“Refuge from the Storm” did this REALLY happen?

Behind the Scenes of the Movie "Refuge From the Storm" Actress Kristen Quintrall Preparing for the upcoming scene. Photo taken by Debbie Hertzfeldt.

Behind the Scenes of the Movie “Refuge From the Storm” Actress Kristen Quintrall preparing for Marah’s deliverance scene. Photo taken by Debbie Hertzfeldt.

The producers of Refuge From the Storm met for the first time in November of 2009, in a Vista sushi bar to discuss making films. They wanted to produce stories about God’s power working in the lives of ordinary people. It was possible to produce inspiring, faith-based movies that tell the real stories of people’s lives, not sterilized versions. They saw the need for movies that show how dark and broken a life can become, and how God can then restore that individual to complete wholeness.

It was also clear which story to tell first. So, right away they interviewed the woman, and began to write the script. They finished Refuge from the Storm in June of 2010.

And a new generation of faith-based films was born.

Almost everything in the movie is based on actual events. Marah received complete deliverance in the hospital that day. We don’t know if the real Steve ever wrote the book.

Sam did try to attack Linda that night in the parking lot behind Katrine’s bar. But we’re not clear exactly what he saw. Whatever it was, it scared him off. When Linda turned around to see, the place was deserted. We believe Sam saw angels. We portrayed them as gang members.

Behind the Scenes of the Movie "Refuge From the Storm" Photo taken by Debbie Hertzfeldt.

Behind the Scenes of the Movie “Refuge From the Storm” Photo taken by Debbie Hertzfeldt.

Stories of God’s deliverance happen in the lives of people all the time, everywhere.  Most go undocumented.

The real Linda never wanted the focus to be on her or any one person. Rather, she wanted to share the principles, which cause God’s power to kick in, so God would receive the glory. For this reason, we’ve never publicly released the identity of the characters portrayed in the film.

Why did the main character agree to have her story told?

She thought her story would benefit and inspire others. People looking for answers can know it’s available to see God’s power operate in their lives to a greater degree. The real Linda is quick to say she actually knew very little of the Word of God at this time in her life. But she’d been taught she had “Christ in her,” and that it was available to do the works that Jesus Christ did and greater.

Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

She believed it and acted, and God moved with might.

Kristin Quintrall talks about playing Linda

Behind the Scenes of the Movie "Refuge From the Storm" Actresses Kristen Quintrall and Angie Jerez with Director Elias Acosta and Producer James Ellis. Photo taken by Debbie Hertzfeldt.

Behind the Scenes of the Movie “Refuge From the Storm” Actresses Kristen Quintrall and Angie Jerez with Director Elias Acosta and Producer James Ellis. Photo taken by Debbie Hertzfeldt.

“I’ve actually had the pleasure to meet the woman that this movie is about, and there’d be certain scenes where I’d think, how did you do this? I don’t mean in an acting way, but what really happened. Then, I’d find out the motivation for all of it.”

“It’s been really cool to pick her brain, but it also had its challenges, too. That’s because she was right behind the monitor. Sometimes I’d wonder, am I doing this right? Is this how I’m supposed to do this? But the fact that this IS a true story makes it that much more epic.”

Where’s the real Linda these days?

Since her dramatic deliverance in the 1970’s, she has enjoyed a life free from bondage.  She’s married and has raised three wonderful daughters. Two are married and having children of their own. She’s enjoyed seeing God work in her life for over 30 years, and continues to tell her story to those who desire to understand more about God’s Power and His goodness.

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Why Refuge Is Changing What People Expect from Faith-Based Film

Why Refuge Is Changing What People Expect from Faith-Based Film

The DVD for Refuge from the Storm goes on sale TODAY!  You can get your copy here.

We’re pretty excited to reach this milestone.  As part of our 4-week celebration, we continue with our Tuesday focus—what viewers are saying.

On February 3rd, Mr. Logan Judy, of Christian Entertainment Reviews, published his review of Refuge from the Storm. We were both surprised and touched by his fresh take.

Why Refuge Is Changing What People Expect from Faith-Based Film

Logan Judy photo courtesy of Christian Entertainment Reviews

Mr. Judy has been a Christian for five years.  He’s obviously not enamoured of the soft lens approach to Christian topics.

Here are a few of his remarks:

“From the first few minutes, it’s pretty clear that Refuge from the Storm isn’t your run-of-the-mill Christian film. Unlike many that paint a sanitized picture of the world free from darkness, this film approaches it head-on.”

“In a way, it succeeds where many Christian films have failed, in giving us a real-world conflict.  Even if we can’t personally identify with the terrible things that Linda is going through, we probably know of someone who has.”

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“The film is interesting, though, because it tackles something that very few Christian films ever will: spiritual warfare.”

“…it tackles real problems and exposes real evil instead of just offering up an unrealistic and sanitized view of the world.

“That’s not just noteworthy, it’s practically revolutionary.”

We’re starting to blush.

Logan Judy doesn’t paint a completely rosy picture. And that’s okay. We always welcome constructive feedback.

The story of our main character is based upon actual events, and miraculous healings did take place. Still, we freely admit that parts of Linda’s deliverance took time, though other healings were spontaneous.

That said, he is entitled to his opinion and we are honored he reviewed our film. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, here’s a trailer:

Watch it on Youtube: Refuge from the Storm.


The DVD is NOW on sale!  Get your copy here.