Press Release: 2018 Great Lakes Christian Film Festival, Buffalo, NY

Buffalo to host 4th annual Christian Film Festival

Buffalo, NY (July 19, 2018) – The 2018 “Great Lakes Christian Film Festival” will be hosted at The Millennium, 2040 Walden Ave, Buffalo, NY 14225 between Friday August 3rd – Sunday August 5th, 2018. The festival organizers have selected over 100 films as Official Selections and will screen over 80 films from around the world, representing over 15 countries, screening narrative feature and shorts films, documentaries, student films, and music videos, as well as, many up and coming film trailers. Workshops are also scheduled on Saturday afternoon with a variety of speakers on various topics. 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.

This year 8 films were nominated for Best Feature Film, including “Summer of ’67”, the story of two sisters that surviving in the shadow of their mother’s suicide, struggling to live their lives and protect their loved ones in the face of the Vietnam War. This film, Written and Directed by Sharon Wilharm, is a fictional look at the Vietnam War based on the perspective of the wives, girlfriends, and mothers of those men aboard the USS Forrestal.

Also showing, the Buffalo Premiere of the award winning feature “A Heart That Forgives” – a great story of God’s love through the healing power of forgiveness, with an all-star cast including, Carl Anthony Payne (actor and producer, known for the Martin TV Series), Lorey Hayes (actress known for her work on Dreamgirls and NCIS), and Charles Malik Whitfield who has starred in dozens of prime-time shows and feature films, but one of his proudest professional moments so far is his leading role in the Emmy-winning mini-series, “The Temptations.”

The Great Lakes Christian Film Festival also brings an assortment of fantastic Documentaries of a wide range of topics and biographies, including the wonderful story of two women in China in “Song of the Wilderness”. 70-year-old Mother Xu travelled 200 km to the mountain area of Yimeng, Shandong province, far way from her own children. She lived in a cottage without a rooftop while taking care of Fan Jianxiu, a paralytic. Despite the sarcasm and ridicules, she persevered in looking after Fan for ten years as if it was one day. Yet still the sound of her praises spread out and rising from the wilderness.

The festival includes a diverse group of workshops, like one that special guest speaker Tina Marie Griffin will present called “Hollywood Exposed” – a behind-the-scenes look at the influences in today’s Pop Culture through entertainment and media, such as, Television, Gaming, Social Media and Music.

Buffalo is a city on the rise! An All-American City known not only for 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 seasonal outdoor activities. Plus, Buffalo is just 30 minutes away from location of one of the 7 wonders of the world, Niagara Falls. In recent years, more and more Hollywood producers are using the Buffalo area as a backdrop for their film projects, such as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, “Marshall” and “The First Purge”.

The Great Lakes Christian Film Festival was created in May 2014 by Founder and Executive Director Shawn Patrick Greene. Since its inception, over 500 films have been submitted in hopes of being selected and screened in front of the visiting guests and local Western New York attendees. Over 100 films are Official Selections in this year’s film festival. Walk-up registration begins Friday August 3rd at 9 am and is $35 for all 3 days or $15 for a single day. Registration and tickets sales are open online now on the website.

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

Downloadable Press Release: [GLCFF-2018-pressrelease]

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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/

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Entering our 4th Festival Season!

A WORD FROM OUR TEAM

Greetings friends, fans, and family of the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival,

It’s been a exciting journey so far since our inception in May 2014. We took the first year to research and prepare to launch our first Film Festival in August 2015. Starting from scratch, we have had to learn the hard way on how an event of this magnitude is conducted. We’ve had steady growth in 2016 and tested the waters at a new venue in 2017 at the Millenium Hotel with great success. We are not where we want to be just yet but we are making great strides to provide an exceptional event for your enjoyment.

We’ve premiered films in our market, upgraded our awards, added new merch, provided quality workshops, and network opportunities, and made many new friends and colleagues along the way. In 2018, we will continue to improve upon all the great ideas we’ve implemented and have some great new surprises for our attendees for this season.

Our festival is an international event yet we have a warm local feel with superb customer service and hospitality. We love our regional film community, and our state has been very film-friendly to the industry here in Western New York, not to mention accommodating to turism. We are very excited for the future of this event as we expand our horizons and add new leadership to the GLCFF team. We’ve had great support in our market from our Faith-based media outlets, like TCT TV and WDCX Radio and continue to partner with them this season.

Please reach out to me. I look forward to hearing from you on your ideas and comments. I look forward to meeting you at our next Film Festival.

Sincerely,

Shawn Patrick Greene, GLCFF Executive Director

http://www.GLCFF.com | Twitter: @GLCFF | Facebook: @GLCFF | Email: GLCFFest@gmail.com

Our Regular deadline is January 31, 2018. Hurry and enjoy the savings!

Hollywood Exposed! #AnOpenSecret Reveals Child Sex Abuse @AnOpenSecret

See The Film Hollywood Pedophiles Tried To Ban “An Open Secret”

In light of the long awaited revelations of sexual abuse in Hollywood finally being reported ESPONDA PRODUCTIONS presents AN OPEN SECRET for free for a limited time . A film about the sexual abuse of children in the entertainment industry in Hollywood. Please support our efforts of raising awareness by sharing with your friends and colleagues. #AnOpenSecret #BeCourageus #ReportIt #LifeGetsBetter. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @AnOpenSecret.

BE COURAGEOUS. REPORT IT. LIFE GETS BETTER.

