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

 

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2016 PEOPLE’S CHOICE Winners #GLCFF2016

WINNERS Announced!!

The winners of the 2016 People’s Choice voting poll for the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival.

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Our People’s Choice winners were almost all nominees for our regular festival nominations. GO LUCY GO was a fan favorite and PC for Documentary [short]. The PC for Short Film [over 20 minutes] was IN BETWEEN which also took home other festival awards.

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Festival Director Shawn Greene with Film Director Matthew Ramsaur of short film “In Between.”

For full list of all 2016 Award Winners [Click Here] or go to the link: https://glcff.com/2016/10/24/2016-peoples-choice-voting-polls-are-open-glcff2016/

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2016 PEOPLE’S CHOICE Voting Polls Are Open #GLCFF2016

2016 GLCFF PEOPLE’S CHOICE NOMINEES

The Polls are open with LIVE results! Scroll to the bottom of the Nominees page and click the ballot link.

PAGE: https://glcff.com/films/2016-nominees-glcff2016/

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#GLCFF2016 Awards Ceremony

THE RESULTS ARE In!!!

#GLCFF2016 (Buffalo, NY) Our 2016 awards ceremony for this year’s festival was amazing and was very fun to be a part of. We had great audience participation and wonderful acceptance speeches. We were all encouraged regardless of the results. Everyone left a winner. Check out Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for the hashtags #GLCFF and #GLCFF2016

Here are the results of the 2016 Great Lakes Christian Film Festival Awards

 

 

Sunday Night Movie @ The Bread [8-21-16] @bolbuffalo #GLCFF2016

Sunday Night Movie @ The Bread
Faith-based Double Feature!

FREE family movie night TONIGHT Aug 21, 2106, starting at 5pm at the Bread of Life Church, 1638 South Park Ave, Buffalo, NY 14220. We are screening 2 feature films back-to-back. A short film will screen before each feature.

SCHEDULE CHANGE!!

5pm
Heaven to Earth [short] (25:18)
A troubled teen is taken on an unbelievable journey through time by an angelic guide to experience the true story of Christmas and discover his own story of redemption.

Hoovey [feature] (1:31:00)
The inspiring and true story of a Midwestern basketball family that, with God’s help, stayed in the game and won. When promising high school basketball player Eric “Hoovey” Elliott collapses on the court, doctors discover a life-threatening brain tumor. Hoovey will survive the high-risk surgery, but at what cost? Can he relearn to walk, read, even to see clearly? The road is long, and meanwhile overwhelming medical bills threaten to undo everything his parents, Jeff and Ruth, have taken a lifetime to build.

 

7pm
The Brotherhood [short] (10:37)
A hardbitten ex con struggles to break free of his former life and reconnect with the family he abandoned years before

Leaves of the Tree [feature] (1:32:00)
A mystical tree, shrouded in religious lore, leads a once powerful lawyer sidelined by a life threatening disease, to remote Sicily to discover the secret of the tree’s medicinal leaves. “The Tree” intersects faith, doubt and belief for all those that come into contact with its unique ability to heal.

This event is the conclusion of the 2016 Great Lakes Christian Film Festival #GLCFF2016

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And the Nominees are…. #GLCFF2016

Here are this year’s nominees for best films, directors and actors.

It was a tough task to narrow down all these great films, directors and actors to 7 nominees for each category but here they are:

Go to the 2016 Nominee Pagehttps://glcff.com/films/2016-nominees-glcff2016/

 

PRESS RELEASE: 2016 Great Lakes Christian Film Festival #GLCFF2016

South Buffalo to host 2nd annual Christian Film Festival

Butterflies-LighthouseBuffalo, NY (August 1, 2016) – The 2016 “Great Lakes Christian Film Festival” will be hosted at Bread of Life Church, 1638 South Park Ave, Buffalo, NY 14220 between Thursday August 18th – Sunday August 21st, 2016.  The festival will feature over 100 films from around the world, representing over 10 countries, screening feature films, shorts films, documentaries, and music videos, as well as, many up and coming film trailers. The festival is open to the public and offers an array of subject material for any viewer, from Action and Drama, to Animation and Biographies, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

TexasRein-WEBOpening Day sets the tone for the festival with a Country Western Night, encouraging anyone to dress the part in our first ever themed event. We are screening the Buffalo Premiere of the highly acclaimed feature film “Texas Rein” starring Beth Gouthro & Greg Perrow and is joined by a fantastic cast, with Don Hartman, Ben Davies, and Erin Bethea. Directed by Durrell Nelson.

forgiven_11x14b_copyFriday is our Day of Action Flicks including the feature film “Forgiven” starring Kevin Sorbo, Kelsy Sanders, and Jenn Gotzon, and directed by Kevan Otto. Saturday is our Courtroom Drama Themed evening screening the feature film “The Last Appeal” and the short film “The Trial Of Everett Mann”.

