$20,000 in Cash and Prizes 
Kids Films to Play a Prominent Role

BURBANK, Calif. (March 25, 2014) –168 Film (168) announced the call for entries today for the 12th annual 168 Film Project speed filmmaking contest.

The worldwide competition requires teams to create a 10-minute film based on randomly selected scriptures in one week (168 hours).  Entry fees ($168-$298) include tickets to the annual 168 Film Festival, an online screening for eligible films and the chance to win $20,000 in cash and prizes.  This year’s theme is “The Gift.”

The signup deadline is May 6, 2014 for all teams worldwide.  Selected films will screen at the 168 Film Festival, September 4-6, 2014 in Los Angeles.

According to Director John David Ware, “Great surprises are coming.  This year will be our most exciting ever. The competition is one of the most challenging out there.  It allows beginners and pros alike to see who they are under pressure and learn the skills they will need to make it in this industry.”

Filmmakers get ten days for pre-production and then exactly 168 hours to shoot and edit a 10-minute (or less) film.  Entrants are responsible for all arrangements regarding their team and budget.  Stories may be conceived in advance, but no writing may occur until the verse is assigned.

A new entry category this year is KidVids.  These 5-minute-or-less films will be fun and instructive for children. Before filming, producers will specify one of two target age ranges: films for 3-5 year-olds; “G” rated, and 6-10 year-olds; “G or PG.”

Acccording to Ware, “The spirit of KidVids is a return to the very conservative standards of 1950's media. KidVids will be protective of children, unlike many recent films receiving ‘G’ and ‘PG’ ratings. An increase in the quality and quantity of kid films is an investment in our future.”
In the first eleven years, the 168 Film Project has inspired over 750 films. An estimated 12,000 cast and crew have participated.  168 has become a launching pad for emerging filmmakers and stars like Maggie Jones, from “We Bought a Zoo” and “Ben and Kate.”

Crucial dates include Verse Assignment (which marks the start of Pre-Production) on May 6.  Film Production and Post Production Week starts May 23rd and continues exactly 168 hours or seven days.  Late entries or films even a fraction of a second over the maximum run time, are ineligible for awards.

Past sponsors include Sony, Panasonic, Advent Media, Arri, Roush Media, iKan, EIKI, Movieguide, Mission Pictures, KinoFlo, Regent University and Red Digital Cinema’s Reducation.

To speak with a winning speed filmmaker or actor, obtain B-roll footage and/or production stills of 168 filmmaking teams in action or clips from their films, contact 168 Film at 818-557-8507, info@168film.com, or visit www.168film.com.

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"Son of God" Great Effort for Burnett and Downey

Diogo Morgado in "Son of God"

For me, the portrayal of Jesus by Diogo Morgado in this film is what
makes it great. He was human and vulnerable and above all cared for and
loved others far above his love of self.

When Morgado "beheld" anyone in the film, you get a sense that he
really did care and there was always the chemistry that comes from a
believing Christian actor. This is hard to fake.

Some Christians are down on the film and are questioning Burnett and
Downey's sincerity and calling them new agers or worse.

Many Christians have been complaining (sometimes with good reason)
about the "cheese factor" in what are called "Christian Films." This
film is not perfect by any means, but it is a very good effort and it
should be celebrated.

It is so easy to tear down and destroy good things when they don't
exactly fit one's mold. Films are arguments and this argues a point of
view seldom seen in Hollywood.

So, I am impressed and thankful for Burnett and Downey (whatever their motives) for their tireless and excellent effort.

You Christians out there who are bashing "Son of God" should be
ashamed.  It is well within the ballpark of traditional Christian art and expression!

I humbly suggest that you try making a film. You will find how
very difficult it is and you too will get "shot at" by your own as you
lift your head above the comfort of your foxhole.

Thankfully, the tragedy that happened to "End of the Spear" (2005,
about missionaries who were killed as they literally save a tribe in
Ecuador from extinction) will not happen to this film (EOTS was
torpedoed by many due to the activism of the lead actor). What a waste
for such a powerful film.

As the Christian community goes out to see (what is better termed as)
Christian Worldview Films, then more money will be spent to satisfy
what could and should become a "reliable audience." If that can happen
then this type of film will continue to improve.

