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November 30, 2010 


LA LAW'S CORBIN BERNSEN JOINS ROUNDTABLE AT
THE SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN FILM FESTIVAL DEC. 30
Veteran Actor-Director Also Will Present Film Awards at Gala;
Also Participating Is Fox Home Entertainment VIP Simon Swart

SAN DIEGO, CA –- Veteran actor-director Corbin Bernsen, best known for his role as Arnie Becker in the 1980s hit "L.A. Law," will participate in the San Diego Christian Film Festival's Industry Insider Roundtable, scheduled for 6 PM Thursday, Dec. 30. He'll be joined by Simon Swart, vice president of Fox Home Entertainment.

The roundtable, designed to allow new filmmakers a Q & A opportunity with experienced Hollywood professioinals, is open to anyone holding a ticket to the SDCFF Awards Gala, which will be held that evening. The festival will be at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, San Diego.

Others on the panel include Ken Wales (Hollywood veteran and a producer of the 2007 hit "Amazing Grace"), Dan Rupple (former comedy writer for Dave Letterman), Andrea Nasfell (writer of independent film "What If..." which will be screened Monday, Dec. 27), Mark Clayman and Swart.
will participate in the San Diego Christian Film Festival's (executive producer of the 2006 blockbuster, "The Pursuit of Happyness," starring Will Smith), and Swart.

Bernsen is currently a regular in the hit USA series "Psych," and appeared recently in "Boston Legal," "JAG" and "The West Wing." He also is a screenwriter and independent filmmaker. His 2009 film, "Rust," is an entry in SDCFF and is being screened Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 10 PM. He will be participating with his wife, Amanda Pays, a veteran actress who also has appeared in "Psych," as well as "Nip/Tuck" and "7th Heaven.

The SDCFF Awards Gala also features live music peformances, Rupple as MC, with presentations by Wales and Clayman, among others.

Tickets to the roundtable, reception and gala are only $49. Festival guests may also consider purchasing the All-Access Pass plus the Gala for $85, which will allow attendance into the festival Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday as well.

About the San Diego Christian Film Festival
(www.sdcff2010.com): The first annual San Diego Christian Film Festival will be a festive event designed to showcase creative, high-caliber films, support emerging filmmakers, and inspire audiences through the power of visual storytelling.

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Greetings!

We're so grateful for everything that has happened so far to make the San Diego Christian Film Festival possible. That especially includes the support and encouragement of people like you.


We want to send along a Happy Thanksgiving wish to you and your family. May your holiday be warm and joyful!


Sincerely,

The SDCFF Team

PS Tickets are on sale now! And check out new developments here. We're excited to announce that Simon Swart, general manager and executive VP at Fox Home Entertainment, will be a participant in the festival's industry-insider SDCFF 2010 Roundtable Thursday, December 30. Join us on Facebook, and tell your friends too. We want to pack the house!

 
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November 16, 2010 

SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN FILM FESTIVAL ADDS
M.A.N.D.A.T.E. RECORDS TO LIST OF SPONSORS
Recording Artists to Perform throughout Four-Day Event Dec. 27-30

SAN DIEGO, CA –- The San Diego Christian Film Festival announces that M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records Inc., has agreed to become a sponsor of the new festival, scheduled Dec. 27-30, 2010, at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center.

M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records, a San Diego-based urban music recording and development company founded in 1995 by Leonard J Thompson III, plans to provide performances at the festival of several of its Gospel, soul and R&B performing artists.

"We're excited and honored to have M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records participate with us. Leonard Thompson and his staff have a vision in the music realm parallel to that of SDCFF. They seek to offer a positive, quality alternative to the negative messages currently in the marketplace," said Richard Bagdazian, SDCFF executive director.

Bagdazian said M.A.N.D.A.T.E. artists also will provide the entertainment for the SDCFF Awards Gala, which will be held Thursday, Dec. 30, featuring Dan Rupple, former comedy writer for Dave Letterman, as MC,  with presentations by Ken Wales, a producer of “Amazing Grace,” and Mark Clayman, executive producer of the 2006 hit movie, "The Pursuit of Happyness," starring Will Smith.

M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records has successfully produced the San Diego Praise Fest, San Diego County Fair Gospel Fest, Street Scene Gospel Slamm, and other concert-style events designed to mobilize to communities.

