For Immediate Release:
August 16, 2016
August 16, 2016
Contact: Bethany Thompson
FAITH-BASED SHORT-FILM FESTIVAL ENCOURAGES DOWNS SYNDROME ACTORS
(Los Angeles, CA) –The 168 Film Festival is held in Los Angeles August 20th and 21st at Regal Cinemas at LA Live. The films come from a worldwide competition called the 168 Film Project began in 2003. The organizers are proud to encourage filmmakers and actors from around the world, including those with disabilities.
Producer Mark Baird from Houston, Texas is a perennial competitor. He has won awards for producing KidVids among other films. These films are based on the Bible and instructive for young children. This year, Baird teamed up with Penny Gibben, on her award winning script “The Lawn Boy.”
According to Baird, “The first time I read the script I knew I had to do this film. My friend Evan George Vourzeris is an actor with downs syndrome and this role was perfect for him. Gail Williamson of KMR Talent’s diversity department (Studio City, CA) introduced us to fellow Texan, Cristina Sanchez who was wonderful opposite Evan.
“The Lawn Boy,” is the 2015 winner 168’s Write of Passage Screenwriting Contest, a mentored contest running in October (168film.com). It tells the story of siblings working through the unexpected deaths of their parents and coming to terms with new challenges.
According to founder John David Ware, “We are excited to see where these two can go.” Evan has been cast in a pilot for an original series currently in production in Atlanta.
The 168 Film Festival features a Panel Discussion - "Profession of Faith: Working in the Media" on Sun, Aug 21, 1:30 - 2:45pm, featuring Rick Bonn, Head of Development & Acquisitions at Pure Flix Entertainment, Dave Alan Johnson, Writer/Producer "Vanished."
Feature film “I Am Not Ashamed” will screen as a sneak preview, starring Ben Davies, Nancy Stafford, Jennifer O'Neill, Matthew Schuler, Jaci Velasquez, and newcomer Masey McLain, who will play the seventeen-year-old Rachel Scott.
For screening schedule and tickets, click here Use Code "10forfest" for 10% off ALL FEST pass. .
For more information email Bethany@mjmgroup.com