TAFF Announces Nominations for 2015


  • Abel’s Field
  • Beyond the Heavens
  • Genesis
  • Once We Were Slaves
  • When God Left The Building


  • Abel’s Field
  • Beyond the Heavens
  • Genesis

BEST SHORT over 15 min

  • Book Ends
  • Once We Were Slaves
  • Roses

BEST SHORT under 15 min

  • Firefly
  • Stuck
  • The Gospel of Jon


  • Daylight Come
  • Fill Up, Pour Out
  • James
  • The Foremost
  • When God Left The Building


  • Corbin Bernsen-Beyond the Heavens
  • Craig Cunningham-Genesis
  • Dallas Jenkins-Once We Were Slaves
  • Gordie Haakstad-Abel’s Field
  • Peter Craig-The Foremost


  • Aron Flasher-Abel’s Field
  • Anthony Hackett-Catastasis
  • Corbin Bernsen-Beyond the Heavens
  • Craig Cunningham-Genesis
  • Dallas Jenkins-Once We Were Slaves


  • Corbin Bernsen-Beyond the Heavens
  • Gregory Allen Williams-Adrenaline
  • Myles Evans-The Gospel of Jon
  • Samuel Davis-Abel’s Field
  • Stelio Savante-Once We Were Slaves


  • Dendrie Taylor-Beyond the Heavens
  • Elaina Cochran-Book Ends
  • Lexi Kelson-The Gospel of Jon
  • Phoenix Kirk- Firefly
  • Susan Mansur-Abel’s Field


  • Ryan Risley-Adrenaline
  • Marc Havener, Heather Attig-Fill Up Pour Out
  • Mike Griggs-Once We Were Slaves
  • Nathan Taliaferro -Now or Never
  • Susan Munro-Abel’s Field


  • George Newman-The Gospel of Jon
  • Jacob Hamilton, Patrick Meade Jones, Sam Ramsey, Taylor Rudd, and Kristopher Rutherford-Genesis
  • Micah Austin-Firefly
  • Peter Craig-The Foremost
  • Trent Jones-Once We Were Slaves


  • Chris Lass-Every Day Counts
  • Jason Graves Adrenaline
  • Jeff Toyne Abel’s Field
  • Rick Holets-Firefly
  • Salt of the Sound, Sam Burchfield-The Gospel of Jon


  • Beyond the Heavens
  • Firefly
  • Genesis
  • The Gift
  • The Harpist


  • Amelia Austin-Firefly
  • Caleb Hermann-Book Ends
  • Greg T Morrow-Abel’s Field
  • Josh Cooper-Genesis
  • Peter Craig-The Foremost








TAFF Announces Selected Films for 2015

Wow!  The judges had their work cut out for them!  The submissions this year were outstanding.  There were many wonderful films which forced some very difficult decisions. We want all our filmmakers to know that we appreciate your work so much.  But unfortunately, as much we wanted to, we simply could not accept every film.  So here, finally, are the Selected Films for TAFF 2015.


Abel’s Field (PG)
Adrenaline (PG)
Beyond the Heavens (PG)
Catastasis (R)
Fragile World (PG-13)
Genesis (PG-13)
Steps of Faith (PG)


Compelling Love (PG-16)
Daylight Come (PG-16)
Everyday Counts (PG)
Fill Up, Pour Out (PG)
Kimberly (G)
James (PG-13)
The Foremost (PG-16)
Tomorrow Comes (PG)
Victory (PG)
When God Left the Building (PG)


Book Ends (PG)
Firefly (G)
First Do No Harm (PG)
Newly Forged (G)
Now or Never (G)
Once We Were Slaves (PG)
Roses (PG)
Stuck (PG)
Teppanyaki (G)
The Gift (PG)
The Gospel of Jon (PG)
The Harpist (G)


First Light (PG)
Shine (G)



Ok.  Well.  For what’s it’s worth, (which is not a whole lot) I was pretty disappointed with the execution of Exodus: Gods and Kings.  With all due respect to the extraordinarily talented filmmaker, Mr. Ridley Scott, the film has serious story telling issues.  Now please don’t misunderstand.  Ridley Scott is an amazing filmmaker.  He has scared the bejabbers out of us with Alien, delivered an elegant, melancholy sci-fi with Blade Runner and created such a noble story in Gladiator.  These films are all engaging, exceptionally well crafted and were just a joy to watch (except for Alien which remains to this day one of the best and scariest films I personally have ever seen).  But Exodus just doesn’t tell the story of Moses leading Israel out of Egypt in a way that audiences can relate to.  The film starts off just great, but as we get into the conflict between Ramses II (Joel Edgerton) and Moses (Christian Bale) it quickly loses it’s way.

