duty. And the identity of Peter’s father is still a mystery, but he is definitely not of our world. Hogarth and Peter are fast-talkers who have a habit of getting into trouble, but underneath they have caring hearts and they stand up for the misunderstood and mistreated. And both of them help alien creatures learn the importance of caring for others.

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True Heroism

Whether it’s an enormous robot dodging tanks or a wisecracking raccoon crashing a spaceship, The Iron Giant and Guardians of the Galaxy each have explosive climactic battle scenes. However, in both cases the heroes don’t defeat the villains by being the strongest, or toughest, or most heavily armed. The good guys are ultimately victorious through an act of self-sacrifice.

[SPOILER WARNING: Discussion of the ending of both films follows.]

Both characters voiced by Vin Diesel – the Giant and Groot – ultimately allow themselves to be blown to pieces in order to save their friends. Groot surrounds the other Guardians in a protective shell to cushion the impact of crashing to the ground. And the Giant embraces his inner Superman by flying directly into the path of a nuclear missile. Thankfully, the final scenes of both films show the rebirth of their fallen heroes, with the Giant’s pieces reassembling themselves and a tiny potted Groot shaking his stuff to the Jackson 5.

Dancing Groot

Dancing Groot in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (Marvel Studios)


That’s the true connection between the movies: their emotional cores. Yes, they are expertly made sci-fi adventures with loads of action and laughs. More importantly, they are warm, big-hearted journeys about the importance of friendship and finding the hero inside yourself.

The Iron Giant

The Giant flies towards his destiny (Warner Bros. Pictures)

The Iron Giant is streaming right now on Feeln, and you can try it out for free for one week. Sign up at to watch it and many more thrilling and moving films you whole family can watch together.

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Behind the Scenes of Claude: A Feeln Original

This week, we are proud to present the world premiere of the Feeln Original “Claude,” available exclusively at “Claude” is a film about a cavalry soldier who loses his legs in the Civil War and gains a chance at redemption. In the tradition of classic Westerns like The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, it features a despicable villain, a good and honest man, and a complex and mysterious hero.

Claude was inspired by Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird.


The film was written by Chris Commons (The Saint of AuschwitzIndivisible) and John Dion (Superhero, Help on the Highway) and directed by Chris Commons. Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird was one of Chris’s main inspirations in writing the film. “Claude is a lot like Boo Radley,” he said. “He keeps to himself, and the blacksmith’s son is afraid of him, but he ends up saving the day.”


Chris Commons Claude

Writer and Director Chris Commons


How did Chris and John write a Feeln film that still has all the features of a western? “We found that Feeln films can be darker, but we just draw the line when it comes to language or violence,” Chris said. “The darker the place you can take your characters, the more rewarding it is when they see the light. Essentially, this a story about compassion. A small act of kindness goes a long way. If you show kindness to someone, what goes around comes around.”


Claude gun props

Chris researched the gun technology and wardrobes to make sure they were historically accurate.


“Claude” was shot at the Paramount Ranch in Agora Hills, where studios have shot Westerns and other period pieces like Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. To avoid the cliches present in many Westerns, Chris made sure that the wardrobe and gun technology used in the film existed in 1867, the year the film was set. For example, the guns used by Steps and his crony were both historically accurate. Blue jeans with belt loops had not yet been invented–men wore suspenders to keep their pants up. And the brims of hats were not bent, otherwise they would fly off your head when you rode a horse.

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Behind the Scenes of The Saint of Auschwitz: A Feeln Original

The Saint of Auschwitz

This week, we are proud to present the world premiere of the FeelnTM Original short film “The Saint of Auschwitz,” available exclusively at beginning 9/10/14. The film is based on the true story of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, a Catholic priest who sacrificed his life to save a Polish political prisoner at the concentration camp in Auschwitz. “I’m fascinated by people like Father Kolbe who are endowed with extraordinary compassion and extraordinary will,” said director Chris Commons (“Korengal”, “Chivalry in the Sky”). “What compels someone to make such a great sacrifice?”

Billy Gillespie plays Father Kolbe

Billy Gillespie plays Father Kolbe in “The Saint of Auschwitz”

One of Chris’s biggest challenges was finding the right actor to play Father Kolbe. Kolbe is a saint, someone people follow and respect, so he needed an actor with a special aura. Plus, the actor had to do a believable Polish accent! “We lucked out with Billy Gillespie,” Chris said. “He had admiration and reverence for the character he played.”

Writer Peter King and Director Chris Commons

“The Saint of Auschwitz” Writer Peter King and Director Chris Commons

This FeelnTM marks Associate Producer Peter King’s writing debut. Peter was 14 when his mother first told him about the Saint of Auschwitz. “She said, ‘You have to be like this guy, you have to sacrifice,'” Peter said. “This was the first story that came to mind when I started working at Feeln. As I researched for the film, I learned how amazing Father Kolbe’s story really was.”

