Filmmakers Tackle Sex Trafficking

trafficked_01During the first week of September — at a quiet industrial park in Springfield, Virginia — members of Avellino Studios, a small Christian film company in northern Virginia, shot a short film called “Trafficked: A Model Story.” The film draws a connection between sex trafficking and the porn industry, showing how an aspiring fashion model quickly finds herself descending down a slippery slope of compromise.

“We all know what we think about human trafficking,” said director Arel Avellino, “but a lot of people don’t go to the next step and attach that to what’s going on in the porn industry. This story is taking a very real situation and shows just one of the ways these two industries collide.”

The studio raised a little over $1,000 in the fundraising campaign to produce the film, which they plan to post online soon.

For more information on “Trafficked: A Model Story,” check out their fundraising video, and watch the trailer below…

Update: You can now view the entire Trafficked: A Model Story short film on Vimeo.

Fighting for Liberty in Paris

liberty-farmOn September 1, members of NoVA Christian Film gathered to help Greg Letiecq of NOVA Digital Films create a short video highlighting the recent restrictions Faquier County officials have placed on local farmer Martha Boneta’s Liberty Farm. The county has started charging her fees for holding Bible studies and birthday parties on her property.

It was a beautiful summer day in Paris, Virginia, so we setup outside on Martha’s property and asked some of the children who regularly visit and enjoy Liberty Farm what they thought about the controversy. Check out their responses in this video.

For more information on the controversy (including the outlandish claims of a certain special interest group), check out this article. To help Martha in her fight, please visit Virginia Farm & Food Freedom.

“Settled” Screened at Gideon Film Festival

gideon-festival-2013NoVA Christian Film’s Settled was screened at the Gideon Film Festival in Orlando, Florida today. The short film was nominated for Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, and Best Production Design, but unfortunately did not win in any of the categories.

Several members of NoVA Christian Film were in attendance, including founder Michael Tolosa, George Escobar and Meagan Motley of Advent Film Group, Sandra Hope, and actor Josh Murray.

“Settled” Wins Silver at Crown Awards

icvm-conference-2013NoVA Christian Film’s Settled won the Silver Crown Award for Best Short Film at the annual iCVM Crown Awards held this year in St. Louis, Missouri.

iCVM (International Christian Visual Media) is a community of Christians involved in bringing the message of Jesus Christ to the world through the use of visual media. They have been holding the Crown Awards as part of their annual conference since 1973.

“The Senior Prank” Screens in Fairfax

senior-prank-screeningOn June 13, The Senior Prank was screened at the Rave theater at Fairfax Corner. This feature-length, faith-based film was produced by Stone Table Films in association with The King’s Chapel in Fairfax, Virginia. It was directed by Donald Leow, written by Katherine and Chris Craddock, and stars Stacey Bradshaw and Josh Murray — all members of NoVA Christian Film.

The Senior Prank is an anti-bullying feature film about a group of popular high school students who elect a girl with Down Syndrome to be their Homecoming Queen — as a senior prank.

The screening was sponsored by Word of Life Christian Academy in Springfield, Virginia and featured several guests and speakers from the school.

Check out the trailer below and stay tuned to NoVA Christian Film for more announcements of future screenings of The Senior Prank and other Christian films in the area.

How Government Saves the Cat

fix-the-debtMembers of NoVA Christian Film met at the volunteer fire department in Laurel, Maryland today to produce a tongue-in-cheek public service announcement for Fix the Debt, a non-profit, non-partisan group in Washington, DC that hopes to educate people on the need for a comprehensive plan to fix the country’s long-term debt and deficits.

The PSA was produced by Christa Geno of City Gates Productions, who also stars in it along with NoVA Christian Film founder Michael Tolosa. The PSA is just one of a number of shorts produced by Geno for the organization.

Watch the video below to see how the U.S. Government would save a cat stuck in a tree…

NoVA Christian Film Honored at 2012 TIVA Peer Awards

2012-peer-awards_01-cropNoVA Christian Film received two honors at the 2012 TIVA Peer Awards held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Saturday, November 17, 2012. The non-profit group received a Silver award in the Public Relations/Marketing (under $25K) category and a Bronze award in the Program/Series Promo (under $10K) category. Both were for the group’s 5-minute Behind the Promises: The Making of “Settled” documentary produced in February 2012 during the 168 Hour Project competition.

The documentary was directed by David DePerro and edited by Sam Hakes. NoVA Christian Film founder and TIVA member Michael Tolosa accepted the awards on behalf of the non-profit. “It’s an honor to be recognized as producing top-quality work by our industry peers in DC,” said Tolosa.

The annual TIVA Peer Awards honors the Washington region’s most creative work in television, internet, and video. This year’s awards ceremony was hosted by long-time DC area entertainment reporter Arch Campbell and featured other DC media personalities throughout the evening.

Josh Murray, another NoVA Christian Film member, was also honored for his work on The Soliloquy. He won an award for Dramatic Male Actor and the Gold for best Independent Short.

‘Treasure in Heaven’ Screening in Leesburg

treasure-in-heavenOn Saturday, November 10, 2012, members of the cast and crew of the locally-produced, faith-based film Treasure in Heaven attended the film’s premiere at Cobb Theater in Leesburg, Virginia.

The film’s story revolves around a pastor (Ron Planting) who struggles to get himself and his congregation back on the right path. The film stars two members of NoVA Christian Film — Planting and Lisa Johnson.

It was shot at Round Hill United Methodist Church in Round Hill, Virginia, as well as other locations in and around Leesburg, Virginia.

This is the first feature-length film produced by Glory Streams Productions.

Treasure in Heaven will be available on DVD in November 2012.

View the trailer below…

Anti-Bullying PSA Released

anti-bully-psa-02NoVA Christian Film members today released an anti-bullying public service announcement they produced this fall that aligned with National Bullying Prevention Month in October. The PSA was primarily an Eagle Scout project for Nate Geno, who co-directed the PSA with video veteran Pruitt Allen. The PSA was produced by Christa Geno and edited by Michael Tolosa.

The footage was shot on August 11, 2012 at Mercer Middle School in Stone Ridge, Virginia. The northern Virginia-based non-profit, Gospel Xpress, acted as beneficiary to Nate Geno’s Eagle Scout project and is expected to help distribute the PSA to multiple traditional and new media outlets.

For more information on the project, become a fan of the Be a Guardian Angel page on Facebook.

View the PSA below…

Premiere of ‘Bright Lights and Promises’ in Reston

bright-lights-and-promisesThe premiere of the locally produced musical Bright Lights and Promises was held this evening at Bow Tie Cinemas in Reston, Virginia. The writer/director, Tom Basham, and several of the stars were on hand for the event, including actress Jessica Cain and cinematographer Pruitt Allen, who are both members of NoVA Christian Film.

The musical — shot entirely in northern Virginia — tells the story of Jesse (Jessica Cain), a waitress who sheds her apron one night to take the stage as a singer. The soundtrack consists of 11 songs written by Grammy Hall of Fame artist Janis Ian, which are performed by the actors on-screen.

Check out the trailer below and purchase the DVD on Amazon, if you like what you see.