2014 SONscreen Film Festival
The North American Division is proud to be sponsoring the 12th annual SONscreen Film Festival, which is being held, March 20-22, on the campus of Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn. The opening of the festival will take place in Lynn Wood Chapel where Dave Christiano, a filmmaker from Florida will share his experiences producing Christian films over the past 25 years.
Twenty films have been chosen to be exhibited at SONscreen this year, representing the categories of Dramatic Short, Documentary Short, Animation, Professional and High School. More than 50 films were submitted this year, including a record 40 films submitted by college and university students.
In addition to viewing this year's selected films, attendees of SONscreen will have the opportunity to attend 11 workshops that focus on the fields of Audio, Cinematography, Directing, Visual Effects and Music Composition. All of the workshop presenters are working professionals and represent some of the best talent working in their respective fields. This year's workshop presenters are:
Brett Perry, Music Composer and Sound Designer
Dave Christiano, Producer, Director and Feature Film Editor
Bryan Fowler, Commercial Cinematographer and Steadicam Operator
David George, Director of Photography and Head of the Film Department at SAU
Zach Gray, Animator, Director and Professor at SAU
Nathan DeWild, Director of Photography and SAU alumni
On Friday March 21, a special presentation will be made by Kevin Ekvall focusing on a documentary on the life and work of Carl Wilkins, who was working in Rwanda during the genocide that took place in 1994. After the movie is shown, a panel discussion will take place discussing the production of the film. Carl Wilkins will also be present to take part in the discussion.
Sabbath, March 22, will feature a morning presentation by Daniel Weber, the Communication director for the North American Division, highlighting recent projects using narrative filmmaking to enhance the work of the church. The Lamb Wins, a musical group based in Philadelphia, will give the Sabbath worship service. Sabbath afternoon the film, The Blueprint, which focuses on the Adventist Education System, will be shown as well as the final block of festival entries.
The SONscreen awards presentation will take place the evening of March 22 where prizes will be awarded for Best Documentary, Best Short, Best Animation and Best High School film. A Jury prize will also be given as well as the announcement of the Audience Choice award for favorite film shown at the festival. There will also be three special awards given for Best Cinematography, Writing and Sound.
For more information about the festival and to purchase tickets please visit the festival website at www.sonscreen.com.