This is a story the entire world knows.  Billions of people revere it.  There are certain expectations within it that audiences wait for and expect to see in a film about Moses.  But Exodus: Gods and Kings takes a very different journey.  And my personal opinion, (again, for what it’s worth) is that this new interpretation does not serve the film, the audience or the filmmaker.  Nor does it deliver one of the greatest stories in all of history.  It simply does not work.

Now, I am all for freedom of expression and creative interpretation in fiction and filmmaking.  This is necessary and allows authors and filmmakers to show us the world of the production and to engage us.  This is especially true with historical productions.  But to invent a different interpretation of the very character of Moses is not remaining true to his story or his place in History or the Bible.  And frankly, it will probably make some folks pretty, hopping mad.

Ridley’s Moses is a warrior and a very effective general.  He is quick to make a sound decision, studied in the art of war, fights like Batman, (uh- hem, er,  sorry), elegant of speech and not shy about expressing his very certain opinions.  Christian Bale, as Moses, does a fine job bringing the words on the page to life.  Unfortunately, it’s the wrong Moses.  Joel Edgerton is wonderful as Ramses II.   His character is spot on.  Ramses II is stubborn, conflicted, a little clueless and clearly has internal demons.  As the young “brothers” fight side by side, there is true respect, admiration and a bit of jealousy evident.  As Moses’ true identity is revealed, Ramses can’t bring himself to kill his brother.   So as the story goes, Moses is exiled.  Even when Moses marries Zipporah the story is tracking fairly well-except for the Moses as warrior thing.  But the film begins to unravel as Moses is chasing sheep up the mountain in the rain.  A mud slide buries him leaving only his face visible and God in the form of a little kid with attitude shows up.  Say what?!  And that is where the film jumps off the bridge into very, deep, troubled water.  Well, I paid my money.  And so I decided I’d stick with it to the end.  But when Moses winds up carefully chiseling the Ten Commandments himself with the bratty kid telling him what to write, well, let’s just say, I was looking for my popcorn and checking my watch.  I have to admit, I even got my cell phone out and texted my daughter.  The audience didn’t even wait for the credits to roll.  They were leaving the theatre in the dark!

Now that’s not to say that there was nothing good in this film.  The cinematic execution of the 7 plagues (although sensationalized) are pretty impressive.  The sets and locations were incredible.  And Scott masterfully created the world and attitudes of the time.  And it was very interesting to see the difficulties and dangers of travel in the time period.  But on the whole, the film felt, to me, (again for what it’s worth) like a humanistic explanation of the Bible Story of Moses.  Which is not what I was hoping for or expecting.  Bummer.

So, I have to ask the question, why?  Why wasn’t this story told with the characters and elements as written down in the Bible?  It’s an incredible story of faith, obedience, and courage.  It’s got family drama, romance, battles, adversity, special effects up the wazoo, and miracles galore.  Why wasn’t that enough?  Did the production team really think they could improve the story?  Or did they simply wish to provide a more logical explanation of what might have happened?  I don’t know.  It just seems to me that if you have this incredible story, Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton, an enormous budget, special effects at your finger tips and Ridely Scott at the helm, you could tell one of the greatest stories of all time and rule the box office for a year.  Producers, directors, actors, we are waiting and we are begging you!   Please, please, please, just one time, try to tell a Biblical character’s story as it is written in the Bible, using all your fantastic resources.  Audiences are ready and waiting.  If you do this, your pockets will be full with ticket sales.

Now despite what I wrote, I still think you all should see this film.  Just like Noah, many non-churched folks will see it and will be talking about this film.  There is so much misinformation and incorrect interpretation in it that there are bound to be lots of confused people out there.  You can help explain the inconsistency, the character traits of Moses, and that Aaron should have included in the film and make sure folks know the real story.


