Pastors and Hollywood Leaders To Discuss Christian Film Success and Strategy

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Interactive Media Forum Saturday at 3pm

We always look to pastors and churches for encouragement and prayer.

The 168 Film Festival is pairing pastors together with Hollywood leaders to discuss strategies for positively affecting popular culture via Film and TV. Entitled “Capitalizing on The Year of Christian Film,” the interactive Media Forum is Saturday, September 13, 3pm-4pm, at the Aratani Japanese Theater in Downtown Los Angeles (244 South San Pedro Street). The public is welcome to attend.

In response to a stellar year for faith films (God’s Not Dead, Son of God, Noah and Heaven Is For Real) at the box office, the “Pastors & Producers Media Forum” takes place in the midst of the 12th Annual 168 Film Festival, which celebrates new filmmakers in the faith genre, from Friday Sept. 12 to Sat. Sept. 13. For info, see

“We always look to pastors and churches for encouragement and prayer,” says 168 Film Founder John David Ware. “Let’s ask some new questions, like ‘What do pastors wish faith filmmakers knew before they made their films?’ Or, ‘What stories would the pastors like to see told?’ If we can bring them on board early in the process and understand their media needs, then we should be better able to serve them with faith-based entertainment.”

Featured panelists include Sean McNamara, Writer and Director of Soul Surfer, Mark Joseph, Producer of Tolkien & Lewis and Reagan and Gary Zelasko, Director of Marketing Development at Greg Laurie’s Harvest Ministries. Ware will moderate the panel.

Following the discussion from 3pm to 4pm, participants will be treated to a meal from 168 Film Sponsor Chick-fil-A. Tickets are FREE for Pastors and 1 guest and include the dinner and a 2014 “Top 20” film compilation DVD.

Pastors and ministry leaders MUST RSVP directly at this link:; or call 168 Film at 818-557-8507.

For press interviews with 168 Film Founder, John David Ware; or to obtain press kits, B-roll, stills or film clips, contact the 168 Film offices at 818-557-8507. For the full film festival schedule or more info, visit

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