More about M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records here
: www.mandaterecords.com

About the San Diego Christian Film Festival (www.sdcff2010.com): The first annual San Diego Christian Film Festival will be a festive event designed to showcase creative, high-caliber films, support emerging filmmakers, and inspire audiences through the power of visual storytelling. It will be held at the Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, San Diego.

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October 12, 2010

SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS 2010 COMPETITION SLATE
28 FEATURES AND DOCUMENTARIES IN RUNNING FOR 8 AWARDS, TO BE ANNOUNCED AT
SDCFF AWARDS GALA DEC. 30, 2010, HEADLINED BY PRODUCER MARK CLAYMAN

SAN DIEGO, CA – The San Diego Christian Film Festival has announced its slate of entries that will vie for awards at the first annual event to be held Dec. 27-30, 2010. The official festival slate may be found at
http://www.sdcff2010.com.

The 28 independent features, documentaries and music videos were chosen out of 150 entries submitted this year to the new film festival, which will be held at the Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla (
www.lfjcc.org/).

“We believe we have assembled a collection films that will be entertaining and thought-provoking. We’re excited to introduce these excellent films to the public in an intimate and interactive atmosphere,” said Richard Bagdazian, SDCFF executive director.

The winners will be announced Dec. 30 at the SDCFF Awards Gala. The keynote speaker for the gala will be Mark Clayman, executive producer of the 2006 hit movie, "The Pursuit of Happyness," starring Will Smith.

The San Diego Christian Film Festival was established to showcase creative, high-caliber films, support emerging filmmakers, and inspire audiences through the power of visual storytelling.  Filmmakers were encouraged to seek the highest levels of creativity consistent with a Christian witness, but each entry was not required to be overtly Christian or sectarian. However, the Russ Doughten Evangelistic Film Award, named for a pioneer Christian film maker, will be given to that entry that most clearly and creatively communicates the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

“Attendees will also be able to vote for their favorite film to be awarded a People's Choice award,” said Bagdazian, former president of the San Diego Screenwriters Association. Also, a unique feature of SDCFF will be the Film Bistro, which will allow guests to view any film on SDCFF’s slate on an on-demand basis. “This will accommodate attendees whose schedule may not allow viewing of a given selection during the live screening. Also, our stable of honorable mention films will also be made available for viewing.”

The entries are now in the hands of the SDCFF jurors: Dallas Jenkins, who just released a full-length independent feature called “What If...” starring Kevin Sorbo, John Ratzenberger and Kristy Swanson (
www.thewhatifmovie.com/); Karen Covell, a producer of TV specials, documentaries and children's programming; Susan Wales, a producer, speaker, published author, and executive director of the annual MOVIEGUIDE Awards; and Dr. Alan Hueth, a director, producer and editor who directs the film and TV program at Point Loma Nazarene University.

The festival also will show a handful of "invited films," including Jenkins' "What If...". Also being screened is the 2007 hit "Amazing Grace" (
www.amazinggracemovie.com), whose producer, Ken Wales, will be on hand to share behind-the-scenes stories. Guests may view these as well:
* "The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry," starring Gavin MacLeod ("Love Boat") and Robert Guillaume ("Benson") (
www.sperrymovie.com/)
* "Nine Days that Changed the World," a documentary produced by Newt Gingrich which explores Pope John Paul's pilgrimage to Poland in 1979
* “To Save a Life,” a youth-oriented feature starring Randy Wayne and written by Jim Britts, a San Diego County youth pastor
* “Katie's Prayer,” a documentary of a dying woman's influence.

“If people are looking for a special family-oriented event to spend with family this Christmas Season, SDCFF will be an event to attend,” said Bagdazian. “We hope you will join us in this Celebration of New Life in film.”

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September 2, 2010
 
SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN FILM FESTIVAL SET FOR DEC. 27-30, 2010
'PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS' PRODUCER MARK CLAYMAN TO KEYNOTE AWARDS GALA
 
SAN DIEGO, CA – After "The Passion of the Christ" made more than $370 million domestically, Hollywood took notice of the huge audience that wants to watch professionally made films like "The Blind Side," "Despicable Me," "Precious" or "The Hurt Locker."
 
