February 6, 2017

James A. Smith Sr.





 NRB to Bring Film Summit, Speakers, Pitch-a-thon, Screenings to Proclaim 17 in Orlando

WASHINGTON (NRB) – For the third consecutive year, National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) will have at its annual convention the Film & Entertainment Summit, which will feature industry executives covering topics including directing, acting, screenwriting, marketing, and more.

Among the speakers at the March 1 summit will be actor Corbin Bernsen, creative executive DeVon Franklin, media authority Ted Baehr, filmmaker Lionel Chetwynd, film producer Sam Haskell III, film production veteran Michael Scott, and director/showrunner Dave Alan Johnson.

Other film and entertainment industry speakers at the broader, four-day NRB International Christian Media Convention, Proclaim 17, include communications maven Phil Cooke, acting/filmmaking couple Kevin and Sam Sorbo, and Fox News' Sean Hannity, Executive Producer of the upcoming movie Let There Be Light.

"If you are a Christian working in the film and entertainment industry, or if you're an aspiring filmmaker, this is the event for you," said NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. "Our event offers unique face-to-face networking opportunities, as well as invaluable insights from those who have found much success in Hollywood."

Also returning this year is the popular NRB Pitch-a-thon, which gives participants a chance to pitch their story, script, or even a finished product to two different distributors. In the three years since NRB began hosting the Pitch-a-thon, a number of scripts have been purchased and a number of participants have received offers for distribution for their films. The Pitch-a-thon is scheduled to take place on February 28, the evening before the Film & Entertainment Summit. All participants must sign up in order participate.

Additionally, Proclaim 17 will feature four film screenings. Among the films being screened are The Case for Christ, a film that draws on the true story of Lee and Leslie Strobel, whose marriage struggled mightily as her growing faith collided with his determined atheism. Lee Strobel, who is among the more than 80 speakers at Proclaim 17, will be present at the screening of The Case for Christ and will offer remarks. Other films include Mully, which depicts the extraordinary rags-to-riches story of Charles Mully, whose meteoric rise from orphaned poverty in Kenya leads him on an unimaginable journey of selflessness; Because of Grácia, a movie about four young people and the choices they make that will change their lives forever; and Let There Be Light, an upcoming faith-based film about a world-famous atheist who finds his purpose and re-imagines his life after a near-death experience.

Proclaim 17 will also have multiple showings of Jesus VR, which depicts the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ through the exciting new format of virtual reality. Jesus VR takes participants on a virtual trip back in time to walk alongside Jesus – experiencing life as His follower, immersed in a 360-degree view of His miracles, teachings, prayers, passion, and glory – closer than ever before.

For screening times, convention details, and the complete schedule for Proclaim 17, visit

Members of the press who desire to cover Proclaim 17 must register in advance. For more information about press registration, please contact

About NRB

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a nonpartisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth, promote media excellence, and defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at

About the NRB Convention

The annual NRB International Christian Media Convention is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of around 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. The next Convention, Proclaim 17, will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida, February 27-March 2, 2017. For more information, go to




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