Christian Film Industry News Update for March

Christian Film Industry News Update for March

Cheryl_Wicker_and_Lance_McAlindon-1Things have been very busy trying to catch up from my trip to Nashville for NRB…I stayed over a week in early March. If you’ve seen my previous blogs you know I had a great time. Lots of new and exciting things are going on…I found an editor at NRB for Christian Movie Connect. Her name is Courtney Matz who works for CDC Communications in Virginia. Speaking of podcast, I also found someone to write original music for it—Philip Wade of Shreveport who is a faith-based filmmaker and composer. Things are really coming together for the podcast. More to come soon!!!

I will be speaking in New Orleans at a Christian meet up in April (see below). And I am in the midst of a huge organizational project. I have hired the services of Kelsi Guidry of MyWants to help me get my business and life organized online. He is the best. Not only does he know how to determine what your needs are, he teaches you the

technology and coaches you along the way to make sure you adhere to the plan!!! So I’m very sorry to say that I didn’t spend my Saturday in the sunshine…Nope, Kelsi has appointed it a big organization day for me! MyWants is a service to help people get their wants.




Audition for Shorts in New Orleans:

Florida filmmaker MaryAnn Sadler is conducting auditions for non-union Christian short films that could possibly lead to a feature film. Roles are open to men and women ages range from 12 to 80 years old, male and female. U.S. military types are also needed to play active, retired, and medically discharged soldiers. There will be a small stipend and meals. Some housing may be provided.

Auditions are scheduled for Sunday, April 3 from 2:00 PM until no later than 5:00 PM

Home of Raymond Lapino
1622 Roosevelt Boulevard
Kenner, LA 70062

For more information, contact MaryAnn Sadler at (850) 565-4747 or email appointment or questions.

For directions email Susie Labry at lasunshinebr@yahoo.comor call (225) 235-7879.


Audition for BPCC Feature in Shreveport:

Auditions for feature film to be produced by Bossier Parrish Community College are being held on Thursday March 24 at BPCC, Building D on the Third Floor. Auditions start at 5:30 PM. No appointment is needed. This will be a cold reading. There are lots of parts available. Screenplay by faith-based screenwriter and producer Suzanne M. Smith.

Christian Movie Connect:

Christian Movie Connect podcast coming soon on This video podcast will feature interviews with filmmakers, actors, and those making news in the Christian film industry. Many will be on location from events such as the National Religious Broadcasters Convention (NRB), Gideon Media Arts Conference and Film Festival, International Christian Visual Media Catalyst Conference (ICVM) and other Christian media events. Christian Movie Connect is hosted by by celebrity interviewer Cheryl Ariaz Wicker. An introductory clip to the podcast was shot at NRB. To view, go to The first full edition with be ready by early April and will feature an interview with actor John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard, Smallville) about his upcoming roles in “Doonby” and “Flag of My Father.”

Cheryl Wicker and Angie DeBlieux speak at Christian meetup


Cheryl Wicker and Angie DeBlieux will be guest speakers at the Louisiana Motion Picture and Acting Meetup of Jesus Christon April 3 at 7:00 PM at Coco Bamboo Pizzeria – 3741 Jefferson Highway New Orleans, LA.


Angie DeBlieuxis the owner of Production Management Resources. She recently moved back to Northeast Louisiana from Los Angeles to continue working as an executive consultant to assist filmmakers from outside Louisiana who wish to shoot in the state. She
is also working with the NELA Film Commission to promote the region to the film industry and is working with the NELA Economic Alliance in order to bring in video gaming to Northeast Louisiana.

Cheryl Ariaz Wicker is a media and marketing professional. She produced “Flag of My Father” with John Schneider, Gigi Erneta and William Devane. She owns Premier1 Studios, an entertainment media and marketing company specializing in Christian media. She also writes for as the National Christian Movies Examiner and recently launched Christian Movie Connect, a video podcast where she interviews news makers in the Christian film industry.

To RSVP, go to:


“Grace Card” Still in Theaters

Grace Card had over a million dollars on its first weekend on 300 screens. This was the third biggest screen average for the weekend, including the Oscar winning “The King’s Speech.” To find a movie theatre near you, go






Advance Tickets for “Soul Surfer” Available

“Soul Surfer” makes advance tickets available. When “Soul Surfer” opens in theaters everywhere on April 8, you will have an the opportunity to use this film to reach out to friends and neighbors, organized groups and teams, and the youth of your church.

With commercials already running on popular shows like American Idol, “Soul Surfer” is gaining momentum leading up to its opening weekend. But like all faith-filled films, it’s important that you show your support during the first weekend, which will allow the movie to remain in theaters for a longer run.

Tickets are available now. For groups of 25 or more, you can work with the Group Sales team. If you are bringing a smaller group, you can order your tickets through Fandango or other online ticketing sites.




“The Lamp” Actor Engaged

Congratulations to actor Jason London who plays the dynamic character of Stanley Walters in the upcoming faith-based film, The Lamp, by Trost Moving Pictures. He has recently become engaged to Sofia Karstens, his girlfriend of more than two years, when he proposed with a ring passed down by her grandmother. The wedding is set to take place in July of 2011. For more information, visit:


Left Behind Remake

Cloud Ten Pictures plans on producing a big-budget, wide theatrical release based on the ground-breaking original “Left Behind” novel.

Cloud Ten has already begun developing a script and compiling the team for this high-profile film.

Cloud Ten Pictures is currently in the process of assembling financing and distribution for a new “Left Behind” movie, and aims to be in production in late 2011. To stay up-to-date on the “Left Behind” film series as well as other exciting projects from Cloud Ten, visit For media inquiries, call 1-888-684-5561 or


Beyond the Farthest Star

Bring It vote allows you to tell your local theatre owners that there is an audience for this faith-based film in their city and that this genre of movie is essential in the on-going competition for screens at your local cinema. If you haven’t yet, please vote and then tell others to go to and vote to bring this uniquely-inspired, faith-based movie to a theatre near you!






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