“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…

Unmanned Surface Vehicles Breaking Waves

[This article originally appeared on QinetiQ North America’s Technology Blog in December 2012.]

BlackfishNavies around the world are starting to recognize USVs as valuable operational tools, but the market is still emerging and industry is in the process of developing mature products that can offer advanced capabilities, reports Unmanned Vehicles.

QinetiQ North America’s unmanned surface vehicle (USV), Blackfish™, provides a flexible and powerful solution for maritime force protection in ports and harbors. With a top speed of over 40 kt, Blackfish gets eyes on target fast while keeping the operator a safe distance from threats. With Blackfish on scene, the optional 2-dimensional high-resolution sonar and integrated pan-tilt unit allows authorities to locate, classify, and pursue underwater diver and swimmer threats.

Read more information on Blackfish, or watch the video below.

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.

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…