Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Watch 'Freedom' (Cuba Gooding, Jr., Wiiliam Sadler) for Free on Amazon

If you haven't seen 'Freedom' yet, you can watch it for free on Amazon Prime:


It took me over 7 years to write and produce this film. All the honor and glory to the Lord.

The film is based on two stories - one is a family escaping to the North with a legendary slave hunter in pursuit - and the second story is of John Newton, former slave trader who found redemption and wrote 'Amazing Grace'

I was an atheist before I found Christ in my 30's. In a lot of ways, I was worse than John Newton in my heart. But Christ saved me. I'm not perfect by any means, but I'm forgiven!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Was Our Movie 'The Islands' Ignored by the Academy Due to Faith?

Just an interesting thought.....

Monday, February 10, 2020 5:10 PM
LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / February 10, 2020 / As the Academy Awards wrapped on Sunday, one question is why the Academy ignored the critically-acclaimed movie, ‘The Islands', from director Timothy Chey. Was it due to the film being faith-based?
‘The Islands' was released theatrically on December 6, 2019 in over 45 major cities across the nation, including Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Houston, Orlando, Phoenix, etc
The film was also nominated for ‘Best Picture of the Year' by the Hawaii Film Critics Association.
So why was the film ignored by the Academy? ‘The Islands' is about a brave Hawaiian chiefess who challenged the volcano due to her faith in Christ in 1823 and has spent ten weeks in the theaters. The film starred a mostly Hawaiian/Polynesian cast and Oscar-Award winning actress Mira Sorvino.
"It's out of our hands," says Chey. "I'm just happy our film had a national theater release and several thousand people saw the film. That's my Academy Award!" he laughs.
Was the film ignored because of the faith component?
"I think the last faith-based film nominated was ‘Ben Hur' in 1959," Chey replies. "But I don't think there was any anti-faith discrimination. We didn't do a good enough job marketing to the Academy. But we'll do better with the sequel."
Chey believes the sequel, ‘The Islands: Betrayal," which begins shooting this summer (2020) will be nominated for ‘Best Picture'. "We'll definitely have the budget this time to do a full Academy push and screen the film to all the members," he says.
Chey has signed on to direct ‘The Islands: Betrayal'.
The sequel is based on the true story of Queen Lili'uokalani whose faith and courage saved Hawaii as she was dethroned and jailed.
Casting has already begun for the actress to play ‘Queen Lili'uokalani'.
"The Islands: Betrayal"
Begins Shooting Summer 2020
Directed by Tim Chey


Thursday, February 6, 2020

Being a Consumer-Rights Attorney…

I’ll never forget as a young teen coming home one day and seeing my mom sitting alone and sad. It disturbed me to see her like that. I said, “Is everything ok, Mom?”

She replied, “Yes. I just went to get an oil change and I left paying $3,700 for something I don’t think needed repair. It’s ok.”

My mom was a hard-working teacher and $3,700 wasn’t chump change.

It’s the reason I became a consumer-rights attorney and still am despite being a full-time filmmaker. I hate seeing people get ripped off. It brings the ‘Batman’ side to me like no other.

I don’t sue good people or good companies. I sue bad people and bad companies.

I sue a dishonest caterer who overcharges a film production. I sue Netflix for failing to bring in a Christian movie due to fraud. I sue an airlines for leaving a customer stranded at 4 am due to their fault.

As a born-again Christian, I can still love the people that we file lawsuits against. But I can’t let them rip off people. I like Hosea 12:6: “But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.”

God bless.

We're shooting the sequel to 'The Islands' - keep us in prayer!

Wanted to share this news.....

LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / February 5, 2020 / The sequel to the critically-acclaimed film ‘The Islands' is set to start shooting this summer. Tim Chey has signed on to direct ‘The Islands: Betrayal'.
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The sequel is based on the impossible true story of the betrayal of the last queen of Hawaii and her incredible faith and courage that inspired the world in 1893.
‘The Islands: Betrayal' will hit theaters in LA and NYC in December of this year and is set to release nationwide in January 2021. There will also be an Academy-Award campaign.
"Everyone has been betrayed," says Chey. "It's how you respond that sets your character above others and that's exactly how Queen Lili'uokalni responded as her throne was annexed and she was arrested and her supporters sentenced to death."
Chey directed the first film, ‘The Islands' about a brave Hawaiian chiefess who challenged the volcano in 1821. The film was nominated for ‘Best Picture' by the Hawaiian Film Critics Association and has spent ten weeks in the theaters.
The first film starred a 98% Hawaiian/Polynesian cast and Oscar-Award winning actress Mira Sorvino and John Savage.
Casting has already begun for the actress to play ‘Queen Lili'uokalani'.
"Whoever plays it will win the Oscar," jokes Chey. "All joking aside though, we will audition several hundred Hawaiian actresses and praying we will find an incredible actress like we did with the first movie."
"The Islands: Betrayal"
In Theaters December 2020

Monday, February 3, 2020

Going on 10th Weekend for our film 'The Islands'

Finished our 9th weekend and going on our 10th weekend for 'The Islands'.

For those who don't know, it's about a Hawaiian queen who found Christ over 200 years ago at great persecution.

We were also persecuted - and still are - for making it. But never so proud. Hebrews 6:10: "God will not forget your work. He's not unjust."

Whenever you wonder God's plan for your life, remember "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33

More info on 'The Islands':