FOR RELEASE Aug. 10, 2013 9:00pm
Howie Simon TheLegacyMR@gmail.com,
TAKES BEST PICTURE AND GRAND PRIZE FEATURE FILM DEAL
Sponsor EchoLight Studios
up to $1 Million feature budget to Best Short Film
Four Films Claim 15 Awards in an
International Faith-Based, Short Speed Filmmaking Contest, Including Foster-Care-Themed
Top Nominee ‘Removed’
White as Zoe in ReMoved
GLENDALE, Calif. – The 2013 Winner of the BEST FILM for the 168 Film Festival is (re)moved.
The film was produced by Carpinteria, California-based Nathanael Matanick and
Christina Matanick and directed by Nathanael Matanick, who also won for Best
Editor and Best Make Up and Hair.
(re)moved is a film about a girl’s
journey through her extreme hardships in the foster care system and is based on
Hebrews 12:2’s explanation of Jesus Christ’s motivation for enduring the cross,
the film compares the vision of joy and hope that emerges as the main
character, Zoe (Abby White) proves willing to navigate the shame and pain of
her life to move toward healing and restoration. Inspired by her Foster Parent
Training, the film was written by Christina Matanick and lensed by Tony
Cruz. ReMoved won four awards from
thirteen nominations, including Best Film, Editor, Makeup and Hair, and an Audience Favorite.
According to Producer/Director, Nathanael Matanick"It wouldn't have
happened without our amazing crew and Abby White who took the risk of acting
for the first time ever! So many hurting children in our communities need just
one person to take the initiative to love them. We're excited to see what God
does, and excited to continue to follow him."
As the Best Short Film of 2013,
Matanick receives the Grand Prize from presenting sponsor EchoLight Studios and
their new boss, Rick Santorum. EchoLight
will partner with the winning short film artist to produce a feature film with
a budget up to $1 Million and not less than $250,000.
2013 winner of the Best International Film is Freedom Road,
produced by Diane Vermooten and Ardeen Munnik. Shot in Cape
Town, South Africa, the film explores divisions of race, of wealth and
of the "great sins" of murder and torture vs. smaller sins of rage
and alcoholism as a result of Apartheid. Based on Exodus 30:15, a directive
about the cost of atonement to both the rich and the poor the film is based on
historical accounts of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission,
which gave South Africans an opportunity to confess their sins, and to apply
for amnesty. The film had six wins, including Best International
Film (Diane Vermooten, Ardeen Munnik),
Best Director (Shane Vermooten),
Actress (Sylvia Ncediwe Mdunyelwa-Kobus), and writer/designer Diane
Vermooten’s three wins for Screenplay-Drama, Scriptural
Integration-how well the story is founded on the scripture and Production
Design. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxoixb2SXCs
depth of these films is astounding, especially considering the short 168 hour production
window. This is why the jury deadlocked
on five awards, including Best Film.
Only after a re-vote were we able to discern the winner from the
wondrous tapestries woven by these artists, my hat is off to them.” said 168
founder and executive director John David Ware.
Production on the grand prize feature film is expected to
commence in 8-10 months.
The remaining Award Winners and Locations are:
Best Comedy - Scapegoat - John DeVries, Howard James
Fyvie, Nevil Sandama from South Africa.
Best Write of
Passage Spotlight Film - New Year’s
Resolution – Jason Walter Vaile, Brandon Carmichael, Mark Blitch, from Texas.
Documentary - Make - Arthur Delgado
from Los Angeles
Best Director - Freedom
Road - Shane Vermooten from South Africa.
Best Actor - Nate Parker – LU from Los Angeles.
Best Actress - Sylvia Ncediwe Mdunyelwa-Kobus - Freedom
Actor - Kevin Sizemore – Heartfall
from Los Angeles.
Actress - Saye Yabendeh - LU
– Drama - Freedom Road - Diane Vermooten
– Comedy - Scapegoat - Matt Raubenheimer, Daniel Morcos, John DeVries,
Howard James Fyvie
Integration (Use of Foundational Scripture) - Freedom Road - Diane Vermooten
Cinematography - Ferre - Chris Wiegand from Texas
Best Editor - ReMoved
- Nathanael Matanick
Design - LU - Andrew Scott Duncan
Score - LU - Kevin MacLeoud, Gregory L. Brown
Design - Freedom Road - Diane Vermooten
Best Make up
& Hair - ReMoved - Nathanael Matanick
Film - What it Takes - Armin Hottmann, Dereje Getahun from Ethiopia
Award (Evangelical Film) - Pressed - Beau Chevassus from Enumclaw,
Of” Film - Making of 73 "Lost in the Dark" - Dana Newell from