168 Film Project Filmmakers Embark on168-hour Race to Deliver Shorts on Atonement-Themed Bible Verses

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With pre-production over and scripts now in hand, 150+ teams from around the world turn cameras on to mold randomly assigned scriptures into quality cinematic entertainment.

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God may have rested on the seventh day after a stunning six-day spurt of creativity. But not so 150+ filmmaking teams from across the world. Filmmakers from the U.S. and as far away as Australia, Ethiopia and Zambia have entered in the 2013 speed filmmaking contest, the 168 Film Project.

On May 13, 2013, the filmmaking teams -- an estimated 1,500 film professionals and amateurs alike – received a luck-of-the-draw Bible verse plucked from scriptures that relate to “Atonement,” this year’s theme. They were given ten days to prepare, including writing, casting, scheduling and rehearsals and then seven days, or 168 hours, to shoot and finish a short film of 10 minutes or less.

If the previous ten editions of the annual 168 are any indication, producers, directors, editors and composers will likely use every last minute of their final 24 hours to perfect their creations.

“This is the week our filmmakers put the rubber to the road,” said 168 founder and director John David Ware. “They find out how effective their planning has been as they work to make memorable films that will earn them invitation to and nominations at the 168 Film Festival” (August 8-10 in Glendale, California).

New this year, the finished films are due to be uploaded at 168film.com (Southern California Teams will turn in in person in Burbank) no later than 11:00 AM on Monday May 30, exactly 168 hours after the production start.

Look for updates to the production week to be posted at the 168 Film Project YouTube site.

See the Turn-in Drama from 2011 as David Holechek & Jerrold Launer sprinted across the finish line with under 1 minute to go! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KokzQYFQkEE

Sometimes secretive, the stories are just now coming to light and some are still being written.

Directed by Bob Arvin, "An Ocean Away" is filming onboard the U.S.S. Iowa, a WWII era battleship, which has become a floating museum. The team has been allowed access to the decks and levels forbidden to tourists so they can tell the story.

"An Ocean Away" is a dramatic story set in WWII. A young man longs for his "freedom" from the Navy to return home to an ailing child. Echoing Exodus 6:6, he must learn to trust that God will bring his deliverance.

"My grandfather was onboard the battleship U.S.S. Tennessee in World War II, so we have gained some inspiration from that experience to help us tell our story onboard this amazing ship," said Arvin.

Travis Mendel’s team will tell the story of an up-and-coming fashion designer, who decides to donate all proceeds to charity. It’s based on Micah 6:8; “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Artie Delgado’s team will describe "CUE," a Hip Hop artist-turned-Pastor on a mission to redeem and re-make lives on skid row. Based on Luke 4:18-19; “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.”

Veteran producer Mike Wech will tell the harrowing true story of a man who, after surviving 6 days of sharks and rough seas on a raft, makes atonement and reconciliation his business. Based on 2 Corinthians 5:18; “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”

Tickets to the 168 Film Festival will be on sale starting June 3rd at 168film.com.

To schedule interviews with 168 or one of the filmmakers, contact John David Ware, 818-557-8507, john(at)168film(dot)com.

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