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Sarah Hartland

Sarah Hartland

Sarah Hartland knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she wrote her first short story in the fourth grade. By the time she was in high school, she had written two novellas and countless short stories. It was her love of storytelling that led her into marketing and media.

Sarah freelanced throughout her time at Colorado Christian University, where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. At CCU, Sarah competed in speech and debate across the country, securing multiple awards and a national debate championship. She co-lead CCU's first-ever broadcast media program, CCU.TV, and served as the program's Student Producer during her senior year.

When she's not writing blog posts or editing a video, Sarah loves to swing dance, ski, travel, or visit her seven younger siblings in Montana.

Recent posts by Sarah Hartland

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Coming to Pure Flix in July: Fireproof and More!

By Sarah Hartland on June 29, 2018

When the kids are out of school, the beach and pool are packed, and it’s hot, hot, HOT outside, a movie in your own (air-conditioned) home is the perfect way to beat the heat. The good news is, there are some highly requested movies coming to July 1st! Does your favorite make the list?

Topics: Movie List
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Love to Laugh? Check Out Our Free Guide For Clean Comedies

By Sarah Hartland on June 21, 2018

Finding something funny to watch that is also clean can be a challenge. Too often in today’s world, “comedy” is full of curse words, innuendo, and disrespect. For Christians and parents of young children, it can feel like finding comical media is a lost cause. The good news is, there is wholesome family comedy out there, and it is easier to find than you might think.

Topics: Movie List Comedy
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You'll Never Believe Who Made this Inspirational Movie

By Sarah Hartland on May 2, 2018

Some of your favorite Christian movies don’t come from fancy Hollywood studios — instead, movies like “God’s Compass” and now “Extraordinary” were made almost entirely by a student crew. Liberty University’s film program brings talented students together during their junior year to collaboratively work on a feature-length film.

Topics: Pure Flix Digital Behind the Scenes
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6 Baseball Movies That'll Hit a Home Run With Your Family

By Sarah Hartland on April 5, 2018

Play ball! If the warmer weather has your kiddos itching to play baseball, these heartwarming movies will hit a home run with the entire family. Sports’ lessons of perseverance, courage, and hard work are clear in these family-friendly movies.

Topics: Sports Movie List Family-Friendly Movies
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3 Ways to Keep 'Ratings Creep' from Destroying Family Movie Night

By Sarah Hartland on November 12, 2017

It’s not just in your head, today’s PG rating isn’t your mamma’s PG. What used to be a trusted way to categorize movies as family-friendly (or not) has become, to many parents, an arbitrary and unhelpful label. If you’ve ever found yourself thinking, “This is rated PG?,” you’re not alone.

Topics: Family Parenting
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Want to Write a Movie? 'Lucky's Treasure' Writer Shares Best Tips

By Sarah Hartland on August 16, 2017

Like most faith-based films, “Lucky’s Treasure” was made possible by a group of like-minded talent coming together to make something for God’s glory and audiences’ entertainment. Screenwriter Claire Hutchinson spoke with Pure Flix Insider recently about how this Christian movie came together, and shared her best tips for aspiring screenwriters.

Topics: Interviews Behind the Scenes
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Here’s How One Christian Actress is Influencing Hollywood

By Sarah Hartland on July 26, 2017

From “Star Trek: Into Darkness” to “God’s Not Dead 2,” Gianna Simone’s career story is one of faith shining brightly in the center of Hollywood. Now, Simone is co-starring in the first-ever Christian sit-com

Topics: Influencers Interviews Entertainment Behind the Scenes
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13 Reasons Why Your Teen Needs a Netflix Alternative

By Sarah Hartland on June 23, 2017

“13 Reasons Why” quickly rose to fame after its March 2017 release. The series tells the story of Hannah Baker, a teenager who took her own life and leaves behind 13 tapes for the people she deemed responsible for her actions. Upon its release, “13 Reasons Why” was praised by some, but heavily criticized by mental health professionals. 

Topics: Movies Parenting
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13 Kids Movies You Won’t Mind Watching Again and Again

By Sarah Hartland on June 20, 2017

As a parent, there are probably a handful of kids movies that your kids watch time and time again. They play in the background until you’ve memorized every line and every song. If it’s time to switch it up, here are 13 kids movies you can stream from anywhere:

Topics: Movies Movie List Kids
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7 Summer Movies Your Kids Will Love

By Sarah Hartland on June 19, 2017

Summer is here! Time for long days in the sun and lots of family fun. But at the end of the  day, sometimes a movie at home in the air conditioning is exactly what’s needed. Summer movies that the entire family can enjoy can be hard to find.

Topics: Movie List
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5 Romantic Comedies Your Whole Family Can Watch

By Sarah Hartland on June 14, 2017

Two of cinema’s greatest themes: romance and laughter. Combine them and you get romantic comedies, a movie match made in Heaven. The trouble is, most romantic comedies are full of innuendo, crass language, and cheap humor, making them inappropriate for young audiences and families. But why should kids have to miss out on the genuine lessons and laughter that can come from romance and a fun story?

Topics: Movie List Relationships
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5 Shows and Movies About Politics That Will Inform You

By Sarah Hartland on June 7, 2017

Need a break from the news? With talk shows, documentaries, and movies about politics right at your fingertips online, it is easier than ever to stay informed. Turn off cable for a few days and discover how to fit politics and faith into your worldview.
Topics: Movie List America
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Clean Comedy is On the Rise, Here's Why

By Sarah Hartland on June 6, 2017

Have you ever felt excited to share something that made you cry from laughing, only to cringe when you realize there’s a swear word or inappropriate joke? You’re not the only one. But while R-rated comedy shows may be cropping up on Netflix and television, audiences seem to increasingly prefer clean comedy Christian Science Monitor correspondent Gloria Goodale attributes this rise to a need for unity:

Topics: Movies News
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Family Fun for 27 Cents a Day

By Sarah Hartland on June 1, 2017

An annual challenge is fast approaching for families: keeping the kids entertained during the hot summer months without breaking the bank. While camp, vacations, and family outings are certainly awesome additions to any summer break, these activities add up. But family fun doesn’t have to drain your wallet.

Topics: Movies Pure Flix Digital
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Ben Davies on 'I'm Not Ashamed': 'Do The Story Justice'

By Sarah Hartland on May 22, 2017

Making a movie is full of challenges and unexpected twists, and when that movie is based on a true story, the pressure only increases. That’s what Ben Davies, co-star of “I’m Not Ashamed,” recently spoke about with Pure Flix Insider. The film tells the story of the first victim of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, Rachel Joy Scott. A welcome focus on the hope and impact of a life well-lived, it is a surprising take on an otherwise tragic event, and a story Davies said he felt convicted to “get right.”

Topics: Behind the Scenes
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[QUIZ] Which Worship Band Member Would You Be?

By Sarah Hartland on May 12, 2017

Ever seen a worship band, like Hillsong United, rock out in passionate worship and wonder what it would be like to be up there? Take this exclusive quiz and find out what part you would play in a worship band.

Topics: Entertainment
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