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Ownership of this motion picture is protected by copyright laws and other applicable laws, and any unauthorized duplication of this motion picture could result in certain criminal prosecution and civil liability.

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AN OPEN SECRET. Official PG-13 version. Copyright Esponda Productions LLC #AnOpenSecret [54 min]: 

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An Open Secret: A documentary on Hollywood Pedophelia [2 hrs 24 min]:

Interview with Gabe Hoffman on Alex Jones

 

Press Release: 2017 Great Lakes Christian Film Festival, Buffalo, NY

Buffalo to host 3rd annual Christian Film Festival

Buffalo, NY (July 21, 2017) – The 2017 “Great Lakes Christian Film Festival” will be hosted at The Millennium, 2040 Walden Ave, Buffalo, NY 14225 between Thursday August 3rd – Saturday August 5th, 2017.  The festival will feature over 40 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.

We are screening the Buffalo Premiere of the highly acclaimed feature film Because of Gracia starring Moriah Peters and Chris Massoglia featuring Ben Davies and John Schneider, the former Dukes of Hazzard teen idol. At age 16, Moriah Peters tried out for American Idol and was mocked by the panel of judges for her purity lifestyle. Now, she has a lead role in a faith-based film. John Schneider, who has appeared in several Christian-themed films of late, plays the school principal.

Screening at the film festival is the TV movie Heritage Falls starring David Keith, who plays Charlie Fitzpatrick, the ‘winningest’ high school basketball coach in Georgia history. While many of his players think of him as a father, he does not have a good relationship with his own “bookworm” son—Evan. So Charlie decides that the best way to connect and bond is to take his son and grandson to a rustic mountain cabin for an unforgettable weekend retreat.

 Unbridled, starring Tea Mckay and Jenn Gotzon features appearances by Eric Roberts and T.C. Stallings. Inspired by a healing ranch for troubled girls in North Carolina, Unbridled is a story that exposes the atrocities of abuse, neglect, and sex trafficking and the healing and redemption experienced by girls and horses who have suffered the same types of abuse.

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 350 films were submitted in hopes of being selected. 45 films are official selections for this year’s film festival. Walk-up registration begins Thursday August 3rd at 10am $30 for all 3 days. Registration is open online now.

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

Downloadable Press ReleaseGLCFF-2017-pressrelease

2017 Submissions Under Review

The deadlines for the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival have past and the reviewing process is underway. This year we have over 100 films to watch and determine which ones are best suited for our festival. The filmmakers or producers will be notified July 2, 2017 if their film is selected for this year’s film festival. Everyone can Pre-Register Early: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZX3PDCM

You would think after two years of watching every film it would get easier to select the best of the best. Each year, there have been amazing films which made it extremely difficult to make the selections, nominees and winners. This year is no exception. Reviewing has been in effect since April and we have some potential winners already.

 

One of the things that is disappointing is when we get high quality, professional projects that could very easily win many top awards, such as the Oscars, Golden Globes, People’s Choice, etc. The problem we’ve had was the content was too adult, and not family friendly, and/or did not meet the criteria as a Christian theme, or faith-based presentation.

We strive to make this event clean, honest, and G rated. Some movies, such as The Passion of the Christ, are difficult to tel in and honest way and avoid the brutal depiction of our Savior’s crucifixion. Overall we want to promote quality as well as content rich faith-based films.

Thank you all for understanding our mission at the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival, and keep on filming. The world is watching.

Pre-Register Early: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZX3PDCM

Super Late Deadline May 31, 2017 Approaching in 4 days #GLCFF2017

Super Late Deadline

May 31, 2017
Approaching in 4 days

Submit via FilmFreeway NOW!! https://filmfreeway.com/festival/GreatLakesChristianFilmFestival

Register for the festival early to get the best deals on travel and lodging: https://glcff.com/2016/12/05/2017-registration-is-now-open-glcff2017/

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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New Release: Beyond the Farthest Star [feature] @beyondmovie

Beyond the Farthest Star

In Theatres August 10, 2015

Anne asks the question, “What really is beyond the farthest star?” Her family is being ripped apart while a mysterious stranger leads to more questions… A dying town’s secrets point to murder and an unexpected sacrifice may reveal the truth she anxiously seeks.

Starring: Renee O’Connor, Todd Terry, Cherami Leigh, Barry Corbin, William McNamara, Tyler Corie, Andrew Prine, Lou Betty Jr. and Shawn Roe

In Theaters Beginning August 10th- Beyond the Farthest Star: http://beyondthefartheststar.com/

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Great Lakes Christian Film Festival #GLCFF

Great Lakes Christian Film Festival #GLCFF @dimedianet

Aug 16-19, 2015, South Buffalo, NY

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GLCFF
Facebook event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/750328035033868/

Filmmakers Submissions [Open Nov 30, 2014]: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/GreatLakesChristianFilmFestival

Film Festival Attendees [On Sale Feb 1, 2015]: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-lakes-christian-film-festival-tickets-14797932013

Christian Filmmakers are on the rise, and as technology advances and is more accessible to more and more people, new outlets are necessary to meet the demand of new Christian Films.

We will be kicking off our very first festival in Buffalo, NY, the gateway to the Great Lakes. Buffalo has a rich history, and many stories to tell. It is in the stage of rebuilding its downtown and renovating historic landmarks. What a great place to begin our journey.

Event produced by D I Media
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Event hosted by Bread of Life Church
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