Top 9 Finalists to Pitch for Feature Film Prize
By Dan Wooding, Founder, ASSIST News Service
LOS ANGELES, CA (ANS – September 2, 2017) – Speed film, Brother was honored as the Best Speed Film at the fifteenth Annual 168 Film Festival at Regal Cinemas Premiere House at LA LIVE (Aug. 26-27).
“Brother” also got the nod for Best Actor-Chad Brannon as Jordan, Best Cinematography-Chris Hussar and Best Sound Design-Sean Massey. The film gained 13 nominations including dueling best supporting actor nominations for Parker Mack and for former Columbia Pictures production executive and actor, Bill Ewing. Ewing plays the father of two battling brothers, who are rushing to save their father on a tiny ship in deep space.
According to a news release, “Brother” was produced by Chris Hussar and directed by Daniel Furukawa, Best Speed Film winner in 2014 (producer/director of What Showers Bring). Furukawa said, “We shot Brother in 14 hours with about $800, proving that limited budget and time excuses should not keep us from creating meaningful art. 168 gives filmmakers the opportunity to get better.”
Hussar said, “It’s an opportunity to challenge ourselves and try new things. If you want to be pushed and reach the next level, join up and have fun!”
Hussar and Furukawa are one of nine finalists who will pitch their team and a script in hopes of being selected as the partner to make the 8168 Feature Film in 2018. Eligible finalists include: Best Speed Film (and 1st and 2nd Runner Ups), Best VR Film, Best KidVid, Best International Film, Best Write of Passage Film, Best Alumni Film and James De Vince, Best Writer 168 Days Screenwriting Competition for “Military Grade.” Writers may submit (action-adventure, thriller, mystery, sci-fi or kids/family adventure only) 1-Sheet and script to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Runner-up best speed film was perennial front-runner and 10-time 168 producer, David Kiang’s “Talentland,” a “La La Land” -esque musical romp, astoundingly churned out in 168 hours by composer Guy Moon, Best Original Score winner with help from Savannah Moon, David Kiang and Joshua M. Bott. “Talentland” won for production design-Megan Mantia, Makeup/Hair-Camille Dupin, Veronica Rodarte, Bruna Nogueira and Best Editor-David Kiang.
Kiang said, “I couldn’t have done my first musical without this cast and crew, especially my composer Guy Moon. 168 enables filmmakers to challenge themselves and think outside the box with themes and verses of faith, to dare to make films that surprise and delight the audience as well as the filmmakers themselves.”
“Under Water” was named the 2nd runner-up Speed Film, with a Best director nod for Wes Llewellyn and Best Screenplay and Best Scriptural Integration to Amanda and Wes Llewellyn. Best Supporting Actress honors went to Amy Sutherland as Leia.
Best Actress went to Juliana Hansen as Katherine in Chase Baker’s Here; Best Actor (non-speed) went to Greg Dean as Harry in Molly Vernon’s Write of Passage film, “Abide;” and the Best Supporting Actor was Monte James as Carl in Penny Gibben’s “Opposite Actions.”
Best KidVid went to 10-year-old repeat winner, Rachel Lowry for “Lost.” Best International Film was “The Gift” by Andrew Matthews. Best Write of Passage Film was “Abide” by Molly Vernon.
Best Alumni Film went to the Best Director (non-speed) winner, producer/director Sheila Hart for “Remember Me,” which featured Emmy Nominee Alyvia Alyn Lind as Little Maddie, acting opposite her real mother, Barbara Alyn Woods (Deb Scott on the series, “One Tree Hill”). Lind was nominated for an Emmy award in the category of Best Younger Actress on “The Young and the Restless.” Lind portrayed Dolly Parton at 9 years old, in NBC Universal’s “Coat Of Many Colors.”
At the 168 Film Festival, mother and daughter were both nominated in the supporting category, but 9-year-old Alyvia won the award for Best Supporting Actress (non-speed). The Best Supporting Actor award went to Victor Browne as Michael Jensen and the Best Actress was Hana Hayes as Maddy Jensen. “Remember Me” composer George Oldziey also won Best Score (non-speed).
Best Music Video went to Remedy by Sheila Hart. Best Documentary and Evangelista Awards went to Dianne Butts for her exposé on a pastor who witnessed his daughter’s death in a car wreck and used it to save others that night.
Audience Favorite Awards went to Gary Emrick for “One Nightstand” and to Sheila Hart for “Remember Me.”
Best “168 Open” Film honors went to “Super” by actor/producer Josh Murray and to the runner up, “An Ocean Away” by Bob Arvin.
Jen Tousey & Paul Moran won in the first ever Virtual Reality category for their film “The Father’s Love.”