Jamee Kennedy


Attic Film Festival Kicks Off 2014 Soul Series Film Screening with “Linsanity” at the Alamo Drafthouse-Village on October 20th!

Producer Brian Yang in Attendance to Discuss NBA Jeremy Lin’s Path to International Stardom and How He Drew Strength from his Faith, Family and Culture to Over Come Adversity


Media Contact:

Corrine Rotan
The Attic Film Festival

The Rotan Group

Austin, Texas (October 7, 2014)-The Attic Film Festival, the rapidly growing faith- based film festival in Austin, TX, kicks off their signature 2014 Soul Series Film Screenings with Linsanity (SXSW and Sundance Film Fest selected films). Q&A will follow with producer Brian Yang (who currently stars as “Charlie Fong” in Hawaii Five-o). The first of the screenings will take place at the Alamo Drafthouse-Village location on October, 20 at 7:00 P.M. The films screened for the Soul Series are a few of the 2014 Attic Film Fest award winners that will be screened monthly leading up to the annual film festival on April 24-25, 2015. Tickets in this series are $8 online and $10 at the door. For other films in the series and for ticket purchase, visit the Attic Film Fest website at

“Linsanity is a story for people of so many walks of life but at the core of it is Jeremy’s faith. The Attic Film Fest was the perfect place to screen the film at earlier this year. We wish we had audiences like that everyday! To get a chance to screen it again through the Fest? We’re only too happy to do it again. I’m definitely excited to come down to interact with the Attic family this time,” says Brian Yang, producer, actor.

In February 2012, an entire nation of basketball fans unexpectedly went ‘Linsane’. Stuck in the mire of disappointing season, the New York Knicks did what no other NBA team had thought about doing. They gave backup point guard Jeremy Lin an opportunity to prove himself. He took full advantage scoring more points in his first NBA starts than any other player in the modern era, and created a legitimate public frenzy in the process. Linsanity is a moving and inspirational portrait of Jeremy Lin. It chronicles his path to international stardom, the adversities he faced along the way, his struggles to overcome stereotypes and how he drew strength from his faith, family and culture.

Lin is an evangelical Christian, and was a leader in Harvard’s Asian American Christian Fellowship during his time there. He credited his NBA success to playing without pressure. “I’ve surrendered that to God. I’m not in a battle with what everybody else thinks anymore,” said Lin. He hopes to become a pastor who can head up non-profit organizations, either home or abroad, and has talked of working in inner-city communities to help with underprivileged children. On July 13, 2014, Lin was traded, along with a 2015 first and second round pick, to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for the rights to Sergei Lishouk. The famous wax museum Madame Tussauds in San Francisco unveiled a Lin statue on August 14, 2014.

Other films in this Series:
soul-series-backJimmy – Monday, November 10, 2014. The story of a mentally challenged teenager who interacts with supernatural beings he calls “Watchers”. 2014 Attic Film Fest Best Male Performance and Best Family Film. Starring Ted Levine (Silence of the Lambs, Monk) and Ian Colletti (Baby Momma, Rake). Full-feature.

Living Hope-Monday, February 16, 2014. A powerful true story of three extraordinary people devoting their lives to serving the poor and the sick of Cape Town, South Africa. Documentary.

Let God-Monday, January 26, 2014. A young housewife is stranded alone in the woods after a tragic accident along The Oregon Trail. Starring Jasmine Jandreau (Best Actress at the 2013 Breckenridge International Film Festival). Full feature.

Shorts Showcase-Monday, March 23, 2015. A marathon of award-winning short films from the 2014 Attic Film Fest.

About Brian Yang, producer Linsanity
Brian Yang is a producing partner at 408 Films, an independent film production company that helps to produce and finance feature film productions and new media ventures. 408 Films has produced titles such as Fog, The People I’ve Slept With, and Someone I Used to Know and the Sundance hit Linsanity. On the acting side, Brian is a film and television actor who has appeared in projects such as Saving Face, a 2005 Sundance & Toronto selection and numerous commercials between the US and Asia. He hosted Shanghai Rush, China’s first English language reality show in 2009 and is currently in a recurring role on the CBS hit Hawaii 5-0 in the role of lab tech Charlie Fong.

