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Four-Time Emmy Winner Michael Learned Among the Star-Studded Line Up of 168 Film Festival

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2014 Declared “The Year of Christian Film”

Four-time Primetime Emmy Award Winner Michael Learned has joined the presenter line-up for the “168 Film Festival,” a red carpet awards show designed as an international celebration of faith in film. The event takes place Saturday, September 13, at the Aratani Japanese Theater in Downtown L.A., located at 244 S. San Pedro Street. (Red Carpet, 5:30pm-7pm; Awards Show: 7:30pm-9pm.)

In the 1970s, Learned starred as the beloved “Olivia Walton” on The Waltons television show, garnering three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She later earned a fourth Emmy for her starring role as “Nurse Mary Benjamin” in the drama series Nurse in 1982. (The Waltons can currently be seen on INSP.)

Josh (Shane Harper) finds help from Reverend Dave (David A. R. White) in summer hit film "God's Not Dead." Photo Courtesy of Pure Flix.

Highlighting the power of story to change culture, the “168 Film Festival” showcases the work of worldwide filmmakers competing for top honors and more than $25,000 in cash and prizes. The event is presented annually by 168 Film, an organization founded in 2003 to train and equip filmmakers in the how-to’s of making God-honoring films.

This year’s festival takes on additional importance as the press declared 2014 as “The Year of Christian Film” following a host of box-office hits that grossed record numbers while dealing with faith-based themes (God’s Not DeadHeaven Is For RealSon of GodNoah).

Star Nathan Kress ("Chicken Little", "Into the Storm") is set to appear; Photo Courtesy of John Ware.

According to 168 Film Founder and Executive Director John David Ware, “We in the media are in the culture-changing business. If we had ten amazing scripts to sell, I believe we could sell them all in the current climate.”

Learned joins an already all-star line-up; including Nathan Kress (Chicken Little); this year’s Host, comedian Kerri Pomarolli (The Tonight Show, Comedy Central); Vincent Irizarry (All My Children); twice Emmy nominated actor Max Gail (Barney Miller); Writer, Director Sean McNamara (Soul Surfer); Melissa Biggs (Baywatch); Allie McCulloch (Homeland); Kim Estes (NCIS, How I Met Your Mother); Melissa Disney (Superman: Unbound); and Bryan E. Miller (American Idol, Dancing With the Stars.)

Kerri Pomarolli of Comedy Central will host the 168Festival this year; Photo Courtesy of Comedy4All.

Learned holds double distinction at this year’s festival. In addition to being a presenter, she is up for two Best Supporting Actress awards. Both comedies, the films are Unplugged, produced by James Runcorn; directed by Craig Anderson; and The Parcel, produced by April Manor and directed by Liz Hewes.

“I’m excited to participate on so many levels of this powerful storytelling project,” says Learned. “It’s an honor.”

The “168 Film Festival” is a two-day affair, Sept. 12-13. Special programming for Saturday, September 13, includes “168KIDS!,” where kids ages 5-15 are invited to walk the red carpet and mingle with celebrities including Nathan Kress (iCarly), Carmina Garay (React To That), Nay Nay Kirby (Who’s Watching the Kids), Noah Dahl (Mr. & Mrs. Smith), Mandalynn Carlson (Machine Gun Preacher), Kiana Lyz Rivera (Immigrant) and Tara-Nicole Azarian (It’s Supernatural). The “Pastors & Producers Media Forum,” will bring Southern California pastors together with Hollywood leaders to discuss “Capitalizing On The Year of Christian Film,” from 3pm-4pm.

 

To find out more about this amazing film festival, visit their Official Website

Don’t miss our entertainment news! Check out: “Let The Lion Roar” Film Claims to Expose ‘Conspiracy Deceiving The Modern Church’

 

The 168 Film Project: includes worldwide filmmaking and writing competitions and the 168 Film Festival (Sept. 12-13, 2014).  Contestants create media during a (168 hour) week, based on randomly assigned, foundational scriptures.   Over 800 short films have been produced worldwide in 12 years. Join our social community here: 168film.com
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“The Resurrection” Movie’s Goal: Uniting the Global Church

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It is a vision from God that stirred the heart of David Wood, a 30-year veteran in Hollywood, to beautifully portray in film, Jesus’ life following His resurrection. Wood, who underwent a dramatic spiritual transformation 12 years ago, has gone from being part of the problem in Hollywood to being part of the solution. He began his quest to make a movie called The Resurrection several years ago. Wood’s vision is one that breaks the typical Hollywood mold. His goal for this movie is to bring together and unite God’s global church.

 

Uniting God’s Global Church

He desires to make this movie God’s way by allowing Him to lead in every decision. Wood admits he allowed himself to get ahead of God’s plan when he originally planned a release date of Easter 2015. That release date is now looking more like Easter of 2016 or 2017. He is still working to bring churches together saying, “God is going to release this movie when He wants to.”

David Wood is the executive producer of "The Resurrection Project"; Photo Courtesy of David Wood.