168 Founder and President John David Ware said, “It was a year of growth for 168 Film and these artists. Everyone has stretched to reach their full potential and now we go into development mode towards our first feature production with one of the 9 finalists.”
The 168 Film Project has inspired well over 1,000 films created by an estimated 18,000 cast and crew. Entries now open for 168 Film Project and Write of Passage short screenwriting competition. See www.168film.com .
THE WINNERS 2017:
Best Make-Up & Hair – Camille Dupin, Veronica Rodarte, Bruna Nogueira, Talentland
Best “Making of” 168 – Making of Remember Me, Sheila Hart
Best Sound Design – Sean Massey, Brother
Best Original Score Guy Moon (Savannah Moon, David Kiang, Guy Moon, and Joshua M. Bott, Talentland
Best Score (non-speed) – George Oldziey, Remember Me
Best Production Design – Megan Mantia, Talentland
Best Screenplay – Amanda & Wes Llewellyn, Under Water
Best Scriptural Integration – Amanda & Wes Llewellyn, Under Water
Evangelista Award – Dianne E. Butts, The Door
Best Editor – David Kiang, Talentland
Best Cinematography – Chris Hussar, Brother
Best Supporting Actor – Monte James as Carl, Opposite Actions
Best Supporting Actor (non-speed) – Victor Browne as Michael Jensen, Remember Me
Best Supporting Actress – Amy Sutherland as Leia, Under Water
Best Supporting Actress (non-speed) – Alyvia Alyn Lind as Little Maddie, Remember Me
Best Actress – Juliana Hansen as Katherine, Here
Best Actress (non-speed) – Hana Hayes as Maddy Jensen, Remember Me
Best Actor Chad Brannon as Jordan, Brother
Best Actor (non-speed) – Greg Dean as Harry (Father), Abide
Best Director – Wes Llewellyn, Under Water
Best Director (non-speed) – Remember Me, Sheila Hart
Audience Favorite One Nightstand, Gary Emrick
Audience Favorite Remember Me, Sheila Hart
Runner Up Best “168 Open” Film – An Ocean Away, Bob Arvin
Best “168 Open” Film – Super, Josh Murray
Best Documentary – The Door, Dianne E. Butts
Best VR Film – The Father’s Love, Jen Tousey & Paul Moran
Best Music Video – Remedy, Sheila Hart
Best KidVid – Lost, Rachel Lowry
Best International Film – The Gift, Andrew Matthews
Best Write of Passage Film – Abide, Molly Vernon
Best Alumni Film – Remember Me, Sheila Hart
2ND Runner Up Best Speed Film – Under Water, Amanda Llewellyn
Runner Up Best Speed Film – Talentland, David Kiang
Best Speed Film – Chris Hussar, Brother
What is a 168 film?
Founded in 2003, the 168 Film Project is an incubator for writers and filmmakers to explore scripture and to practice their craft. The 168 Film Project challenge to filmmakers worldwide is to draw a random scripture and in just 168 hours (7 days) shoot and edit a short film. In the Write of Passage competition, writers craft a 12-page script in 168 hours.
“We reduce barriers to production and create opportunities for pros and newcomers to just do it. Participants from diverse backgrounds and faiths forge dynamic, creative communities,” said John David Ware, Funder and President of The 168 Film Project. “All Filmmakers are responsible for their own budget, cast and crew.
“What started as a ministry to local Southern California filmmakers has expanded to a worldwide movement. Many different countries compete in this international contest, some winning top honors.
“We encourage fair treatment of subjects with emphasis on story and subtlety. But most importantly, filmmakers are encouraged to honestly portray the tale that God inspires through the foundational scripture.”
He added that “168” films uplift and inform the human condition, showing real consequences for actions and reflecting traditional, conservative Biblical values. “Content rules do not require overtly Christian characters, just real ones. We do not permit swearing or use of the word ‘God’ or ‘Jesus’ as an expletive. There is no gratuitous sex, language, violence or drug use.”
For more information, please contact: Mark Baird, Mark@168film.com, (832) 524-7580.
Photo captions: 1) Team of “Brother,” 2017 Best Speed Film. 2) Shooting a 168 film. 3) Guy Moon Accepts Best Musical Score Award for David Kiang’s Talentland. 4) On the Red Carpet with “Remember Me” by Sheila Hart. 5) John David Ware. 6) Dan Wooding on the Movieguide® red-carpet with Dolly Parton and Alyvia Alyn Lind, who played Dolly as a 9-year-old in “Coat Of Many Colors.”
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 76, is an award-winning winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for more than 54 years. Dan is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS). He is also the author of numerous books and has two US-based TV programs — and a weekly radio show. Dan’s most recent honor was a top humanitarian award at a film festival in Beverly Hills, California, for his long-standing reporting on persecuted Christians around the world. It was presented to him by his son, Peter Wooding.
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