Last month was really busy with a variety of opportunities for the TABLE. Our FILMMAKER'S ROUNDTABLE continues to look for two more stories. If you are considering being a part of our film slate, make your decision today.
Our Vice President Stephanie Musser is the gatekeeper for the Table. Professional adjudicators, screenwriters and veteran filmmakers are standing by to work directly with you as you submit your films into the process.
Friends of ours have a new film being released this month, so we want to take a moment to point everyone to the box office for I STILL BELIEVE.
I STILL BELIEVE
Jennifer Willingham and the Epic Agency have been working with LIONSGATE and the Erwin Brothers along with Kevin Downes in making Jeremy Camp's new bio-pic called I STILL BELEIVE. This wonderful film opens in over 2800 theaters this month and as a partner with EPIC and supporting films of family, faith and freedom, we want to invite our entire Veritas community to go opening weekend.
You all know our team's commitment to these kinds of films and we celebrated when I CAN ONLY IMAGINE entered the market. This is the same film team who made this movie. We pray the same fervor and enthusiasm will extend into the mainstream market..
CORINA PATAKI - NEW BOOKS 2 FILM AUTHOR
About a decade ago our film team met a Romanian lady who had a powerful story in broadcast, publishing and film. Her first book, QUEST FOR FREEDOM was the true encounter of her miraculous escape from a communist regime. Some time stories take time to "grow" and this was certainly the case again with our table. This book was submitted and has been approved to be made into a feature documentary-drama and narrative film. Congratulations are in order to our newest author!!!
Thanks to Corina, her producer Wendy Cooper Porcelli and the support from her husband Steve Pataki, the most bold film franchise encounter is about to take place in a dangerous part of the world. The Filmmaker's Roundtable has unanimously recommended her story for the highest level, making a book into a movie.
Stay tuned for more exciting updates.
Film star Christopher Atkins flew into Nashville to meet with our team to discuss his journey from starring in BLUE LAGOON with Brooke Shields, through his personal journey of filmmaking last month. What an honor to be with our friend, who was introduced to us by film veteran, Greg Jillian, the Senior VP of MGM over legal.
Chris is a highly successful actor since his career launched with BLUE LAGOON when he was eighteen. Having a lot of experience in motion pictures, the financing and reviewing screenplays, he is interested in working with our team in future projects. Maybe he would be a great star for your book being made into a movie.
We just need a few more stories so NOW is the time to begin.
Last month the documentary film team traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to continue to work on the new documentary film based on the book, NO DOUBT, NO FEAR by Billy Stanley. What an amazing story of the Stanley brothers moving into Graceland in 1960 as Elvis Presley began his most successful career as the biggest entertainer in the world.
David Stanley flew from Florida to be with the Oceania Entertainment team worked with Cross Training Productions out of Parker, Colorado, led by Jim Gromer. The powerful and moving interviews with the Stanley brothers is going to ensure a huge success for the documentary for Billy.
This all happens because of the FILMMAKERS ROUNDTABLE and maybe you and your story might be the next story we find to make into a full length feature film. Our film slate is still looking for three more stories.
Be sure and reach out to the Vice President, Stephanie Musser and she will let you in on everything we are doing to promote the new books being turned into films. Remember, we do not option, we make movies and work with stories that are inspirational and educational.
Good luck and we look forward to following up with you.
Dr. Kevin McAfee
2020 promises to be an exciting new year for many reasons. The Filmmaker's Roundtable is merging with a new business partner, the EPIC AGENCY. This exciting team of professionals is led by Jennifer Willingham.
As part of this new merger, we will be offering an additional array of author services combined with our film adjudication process. Our Table is excited to be joining the crusade with Jennifer in providing high quality services to advance book marketing, promotions and publicity.
At the beginning of this year, we are creating a new documentary film based on the exciting book from Billy Stanley, ELVIS MY BROTHER. The Stanley brothers will be sharing this enormous story of the biggest entertainer in the world, Elvis Presley.
It's going to be the best year ever for authors who have a wonderful vision and dream for the future. We look forward to working with you.
Blessings and Happy New Year,
Dr. Kevin McAfee
Merry Christmas everyone. This is such an important season for our family as we welcome the Christmas season completely. We believe if you are Muslim, you should have the freedom to worship Allah. If you are Jewish, you should display your menorah and blow your shofar and if you are Christian, you can celebrate the nativity with great joy.
Part of living in America and in the United States are the freedoms we observe and the freedom of religion is so important. In 2012 our film partner created LAST OUNCE OF COURAGE, a movie starring Marshall Teague who was a mayor standing up for people of every faith. We are honored to have worked with this organization.
