For most indie filmmakers, festivals are a key step in marketing and promoting the movie. Having a film screen at festivals can provide new audiences, press opportunities, and even distribution. Winning awards provides validation that the movie is worth checking out.
Several years ago at the Truth Awards, The Last Appeal movie swept the awards ceremony. It was the first I’d heard of it, but I found the lead actress mesmerizing as she accepted one award after another. Soon after, I got to watch the film at the GloryReelz Christian Film Festival, and I was able to see for myself what all the fuss was about. It was unlike anything I’d seen before, and was one of those movies that stuck with me, keeping me thinking about it months later.
It’s not often you have opportunity to write a review of someone else’s reviews, but that’s exactly what I’m doing. Los Angeles film critic Tyler Smith has gathered his favorite movie reviews, organized them by genre, and then added in studies of brilliant filmmakers and what makes them great. He also examines Christian Social Drama and where modern faith-based films fall short.
Go ahead and mark your calendars for Friday, January 20th. That’s the day that The Resurrection of Gavin Stone hits theaters, and you’ll definitely want to check it out. This is a laugh out loud funny movie with a powerful story line, a great movie to take your friends to see and discuss afterwards.
Editing is an often underappreciated art. A good editor knows how to bring to life the raw footage so that it expresses the story the writer intended. Bad editing, however, can make even a good story appear lame and the actors weak. Steve Hullfish not only understands the art of editing, but is helping educate his fellow editors by sharing words of wisdom from the best of the best. In his column Art of the Cut, he interviews industry leaders and gets them to share their secrets of success. Now he’s put together a book filled with all their advice. I’m excited to interview Steve and introduce filmmakers to his invaluable expertise.
I love hearing stories of how individuals got started in the film industry. Mark Mitchell has one of the most interesting stories, beginning his filmmaking journey working on Flywheel as a young teen. He was a part of our Providence crew, and I’m looking forward to seeing his work on his latest film, Remember the Goal, which releases to theaters next weekend.