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.”

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