This past weekend we traveled across five states to attend The Narrow Way Film Festival in Philadelphia. Last year we were honored to have The Good Book win Staff Choice, and this year we wanted to show our appreciation and support by attending the festival. Venitia Baldwin and her husband Grant work so hard to provide an uplifting experience for filmmakers and the Philadelphia community, and I was honored to be a part of this year’s festival, teaching a workshop and screening Providence.
The festival kicked off on Saturday with Saturday morning cartoons for the children and additional shorts and documentaries in the afternoon. We visited with family in Pennsylvania on Saturday, so we missed the Saturday films, but heard great things about the lineup.
We arrived in Philadelphia bright and early Sunday morning for the festival worship service. I always enjoy having church at a film festival. There’s something about joining together with other artistic souls all striving to share the gospel through film and listening to a sermon specifically targeted to filmmakers.Wayne Cobb II preached and Timothy Nichols led in worship.
Lead actor John Bentley was at the festival, and what a treat it was to meet him. Such a passionate, on-fire man, excited about sharing the gospel the gospel through this powerful message. I loved getting to hear a behind the scenes account of all that goes into the ministry of Eastern Sky Theatre Company.
In the afternoon I taught my workshop, followed by the screening of Providence. It’s always fun to teach fellow filmmakers how to raise the bar and polish their craft. I also love Q and A sessions where we get to provide a behind the scenes look at how God has worked in the making and sharing of our movies.
Love Different followed Providence and we met Anthony Hackett in person and got see Jenn Gotzon in her leading role in the film. We were hoping to get to see Jenn at the festival but she was at a nearby screening of God’s Country.
While I love the opportunity to watch new movies, the best thing about festivals is the people we meet. It’s always such a joy to meet in person fellow filmmakers and actors. Gail Metzbower, who we met at Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival was there was as was J. Timothy Hall, both of whom have been such great supporters of Providence.
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s festival!