Sunday, October 29, 2006

[Undignified] Images from San Antonio Part 4

Well, at the risk of throwing dignity and mystique out the window, I've decided to share some other images from SAICFF. Santry, Kristina, myself, and eventually, my brother Will, killed some time on Santry's iBook playing with a popular software program called "Photobooth." It distorts your face to make silly pictures. I found it funny that even an inanimate person like me was so inspired to make such stupid faces. Such is the power of "Photobooth."
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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Images from San Antonio Part 3

These pictures were just sent by John and Sharon Attebury.
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A newly arrived Erin Arnold and David Attebury meet the Harris Brothers.
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Santry, Erin, and David
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Doug Phillips greets Santry Rush before the second screening of The Oath of Desormeau.
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Listening to encouraging words.
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Santry talks with the Harris Brothers.
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Photo-op. That's my father on the far left.
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Accepting the Audience Choice Award.
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Accepting the Jubilee Award for The Best of Festival.
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Kristina and I with the Atteburys -John, Sharon, and David.
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Images From San Antonio Part 2

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On the walk from the Bed & Breakfast
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The bug in the courtyard.
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The bug at the food court.
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The Duggar Family Performs "Be Thou My Vision" on their violins.
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Myself, Cole, and Kristina
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The Family joined us on Saturday.
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Friday, October 27, 2006

Images From San Antonio Part 1

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The Lila Cochrell Theatre at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center
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Self-Portrait
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Santry and I looking like tourists.
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Outside the convention center.
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Bug and I out to lunch.
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Will and Santry.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Overwhelmed

Well, I apologize to everyone that our bandwidth temporarily went out on The Oath of Desormeau site. It has, however, been restored, and we will be making arrangements to move our video files to a larger server.

Also, we are currently planning the DVD release for early December and are about to set up a preorder system online at our Aletheia and "Oath" sites. So, please check back regularly over the next couple of days.

Thanks again to the audience of SAICFF for your overwhelming support of our film!

SAICFF Press Release

Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Press Release: San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival Announces 2006 Jubilee Award Winners

San Antonio, Texas — October 24, 2006 — More than seven hundred participants representing states from New York to Washington and foreign countries from Scotland to Switzerland were on hand for the presentation of the Jubilee Awards during closing ceremonies at the third annual San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, held at the Lila Cockrell Theatre in downtown San Antonio this last weekend.

“Our goal with the Jubilee Awards is to reward the work of Christian filmmakers who have artfully communicated a Christian worldview through their film production,” explained Doug Phillips, founder of the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival.

“With more than 130 film submissions to this year’s festival, selecting the winners was no easy task” noted Phillips, who also served as one of several film competition judges. “Yet we are now delighted to recognize our winners — all worthy films that give glory to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

The “Best of Festival” Jubilee Award — a $10,000 grand prize — went to The Oath of Desormeau, a fifty-five minute film written, produced, and directed by Richard and Kristina Ramsey of Aletheia Stage and Film Company. Set in Napoleonic France, "The Oath" is a gripping allegory which shows how one man’s vow to protect two orphaned children is carried out even after he himself dies.

In addition to landing the festivals’ top honor in 2006, The Oath of Desormeau was voted the Audience Choice Award by a runaway margin. The Oath gave the Ramseys their second Audience Choice Award in two years as they claimed the same prize for Washington’s Cross at the 2004 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival.

“We are excited and honored that both the judges and the audience supported The Oath so overwhelmingly — that they were receptive to the film’s message of honor, integrity, and faithfulness,” remarked Mr. Ramsey. “It is really encouraging to get this affirmation.”

The top honor in the “Best Narrative” category was awarded to Day of Reckoning, a Western drama written and directed by veteran stuntman, Jason Rodriguez. The story is one of a family man who must face the debt he owes for wrongly taking another man’s life — and how he makes peace with his family and his God.