This movie began far different from most Hollywood films. It began with a prayer movement, and then a grassroots marketing campaign to unite and involve the church. An amazing screenplay has been written by a top-notch group of writers which includes Biblical scholars and Jewish leaders. Most importantly, this script stays true to the Word of God. Wood is still seeking interested investors who are spiritually attuned to his vision. Although several big investors have shown interest in financing the entire movie, Wood and his team are adamant that no one person or group will control and guide this project except God Himself.

David Wood already has eight investors and he is talking to many more. When he has raised the production budget of $140 million from investors, filming will begin followed by editing. Wood intends to bypass the typical Hollywood money machine, by cutting out the middle man and going directly to the consumer–churches, individuals, missionaries, theaters, etc. The Resurrection will be a simultaneous world-wide release in every known language. Wood and his partners are excited about this new vision of marketing, filming, producing, and distributing this film through the power of God’s people united for a common goal.

Wood is testing the waters with this new vision of marketing with the recently released movie Jackson’s Run.

David Wood has been traveling across many countries to inform and promote his upcoming film "The Resurrection"; Photo Courtesy of David Wood.

The Ambassador Program

The Ambassador Program is designed to bring individuals from all walks of life to be involved with the movement, the movie project, and the video game which will be made to correspond with the movie.  According to executive producer David Wood, “The vision for the program is to have one million ambassadors across the entire world to represent the film project.” He is holding global conferences in different locations as a mechanism for bringing the church together.

Wood currently has 550 ambassadors signed up including Henry Lozano, the Director of Los Angeles Teen Challenge and Urban Ministry Initiatives, but most of them are known in their area, but are not necessarily famous. These ambassadors represent 195 countries across the world which is just a bit bigger than the United Nation’s influence and include places such as China, Tanzania, the Ukraine, and Russia. All denominations are represented. These ambassadors will use their positions and presence on social media to promote the film.

There are other ways to be a part of this spiritual movement. As a corporate entity, business or ministry, you can sign up as a special partner. You can serve as a spiritual producer who commits to pray for and encourage others to pray for this project. The Resurrection Project is also raising funds through crowd funding at $25 each.

 

Creating a Revival

Executive producer David Wood believes:

The real power of Christianity is the risen Jesus. We all know that Christ went to the cross as a sacrifice for our sins, but it is the power of Jesus resurrecting that creates the very reality of who we are as Christians. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ tells the rest of His story beyond that sacrifice, a story of love, hope, and power that kept a brutal sacrifice from being the end of the story.

David Wood is one of many trying to bring Christ back into our culture through film and entertainment. He was thrilled to see the success of Son of God, God’s Not Dead, and Mom’s Night Out. He is delighted so see so many Christian films being made around the world. As one of the Board of Directors of the Pan Pacific Film Festival, Wood is a part of showcasing and encouraging films that are engaging, moving, thought-provoking, and inspirational for the purpose of spreading the gospel.

It is his desire to use The Resurrection as a catalyst to bring the entire global church together to share the greatest love story ever told. Wood’s goal of involving the global church has been accomplished. The cinematography will be astounding with 3-D and special effects showing the glory of Heaven and the devastation of Hell. And in my opinion, the global impact is a great way to create the revival our world so desperately needs.

 

To become an ambassador, special partner or spiritual producer go to The Resurrection Project

For more information David Wood can be reached at david@theresurrectionproject.com or at 310.717.4164


Read Ginny’s previous interview with David Wood about  The Resurrection Project

 

Ginny Dent Brant is a writer and speaker who grew up in the halls of power in Washington, DC. Her book about her spiritual journey with her father, Harry S. Dent, Sr., Finding True Freedom: From the White House to the World, was released in 2010. Chuck Colson was her cover endorser. She is a former trustee of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Ginny and her husband Alton live in Clemson, SC. To learn more about Ginny visit www.ginnybrant.com
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Pan Pacific Film Festival 2014

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Ready for a positive, family-faith oriented change in Hollywood?  The Pan Pacific Film Festival is working hard to make that change a reality. Held annually in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, this year’s 6th annual film festival event will be held in the Aratani Community Center (JACCC) in Los Angeles, CA through July 24 - 26, 2014.

The Pan Pacific Film Festival (PPFF)  has a five-fold mission, which the team refers to as the Five E’s: Encourage Christian filmmakers with prayer, resources, and networking, Educate them through workshops and other programs, Empower them through awards ceremonies, Expose their films to the world, and Evangelize by sending out the films they receive to missionaries in other countries.

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“Hope for Hurting Hearts” Gains 4 International Film Festival Honors

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Hope for Hurting Hearts, produced by Greg Laurie's Harvest Ministries, won the Best Film by a Church Organization award at the GloryReelz Christian Film Festival and was just announced as an Official Selection in three categories at the Pan Pacific Film Festival: Best Feature Documentary, Best Cinematography and Best Editing.

"It was our honor to screen and select as a winner at GloryReelz Christian Film Fest, Hope for Hurting Hearts, a film about heartache, faith and God's love, by Harvest Ministries," said festival director Sheri Brooks.

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