2013 NRB Convention & Exposition – Day 4

Today is the closing day for the NRB Convention…Day 4! Wow, the time has flown but I am so tired, I don’t think I could last another day anyway. I had breakfast with my new Parables family to start my day.

Nick Vujicic born without arms and legs inspires the audience

Nick Vujicic, was the keynote speaker in the morning General Session. Nick is from Australia and was born without arms or legs. He has an amazing testimony which he shared with attendees. He has gone from someone who was bullied as a kid and tried to drown himself to someone who spends his life encouraging others and is the founder of Life Without Limbs. He reaches out to wounded hearts around the world and tells his story of “No Limbs to No Limits” as he brings a message of hope and healing.

My sister met me for lunch along with Fatima Eid of Crown Entertainment. Even though I’m in my own hometown, this is my first time to see my sister since I arrived.

We had an afternoon full of CMC interviews. From “The Identical” I interviewed executive producer Yochanan Marcellino along with the star, Blake Rayne who played dual roles of twin brothers as well as Erin Cottrell, known for the “Love Comes Softly” series. We saw previews to this movie last night and it looks really neat. We also interviewed Isaac Hernandez of Parables. I always have such a fun time interviewing Isaac. Our last interview of the event was with Jason Jones, founder and president of Movie to Movement and producer of “Crescendo,” a short film inspiring women to choose life and to raise funds for crisis pregnancy centres.

Yochanan Marcellino of The Identical interviewed by Cheryl Wicker

Erin Cotrell of The Identical with Cheryl Wicker

Isaac Hernandez of Parables in CMC Interview

Jason Jones of Movie to Movement and Crescendo interviewed by Cheryl Wicker

Bill Muir of The Lost Medallion

Russ Taff performs at Awards Dinner

The closing banquet was one of the best I’ve been to in the three years I’ve been coming. They did a mini-version of the “Lord of All Tour” with classic contemporary Christian music artists Clay Crosse, Wayne Watson, First Call and Russ Taff. They first all sang one song each individually. I loved hearing Russ Taff singing “Praise the Lord” and First Call singing “Undivided.” but then when they all came together and sang “Lord of All,” it was simply amazing. This tour is the first time these legendary artists from the 80’s and 90’s have performed together. Loved it.

Joni Earickson Tada speaks at Awards Dinner

Joni Eareckson Tada was the keynote speaker. I have been listening to Joni on the radio for a long time but had never heard her in person. She talked about how hymns have helped her get through the hard times in her life. She started the evening with the audience joining her in a hymn and then as she told her story of ups and downs and how her faith in God has pulled her through, she would sporadically break into an acapella hymn. She has such a clear and beautiful singing voice and it was all so much from the heart. Her love for the Lord is so real. I felt totally refreshed. What a beautiful evening.

Overall, I think I can say, this was the best NRB for me. I’m looking for much increased exposure with Christian Movie Connect in the coming months because of this year’s NRB.

I want to say a public thank you to my crew: my videographer Harold Hay of Florence, KY a 30 year veteran in the industry who runs Media Missionary School and is currently working on his first feature film after decades producing television (The Zone, Victory Videos); and Kenneth Sutton, an editor from Ruston, LA, who worked with me on “Flag of My Father” and is now my new CMC editor. You all did a fantastic job!

Kenneth Sutton, Cheryl Wicker and Harold Hay

You can see my Day 4 coverage of NRB here and to check out Steve Taylor’s interview, click here.