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Media Missionary School acquires new space for media training center

Media Missionary School, a faith-based organization that equips and trains future media missionaries, has acquired new space to launch their future media training center. The site, located at 1530 Tremont Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, in the old Lunkenheimer building currently under renovation, will be open some time in the first quarter of 2012. The first phase …Read more »


“The Lamp” lights up the way for charity screenings

The success of “The Lamp” charity movie premiere on Sept. 15, 2011, to raise funds and awareness for the Make a Wish Foundation in Oklahoma effectively started the ball rolling for the movie’s special charity screenings, scheduled to take place in 13 states within a month’s time. Directed by award-winning director Tracy J Trost and …Read more »


Up close and personal with ‘Courageous’ producer Stephen Kendrick

“Courageous,” the much-awaited follow-up to the highly successful Sherwood Pictures‘ produced film “Fireproof,” is set to premiere on September 30, 2011. The film, produced by Stephen Kendrick, tells the story of five fathers who discover the true meaning of fatherhood as they go through life’s most difficult challenges. Starring and directed by Alex Kendrick, “Courageous” …Read more »


Day 5 at 2011 Gideon: Christian Movie Connect wraps up Gideon coverage

Christian Movie Connect Crew with Christopher Shawn Shaw

Today is a combined blog of the two last days since I’m planning to sleep in the car on the way home, not write blogs. I’ve always been true to my personal rule: Don’t blog and drive!(ha ha!) Wednesday was the last full day of the 2011 Gideon Media Conference and Film Festival with a …Read more »


Day 3 at 2011 Gideon: Actors’ workshops, insights at this year’s Gideon conference

Arledge Armenaki shoots Christian Movie Connect's Cheryl Wicker interviewing Kyle Saylors at the 2011 Gideon. (Photo credit: Donna Botts)

After an inspiring morning devotion by filmmaker Kent Williamson, Day 3 at the 2011 Gideon Media Conference and Film Festival unfolded with lots of interaction, workshops and more networking. One of the highlights of my day was Michael Joiner‘s workshop on “LA Style” Acting Technique, which was the one I had shot the scene for …Read more »


Day 2 at 2011 Gideon: Inspiring moments with the country’s best Christian entertainment personalities

Christian Movie Connect's Cheryl Wicker talks to producer and director Christopher Shawn Shaw at the 2011 Gideon. (Photo credit: Donna Botts)

My second day at the 2011 Gideon Media Arts Conference and Film Festival began sitting in on the second shoot day of the 168 Hour Film Project mini-shoot; then listening to an inspirational devotion message delivered by the very talented comedian/actor/writer Torry Martin. He challenged the audience to seek the Lord in their career and …Read more »


Day 1 of Gideon Media Arts Conference & Film Festival

Pitching Hope cast and Cheryl Wicker at Gideon Film Festival

The 4th Annual Gideon Media Arts Conference & Film Festival is now underway in the beautiful mountains of Ridgecrest, North Carolina. I left Monroe, Louisiana on Thursday night, went through Nashville, TN to spend half a day with my family and rendezvous with my assistant Donna Botts from Kentucky. Donna worked with me at NRB …Read more »


Day 4 of ICVM – Outstanding Christian filmmakers honored at Crown Awards

Day 4 of ICVM is always kind of sad…knowing it is all coming to an end. It is amazing how fast you can feel like family with your fellow convention attendees. I knew it would be hard to part at the end of the day. Because of the 2011 ICVM Crown Awards, there were only …Read more »


Day 3 at the ICVM: Faith-based entertainment experts take centerstage

The third day of the 2011 ICVM Catalyst Conference began with me having an earlier start to my day despite the lack of sleep due to sitting up late last night in the lobby with a group of conference attendees, which included Torry Martin, Micah Murray, Brad Mix, Alissa Holmes, and Rosie Koebele. Like the …Read more »


Day 2 at the 2011 ICVM: Christian film industry ‘biggies’ share inspiring vision

The second day of the 2011 International Christian Visual Media (ICVM) Catalyst Conference began with a morning devotion from Michael Catt, senior pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Georgia and is the executive producer of Sherwood Pictures’ acclaimed movies like “Fireproof,” “Facing the Giants,” and “Flywheel.”   There were lots of great workshops including the …Read more »


Day 1 at 2011 ICVM: A gathering of the Christian film industry’s movers and shakers

The 2011 ICVM Catalyst Conference officially kicked off today in Atlanta, Georgia. Morning events included the film festival, highlighted by special screenings of movies such as “Finding Hope Now” by Vertical Praise Productions, “The Guardian” by Cross Wind Productions, and “Clancy” by Grizzly Adams Productions. I was busy doing interviews during this time but heard …Read more »