“I deified movies for 21 years of my life, and I made them my god, and it failed me. I’m done with that story. I’m done with that idol. And I promise in the fear of God that I will steward this investment, because I would rather tell the plainest truth with $100,000 than the most sophisticated technological lie with ten million dollars or one hundred million dollars.” –Filmmaker Brian Ivie
Wesley Strackbein : Feb 14, 2013 : Vision Forum
EDITOR’S NOTE: I’m not usually excited by award presentations, but, as I watched the video, there was no denying that God definitely broke into this ceremony as the “Best Of” award was presented to young Brian Ivie. In a spontaneous move, each judge was invited to share about why they’d chosen Ivie’s inspirational documentary as the winner. And then Ivie himself gave his testimony of how—upon reading about Korean Pastor Lee Jong-rak and how he takes in and cares for unwanted babies with disabilities—he felt compelled to film the documentary, and in the course of filming it, became a Believer and follower of Jesus Christ. Read the article, but also watch the accompanying video of the presentation—you’ll be moved as well. –Aimee Herd, BCN.
(San Antonio, TX)—More than 1,800 participants from around the world were on hand in the Alamo City for the presentation of the Jubilee Awards during closing ceremonies at the 8th Annual San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival (SAICFF), held at the Lila Cockrell Theatre in downtown San Antonio last Saturday night. An additional 5,000-plus registered users tuned in via the web to watch the free live broadcast of the event.
The ‘Best of Festival’ Jubilee Award—with its $101,000 cash prize—went to The Dropbox, a 72-minute documentary directed by 22-year-old Brian Ivie that chronicles the loving sacrifice of a Korean Pastor named Lee Jong-rak who built a wooden hatch on the side of his house in 2009 to collect disabled, unwanted babies. Ivie heard about Pastor Jong-rak’s efforts through a Los Angeles Times article and was determined to document the pastor’s story in the hopes of bringing him support.
Ivie, who came to Christ while producing The Dropbox, shared these pointed words upon receiving the SAICFF’s grand prize: “. . . I deified movies for 21 years of my life, and I made them my god, and it failed me. I’m done with that story. I’m done with that idol. And I promise in the fear of God that I will steward this investment, because I would rather tell the plainest truth with $100,000 than the most sophisticated technological lie with ten million dollars or one hundred million dollars.” The film was also honored with ‘Best Sanctity of Life’ Award earlier during the ceremony.
The top honor in the ‘Best Feature Film‘ category went to Return to the Hiding Place. The film—directed by Peter Spence and produced by his daughter Petra Pearce—is set in Holland during WWII and follows Corrie ten Boom’s army of untrained teenagers as they navigate a deadly labyrinth of challenges to rescue the Jewish people. Return to the Hiding Place also garnered the Audience Choice Award and was runner-up for ‘Best of Festival.’
The ‘Best Short Film’ Award was given to Useless, an 11-minute film based on Philemon 1:10-11. Written and directed by Brandon Adams, the film short previously won ‘Best Film’ at the 168 Project.
In winning ‘Best Short Film’ at the SAICFF, the film’s director automatically received a $250,000 opportunity to produce a feature film with Echolight Studios who sponsored this Jubilee Award category.
Bobby Downs, President of Echolight, explained their vision in partnering with the SAICFF for this commendation before passing the baton to special guest Sen. Rick Santorum, who presented the award on Echolight’s behalf: “It is my honor to be here with Echolight,” Santorum remarked. “I’m excited about them and what they’re doing, trying to nurture and build, to create a real powerful portal for this industry.”
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