James Bond III Film Festivals – Christian Edition

This weekend we had the privilege of being a part of the James Bond III Film Festivals - Christian Edition in Springfield, Kentucky. It's the first of a series of film festivals that will take place in Springfield throughout the year. In March will be the TV & New Media Edition, in July is Hollywood…

Summer of ’67 – The Tour Continues

Summer of '67 released at the Nashville Regal theater June 29. After a two-week showing in Nashville followed by another week at Showplace Cinemas in Evansville, Indiana, we've been on the road, bringing Summer of '67 to film festivals, theaters, churches, and community events. We've had screenings at least once a week, many times two…

WriterFest Nashville – With Founder and Director Ami McConnell

I love writing conferences! I especially enjoy networking and meeting fellow attendees. I met Ami McConnell when we were both on the faculty at the Writing For Your Life conference last year. She's former Editor-in-Chief and Vice President of Howard Books/Simon & Schuster, has edited many best-selling authors including Ted Dekker, Karen Kingsbury, Max Lucado,…

Summer of ’67 Movie Tour

When making a movie, we really have no idea where it will end up. We always start with a plan, but plans change. Things don't work out the way we thought they would. Events happen that lead us in a different direction. Our Summer of '67 Movie Tour is a perfect example of God leading…

DIY Blog Tours For Indie Filmmakers

As a filmmaker who blogs, I have the advantage of observing both sides of the spectrum. As an indie filmmaker, I know the struggle of trying to promote a movie that no one's ever heard of. As a blogger, I work with PR firms and publicists to help promote movies that everyone's heard of. So…

Film Festival Advice From a Filmmaker’s Perspective

In the years that we've participated in film festivals, we've watched as many events have come and gone by the wayside. It's exciting to see new festivals pop up, but I worry that they won't be able to sustain themselves over the long haul. So it was exciting when Mark Den Blyker, director of Hollywood Divine…

How to Make the Most of Film Festivals

Last month I shared why filmmakers need film festivals. Now I'd like to talk about how to make the most of your festival experience. First, you have to be selective about which festivals you submit to. It's easy to get caught up in festival fever and submit indiscriminately, but if you're not careful, you're just…

Summer of ’67 Movie Tour – Great Lakes Christian Film Festival

Filmmakers who don't do film festivals or who submit but don't attend are missing out on a wonderful opportunity. We love going to film festivals, watching other movies, and meeting fellow filmmakers. Our weekend at Great Lakes Christian Film Festival was a blessed time. Every year we look forward to shopping at the 127 Yard…

Marketing for Movies at Great Lakes Christian Film Festival

I've been so busy marketing our movie, I realized I'd forgotten to post. LOL! I'm excited to be teaching Marketing for Movies at the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival in Buffalo, New York this weekend. I'll be teaching fellow filmmakers how to brand and market their movies from the beginning using free and cheap tips…

Why Filmmakers Need Film Festivals

Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival

If you've got a big budget movie with stars and studio backing, film festivals are probably a waste of your time. But if you're a small indie film struggling to get noticed, film festivals can be the ticket to getting the attention and validation you need. When we made The Good Book, we were in…