• Provident Films—known for its association with such hit films as COURAGEOUS and FIREPROOF—has agreed to distribute two films from Riot Studios.
  • Austin, Texas-based Riot Studios features the creative talents of the exciting young filmmakers behind BEWARE OF CHRISTIANS and ONE NATION UNDER GOD.

SOURCE: Lovell/Fairchild Comm.

NASHVILLENov. 8, 2011 – Provident Films—the marketing muscle behind such hits as COURAGEOUS and FIREPROOF—has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with up-and-coming media company Riot Studios. Under the deal, Provident holds exclusive rights for domestic and international distribution, church exhibition, and television rights for Riot’s first two films, BEWARE OF CHRISTIANS, currently on a multicity tour, and ONE NATION UNDER GOD.

“We make original films that challenge people to think honestly about what they believe and why they believe it,” said Riot partner Alex Carroll. “BEWARE OF CHRISTIANS documents our journey across Europe to confirm what we believe and then challenges us to put action to our beliefs. The same thing is happening among more and more young people privately and in groups all over the country. We hope through watching our experiences, even more people will examine their own beliefs about God and how they live them out. Having a partner like Provident to help share our experience with a wider audience is thrilling.”

“I believe the guys at Riot represent a voice that is more and more prevalent among followers of Christ today but is not yet well represented in media,” said Ben Howard, Provident Films senior vice president. “We expect these projects, and other plans Riot Studios has, to strike a chord and find a growing audience.”

Riot Studios was founded by Carroll, Will Bakke and Michael Allen, all Dallas natives and friends from their teen years. Their first film, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, followed Bakke, Allen and two other friends on a road trip crisscrossing the United States. Using a documentary approach laced with humor, the young filmmakers asked a variety of characters they met along the way what they thought about faith, God and Christians. In their follow-up film, BEWARE OF CHRISTIANS, Bakke, Allen, Carroll and friend Matt Owen journeyed across Europe discussing and interviewing others about the relevance of Christianity in today’s culture and what it means to be a Jesus follower.

DVDs of both films are available in Christian retail stores with a suggested retail price of $9.99. The BEWARE OF CHRISTIANS DVD includes bonus scenes, outtakes and a link to a printable study guide. The film has drawn the endorsement of more than 100 ministry leaders, sports figures and those wanting to impact teens and young adults.

Students across America are getting a chance to bring Riot to their campuses or churches through a multicity tour during fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters. Tour stops for 2011 include:
– Tuesday, Nov. 8
Orlando, Fla.—Fuse Orlando

– Wednesday, Nov. 9
Austin, Texas—Hill Country-University of Texas

– Thursday, Nov. 10
Houston, Texas—Houston Ozone

– Thursday, Nov. 17
Houston, Texas—Rice University

– Wednesday, Nov. 30
Midland, Texas—First United Methodist Church

– Thursday, Dec. 8
Carrollton, Texas—Prince of Peace Christian School-Chapel

To bring the BEWARE OF CHRISTIANS’ spring 2012 tour to your city, submit a request through

About Riot Studios
Austin, Texas-based Riot Studios specializes in producing, developing and distributing films that confront difficult or controversial topics with an attitude of humility and grace and with an eternal perspective. The company targets a market of young filmgoers in the 14- to 26-year-old age range.

About Provident Films
Provident Films, a division of Provident Music Group, develops, produces and markets faith-based films. Nashville-based Provident Music Group, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, has been one of the world’s leading Christian entertainment companies for more than three decades.

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