Hoovey posterThe festival ends screening the feature film “Hoovey” directed by Sean McNamara [Soul Surfer, Spare Parts] and includes an all-star cast including Lauren Holly and Patrick Warburton.

Buffalo is a city on the rise! We are known not only for our sports obsession but for having the “Best Food in America” as well as a growing world-class medical and research community. Innovative developments are happening around town such as Canalside which is home to a collection of restaurants, shops and as well as seasonal outdoor activities. Hollywood has brought their projects to Buffalo, such as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Marshall” filming scenes around our city.

Festival Executive Director Shawn Greene created the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival in May of 2014. Since then, over 200 films were submitted in hopes of being selected. 130 films are official selections for this year’s film festival. Walk-up registration begins Thursday August 18th at 10am $75 for all 4 days. Registration is open online now for $60.

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Information for the entire festival, including accommodations, tickets, schedule, and sponsorship opportunities, is on the official website: http://www.GLCFF.com

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download the official press release here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bdhymv4051idu4k/GLCFF-2016-pressrelease.pdf?dl=0

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Film Festival Schedule #GLCFF2016 @GLCFF

The long wait is over. The schedule for the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival has been complete and published. The full film festival schedule is ready to view and is downloadable via dropbox link on the SCHEDULE PAGE [ https://glcff.com/attend/schedule/ ].

*The schedule is subject to change based on attendance and availability of the producers, directors, and/or filmmakers.

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Schedule to be published Tue July 12th #GLCFF2016 #GLCFF

The difficult task to schedule all the official selections is almost complete

scheduleAfter considering the availability of the filmmakers and guests, we are setting a schedule for when the films will be screened at our festival. We will begin on Aug 18, 2016 at 3 pm after our registration period and first workshop. We will screen the film Hoovey on Sunday Aug 21 at 6 pm night for our family movie night. Details to be release Tuesday July 12th around 5 pm [EST].

Go to the site at www.glcff.com 

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Official Selections [list] #GLCFF2016

