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 past couple of days, we had a full roster of activities for the day, and lots of networking opportunities to boot. Workshops continued on with award-winning director Rick Garside, of Side By Side Films, The Climb and multi-awarded filmmaker Gary Wheeler, The Trial, The List giving pointers on how to find top talents for small indie films. Andreas Kisslinger, one of the founders of, taught about use of social media in the promotion of films. Script consultant Linda Seger shared valuable tips with screenwriters. Linda has consulted more than 2,000 scripts including Luther, Second Chance, The List, The Front Line, “The Solution,” and others. And Movieguide’s Ted Baehr presented a workshop by the same title as his latest book How to Succeed in Hollywood Without Losing Your Soul

One of the most-awaited event of the day — and such fun — is the afternoon “speed meet” where interested participants get in a room together and take turns pitching. Everyone is allowed 3 minutes each to pitch who they are and what they do in hopes for future collaboration from their list of new acquaintances. Some are armed with brochures, demo reels, books, headshots or iPad presentations. The important thing is to bring a bottle of water because your mouth will dry out from talking so fast!

Brad Mix of Crown Entertainment gave me a first glimpse at a comedy concert to release in movie theaters in March or April of 2012. The name of the project is Fully Alive by comedian Ken Davis. Brad and Gary Wheeler are the producers on this film based on a quote by St. Irenaeus, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” Ken Davis is one of my favorite comedians; he has undergone some radical transformations in order to become “fully alive.” It looks to be a very funny and inspiring work! A short trailer was shown at dinner to the entire ICVM group.

Today I interviewed my friend Suellen Roberts, founder and president of Christian Women in Media about the organization’s support of Christian women who work in all aspects of the media, including the film industry.

Josh McDowell, also an earlier workshop presenter, gave his keynote speech over dinner. It was a very sobering and thought-provoking presentation full of statistics to back up his alarming facts about the state of our current culture in relation to spirituality and morals. He challenged attendees to be that segment of the body of Christ that comes up with the most creative answers…both intellectually and morally….to provide real substance to reach this generation. I had seen Josh many years ago when I was a student at Liberty and was every bit as impressed which him now as before. Josh at age 72, made a very strong fashion statement with his superman belt buckle and red athletic shoes to match his colorful ensemble!

The movie Frontier Boys, a story about four teenaged boys whose close friendship is tested by tragic events, was the post-dinner special offering last night. The movie features Grammy Award-winning Christian singer Rebecca St. James, who has been doing quite a bit of acting lately. It’s a great movie with lots of moving scenes and inspiring moments.

Tomorrow night is one of the highlights of the conference…The Crown Awards. Only one more day left of ICVM!



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