Now, during this season we are heading to the West Coast for the purpose of reaching out to mainstream distributors regarding a new film. This all happened because of the FILMMAKERS ROUNDTABLE. It is an exciting opportunity to see the doors opening for our authors.
Why don't you get involved with the Table and contact Stephanie Musser to have your book, play or screenplay reviewed professionally. Don't hesitate any more because we have a special discount for the month of December. Why not take advantage of our gift to the community.
It's time to build your dream!!!!
Dr. Kevin McAfee
Probably one of the greatest moments any author can find, is to connect not just with a service, but a real filmmaker. So many folks are out there hearing folks share their own pitch decks, but there is a far chasm between the ability to pitch someone and transition into real filmmaking.
When you work with the FILMMAKERS ROUNDTABLE you are one group away from taking your book to begin the process of transitioning to film. One of the most important things you can possibly know is that our adjudication process brings the finest and most talented authors to the forefront of filmmaking.
Why not contact Stephanie Musser today and be sure and read the Most Frequently Asked Questions for all authors.
We now have almost half a dozen authors who are filmmakers! We need a few more stories to fill our motion film slate at GRP Films. Come become a part of this amazing journey today.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
It's happening again. Another author recently contacted the Filmmaker's Roundtable and a new feature documentary has been filmed. All of this has taken place over the past six months and the exciting part of this, is meeting an author with real passion.
There is nothing more powerful than the love of a mother. Deani Merrell loves her family, her three children, her grandchildren and great grand children. She was very close to Heather Olive, a filmmaker who had worked with our team on END OF THE SPEAR.
She brought her book to be reviewed by the Table, about the story of her daughter, Jenni Kufhal, who had lived a victorious life through her cancer. Jenni fought the disease for twenty two months and passed into eternity with seven children all under the age of twelve. She was a loving mother who lived modestly in a nine hundred square foot home. Can you imagine with all those children and a loving husband in Heath, the powerful joy she could bring, even in tragedy...
JOY IN THE MORNING is the new feature film being made from Deani Merrell's book. It is the beginning of a historic and epic journey of a selfless woman who gave all she had to bring joy to her family. Her inspirational life caused hundreds of people to know God and her love of family inspired a nation on ESPN when her and her husband entered a contest with the OKC Thunder that led to a miraculous basketball shot.
Later, the Kufhal's would be on national television talking about what happened, the cancer they were fighting and inspiring others to keep forging ahead, even when times get really tough. This is the story of the new film, all inspired by a book.
Maybe your book, will be our next film? We don't just look at books for the sake of review, we want to tell stories using the visual language. Come be with us and join us in our journey in filmmaking.
God Bless You,
Dr. Kevin McAfee
PS. I am formally announcing the delivery of ZION LAUREL MCAFEE to our family as she was delivered in China to her mother Lauren and father Michael McAfee, our oldest son this week. They are home and congratulations to all. The proud grandparents are beaming and thankful here!!!
I don't often do this, but here is an abridgment from Billy Stanley's book, ELVIS MY BROTHER. Billy came to our FILMMAKER'S ROUNDTABLE and now, we are making a new movie about his book. After ending ELVIS WEEK at Graceland with Billy and Liz Stanley, what an amazing beginning to launch our film with Billy the Spa Guy on his YOU TUBE channel.
ELVIS MY BROTHER - BY Billy Stanley
Here's a memory, from 1977... One night Rick, David and I were playing pool, at Graceland... The phone, with the direct line from Elvis' room, rang... Rick walked to the phone and answered it... David and I watched and listened to Rick... All Rick said was, okay boss, we'll be right up...
Rick walked back to the pool room, then said, Elvis wants to see all 3 of us... David and I put the pool cues on the pool table, and followed Rick... As we were going up the stairs, we did our usual routine... We started saying, okay... What did you do??? I didn't do anything, what did you do... This was a little joke my brothers did every time Elvis called us to his room...
When we got to his room, Elvis was sitting on the edge of his bed reading his Bible... He looked up at us, then told us to have a seat... All 3 of us sat on the floor, in front of him... He said, I was reading the Bible... About Jesus and his life... Then it hit me... Jesus had followers, to write about his life... It got me to thinking... When I die, who's going to tell my story, or write about me...
This caught my brothers and I off guard... We looked at each other, then back at Elvis... All 3 of us stood up... I walked over to Elvis and sat next to him, on the bed... I said, nothing's going to happen to you Elvis... You'll probably out live all of us... He just looked at me and smiled... Rick walked over and put his hand on Elvis' shoulder, then said, you ain't going anywhere Elvis... David stood in front of Elvis and said, what kind of talk is this, you ain't going nowhere, Elvis...
