Faith, Family, and Film: Western North Carolina’s Red Carpet Connection

Michelle Cox War Room Interview

Michelle’s interview with Karen Abercrombie who played Ms. Clara in the hit film “War Room”

The first thing you notice about local Asheville author Michelle Cox is her smile. Partnered with a sweet southern accent and quick wit, you can’t help but feel like family in her presence. She can cook a homemade meal that rivals anything in Southern Living while sharing humorous and heartfelt stories of family (6 grandchildren!) and faith. In fact, it’s fair to say that Cox’s inspiration as a speaker and writer stem from the 3 Fs: Faith, Family, and Film.

When she’s not buried in the laptop crafting weekly Guideposts blogs or text for her latest novel, (9 books published or soon to be released), Cox can be found jetting off to national film locations and premieres to interview actors, producers, directors, and other red carpet elites. These interviews and set experiences provide rich content for film reviews. Completed reviews end up published on

Michelle Cox Red Carpet Interview
When asked about her most memorable interview, she quickly names Jim Caviezel (Passion of the Christ, Person of Interest and When the Game Stands Tall), as his genuine kindness and deep faith made quite the impression. But she adds that interviewing Harrison Ford following the screening of a movie wasn’t too shabby either!
Cox’s interest in the film industry includes her own film aspirations, as she is the proud co-author of the Just 18 Summers screenplay, a project recognized as a semifinalist for the $50,000 Kairos Prize Competition (spiritual movies award). This screenplay is based on her 2014 fiction novel by the same title.

Part of the drive for Cox’s deep connection with the faith-based film industry is her genuine love for people. She writes: “I love getting into the hearts of the people who make the films. It’s a joy for me to sit and talk with them and to discover WHY they chose to produce or act in the movie of the moment.”

So you might be wondering why Cox isn’t based in Los Angeles, New York, or a similar metropolis. Quite simply, relocation isn’t needed. Asheville, NC is currently home to or a popular vacation spot for many film professionals, including location scouts and screen writers. In 2014 MovieMaker magazine recognized Asheville as the nation’s #1 small town movie moving area. As Cox explains, the mountains foster a creative spirit critical to production success.

With the rapidly expanding faith based film industry (think Georgia based Kendrick brother films and the current movie Risen), it’s safe to assume that Cox is well positioned to keep introducing the public to the film professionals who commit their lives to box office success. She will continue her writings and edits from her western North Carolina wooded retreat with hot tea in hand, Blue Ridge mountain sunsets, and grandbaby giggles in the background.

For more information about author Michelle Cox or the burgeoning faith-based film industry, see links below:

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GMO OMG: Asheville Says No To Genetically Modified Organism

asheville gmo omg

Why would America, and so many companies who once prided themselves in the ingredients, now hide them from the consumer? There is a Global food crisis. Farming and agriculture as we once knew it is quickly disappearing. On Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in Asheville North Carolina, there will be a viewing of an amazing and engaging documentary titled GMO OMG. The event is hosted by the Organic Growers School of Asheville, with many health conscience sponsors.

Asheville is in the center of the largest farms Per capita. We are known to be one of the greatest concentration of consciousness healing practices and farming. The folks around here want to know what is in their food and what they are consuming on a daily basis. You know the term… “You get out what you put in” and now the health of our society is already deteriorating because of food related illnesses.

The panel discussion for GMO OMG will include pioneers such as Dr. James Biddle of Asheville Integrative Medicine, and Carol Koury of Sow True Seed. Carol has aligned with over 80 seed companies and has filed a class action lawsuit against the “Goliath” Monsanto. Jeremy Seifert will have about 10 minutes of questions and answers after the film. Craig Childs of Pristine Clean and Lee Warren of the Organic Growers School will moderate the panel.

You can view the official video trailer for GMO OMG here..

GMO OMG Official Trailer from Compeller Pictures on Vimeo.