About Provident Films
Movies can make a difference. They can be something the entire family enjoys together. They can be stories you recommend to your friends and neighbors. They can literally leave you cheering.
Movies can be so much more ...
As part of Nashville-based Provident Music Group, Provident Films utilizes more than three decades of experience in bringing high-impact entertainment to faith-based audiences. The leaders of the Provident Films team have experience working on some of the most popular faith-based films, including FIREPROOF, the leading independent film of 2008, and Facing the Giants, the surprise theatrical hit of 2006.
With many great projects already available and others in development, Provident Films is committed to helping create movies for a committed fan base that desires heartfelt family fare.
Provident Films understands and elevates the art and the business of faith-based films. It's a passion born out of professional expertise and personal convictions; these are the films that we watch with our families.
The Leadership Team
Terry A. HemmingsAs President and CEO of Provident Music Group, Terry A. Hemmings has led the Provident brand into a new segment of content creation through the introduction and growth of Provident Films. Terry served as an Executive Producer of both FIREPROOF, the top-grossing independent film of 2008, and Facing the Giants, a sleeper hit of 2006.
Both of those film included great music from artists Provident Music Group's record labels: Reunion Records, Beach Street Records, Essential Records, and Flicker Records. Provident artists include Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns, Third Day, Brandon Heath, Red, Leeland, Tenth Avenue North, and Fireflight.
Terry's role also includes overseeing Provident-Integrity Distribution, which has released all of Provident Films' DVDs. Terry is a 1992 Leadership Music alumni, serves as a Governor with the Nashville Chapter Board of The Recording Academy, and is a Nashville Chapter representative on the National Board of Trustees for The Recording Academy. He resides in Nashville with his wife and three daughters.
Ben HowardAn experienced marketing and management professional, Ben Howard is the Senior Vice President for both Provident Films, which he helped form, and Provident Label Group. This is Ben's second stint with Provident Music Group, having served as Reunion Records' Vice President of Sales and Marketing in the 1990s.
From 1997 through 2003, Ben was the Vice President of Marketing for Big Idea Productions, the home of the leading children's property, VeggieTales. After the successful release of Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie, he formed Cedar Partners, an entertainment company that produced the movie The Second Chance. That film became the first release by Provident Films.
On the music side, he works with Reunion Records, Essential Records, and Flicker Records, whose artist rosters include Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns, Jars of Clay, Third Day, Brian Littrell, Pillar, Red, and Leeland. Ben earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his MBA from Vanderbilt. He lives in the Nashville area with his wife and three children.
Kris FuhrKris Fuhr is the Vice President of Theatrical Marketing for Provident Films, the studio that brought to theaters the inspiring film FIREPROOF, which was the No. 1 independent film of 2008. In addition to leading that effort, she oversaw the surprise theatrical hit Facing the Giants in 2006. Both of those films became smash DVD hits as well.
In her role, Kris develops the overall marketing strategy for each Provident Films' release, captains the team of industry leaders that markets the films, and directs the company's day-to-day operations. Before helping form Provident Films, Kris was Vice President of Theatrical Marketing at Big Idea Productions, overseeing the successful theatrical release of Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie.
A West Point graduate and a former Army Intelligence Officer, Kris earned a master's degree in business from Boston University. Before entering the entertainment industry, Kris was a Brand Manager at Kraft Foods, leading several businesses and working in new product development. She now lives in suburban Chicago with her family.