Elvis smiled at us, then said... Thank you boys... Then he asked us again... Who's going to tell my story... I said, you have all the guys that work for you, Elvis, I'm sure they will do something... Plus, you have Priscilla... He looked at me, then said... You know about the book that's about to come out about me... It was written by guys that worked for me, it's not a good story, and it's not a fair story either...
He continued... Priscilla is my ex-wife, while we did love each other and still do, her account of my life won't be flattering, either... Rick then asked, what do you want us to do, boss??? Elvis said, if and when that day comes, that I die, I want you 3 to tell my story... Now, this was something that really floored us... Elvis continued... Y' all are the only 3 that can call me your brother... You have a unique perspective that no one else has... I want you to tell everything... The good and bad, but please try to explain why I did some of the things I did...
Elvis started to get emotional now, a tear came to his eyes... I put my arm around Elvis, and pulled him close... I said, we love you... We'll do what you want... Rick sat down, next to Elvis and put his arm around him, also... David walked up to Elvis... Elvis had his head down, David reached down and gently pulled Elvis head up, then said... You ain't going nowhere without your number one badass, Elvis... You hear me??? That lighten the mood, a little...
Elvis stood up... He said, you think you can take me, David... David said, hell yeah... Let's go now!!! Rick and I stood up... Elvis said, I'll take all 3 of you on... David said, let's dance!!! Then the wrestling match began... The 4 of us wrestled until we were out of breath, and laughing... A couple of weeks later, Elvis passed away...
We thank Billy Stanley, the Step Brother to Elvis Presley. Here at the TABLE, you may have an idea, a play or even a screenplay and we want to work with you. Here is why. We are looking for two more stories to complete our film slate. Contact our Vice President, Stephanie Musser today.
Billy Stanley wrote a famous book ELVIS MY BROTHER and now, through the FILMMAKER'S ROUNDTABLE, a new film is coming to life! Just think, a movie about the KING OF ROCK AND ROLL is on the books and GRP FILMS is creating this movie with the NY Times Best Selling Author, Billy Stanley!
As part of the process, the team is attending ELVIS WEEK 2019. This is the largest gathering each year to celebrate Elvis Presley. August 8-16, 2019 are the dates and the entire week has been finalized. If you are an Elvis Presley fan, you will want to plan to visit Memphis, Tennessee and join in on the festivities!
Billy Stanley and Kevin McAfee will be at the ELVIS WEEK together with Bill Stallings and screenwriter Jim Gromer on the last Wednesday and Thursday during the celebration week. You can meet many of those who were in the life of Elvis Presley and hear stories of kindness, of love and true facts about the life of the greatest entertainer in the world.
BILL STALLINGS - AN ELVIS EXPERT
Kevin and Bill met in Franklin, Tennessee last week to discuss the motion picture and future of the episodes he has been creating. Bill was invited to be a participant inside the motion picture working on the "behind the scenes" part and also as another voice into the film. Bill has invaluable information for the success of the movie and the GRP team is honored he is going to be involved.
If you are not a subscriber on the YOU TUBE channel where Bill Stallings has created for Elvis Presley, we want to encourage you about this. Bill is a talented and caring person regarding the life and legacy of Elvis Presley.
STEP FAMILY MEMBERS
The theme of the movie ELVIS MY BROTHER embraces one of the power of unconditional love when you experience a "blended family". Over half of America is facing the blended family situation today. Many have difficulties embracing people who are not blood relatives, but Elvis demonstrated true love to his step-family. This is part of what is unique and special about Elvis Presley.
Every Elvis fan is important to our GRP FILM team and we appreciate each and every opinion. Even when some may disagree, we believe unconditional love is more powerful and in alignment with the Bible, which has been embraced by the Presley and the Stanley family.
Billy and Liz Stanley are inviting all of you to ELVIS WEEK 2019. They are bringing the GRP FILM TEAM to Memphis and we would be so very honored to meet all of you. The "candlelight vigil" on Thursday night before the closing on Friday will be a highlight of filming, so if you can, please join everyone for a memory in Memphis like none other.
GRP believes that Elvis Presley knew Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. You cannot listen to him sing the gospel hymns and not be moved by his passion toward God. Because his Bible went wherever Elvis would travel, he was never far from God's word. This is the final and most important element in the new movie being made, ELVIS MY BROTHER.
Hope to see you all at ELVIS WEEK! Remember, your story may be the next FILMMAKERS ROUNDTABLE film so don't hesitate to contact Stephanie Musser today to learn more.
