Thanks to Mike Randall of WKBW-TV for the interview

2021 Great Lakes Christian Film Festival on WKBW-TV

Festival Director Shawn Patrick Green and WBKW-TV News Reporter Mike Randall

One of our legendary news reporters in the Buffalo, New York market interviewed Festival Director Shawn Patrick Greene. Mike Randall of WKBW-TV Channel 7 News stopped by in East Aurora, at i61 Church, to spotlight our activities and films being presented. WKBW-TV shared some clips of Break Every Chain and Man of God. Below is the interview article and video of the news report on the festival.

Little known fact about Mike, is he is also a stage performer, presenting his one-man stage plays about Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.

Check out the WKBW article and morning news segment aired Wednesday morning at 6 am.

WKBW-TV (2021) “7th Annual Great Lakes Christian Film Festival comes to East Aurora” [ by Mike Randall | Published 3:39 pm, August 3, 2021]: https://www.wkbw.com/news/local-news/7th-annual-great-lakes-christian-film-festival-comes-to-east-aurora

Special Online Event: Song of the Wilderness

Great Lakes Christian Film Festival

A Special Online presentation of the award winning documentary and the most requested film. The Producers out of China will be screening via Zoom on August 7th at 7pm (EST). [Details below]

Song of the Wilderness

You are invited to an exclusive movie show on zoom – “Song of the Wilderness”:
Date: August 7, 2021 Saturday.
Time:7:00pm EST / 4:00pm PST
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89368045066?pwd=T3pIOXBqVEM4V2hhOWo4L0pEL2M2UT09&fbclid=IwAR2NYVmPlr96Kdkr6XxaTOBZlY68ctmZdJA2fklJXuuVwi6KtVapHVI3rt8

Meeting ID: 893 6804 5066
Passcode: 953032
✅This is a powerful testimony of Jesus’ life being lived out, a must watch movie, directed by God Himself.
✅This film received several awards in 2018 including
“Best Documentary” at “International Christian Film Festival”
“Best Director for a Documentary” at The Great Lakes Christian Film Festival

Filmmaker Kent C. Williamson Killed By Drunk Driver

Kent C. Williamson

Paladin Media

Kent C. Williamson, producer and director of Paladin Media, known for When Love Walks In (2005), By War & By God (2016) and Stained Glass Rainbows (2015), was stuck by a drunk driver Friday August 2, 2019, along with some of his family members.

People all over social media were in shock of the news.

Tim Smith wrote, “Woke up this morning to news that you should never have to get. My college roommate was killed yesterday by a drunk driver. Kent C. Williamson was a good friend. His sister and her husband and his sister’s daughter were all in the car and all died at the scene. Kent leaves behind a wife and six kids. His sister and brother in law also leave behind six kids and their families. Please join me in prayer for this whole family! Kent’s parents are both still here and could really use prayer as well.”

Maria Webb posted, “This morning I heard about the tragic passing of Kent C. Williamson and three of his extended family members from being hit by a drunk driver.

I was an intern for Paladin Media Group for 2 years. It was in my second year when Kent did his first Fellows Program, that I really got to know him a lot more. Kent chose a plethora of books and films that he felt every young creative should experience, including the movie from which the quote above was taken as well as the book “Imagine. A Vision for Christians in the Arts” by Steve Turner. The intersection between art and Christianity is one topic of many that Kent was super passionate about. He would ask rhetorical questions like, “how is the world going to be transformed by the love and light of Jesus Christ, if Christians refuse to engage with the world?” This included the world of art and also politics, education, and culture in general.”

 

We will post more details as we are more informed about this tragic incident.

See more on his profile page: Kent C. Williamson

Rev. Eugene Peterson

The Rev. Eugene Peterson, a Presbyterian minister, biblical scholar and author whose writings have shaped the thinking of pastors and church people and whose colloquial translation of the Bible, “The Message,” has sold millions of copies, died Oct. 22 at his home in Lakeside, Mont. He was 85. We are very sad to hear of his passing, but we are grateful for his contribution to the Kingdom of God.

An 18 minute documentary was recently produced by Award Winning/Multi-Nominated Documentary & Music Video Director, Greg Fromholz from Ireland. The film received several nominations from the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival. The film is entitled Peterson: In Between The Man and The Message

Go to the portfolio page of the film to read more about Eugene and Greg [ read more ]

 

Greg Batiansila (Producer/Director/Writer) @POVEinstein

Greg Batiansila is a writer, director and producer who has worked in and around filmmaking for over twenty years. His work as an overachieving production assistant led to work as an overachieving location scout, which allowed him lots of time on commercial sets.

Greg’s father, the son of a Filipino from tiny Bantayan Island in the province of Cebu, Philippines, grew up in housing projects in the shadow of Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans. Greg’s mother fled American aggression in World War II and ultimately escaped communist East Germany to West Germany before immigrating to the United States.

Even when he wasn’t on sets, Greg was writing. He wrote plays, short stories, a book on spec. He wrote articles, movie reviews, and scripts, feature scripts, shorts, spec scripts for a publishing house, radio commercials, tv ads.

Greg found himself back on sets, this time as a principle at an ad agency. He wrote and directed videos of all kinds for clients of all sorts, from GE Healthcare to AirStrip to Fiserv to the highest-rated political ad in the Wisconsin in 2010. Whether it was a parody of “The Office,” animated product videos, talking head videos…product videos shot on location all around the United States, Greg wrote, produced and worked on all of them.

Through that time, he was able to work with some brilliant cinematographers, animators, and behind-the-scenes experts, all of whom helped him gain confidence for his foray into independent narrative storytelling. The Lost Key was shot with cameras and lenses borrowed from Greg’s friends.

In 2010, Greg’s youngest daughter passed away just days before her second birthday. On the day of her funeral, his father died. Those events spurred him to strive earnestly to tell stories and work tirelessly to create beauty in a world that needs it.

Working with a tight-knit clique of actors, he created, wrote and produced three seasons of a web series entitled “Leaving Eden” that gathered around 50,000 views a drama selection at ITVFest, amongst other critical praise.

The show featured original music from independent artists all over the world. Music is a critical part of Greg’s storytelling.

Greg had 2 shorts films as official selections in our Great Lakes Christian Film Festival in 2016 and 2017. In 2016 “Runner” was Nominated Best Short Film [over 20 minutes] and in 2017 “The Lost Keys” was Nominated Best Comedy. He was also on our Producer/Director Panel Discussion in our 2017 Workshops. Greg’s project “The Shepherd” is the 3rd installment in the “Lost” parables.

 

For more information go on Greg Batiansila’s Production Company POV Einstein: http://www.poveinstein.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/poveinstein

Twitter: twitter.com/poveinstein