Discussion about “The Reliant” Goes Viral on GLCFF YouTube Channel

In the last few days, the trailer for the latest faith-based film from Kevin Sorbo, has gone viral on our YouTube channel, but not in a positive way. Within 3 days the views for the trailer went from under 400 to over 5,500, with over 130 comments – not in support for the project, but in jest.

The Reliant (2018), was awarded “Best of the Fest” at #GLCFF2019, has had a surge in views from those curious about what the film is about, after several people reviewed and shared it, not to help promote it, but to mock it, and criticize its content. Many YouTube users posted their sarcastic remarks, to oppose the films 2nd Amendment theme, calling it “propaganda” and a call to fight against AntiFa. Within the first month of posting, there were several “likes” to the trailer.

As of this post, there have been over 130 dislikes as a result of the negative viral trolling on the page. Most internet trolls create accounts for the sole purpose of masking their identity, so they can comment on various content and remain anonymous. One user, under the account (supertacticalbacon), stated “Damn you’ve exposed the secret antifa supersoldier plan now we’ll never destroy Christmas.” The comment is one of the top “liked” comments so far. The ratio of “Likes” to “Dislikes” on the trailer is is 2-to-1, in favor of the “Dislikes.”

With mass shootings in America on the rise, such as tonight’s shooting at a Pittsburgh Christian School Football Game, should Christians continue to support and defend the 2nd Amendment? Will the faith-based community, or supporters of the 2nd Amendment, step it up in support of the project? The Reliant is scheduled to be screened across the US for One Night Only in October 2019. For more on the project go to the page on our site: The Reliant (2018)

[ BREAKING NEWS Report: Shooting During Jeannette, Imani Christian Football Game Forces Evacuation https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2019/09/06/report-shooting-during-jeannette-imani-christian-football-games-forces-evacuation/ ].

[ Fox News report: Kevin Sorbo’s faith-based action film ‘The Reliant’ defends Second Amendment https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/kevin-sorbo-faith-based-reliant-second-amendment ]

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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

#GLCFF2018 It’s A Wrap!

SUCCESS!!

GLCFF Festival Founder and Director – Shawn Patrick Greene

What a fantastic time we had this weekend at the Millennium Hotel in Buffalo, New York for the 4th annual Great Lakes Christian Film Festival, with over 80 films screened during the 4 day event (August 2-5, 2018).

We kicked it off at the Bread of Life Church in South Buffalo screening many foreign, student, shorts films, capped off with a stand up comedy documentary. The remainder of the festival was held at the Hotel from Friday to Sunday with a jam packed schedule, screening 14 hours of film on Friday and again on Saturday, then 8 more hours on Sunday before the finale.

Saturday afternoon, we had some incredible speakers and guests, each sharing their unique workshops on various topics, including Hollywood Exposed (Tina Marie Griffin), Kindness Activity (Phillip E Walker), Screenwriting (DonnaMarie Vaughan), and Marketing for Movies (Sharon Wilharm). We also had a great group discussion on the Film Financing and Distribution, with various industry professionals, Producers, Directors, Writers, and Marketing people. We ended the workshops with a Buffalo-style dinner with Pizza and Wings from a local Pizzeria called Johnny’s.

Mercedes E Wilson hosted the Awards Ceremony Sunday Night giving us a glimpse of her vocal talent leading us in a song to our Lord Jesus. The ceremony was very intimate as we came together after a long weekend to celebrate each other and congratulate the selections, nominees, finalists, and winners of this year’s festival.

We have already see the fruit of our labor as many films over the years have been picked up for distribution or broadcasting, as well as, listing as a top seller on streaming websites, like Genesis: Paradise Lost (GLCFF 2018 winner of Best Producer for a Documentary and Best Narration). We are excited when these hardworking production teams get their reward for their efforts.

THANK YOU

I personally want to thank the volunteers that helped us throughout the festival that made it a success.says Shawn Patrick Greene, Executive Director and Founder.

Carl Bailey (Photographer/Filmmaker) helped us tremendously Saturday during the workshops, assisting the presenters and documenting the sessions. He was also on last year’s Producer/Director Panel Discussion for 2017.

Linda Mesi (Actress/Production Assistant) was instrumental in keeping things organized during Sunday Night’s Awards Ceremony. She has participated and supported our festival from day one in 2015.

Gary Rubrick is a member of the Bread of Life Church and has assisted, since the inaugural year in 2015, in the production, programming, and organization behind the scenes of Sunday Awards Ceremony.

Rosemarie Feliciano for her help in transporting equipment and materials to and from the event. Another one that has helped since day one, not to mention the mother of my autistic daughter Moriah.

Sean Brennan (TCT Studio Manager, Buffalo) believed in our vision and mission and gave us an opportunity to be a guest on TCT’s local programming twice, to promote our festival. Sean also donated his audio equipment for the workshops this year.

We want to thank all of our partners, sponsors, supporters, promoters, members, volunteers, attendees, judging panel, presenters, and everyone that made this event a complete success. It couldn’t be done without your help.

All Glory and Honor goes to our King and our God, Jesus the Christ!

SAVE THE DATE!!

 

Voting is OPEN for 2017 People’s Choice #GLCFF2017

Go now to vote for your pic for the 2017 People’s Choice Awards from this year’s Great Lakes Christian Film Festival
Enter to vote for this year’s People’s Choice

or go to this link: https://glcff.com/films/2017-official-selections-glcff2017/2017-peoples-choice-glcff2017/

And the Winner is… #GLCFF2017

It’s a wrap!

What an incredible event this year. We had great films, awesome guests, and a fun awards ceremony. Over 40 films were screened with a great variety of diverse subjects and stories, some of which were real tear jerkers. Our Special guest, Lindsey Partridge and Frank Rossi blessed us with their inspiring visits, not to mention our awesome panel of filmmakers. Also, we hosted an exciting awards ceremony that we streamed LIVE on facebook.

As tired as we were after the event, we are already planning and getting ready for next year’s film festival – we got a great lineup planned for Buffalo. Stay tuned as we update our site frequently with all the new details.

Here is the complete list of winners for each of this year’s award categories. https://glcff.com/films/2017-official-selections-glcff2017/2017-winners-glcff2017/

Vote for the People’s Choice Awards: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RXT75MV