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San Diego Christian Film Festival Part of Raising Standard in Movies, Says Director

November 11, 2012 by  
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Hoping to strengthen a community of Christian filmmakers  interested in bringing about a positive change in the types of movies coming out  of Hollywood, more than 100 film industry experts are expected to attend the  third annual San Diego Christian Film Festival this weekend, said a lead  organizer of the event.

“It makes sense if we can just bring everybody together and share and help,  and really raise the bar of the quality of film,” said Chad Stewart, who is on  the board of directors for the festival  and the managing director of a production company based in Del Mar, Calif.

Stewart told The Christian Post that the films the festival features and the  kind of movies he helps produce are not necessarily labeled under the Christian  film genre, but are made by Christian filmmakers with the intent of producing  movies that are of high standard and not in opposition to Biblical values.

“It’s Christians making the best films out there – better than Hollywood,” he  explained. “You have A-list actors, you have extraordinary compelling  character-driven stories, message films. You have great directors and producers.  The market is starving for it, not hungry, starving for good  quality  films.”

The festival’s founder, Richard Bagdazian, said that the reason he started  the festival three years ago was because “we live in a media-driven world.”

“You can reach people for the Christian faith more quickly and effectively  through visual media art  forms than just about any other method,” said Bagdazian in a video promoting the  festival. “When somebody sits down to watch a movie you’ve got their hearts and  minds for two hours and you can make a really lasting impression.

The opening night of the festival on Friday includes a red carpet reception  and the screening of actor and filmmaker Corbin Benson’s “25 Hill,” a storyline  that includes “a testament to those who find the courage to confront their pain  and the faith to stay committed to values they hold dear.”

Films will also be shown on Saturday and Sunday as well, including workshops  with speakers such as Phil Cooke, who has produced media programming in nearly  50 countries.  Also, scheduled to lead a workshop is David Nixon, the son of outback  missionaries, who has been producing and directing films for the past 30 years.  Nixon’s feature films include “Fireproof,” “Facing the Giants,” and “Making  Waves.”

Stewart said that these are the types of films that most Christians in the  movie industry are striving for.

“We are about Christians and our own understanding of what’s right and wrong  and putting that into films and never compromising. We’re basing everything that  we do on what we’ve learned through Christ, through the Bible, through our own  beliefs. We are conveying that through film, but it’s not in your face,” he  said. “Our goal literally is to spread the message for Christ.”

He said that much of the Hollywood industry produce movies that are offensive  and of low morals. “Little by little, Hollywood has lowered the bar. They’ve  taken everything that God has said and is important and they’ve turned it upside  down.

“What we’re doing is trying to reset the bar and raise it again. If these  films become successful people will start coming out. We want films that are  exceptional films made by Christians,” Steward said.

Part of raising the level of filmmaking among Christians in the industry will  be to take the festival to other U.S. cities next year, he said. “We’re excited  about what’s happening. We are a small community, but we are scattered  everywhere. This will help bring us together.”

 

For more information about the festival to take place at the Birch North Park  Theatre visit the website: http://www.sdchristianfilmfestival.com/newSite/.

By Alex Murashko, Christian Post Reporter

Contact: alex.murashko@christianpost.com; @AlexMurashko (Twitter); Alex  Wire (Blog)

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