But with advances making the technology of movies available to individuals, there also is a surge of independence film-making, according to the New York Times.[1] The Christian realm has taken notice, big time. For example, the biggest independent film of 2008 was "Fireproof," a gospel feature that brought in $33 million.
 
A group of volunteers in San Diego County wants to encourage the trend. They have launched the first annual San Diego Christian Film Festival (www.sdcff2010.com), to be held Dec. 27-30, 2010, at the Performing Arts Plaza at San Diego State University.
 
"We're seeking to encourage filmmakers and people of influence active in the film industry to engage Judeo-Christian values in quality filmmaking, and impact culture through films that have something positive to say about the human condition," said Richard Bagdazian, executive director.
 
SDCFF received approximately 150 entries from all over the world for its competition. It will hold a gala Dec. 30, to award the winners in 11 categories. [2] The keynote speaker for the gala will be Mark Clayman, executive producer of the 2006 hit movie, "The Pursuit of Happyness," starring Will Smith.
 
Said Clayman about his participation: "Movies are an extremely powerful medium in today's culture. It is vital that the Christian community encourage and support directors, writers and producers so that we can have an impact and influence on that culture."
 
The festival will show the invited entries as well as a handful of "invited films" in three theatres at SDSU throughout the four days. One offering will be the independent dramatic comedy “What If ...” The film features Kevin Sorbo (television’s “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”), Kristy Swanson (the movie “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), John Ratzenberger (“Cheers,” “Toy Story 3”) and the Disney Channel phenom Debby Ryan (“The Suite Life on Deck”).
 
It was directed by Dallas Jenkins, one of SDCFF's four jurors. The other jurors are Karen Covell, a producer of TV specials, documentaries and children's programming; Susan Wales, a producer, speaker, published author, and executive director of the annual MOVIEGUIDE Awards; and Dr. Alan Hueth, a director, producer and editor who directs the film and TV program at Point Loma Nazarene University.
 
Another invited film will be "Amazing Grace," whose producer, Ken Wales, will be a speaker at the festival. The event will also include live music and vendors to add to the festive experience.
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[1] "Films in Search of the Faithful," by John Anderson, New York Times, August 20, 2010
[2] http://www.sdchristianfilmfestival.com/competition/film-categories
 
About the San Diego Christian Film Festival (www.sdcff2010.com): The San Diego Christian Film Festival showcases creative, high-caliber films, supports emerging filmmakers, and inspires audiences through the power of visual storytelling.

 

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September 2, 2010

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF "THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS" TO HEADLINE AT 
1ST ANNUAL SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN FILM FESTIVAL DEC. 27-30, 2010
MARK CLAYMAN WILL KEYNOTE SDCFF AWARDS GALA DEC. 30
 
SAN DIEGO (Sept. 2) – Mark Clayman, executive producer of the 2006 hit movie, "The Pursuit of Happyness," starring Will Smith, will be the keynote speaker at the first annual San Diego Christian Film Festival, which will be held December 27-30, 2010, at San Diego State University.  Clayman will address the event's Awards Gala December 30.

"I am priviledged to be invited to share at the San Diego Christian Film Festival," said Clayman, a former television and commercial actor who moved into producing film and television. "Movies are an extremely powerful medium in today's culture. It is vital that the Christian community encourage and support directors, writers and producers so that we can have an impact and influence on that culture."

"We're honored to have such an influential and creative industry insider join us as we launch the first San Diego Christian Film Festival," said Richard Bagdazian, executive director of the festival and former president of the San Diego Screenwriters Association.
 
SDCFF will be screening the best of 150 entries during the four-day festival, and will give out awards in 22 categories during the gala. The festival also will include a few invited films, live performers in between screenings, and vendor booths, adding to the festive atmosphere.
 
"The Pursuit of Happyness," released by Columbia Pictures, received numerous awards. For his role as Chris Gardner, a homeless salesman turned stockbroker taking care of his young son, Will Smith received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and a Golden Globe nomination.
 
Clayman currently is working on a movie project based on the New York Times bestseller, Picking Cotton: A Memoir of Injustice and Redemption.
 
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Marlene, and their two children.

About the San Diego Christian Film Festival (www.sdcff2010.com): The San Diego Christian Film Festival will showcase the best and brightest emerging faith-based filmmakers for industry recognition and cash awards at a festive community event at the Performing Arts Plaza at San Diego State University December 27-30, 2010.
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