Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Check Out Gideon Media Arts Conference, Film Festival

The Gideon Media Arts Conference and Film Festival is shaping up to be a great time of learning and networking from May 31- June 4 at the LifeWay Conference Center in Ridgecrest, NC.

Gideon gives Christian actors, screenwriters, producers, graphic novelists, graphic artists, directors, singers, songwriters, radio hosts, publishers, filmmakers, writers and novelists among others a place to encourage their talents and an opportunity to develop working and personal relationships that extend long after the event.

Among the faculty are Masterworks' own Torry Martin, comedian, author of numerous books of sketches, writer for Focus on the Family's "Adventures in Odyssey" and winner of the best actor award in Nashville's 24 hour film project the past two years. Now, I'd tell you that just having a chance to hang out with Torry would make this conference worthwhile, but I'd be prejudiced. The rest of the keynote faculty, highlighted below, are proof that this conference offers some great instruction and mentoring possibilities. For more information, click here.

Nancy Stafford has been a regular on five TV series, including five years as Andy Griffith's law partner on "Matlock", and three years on the Emmy- winning "St Elsewhere". She's had recent appearances on "The Mentalist", "Judging Amy", and "ER", starred in several TV movies, including "Moment of Truth: A Child Too Many" and "Deadly Invasion", and co-stars with Randy Travis in the feature film "The Wager".

Paul McCusker, Peabody Award-winning writer and director of the audio drama "Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom" along with the multiple award-winning audio dramatizations of The Chronicles of Narnia, A Christmas Carol, and his original series The Luke Reports (honored as Best Audio Drama by the prestigious Audie Awards). He also created The Father Gilbert Mysteries, which will soon be released as a series of novels for Howard Books.

Art Ayris' first film "The Touch" won several film fests and then was picked up for distribution by Imageworks Entertainment. He heads Kingstone Media Group, a central Florida based publishing and media company. The screenplay version of the company's first graphic novel won Best TV Movie in Hollywood's Next Success contest and was requested by Warner Bros. and Intermedia. His novel on Sudanese slavery, which was optioned for a major motion picture, is due out early 2009.

Cindy Kenney is an award-winning author, editor, international speaker and seminar leader. She has worked in publishing for over twenty years, serving as publishing director and senior managing editor and writer for two entertainment companies - Big Idea Productions (VeggieTales) and Exclaim Entertainment.
Cindy has published over 60 books.

Bonnie Johnson has had been in more than 50 feature films/TV movies and commercials and has worked with such stars as Denzel Washington, Tommy Lee Jones and Robin Williams. You might remember her as the bank teller who got robbed by Ewan McGregor and Steve Buscemi in Tim Burton's film "Big Fish" or as Roy Scheider's wife in "The Punisher." Her favorite co-star is her husband, Ted. They recently played Andie MacDowell's parents in "The 5th Quarter."

Kyle Saylors is co-founder of Saylors Brothers Entertainment. He has produced content or freelanced for NBC Sports, FOX, PAX, MTV, BET, Super Bowl Pre-Game Special, and more. wiHe produced or directed music videos with Sony, Epic Records, Master P, Grammynners, and others. His projects have also been featured on "MTV's Most Expensive Music Videos", Forbes, Time Magazine, and Newsweek. Current projects include, "Facing the Fat", (documentary following the world’s longest food fast), "Hollywood on Fire" (Jane Russell and Eric Close) and "Inspired Ambition" (prime-time syndicated reality series airing on FamilyNet).

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The Blind Side

Read about the real life mom from "The Blind Side."

Lifeway: http://www.lifeway.com/article/?id=169816

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Read Matt Mungle's review of the movie at http://www.buddyhollywood.com/.

Lauren Yarger, Bio

Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

In 2008 she was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater with a Christian perspective for Reflections in the Light (http://reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com/) and is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection. She also is a contributing editor for BroadwayWorld.com

She also reviews books for Publisher's Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She formerly was Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp, a national theater web site bsed in New York and a reviewer for American Theater Web.

She also served as Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. and worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

She is a freelance writer and member of the Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women and The CT Critics Circle.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger lives with her husband in West Granby, CT and has two adult children.

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