Below are some images from the Adventist Media Production studio in Simi Valley, Calif., during the eleventh annual SONscreen Film Festival this past weekend. Since its debut in 2002, the festival has become the premiere annual gathering for Adventist young adults in North America passionate to use film and video for the purpose of making timely and relevant productions for social awareness, outreach, and uplifting creative entertainment. The theme this year was Chronicles: stories that speak truth and change lives.
Participants discuss a different filmmaking topic at each table during lunch on Friday at the SONscreen Film Festival, April 4-6, 2013.
Rajeev Sigamoney, third from left, Instructor and Program Coordinator of Film & Television at Pacific Union College, Angwin, Calif., accepts the $10,000 pitchfest award for his idea to create ten films exploring the decalogue. Pitchfest judges included, from left, George Johnson, Nathan Nazario, David A. R. White, Paul Kim and Dave Gemmell.
The production team behind the Adventist Women + Equality = Unity short documentary campaign poses for a photo after their film featuring the ordained women pastors of China was screened. From left: Rajmund Dabrowski, Bonnie Dwyer, Alexander Carpenter and Timothy Wolfer.
Raewyn Hankins, Senior Pastor of the Victorville Seventh-day Adventist Church in Victorville, Calif., preaches about the stories of Jesus for Sabbath worship.
Student filmmakers receive Sabbath lunch haystack toppings from the executive producer of the festival, George Johnson, Director of Communication for the North American Division.
Cast and crew of The Record Keeper, a sci-fic TV series based on The Great Controversey, discuss the personal experiences on the set. From left: JuneSoo Ham (actor), Dennis Hill (actor), Rajeev Sigamoney (writer), Michaele Satterlund (script supervisor), Jason Satterlund (director), Garrett Caldwell (writer, producer).
After their production, Hell and Mr. Fudge, was screened, producers answer questions: from left, Pat Arrabito, executive producer; Jeff Wood, producer/director; Edie Hughes, art director; David Brillhart, director of photography; and Donald Davenport, writer.
Southern Adventist University film faculty and students.
La Sierra University film faculty and students.
Pacific Union College film faculty and students.
These are some of the good folks who created and sustain the SONscreen film festival. The message throughout the festival was clear. The Adventist church, particularly in North America, wants to foster the creativity of its members.
All photographs courtesy of Gerry Chudleigh, publisher of the Pacific Union Recorder.