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By Jason Jones, Senior Contributor to The Stream, June 1, 2017

Jason Scott JonesThere’s an exciting new film I’m involved in promoting. I wanted to share the news about it with Stream readers. It’s called Because of Gracia. Here’s what The Hollywood Reporter said about it:

An independent movie called Because of Gracia, which stars a former American Idol contestant who says her appearance on the former Fox show mirrors the experience of her character in the film, has picked up a distribution partner and set an opening date for Sept. 15, 2017, the filmmakers said Friday.

At age 16, Moriah Peters tried out for American Idol and told judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and Avril Lavigne that she was a Christian who was saving her first kiss for marriage.

Peters said the celebrity judges praised her looks and her singing, but belittled her chaste lifestyle. One judge told her, “You’re trying to be too perfect,” while another told her, “Go out, kiss a guy, come back,” she says.

Now, Peters stars in Because of Gracia, in which she plays a high school girl who is similarly saving herself for marriage. She also sings and is called “perfect” in the movie, just like on American Idol seven years ago.

It’s a fantastic movie, with great writing, acting, and production values. Stay tuned for news of where and how to see it. In the meantime, here’s a preview for Stream readers:


Jason Jones is a Senior Contributor to The Stream. He is a film producer, author, activist and human rights worker. For the past 20+ years, he has worked to defend the most vulnerable — from the homeless on the streets of Los Angeles to persecuted Christians in Africa, from women in crisis pregnancies to victims of “honor killing” in Iran.

He attended the University of Hawaii, after a tour serving in the U.S. infantry. At University of Hawaii, he founded the Pro-Life Student Union and served as state chairman of Young Americans for Freedom. Jason would go on to serve as director of Hawaii Right to Life, national youth director of the American Life League, grassroots director of Brownback for President and public relations director for the world’s largest international pro-life organization, Human Life International. He has appeared in defense of the most vulnerable members of the human family on ABC, Fox, CNN and hundreds of radio programs nationwide.

Jones is the Founder of HERO [Human-Rights Education and Relief Organization], a non-profit that promotes human dignity regardless of ability, age, status, race or geography. He spearheaded a HERO initiative to bring clean water to suffering refugees in South Sudan. In 2009, despite the government’s warning of unsafe travel, Jason visited Darfur and inspected 26 new water wells and distributed $2 million in food, medicine and other aid. He is currently leading an effort to provide emergency aid to the victims of ISIS in Iraq.

Jones was a producer on the 2006 pro-life film, Bella, which won several film industry awards, most notably the People’s Choice Award at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival.

He was the associate producer of the 2008 film on honor killings, The Stoning of Soraya M., which won the NAACP Image Award in 2010 as well as the Los Angeles Film Festival Audience Award in 2009.

His short films include Eyes to See (2010) and Crescendo (2011); Crescendo, whose executive producer was Patti Mallette (mother of Justin Bieber), raised millions of dollars for women and children in crisis pregnancy centers. He was producer in 2012 of the TV movie Mother Marianne: Portrait of a Saint.

Jones lives in Hawaii, with his wife and seven children.