For Los Angeles Faith & Community, film and filmmakers was the overriding theme of 2013. Whether it was the film festivals, the red carpets, or the artists who inhabited both, the Los Angeles film industry was particularly potent and took center stage.
However, the focus on faith through championing for life and life-affirming events and measures was not far behind. The year launched with a column on Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.While it is encouraging that more and younger people are choosing Life, until the plague of abortion is eradicated, this day will continue to hold significance.
The MovieGuide(R) Awards celebrated its 21st year in February, and Los Angeles Faith & Community was on the red carpet to discover the staying power and growth of this awards show which spotlights family-friendly films and family values.
One of the more quality and powerful faith-based film offerings of the year was King’s Faith, about foster children, foster parents, and overcoming the past. Los Angeles Faith & Community reviewed the film and interviewed the lead actor, Crawford Wilson on his burgeoning career and what attracted him to such a project. "It's such a powerful message in this sense: that we can change as people, we can always become better. You don't have to be defined by your mistakes," he said.
May always kicks off with the National Day of Prayer, and Faith & Community spotlighted ministries in Los Angeles and nationally whose focus and commitment set the tone and tenor for national prayer, and those who organized prayer gatherings in their city.
In June, the Dances with Films Festival celebrated 16 years over 11 days. Movies like With No Regrets: A Dancin’ Man’s Journey, Kumpania Flamenco Los Angeles, and The Advocate were creative and innovative labors of love that represented the soul and passionate sweat of the independent filmmaker.
The artists behind the lens held equal weight with their creations; for without them, there would be no vision for the screen. This year’s most insightful sit downs involved writer-director-actor Jason Victor Everett and his powerful short Skinhead Requiem, about the alchemy of nature and the choices that we make. Parish Rahbar and Tara Moini of Renovatio Movies took the film circuit by storm with their short, Fade, and are part of the tribe of female (and Iranian) producers/directors that wants to show their culture in a different light. Web editor and producer Parisa Soultani is also a part of this tribe. Soultani’s passionate vision for sharing the Iranian culture through the Bridge to Iran series, and other Link TV projects was enlightening, refreshing, and part of the best of 2013.
The Faith to inspire and transform was also shown in the causes and events covered. The 79th annual Ms. Senior California Pageant involved seasoned women who believed in the power of God to enrich life at any age, and had faith in themselves and their gifts. These ladies were an inspiration for all generations.
Nicholas Jordan’s Wells of Life organization seeks to change the face of Uganda, one water well at a time. It was satisfying and heartwarming to see money being raised for this worthy cause of water rights.
These are only a small sampling of the people, events, and projects that made 2013 a spectacular year for Los Angeles Faith & Community. Stick around in 2014 for an even greater abundance of all this page has to offer.
Happy New Year!