“I am so humbled that this film has touched so many and done so well,” observed Rodriguez. “I know that this festival will continue to grow in the future and inspire other filmmakers to make films for His glory. I know it has me.”

Acts of Mercy, a powerful documentary which shares the hope that the Mercy Ships have brought to victims of deformities in West Africa, garnered the “Best Documentary” Award. Hosted by Bill Kurtis, veteran A&E journalist and former CBS Morning News anchor, and co-produced by Jerry Rose, president of the Total Living Network, Acts of Mercy chronicles the service performed by surgeons onboard the Anastasis, a 522-foot floating hospital. Mr. Rose, a former three-time president of the National Religious Broadcasters, was on hand to receive the award.

The “Best Biblical Family” Award went to White Handkerchief, a twelve minute film that explores one man’s deep desire to reconcile with his parents. Written and produced by eighteen-year-old Philip Leclerc and his sixteen-year-old brother Chris for a price tag of $200, this short film not only took the top honor in the “Best Biblical Family” category, but won runner-up for “Best of Festival.”

Eighteen-year-old Chase Johnson received the “Young Filmmaker’s” Award for his gripping abortion film entitled, The Choice. The twenty-five minute film — which plot twist takes the abortion ethic to its logical conclusion — also took runner-up in the “Best of Narrative” category.

The top award for “Best Animation” — a new category for the 2006 festival — was presented to Sam Lawlace for Winston Churchill: Escape from Pretoria. Sam made the film as a senior homeschool project. While the film features lego-style animation, Sam explained how seriously he took the story: “God used Churchill’s successful escape to bring him into the favorable light of pre-World War England and set him on the course of his life.”

Other winners included: A Lifetime of Childlike Faith, which garnered the runner-up award in the “Best Documentary” category; Hero Dad and the Incredible Cave Rescue, which took home the “Best Biblical Family” runner-up award; and Wars of Humanity II: Price of Rebellion, which came in second place in the “Best Stop Motion Animation” category.

The “Best Trailer” Award, an honor for the trailer that best promoted the festival, went to Cory Taylor.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Erin and David at SAICFF

Thanks again to Alex and Brett Harris of www.therebelution.com for allowing us to post their photo and video coverage of the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival. Here is their interview of Erin Arnold and David Attebury.
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Sunday, October 22, 2006

WINNER! (CONT'D)

Thanks to Alex and Brett Harris of www.therebelution.com for allowing us to post their photo and video coverage of the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival.
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Erin Arnold, David Attebury, Kristina, Santry, and I accept the Jubilee Award for Best of Festival.
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Kristina, Santry, and I were interviewed by the Harris brothers.
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Opening/Welcome for the SAICFF Awards Ceremony.
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Erin Arnold, Myself, Santry Rush, Kristina Ramsey, David Attebury with the Audience Choice Award.
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The SAICFF Jubilee Award Winners.
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Erin Arnold and David Attebury being interviewed by Nathaniel Darnell of Valor Visual Media.
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WINNER!

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The Oath of Desormeau

San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival Jubilee Awards:

Best of Festival
Audience Choice Award

What You See is What You Get Festival:

Most Dramatic Film

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Thanks to everyone who worked on The Oath of Desormeau and made this possible! Also, thanks to Vision Forum Ministries and the Judges and Audience of The San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival. Thank you to the judges and staff or the What You See is What You Get Festival.
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Pictures and video of our winning the award are available on the blog of Alex and Brett Harris who covered The San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival. When their permission is obtained, I will post them on this site. In the meantime, you can visit Alex and Brett at http://www.therebelution.com.
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Thanks again to the audience of SAICFF for your overwhelming response to our film. This week, I will begin formatting the DVD (with special features) so that we can get it available ASAP. Please continue checking in throughout the week for a release date.