The Bible is very clear, with good or bad motives the important thing
is the message and this film is certainly promoting a lively and needed

In the Bible, Paul wrote about motives of those sharing the Gospel in
Philippians 1:15-18 (NIV) "It is true that some preach Christ out of
envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of
love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The
former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing
that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what
does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from
false motives or true, Christ is preached."


168 Best Actor Kevin Sizemore on ABC's "Resurrection" Sundays

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168 Best Actor winner Kevin Sizemore is coming to your living room via a new TV show.   "Resurrection" airs Sunday nights on ABC at 9:00 pm starting March 9th.

Sizemore portrays Gary Humphrey, a member of the church board in Arcadia. He makes his first appearance in episode 3 and continues as Humphrey for the remainder of the season.

The people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to reappear. An 8-year-old American boy (Landon Gimenez) wakes up alone in a rice paddy in a rural Chinese province with no idea how he got there. Details start to emerge when the boy, who calls himself Jacob, recalls that his hometown is Arcadia, and an Immigration agent, J. Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps), takes him there. The home he claims as his own is occupied by a 60-year-old couple, Henry (Kurtwood Smith) and Lucille Langston (Frances Fisher), who lost their son, Jacob, more than 30 years ago.

Next on the horizon for Sizemore is a guest spot on "Drop Dead Diva" airing April 6th on Lifetime and the comedic film "Can I Get A Witness Protection" from 168 vet and writer/director .

Kevin Sizemore was 168 Best Actor "Useless" (2011) and 168 Best Supporting actor (opposite his son Gunnar Sizemore) in “Heartfall” (2013).

To follow on TWITTER @Resurrection or #Resurrection (cast will be live tweeting every episode). To follow Kevin Sizemore on twitter: @kevinsizemore

For weekly podcast on iTunes subscribe to: "Resurrection Revealed" to hear Sizemore and all cast members give in depth interviews (@ResurrectionPod on Twitter).

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168 Hosts "Son of God" Outing for Low Income Families

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For Immediate Release
March 6, 2014

168 Film Hosts Dinner and a Movie
for Low Income Families in Pasadena

"Son of God" at Americana Mall

GLENDALE, CA. – Low income families in NW Pasadena are in for a treat on the afternoon of Sunday, March 16th. Approximately 300 people will be picked up in their community and taken to a private screening of “Son of God” in Glendale, CA. The film is scheduled to begin at 2:45pm.

The event is the brainchild of 168 Film founder, John David Ware. “I have always been fascinated by the Matthew 22 parable in the Bible.  The poor were invited to a wedding banquet in place of the wealthy, who were too busy to come. When I heard “Son of God” producers Mark (Burnett) and Roma (Downey), along with Pastor Rick Warren, talking about the film being for everyone, something just clicked.  It really is thrilling to give this kind of gift.”

Experiencing the film at the state of the art Pacific Theater in the Americana Mall, attendees will enjoy an outing where they are the stars. Plans include a hero’s reception and a meal, complete with popcorn and beverage during the movie.

Logistics include six buses and food for 300.  Afterwards, a documentary will be produced to memorialize the event.  A follow-up visit to the community is planned to observe and chronicle the impact of the effort.

Ware’s 168 Film is partnering with longtime friends Stephen and Linda Tavani of WOW International.  WOW ministers to the inner city; giving gifts of food and groceries, bicycle repair, entertainment and the Gospel. According to Stephen Tavani, “Twenty-three thousand people live in poverty in Pasadena. Transformed lives transform communities.  That is the reason Jesus came and why we are here.”

Ware immediately called Tavani when he got the idea.  “We make a great team in our uncommon goal to build bridges to the underprivileged, and this is something that bears repeating,” said Ware.

In its 12th year, 168 Film is a worldwide incubator for faith-filled media that includes writing and filmmaking competitions, and training.  Filmmakers entering its flagship competition, the 168 Film Project, are challenged to communicate the message of a randomly-selected scripture.  The May 2014 competition is open to filmmakers anywhere in the world.  This year’s theme is “The Gift.”