Follow your dream,
GRP FILM TEAM
This weekend the FILMMAKER'S ROUNDTABLE has the opportunity to announce a new content creator, Deanie Merrell whose writings have now birthed a new motion picture, JOY IN THE MORNING, the story of a dramatic transformation in a battle with her daughter fighting cancer.
Jenni and Heath had seven children when she contracted a rare cancer that would lead to her untimely passing after twenty two months. The story of her life and the miracles that surrounded her death have inspired thousands and this film is now being made thanks to Director Heather Olive and John and Deanie Merrell the Executive Producers of JOY IN THE MORNING.
Maybe you have a story that is a personal one of triumph, did you know that the TABLE is waiting to have you engage our professionals? We believe you will be thrilled to become a part of this journey. Be sure and watch our videos so you can be equipped to pitch your film to our team.
Secondly, our SVP Stephanie Musser stands ready to talk with you about your story. We have many new authors who are becoming filmmaker's and each month, the story builds and is even more exciting. Never give up on your dream because your story may be the next film selected for our partner, GRP FILMS.
You can also find the ministry based projects under www.veritasmissionfilms.com and learn more about how non profit donors and contributors are funding films from every walk of life. Churches, ministries and organizations are bringing stories to our team and you can be a part of using the visual language to impact culture.
Thank you for joining the FILMMAKER'S ROUNDTABLE in our process to make this exciting journey of filmmaking a reality.
Many memories over four decades in the motion picture industry are flooding my mind this morning. Inside each experience, there are invaluable lessons we learn about story and finding stories that arrest our spirit. So, please allow me to indulge here a moment.
Almost two decades ago I was with a man I had grown to love very much, Bill Ewing. He had worked for years as the Vice President of Sony for Columbia Pictures and we were finally at a place to take our film we had created to a screening room after completing our surround sound mix. The film was BEYOND THE GATES OF SPLENDOR.
I noticed Bill was working on the "behind the scenes" technical aspect as we were about to screen the film for the very first time. There was an older gentlemen who was a different ethnicity, but I don't remember which who was at the back of the room. Many executives were coming to the screening and naturally I was curious how they would receive the "film".
After the screening, we had a few words and thanked everyone for coming, but Bill made a direct line to the projectionist who was in the back of the room behind the doors where the film had run. I was surprised Bill would want to hear what the guy who ran the movie would say. Bill came out of the room with a huge smile on his face and after the normal salutations with the studio guys I asked him, why he had ran to the back of the room after the movie was finished when all the studio guys were there?.
He said, "The projectionist had tears in his eyes". Bill was teaching me an invaluable lesson with his actions. He knew something I had not learned.
You see, a projectionist at SONY had seen thousands of films over the years, but this man followed up by saying, "You have to get this film out there, Bill". The test of the man and his emotional experience was a "litmus" test for the movie screening and a foreshadowing of the success to follow. The wisdom in this small act confirmed so much as we paid the projectionist for his faithful service.
We never know who God places in our lives to "test" what we create as a third party, but the investment is invaluable. Sometimes it can be a projectionist or someone whom you would not believe or understand their value, but we in the film industry KNOW their value. Do you have a "litmus test" besides friends and family to share with you the positives and negatives of your creative writing? Would it be worth it to you, to have this asset close by?
At the FILMMAKER'S ROUNDTABLE, our team is here to help you as you bring your content to our table for one reason, a "proven litmus test" and a process where proven diagnostics and analysis will adjudicate and resolve creative barriers and expand your understanding. We don't use one judge, but many adjudicators to gain the knowledge of excellent advisors helping you for one purpose, to win in a highly competitive field of writers. There is no perfect book, screenplay and re-writes are common, script doctoring have become the norm, but for authors who dream for their book to be a movie, this is different.
We tell authors and content creators the majority of the time, they do not have a book which should be made into a film. However, we have one author from last year who is now turning their book into a trilogy because of the ethos, the power of the story and the expansion of a wonderful read. Do you realize what could happen?
After one of our films, we received 114 screenplays written by WGA screenwriters and of those, only eight made the "grade" to move forward. Of the eight, three were finally in the top and only one moved forward into film production. Could you be the one? We need two more stories to complete our "slate". Will you be one of those stories?
Dare to dream and invest in "listening to others" for an honest and accurate assessment of your creative content. We believe by listening, you will grow and be more prepared for the future!
Best to you in your writing!
PS Please be in prayer for Lorretta Segars who is one of our authors for her book SAND IN TUSCANY and has now a feature screenplay finished entitled, WAR BRIDE. Her cancer has returned and we are remembering her in prayer. Thanks gang.
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