Monday, October 16, 2006

"Give Me Your Hands If We Be Friends"

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Oberon, Puck, Titania, The Indian Boy, and the Fairies.
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The Rude Mechanicals: Snug, Tom Snout, Nick Botton, Robin Starveling, Peter Quince, Francis Flute
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If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber'd here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
if you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.

-PUCK
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Act V, scene i

Saturday, October 14, 2006

A Midsummer Night's Dream

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"Puppet? Ay, that way goes the game!" -Hermia; Act III, scene ii
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I am very proud of the students! They opened Thursday, had Friday off, and performed again tonight. Typically, when one is dealing with actors this young, the second show lulls a bit. The adrenaline (very present at opening night) wanes and can make the show's energy drop -not to mention the effect of having a night off. That was not the case with this cast. They excelled their Thursday Night show, and many of them made new discoveries about their characters and the play.

One of the highlights of the night for me was seeing the actor who plays Tom Snout "the Tinker" receive a well-earned applause for his monologue in which he [over] explains that he is playing a wall in "The Most Lamentable Tragedy, and Most Cruel Death, of Pyramus and Thisbe."

Good show guys! You should be proud!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

SAICFF Schedule

The San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival has posted this year's festival schedule. You can go to their website, click "program," then "schedule."

The Oath of Desormeau plays at 2:45pm on Friday, October 20th, and at 4:15pm on Saturday, October 21st.

"I Doubt Not But To Hear Them Say 'It Is A Sweet Comedy!'"

"Midsummer" is going very well, and I am very proud of the students and the work they are doing. Can I just say that I LOVE Shakespeare? It gives me those pangs of joy that C.S. Lewis wrote so much about.

Right now, I am building some sound cues for the show. Those need to be done by tomorrow since there are only two more rehearsals left before opening night. I intend to take some pictures tomorrow, but may not, if it interferes with my typically frantic note-taking.

If any readers are in the Houston Area, I strongly encourage you to come see the show. The dates and location are are on the poster:
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Saturday, October 7, 2006

"Our Play Is Preferred!"

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Tomorrow we go into "Tech Week" for "A Midsummer Night's Dream." We've been rehearsing for six weeks, and the show opens Thursday and closes Sunday. In all, it will have been a seven week process. Seven weeks used to seem like an extremely long time to be committed to a project that would only last a weekend. Then it took me a year and half to make The Oath of Desormeau, which was based on a play Kristina and I wrote nearly four years ago. Granted, that will last a lot longer than a weekend, but still...Seven weeks is nothing.

I actually decided to set our "Midsummer" in the early 1800s -the same time period as The Oath of Desormeau. This wasn't just because I like that time period, which I obviously do, but because I thought it was consistent with the play's themes of conquest. At the beginning of the play, Theseus and his Greeks, conquer Hippolyta and her Amazons. From then on, we see Oberon trying to wrest the Indian boy from Titania. Helena is obsessively pursing Demetrius who is (I believe out of cultural duty) trying to conquer Hermia.

So, I thought we should set it at a time when the British had breached India, and Napoleon had ventured into Egypt. Also, there was an infatuation with Greek culture during this "Neoclassical Period", which I thought would be consistent with the character's use of heightened language and the "Rude Mechanicals" decision to produce and perform "The Most Lamentable Comedy and Most Cruel Death of Pyramis and Thisbe" for "the Duke and the Duchess on their wedding day...at night." My goal was to make decisions based on what would make the story clear and specific. I suppose I could have just set it in ancient Greece, but, much to the annoyance of my college Theatre History Professor, I'm not a fan of the period.

I will say this though: Be it a year and a half or seven weeks, it is difficult to maintain objectivity about what is funny. I certainly hope this play still is and will be.

Monday, October 2, 2006

They Will Know We Are Christians By Our T-Shirts.

I attended the Friendswood Friends Church this morning. We sang "They Will Know We are Christians By Our Love."

How Sad.
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"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me."

-Jesus' prayer for all Christians the night before His crucifixion
John 17:20-23