ICVM Catalyst Conference – Day 1

Late night networking: Bobby Downs, Paul Vander Niet, Jerry Gill, Gerald Wallens, Cheryl Ariaz Wicker, and Jared Geezy

The 2012 International Christian Visual Media Catalyst Conference (ICVM) is in full swing. Held at the Double Tree Hotel/Sea World in Orlando, Florida, the conference runs from July 10-13. I arrived on Monday evening, just in time for the Ice Cream Social for international and early arrivers. It was great seeing everyone, but as fun as that was, it may have taken a back seat to the ‘make-your-own-sundae’ bar. Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve built a sundae! I should have taken a picture but my camera was still packed in my rental car!

The days leading up to this event consisted on many late night “work parties” and one all-nighter. So, in my state of excessive sleep deprivation, I called it an early night on Monday. With today being the first official day of the conference with the first event starting at 5:00 p.m., it gave me some time to catch up on some things I couldn’t get done before leaving home….you know, important stuff like a manicure and pedicure!

Keynote speaker Luis Bush

The first event today was a meeting of producers and distributors as well as a meeting of writers and actors. I went to the producers/distributors group and we all gave one minute introductions and then mingled. This was followed by dinner with keynote speaker, Luis Bush. Known as the “Billy Graham of South America,” Bush’s topic was entitled, “Raise Up a New 4/14 Window Generation to Transform the World.” The “4/14 window” is the term for the age demographic of 4 to 14 which happens to be the age most receptive to the Gospel. Luis encouraged media professionals to follow the example of Jesus in their ministries.

“Popcorn Movie Night” followed dinner which grants attendees a six minute time frame to highlight their projects: movie trailers, demo reel or just six minutes in the spotlight to talk about their film. I stepped away from the event for a few minutes to shoot a Christian Movie Connect “man-on-the-street” interview with attendees. Make sure you look for the daily podcasts from Christian Movie Connect over the next several days.

Incidentally after my “man-on-the-street” interview, we hung out until almost 1:00 a.m. I enjoyed talking with producer Bobby Downes and Jarred Geezy of ChristianCinema.com and Echo Light Studios, as well as Chris Morrow of Echo Light Studios, Paul Vander Niet of Neema, a film distribution company in the Netherlands, and actors Jerry Gill and Gerald Wallens. Gerald is an evangelist who ministers while portraying the role of Jesus! So there were many jokes at the table about “breaking bread with Jesus” and the like.

Today’s activities made me look forward to another action packed day tomorrow. Make sure to come on back and get an inside peak into ICVM!