About the Attic Film Festival
The Attic Film Festival is a faith-based film festival held yearly in Austin, TX. For the past 7 years we have screened independent films of faith, hope and redemption and showcased the award-winners at the popular Soul Series film screenings. The Attic Film Fest, a non-profit 501-(c)(3), was established in 2007 and opened the festival screening with 12 films and 4 volunteers. Since then, the Attic Film Fest award-winning films have gone on to screen 28 films per season. Films screened have receive worldwide recognition and been featured on the Hallmark Channel, nominated for an Academy Award, and or made into a full feature. The Attic Film Fest supports and empowers independent filmmakers to spread a powerful message with a well told story that is equal to Hollywood standards.

For additional information please visit our website at


2015 Attic Film Festival Opens Up Submissions for Films of Hope, Faith and Redemption on September 1

US and International Independent Filmmakers Encouraged to Submit Full-Features, Documentaries, Shorts, Music Videos and Student Films Online


Media Contact:

Corrine Rotan
The Attic Film Festival

The Rotan Group

Austin, Texas (September 2, 2014)-The Attic Film Festival, the rapidly growing, high quality  faith-based film festival, opens up submission for films of hope, faith and redemption on September 1, 2014. US and International independent filmmakers are encouraged to submit full features, documentaries, shorts, music videos and student films online at

“We are once again thrilled to be able to provide a forum for faith-based films next year in Austin, TX.  Going into our eighth year, we’re extremely fortunate to receive Hollywood quality films that enable our audiences (both secular and non secular) to be influenced and left with a powerful message,” said Dr. Jamee Kennedy, executive director of The Attic Film Festival.  “We are experiencing tremendous growth in the Christian film industry. This year alone, faith-based films such as Noah and Heaven is for Real, have led opening day box office hits in the #2 position and to date have generated over $400 million, proving that audiences are still captivated by the Christian message. We look forward to receiving independent films with the same quality standard as Hollywood and highlight and promote these films at the 2015 Attic Film Festival.

“The Attic Film Festival is among the most rewarding and important film festivals for Christian filmmakers.  Not only do they provide faith-based films the opportunity for industry recognition, but the chance to meet other filmmakers is priceless.  The staff are friendly and accommodating, and Austin is about the best host city you could hope for”, says Clayton Miller, filmmaker, director of Redemption of Henry Myers (2012 Attic Film Festival Best Film, premiered on the HallMark Channel in 2014).

Over the past 7 years, approximately 13-18 cash awards per year have been presented to the winners cumulating over $100,000.  The amount of the award is based on the fundraising efforts each Fall.  Additionally, these award-winning independent filmmakers have gone on to receive national recognition and have been featured on the Hallmark Channel, nominated for an Academy Award, and made into full features.  For the 2014 Fest held in April, the Attic Film Festival premiered 28 films including Linsanity, Return to Mogadishu, Let God, Fading West, Where We Belong and a Cry from Iran, to name a few.

To be considered as a selected film for the 2015 Attic Film Festival, filmmakers may submit their film online or postmarked prior to last day of submission February 1, 2015 with a fee of $25.  No late entries are accepted and International submission must be subtitled in English. Students currently enrolled in an institution of higher education and are treated the same as regular submission expect for a reduced entry fee of $15. For more information visit the Attic Film Festival at



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Christian Actors Workshop

A Christian based Actor’s Workshop  on Wednesday night 7-8:30pm will be offered in the Fall.  Leading the workshop will be long time Austin Community College Acting Instructor Dr. Jamee Kennedy.

These classes will begin September 3rd, 2014 and go through November with a break in October.

The workshop will use the Meisner Technique and focus on getting comfortable and relaxed on stage/camera, use of the body, use of the voice/face, external characterization, internal characterization, script analysis and the performance process.  The class is for all ages.

There is no charge for the class but you must register to participate, and there’s a class limit of 20.

Click here to read Dr Kennedy’s bio.

Please contact Jayla Martinez, class coordinator, if you are intereted.


Real Life Heroes


Hay Folks!

Hope your summer is going well. With summer blockbusters in full swing I just want to put a bug in your ear and suggest something. Instead of watching a film about fictional heroes, how about watching a film based on actual heroes?