Father Kolbe’s friary in Poland assisted Peter in his research and provided the footage of Kolbe’s canonization. For more information about Father Kolbe and his friary, please visit


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Cast and Crew

Directed by Chris Commons

Written by Peter King

Produced by Rob Fried

Produced by Iris Ichishita

Executive Producer Naré Mkrtchyan

Line Producer  Rebecca Stone


Father Kolbe  Billy Gillespie

Commandant Fritzsch  Scott King

Henry  Julian Curi

Franciszek  Travis Dixon

Capo  Skip Pipo

Gestapo #1  Erik MacRay

Gestapo #2  Richie Stephens

Cell Guard  Jeremy Bridger Thimell

Voice on Telephone  Sebastian Konarski


Director of Photography  Jeff Dolen

Editor  Mariana Flores

Original Score  Fabrizio Mancinelli

Production Designer  Frank Bonanno

Costume Designer  Mikael Sharafyan

Casting Director  Tanner Thomason

Visual Effects Supervisor  Alfie Berger

1st Assistant Director  John Dion

2nd Assistant Director  Kaveh Taherian

Script Supervisor  Nicole M. Rivera

Production Coordinator  Hailey Oltman

Make Up & Hair  Christine Choi

Make Up Assistant  Carrie Christine

Wardrobe Assistant Marika Bastrmajian

Wardrobe Assistant  Julie Gerges

Seamstress  Laura Avetisyan

DIT/Behind the Scenes  Dustin Elkin

Production Sound Mixer  Adam Peter Lawrence

1st Assistant Camera  Caitlin Panis

2nd Assistant Camera  Paulina J. Bryant

Gaffer  Jack Alexander

Key Grip  Adam Watson

Best Boy Electric  Sal Mousavi

Best Boy Grip  Brad Carr

Swing  Clayton Rodriguez

Swing  Darshan Kembhavi

Stunt Coordinator  Tripp Pickell

Key Production Assistant  Adrain Rozas

Craft Services PA  Drea Hoffman

Production Assistant  Frank Paulino

Production Assistant  Giancarlo Dîaz

Production Assistant  Saila Reyes

Production Intern  Christine T. Karaoglanian

Color and Additional VFX  David J. Lee

Sound Designer  Brian Bibbo

Re-recording Mixer  Nathan Van Hala


Sound Mixed at ToneMesa


Background Actors

Abraham Alexander

Jack Avetissian

Dontanelle Davis

Dmitry Dergach

Dustin Elkin

Brian Foote

Joe Filippone

Quentin G

Christopher R. Ganiere

Emil Gyulnarov

Jason Holmes

Peter King

Hugh Kinslow

Gary Mandarino

David Katz Manning

Steve Martin

Richard Mathiasen

Mir Waiss Najibi

Christian O’Brien

Robert Patterson

Kenn Schmidt

Ron Schultz

Dallas Smith

Carl Solomon

Barry S. Stem

Gabriel Taylor

Shawn Thomas

Justin Vanden Heuvel

Brian Watson

Evan Weissman


Special Thanks

Our Lady of The Bright Mount, Polish Church

Annamaria Mix

Sean T. Malis

Fort Tejon Rangers

Matthew A. Rubin

Aimeé García-King

Teresa King


Archival Footage Courtesy of Niepokalanow Archives

Introducing Feeln

I am very proud to announce that SpiritClips has changed its name to Feeln.

If you’ve been with us from the start, then you know that this exciting moment has been years in the making.

I founded this company in 2007 to produce films that celebrate character and the strength of the human spirit, films that could be enjoyed by everyone, and that I would be proud to share with my own family.

Feeln is a new identity that represents the current breadth of our services as well as everything we aspire to become. The new identity also embraces fundamental changes within our company. In 2012, our small startup became part of the passionate and creative Hallmark family. For over a century, our parent company has made the world a more caring place by helping people reach out and make meaningful connections. Our subscription service now features hundreds of thoughtfully selected Hollywood favorites, Hallmark Hall of Fame movies, and original short films, available on all major streaming platforms. And behind the scenes, our ranks have swelled, enlisting world-class filmmakers, designers, programmers, and strategists.

Our story is just beginning, but our commitment to offer you the very best family-friendly content remains the same. Our team is bubbling with new ideas, and we share a vision of a future so bright that we needed a new brand to do it justice. With tremendous pride for where we’ve been and great excitement for where we’re going, it is my pleasure to introduce FEELN.

– Rob

Check Out What’s New on Feeln in September

Ferris Bueller. Jerry Maguire. Danny Zucko. Jean-Luc Picard. Michael Jordan. What do these famous names have in common? You can find them all on Feeln in September.

There are more great movies than ever this month at Feeln. We have hand-selected a gigantic new batch of film favorites for you to choose from to make it a family movie night to remember. From box-office blockbusters to critically acclaimed gems, you’re sure to find something to win over everyone in the house.

Here are the new additions you’ll find on Feeln starting September 1:

  • The Ant Bully
  • Babe
  • Cats & Dogs
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Dragonheart
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Footloose
  • Free Willy
  • Grease
  • The Iron Giant
  • Jerry Maguire
  • Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
  • Liar, Liar
  • March of the Penguins
  • October Sky
  • Regarding Henry
  • Searching for Bobby Fischer
  • Space Jam
  • Star Trek: First Contact

Watch as many of these huge movies whenever you want on your computer, TV, or mobile device with your Feeln subscription, starting for as low as $3.99 a month. Start your one week free trial now.