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Project Titles, Directors

“Jammies, Teeth, Prayers & Bed”,T. Greg Merrion
“La Liberacion de AlEXIS / The Discovery of Santos”,”Ralph Isenberg, Executive Director, Joe De La Fuente”
(faith),Crisanta de Guzman
A Girl Like Me,Danielle Wunker
A Long Walk to the Cross.com,”Tim Bergmann, Val Lieske”
A SPECIAL PLACE,Matt Gray
ActorsLove,Richard Rabelbauer
Adam & Eve,”Davey Morrison Dillard, Bianca Morrison Dillard”
Agape,Micah Versemann
Anchored: A Grandfather’s Legacy,””
Angels to Spare Us,Aaron Potter
Armor of God,Xavier Garcia
Boarding The Ark,Joshua Faust
Boonville Redemption,Don Schroeder
BRO Men with Hope to Bring,Nich L Perez CSC
Butterflies,Cayman Grant
By His Stripes,Stephen C. Bortsalas
CHILDREN OF WAR,APOLONIA DAVALOS
Choice of a Lifetime,Garrison Hill
City on a Hill,Selva Tamiz Anban Devados
Competition,Artur Boruzs
CRAVE: THE FAST LIFE ,Joaquin F. Palma
Dex Davis: Child of God…Episode 3 – “Peer Pressure Panic!”,”Horace Christian, Jr.”
End of The Trail,Barry Tolli
Essence: Exploring the Horse-Human Relationship,Ivy Schexnayder
Evangelicals for Climate Action,Sam Kauffmann
Father, Son and Holy Moses!,William Middleton
Finding my Father,Aaron Potter
Footprints in the Snow,Vincent T Joachim
Forgiven,Kevan Otto
Forward Until Found,Adam Dufour
Fourth World,David Bolt
Freedom Gate,Mark Baird
Gillian’s Island,Aaron Markus
Go Lucy Go,Vince Williams
Gone,John Hopper
group,AJ PARKER
Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message,David Naglieri
Harmony,Enrique Rico Diaz
Heaven to Earth,Andy Huff
Honoring the Code,Eugene Cuevas
Hoovey,Sean McNamara
How,Ty Staples
I Will Not Fear,Nick Lindsay
I’LL WALK WITH GOD,Ian Woodward
In Between,Matthew Ramsaur
In Good Faith ,Casey Hempel
Inspired Movement: The History of Excellence at the Heart of the Artist,Amy Esther Schmidt
Irish Legend,Laura Johnson
J…,Florin Marksteiner
Jacob’s Tears,Hugh Kitson
Jerusalem: An Unforgettable City,John Moore
Jesus Is My Booski,”Camy “”Cameron”” Arnett”
Knox,Murdo Macleod
LAKE of FIRE,Andrew Thorn
Leaves of the Tree (Dove 12+ and MPAA 13),Ante Novakovic
Less Hell, More Angel,Christian D’Andrea
Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism,David Naglieri
Life In Osborn,Walter V. Marshall
Little Sticker,Michael Jackson Chaney
Masterless,Craig Shimahara
Meet Your Maker,Ty Wilson
Mercy,Steven Frohardt
Message of Hope,tom lee
Mission Improbable,Matthew Perdie
Missions in the Wilderness: Milk and Honey Cambodia,Simon Ives
Mitosis,Hannah Victoria
Mr. Pastor Jones,Lizette Barrera
My Brother’s Keeper,Samone Norsworthy
Mystery,Laura Johnson
Not Even the Mountain Stays the Same,Diana Nicolae
Obbie,Mira Chendler
One Rock Three Religions,isaac hertz
Open Hands,James Burns
Orphans of the Genocide ,Bared Maronian
Our Mud (Three Stories of Mud),Arjanmar H. Rebeta
Pursued,Aaron Potter
Ready to Brew,John Rush
Rebellion,Stephen Burhoe
RED THROUGH THE GLASS (wherever you go),Alberto Tempi
Redemption of the Heart ,Isaac Meeks & Sandon Yahn
Return to the Garden,”D. Erik Parks, Jake Hutchison”
Riding High,”Tiffany Israel, Emily Ray”
Riva,Christopher Wiegand
Road to Revelation,Bill Butler
Roses,Alex Lerma
Runner,Greg Batiansila
Saint Dee Dee,Helen Baldwin
Sisters,Lynn Moody
Spiritus,Matthew Spaull
Stained Glass Windows of the Shenandoah Valley,D.Lee Beard
Still Standing,Joel Benson
Streets of Harvest,Fred Keel
Texas Rein,Durrell Nelson
Thank You,Micah Versemann
The Artifact,Aaron Kamp
The Brotherhood,Andrew Thorn
The Cokeville Miracle,T.C. Christensen
The Confession,John La Raw
The Daughter Project,””
The Evanescence of Hope,Loren M. Lambert
The Final Resolution,Brian Ronalds
The foreigner in the wind,Filippo Lubiato
The Forgiveness Dance,”” [screenplay]
The Golden Rule,Felix Crumbsy
the Green Thumb,TL Irving
The Last Appeal,”Trey Fernald, Michael Feifer”
The Life of David Brainerd: A Documentary,Joe Tyrpak
The Lost Pueblo,Tomas Sanchez
The Messenger,Doron Eran
The Morgue,Paul Cavallo
THE MOUNT OF FAITH,ETIENNE COUTINHO
The Phoenix: Hope is Rising,Phil Gioja
THE PILGRIM,Pawel Jozwiak-Rodan
The Return,Steven F. Zambo
The Road to Santiago,Eduardo Vidal Perez
The Sereer: Desperately Trying to Please God,Ken Beale
The Traces Of Oblivion,Luis Morales
The Trial Of Everett Mann,Mike Gerard
The True Meaning of Love,Karyme Lozano
The Undeserved Gift,Mikey Williams
This Path,Nasim Bowlus
Unexpected Journey, from cancer to a higher calling,Don Albert
Victory in Christ – FILM – النصر بالمسيح,Greg Williams
Vindication,Jarod O’Flaherty
Walk On Water, Family Reunion,Rich Nation
Waves,Gary Centrone
We Three Kings,Laura Johnson
Who Will Move the Stone,Rhodes Short
With or Without,Vince Williams
You’re Not Alone,””

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