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January 12th, 2011
I had the pleasure of attending the San Diego Christian Film Festival(SDCFF). JesusFreaks(JF) was an official selection and recognized as one of the top three films in the U.S. Feature Documentary category. We were honored to be apart of SDCFF and I have to say that many of the films screened were well produced and well received by the audiences in attendance at SDCFF. A few films that come to mind that I would recommend to anyone were “Rust,” “Lifted,” and “Lost Boy,” these three really stood out in my mind as God inspired-outstanding films. We were in good company and Christian films are improving and are finally beginning to have the production qualities to compete with our secular counterparts in the film industry. It is imperative that Christian stuff stand out to the secular world as being first-class and not cheesy or b-rate-SDCFF and the films that were recognized is a step in that direction.
At SDCFF there was an awesome round table on Thursday Dec.30th, the film industry insiders on hand, Corbin Bernson: Actor “Psych,” “L.A. Law,”; independent film maker-”Rust.” Mr Simon Swart: G.M. and E.V.P., Fox Home Entertainment…Ken Wales: a Hollywood veteran; producer of “Amazing Grace.” Mark Clayman: Executive Producer, hit movie, “the Pursuit of Happyness,” staring Will Smith. The insight and depth of knowledge these believers offered was awesome and again and again no matter how important they were each said, “it is all a God thing that I’m in this position!” All encouraged the independent film maker to keep making great movies, stories of faith that needed to be told, and doing it in a professional thought provoking manner so that the world can see that Christians can produce good quality films to compete with the secular market…”Story is King, Content is King,” “Bring the audience to a place they never thought existed, Give them something they have never seen before,”-the advice and encouragement from these men was awesome.
I want to thank the Director of SDCFF Richard Bagdazin and his V.P. Mrs. Mishe Harvey and their whole team in doing an outstanding job. I could not believe it was the First annual because everything about it made me feel like this wasn’t their first rodeo. The warm reception when I first arrived, the celebrated hosting I felt throughout and the encouragement as an independent Christian Film maker, being told many times how much they enjoyed “JesusFreaks,” and SDCFF wanted to do all that they could to help our film get the next level of exposure and their belief that JF needed be told to the masses-it was great encouragement…Like I shared with the staff of SDCFF-Great job and thank you guys for allowing us to be apart of it-to be apart of the SDCFF-truly was an honor.
The making and producing of faith-based films is a mission field. Faith-base films can be a tool for missionaries to use to lead people to ask the bigger questions of our existence, Is there a God? God wants relationship with people and what does that look like? God is Love and show what that may looks like on film? Lead the viewer to ask the question, God are you real? and if so make yourself known to me?-if that prayer is offered up- He will make Himself known!!! I’m a missionary in that i want my work to lead people to ask the bigger questions in life and God will do the rest…
“Lord help me to be an instrument of your peace,” St. Francis. As a film maker is one sphere or realm of influence where we can be an instrument of God’s peace.
A Generation is Waiting…
Creating a Shift in Culture…
Charles(Chad) Cobb Jr.