I finally had the privilege of reading the book Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell and then steeled my soul to watch Peter Berg’s impressive film based on the book. I don’t generally clamor to see R rated films for reasons that I won’t bore you with. But I did see this one. After reading the book, I felt the need to see this film. And I feel called to ask you all to see it, if you have not already done so.

Fair warning. It is a very difficult film to watch, heartbreaking actually. You probably already know the film chronicles the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative Ahmad Shah (well played by Yousuf Azami) in remote and mountainous North-Eastern Afghanistan. Like the book, the film depicts the SEALS compassionate refusal to kill 3 goat shepherds that find them spying on Shah. It is this knowingly sacrificial decision that ultimately leads to the Team being completely outnumbered and fighting valiantly for survival. The film is bloody, violent, troubling and has lots of language. But it also exemplifies extreme sacrifice for not only strangers, but for each other. These men are brothers in the truest sense. And the film clearly depicts their devotion to each other’s survival. The film is full of great compassion, courage and loyalty. And it is an extreme example of the ultimate act of putting others first.

Now granted, there are a lot of war films out there. And many of them are really, really great. But this one is unique. Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg) survives because of SEAL Team LT Mike Murphy’s (played heroically by Taylor Kitsch) sacrifice and very courageous Pashtan Villagers who protect and defend him with their own lives. This small village is ferocious in their defense of Luttrell, yet gentle in convincing him that they are not his enemy. But what got to me most was that these Villagers understand and fully appreciate that American soldiers have nothing to gain by fighting the Taliban along side them and everything to lose. They fight and die because they believe they are called to protect the World. And they enter into these villagers’ fight willingly, expecting nothing in return. I wonder how many of us here in the US even give a second thought to thanking a service man or woman when we see them in the grocery store.

We take so much for granted here in Austin and in American. Life is pretty great here. This film is a visual representation of the men who served the American people and the World to the fullest extent possible in it’s most violent and remote region. There was only 1 survivor from SEAL Team 10. He wrote his story down so we could know the men who gave everything for the good of others. His story was made into a film so that we could understand and appreciate what our world might become without those who are willing to serve others first. Isn’t this what living the Gospel life is all about?

So, I challenge you to see this film. Have a box of Kleenex at your side. And I also challenge you to support our men and women in uniform in a tangible way. Please consider donating to:

In November we will be screening Return to Mogadishu: Remembering Black Hawk Down a powerful short documentary on the 1993 ill-fated mission. We are working on scheduling it to coincide with Veterans Day. Be sure to check our website for dates and times. At this screening we will be collecting donations for both organizations. We hope you will join us in honoring our fine men and women in uniform.


After surviving his operations in Afghanistan, Marcus returned home to his ranch in Texas, the center of his post-combat recovery and restoration. There, Marcus had time to recover, to think and to feel the love and support of close friends and family as he healed his wounds. Based upon first hand experiences of what is needed to provide holistic healing beyond standard government programs, Marcus established the Lone Survivor Foundation in 2010 with the intent to bring the wounded service members into the same type of environment that healed Marcus. A place of solitude and beauty, where there was a close-knit and understanding support system. A place where the service members and their families could heal together as they all worked through the consequences of war. The Foundation is dedicated to honoring and remembering American service members by providing unique educational, rehabilitation, recovery, and wellness opportunities to U.S. Armed Forces members and their families.


Jamee Kennedy

TAFF Executive Director


Let God Wins the Audience Favorite Award at TAFF 2014.

(April 5, 2014) After counting all the ballots where audience members of TAFF voted on their favorite film of the festival, TAFF announced that Let God has won the Audience Favorite Award at TAFF 2014. This adds to the list of awards that Let God won this year to include:

  • Best Film
  • Best Feature
  • Audience Favorite
  • Best Director (William Parker)
  • Best Female Performance (Jasmin Jandreau)

Let God Adds More Awards to its List

In addition, Let God won both “Best Feature” and “Best Actress” honors at the 2013 Breckenridge Film Festival. Let God was also an official selection at the 2013 Gideon Film Festival and has earned the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for any age. “This is a terrific Story!” said the Dove Foundation. “The writer/director (William Parker) and leading actress Jasmine Jandreau, as Amelia, somehow manage to make this story of survival a powerful movie about trials and a faith that overcomes all odds…You will enjoy watching this one. Don’t miss it!”