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PostSubject: Redeeming Hollywood One Script at a Time: Faith-Based Screenwriting Competition Sees More Winners Go   Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:04 pm

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PO Box 609, Lake Forest, CA 92609-0609 USA

Visit our web site at: www.assistnews.net -- E-mail: assistnews@aol.com

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Redeeming Hollywood
One Script at a Time:

Faith-Based Screenwriting Competition Sees
More Winners Go into Production

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries


HOLLYWOOD, CA
(ANS) -- More Hollywood producers and studios are flocking
to the faith-based winners of the Annual $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually
Uplifting Screenplays by Beginning and First-Time Screenwriters.


According to a news release from
Movieguide®, the first Grand Prize winner, JOHN THE REVELATOR, was released in
January 2011 on DVD as JOHNNY. Three more Kairos winners went into production
recently, including TOUCHED (retitled A SEASON OF MIRACLES) by Rusty Whitener, A
MATTER OF TIME by Christina Denton, and UNDER THE APPLE TREE, a romantic comedy
with Christian values, by Matthew Hill and Landon Johnson.
Michael Trent, manager of the Kairos Prize competition, said three other
winners are scheduled to go into production before the end of the year.

“This is a tremendous achievement,” said Dr. Ted Baehr, co-founder of the
competition and publisher of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and
Entertainment. “It usually takes nine to 13 years on average for a script to be
produced into a movie.”

“God really seems to have His fingerprints on this competition,” Trent added.
“I’m excited to see what’s coming next.”

Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation headquartered just
outside Philadelphia, the Annual Kairos Prizes (now in their eighth year) reward
the three best scripts that “greatly increase humanity’s love or understanding
of God.”

Prizes of $25,000, $15,000, and $10,000 are presented each year at the Annual
Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry
sponsored by Good News Communications, dba the Christian Film, & Television
Commission® and Movieguide®.

The Grand Prize winner is now sent out to more than 80 top producers, studio
executives, and filmmakers in Hollywood. Many of them want to read the two
runners up.

In fact, Jeffrey Katzenberg, founder of DreamWorks Animation (SHREK and
MADAGASCAR) praised the last two Grand Prize winners, BLUE WATER METAL and THE
HALO THEORY, for their creativity and promise.

Dr. Ted Baehr has been teaching screenwriting for 30 years. Recently, he
published his guide to writing, producing, and marketing inspiring movies, HOW
TO SUCCEED IN HOLLYWOOD (WITHOUT LOSING YOUR SOUL).

His next four-day screenwriting workshop takes place June 27-30 in Southern
California, followed by one in late August.

Entries for the Eighth Annual Kairos Prizes are now being accepted. An Early
Bird Discount of $50 will be given to those who submit their script entries by
Sept. 24, 2012. After that, the entry fee will be $80 until the final deadline
of Nov. 2, 2012. Criteria for the prizes may be found on the Kairos Prize
website at www.kairosprize.com.

The Kairos Prize winners will be announced on February 15, 2013 at the 21st
Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry
in the Grand Ballroom at the Universal Hilton Hotel near Hollywood.

For more information on Dr. Baehr’s regular screenwriting workshops and
classes, please call 1-888-248-6689 or visit www.movieguide.org.

Dr. Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission®
(CFTVC) ministry and director of its family guide to movies and entertainment,
Movieguide® (www.movieguide.org). CFTVC
and Movieguide® are an international non-profit ministry, advocacy group, and
watchdog dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by
influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about
the influence of the entertainment media.”

Each year at the Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala, Dr. Baehr presents
highlights from Movieguide®’s Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry, which
shows that family-friendly, spiritually uplifting movies with Christian,
biblical values supporting ethical monotheism make the most money at the box
office and on DVD.

“Great movies are great stories well told, have a positive worldview, and are
morally or spiritually inspiring,” Dr. Baehr noted.

He pointed out that the most successful movie of the year so far, Marvel’s
THE AVENGERS, fits all of these qualities, as did previous box office winners
like TOY STORY 3, LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING, the SPIDER-MAN
movies, THE BLIND SIDE, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, SHREK 2, and THE PASSION OF
THE CHRIST.

The John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org) serves as a philanthropic
catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and
ultimate reality. The Foundation supports research on subjects ranging from
complexity, evolution, and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love, and free
will. It encourages civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and
theologians and between such experts and the public at large, for the purposes
of definitional clarity and new insights. The Foundation's vision is derived
from the late Sir John Templeton's optimism about the possibility of acquiring
“new spiritual information” and from his commitment to rigorous scientific
research and related scholarship. The Foundation's motto, “How little we know,
how eager to learn,” exemplifies its support for open-minded inquiry and its
hope for advancing human progress through breakthrough discoveries.

For an interview with Dr. Ted Baehr, please contact Tahlia at 1-888-248-6689
or tahlia.m@movieguide.org and for
more information, please contact Tom Snyder, 805-383-2000, tom@movieguide.org




Dan Wooding, 71, is an award winning British journalist now
living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married
for 48 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who
all live in the UK. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid
to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and was,
for ten years, a commentator, on the UPI Radio Network in Washington, DC. He
hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on the KWVE Radio Network in Southern
California and which is also carried throughout the United States. The program
is also aired in Great Britain on Calvary Chapel Radio UK and also in Belize and
South Africa. Besides this, Wooding is a host for His Channel Live, which is
carried via the Internet to some 192 countries and also provides a regular
commentary for Worship Life Radio on KWVE. You can follow Dan Wooding on
Facebook under his name there or at ASSIST News Service. Dan has recently
received two top media awards -- the "Passion for the Persecuted" award from
Open Doors US, and one of the top "Newsmakers of 2011" from Plain Truth
magazine. He is the author of some 44 books, the latest of which is "Caped
Crusader: Rick Wakeman in the 1970s." To order a copy, go to:
http://www.amazon.com/CAPED-CRUSADER-Rick-Wakeman-1970s/dp/1908728302/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1335474883&sr=1-1
. Wooding, who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, has also
recently released his first novel “Red Dagger” which is available this
link.




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