Tuesday, September 22, 2009
‘The Revelator,’ The First Kairos Prize Script, Goes Before The Movie Cameras
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
HOLLYWOOD, CA (ANS) -- After just four short years since its inception, the first script from the Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays, “John, The Revelator,” is currently filming in Michigan, announced Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of MOVIEGUIDE®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment.
“This is a great day for the Kairos Prize and family audiences everywhere,” Dr. Baehr said.
Penned by David Anthony, “John, The Revelator” was the first Grand Prize winner of the competition in its inaugural year.
“We are thrilled to be able to encourage inspired talent like Mr. Anthony to bring uplifting, faith-filled stories to the screen,” said Dr. Jack Templeton, President of the John Templeton Foundation, whose grant supports the Kairos Prize. “It is our hope that stories such as this will bring change in the industry to produce a higher level of entertainment that not only amuses, but provokes thought and understanding.”
Now titled “The Revelator,” the script is being produced by Pure Flix Entertainment and is scheduled for release early next year. The script centers on an orphan boy with terminal illness who sets out to save his doctor’s marriage by teaching him the value of family.
David Anthony currently resides in Redlands, CA and is represented by Al Choi of Cavaleri & Associates in Burbank, Calif.
Established in 2005, the primary purpose of The Kairos Prize is to influence moral and spiritual values within the film and television industries by encouraging first-time and beginning screenwriters to produce compelling, entertaining and spiritually uplifting screenplays that result in a great increase in man’s love and/or understanding of God. Each year, MOVIEGUIDE® honors three new first-time or new screenwriters who split $50,000. In addition, the winners have their scripts sent to top studio executives and producers in Hollywood, including the six major movie studios.
While many of the winners from the Kairos Prize are currently under option or in development, “The Revelator” is the first in what Movieguide® hopes will be a long list of produced Kairos Prize movies.
The final deadline for the Fifth Annual $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays is November 7th, 2009. Announcement of the three winners will be made Feb. 23, 2010 at the 18th Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry, scheduled to be held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.
Dr. Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) ministry and publisher of the Commission’s family guide to movies, Movieguide® (www.movieguide.org). CFTVC and Movieguide® are an international non-profit ministry dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry according to biblical principles by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”
The John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org) serves as a philanthropic catalyst for research and discoveries relating to what scientists and philosophers call the Big Questions. The Foundation supports work at the world's top universities in such fields as theoretical physics, cosmology, evolutionary biology, cognitive science, and social science relating to love, forgiveness, creativity, purpose, and the nature and origin of religious belief. It also seeks to stimulate new thinking about wealth creation in the developing world, character education in schools and universities, and programs for cultivating the talents of gifted children.
Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Ted Baehr, please call Sandra Bell at (770) 886-8598
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