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Good News Fridays: MercyMe Shake, Olivia Wise Cover, Unilever Child Film

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This Good News Fridays post is going to feature three great videos that you need to watch!  These videos will put a smile on your face!

K-Love MercyMe Shake

Christian music mega-stars MercyMe have recorded their latest music video called “Shake.”  The video was directed by Irvin Joel Banta IV of the Huntsville-based BilbyFilms and was filmed in Huntsville on October 2.  Several Huntsville landmarks are featured in the video like the D’Licious Diner, Big Spring Park, and Clinton Avenue.  The dancers seen dancing behind the band in the street scene were choreographed by Mike Rickles, who is also a Realtor in Huntsville. The dancers are from Huntsville-area studios, including the North Alabama Dance Center and Jill’s Studio of Dance.

The media minister at Willowbrook Baptist Church, Mark Smith, collected about 100 extras who can be seen in some of the aerial scenes filmed with the help of the Huntsville-based XFA Aerials, an aerial cinematography company that uses a flying “octo-cam” helicopter camera platform.  You can’t help but get pumped up after watching this music video!  They did a great job filming and making this video!  To learn more about MercyMe, go to:

Olivia Wise – Dying Teen Cover

Olivia Wise has Brain Cancer.  She had a seizure while vacationing in January 2012 and soon was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of brain cancer.   The family knew the prognosis was bad, but it did not stop Olivia from living a normal life.  She continued to go to school and live a normal teenager life.  Sadly, after many treatments, the cancer did not stop growing and here is the sad truth.  Olivia is just 16, and she is dying of an inoperable brain tumor.  She went into a recording studio for her first time and recorded the Katy Perry song “Roar.”

She couldn’t walk or stand, she didn’t have her full breath or the energy she used to, and she was managing her new pains and new limitations.  While her physical condition was rapidly fading, her spirit remained untouched.  Olivia is a fighter and has gone through the fire, in fact, she was going through the fire while she recorded this song, but you wouldn’t know it, because she was dancing right through it.  She is an inspiration, a champion, and my hero. This is her Roar.  What a great inspirational video!  To donate to The Liv Wise Fund to help other families with children who are fighting cancer, go to:

Why Bring A Child Into This World? – A Film By Unilever

This is a special short film by Unilever that asked expecting parents one question.  Why are you bringing a child into this world?  To celebrate Universal Children’s Day, the video highlights the emotions related to raising a child in today’s environment and the responsibility that comes with making it sustainable for the future.  It follows several real-life pregnant couples from around the world as they share their anxieties about becoming new parents, before showing a great video!  The video starts out with scenes showing worldwide turmoil, then it talks about how upcoming generations will actually be in better hands than they are now, thanks to advancements in technology.

Our future generations will be better off then we are, I hope.  We should believe in a world where no child goes to bed hungry, where every home has enough water to drink, wash and clean, where preventable diseases are prevented, and where every child lives past their fifth birthday.  And by the time your children have kids, they will have a better chance of meeting their great-grandchildren than we ever did.  I thought this was a great short film that you will enjoy!  To learn more about the Unilever Project Sunlight, go to:  Enjoy the video!


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