EGM’s Little Town of Bethlehem Featured at the International Beverly Hills Film Festival and Chicago Palestine Film Festival
by Audra Jennings Monday, March 07, 2011
The International Beverly Hills Film Festival, held April 6-10, is a worldwide competition dedicated to showcasing the art and talent of emerging filmmakers in the community recognized as the heart of the motion picture industry. Dedicated to independent filmmakers, the BHFF creates an incredible screening environment that welcomes selectees to showcase their films in arguably the highest quality venues available. Designed to bridge the world of premiere independent cinema with the world-renowned aesthetics of Beverly Hills, the BHFF welcomes more than 20,000 attendees annually.
Held April 15-18, the Chicago Palestine Film Festival is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian local effort designed to showcase films either created by Palestinians or about Palestine. The latter category may include non-Palestinian
filmmakers. CPFF is committed to providing a film festival that honestly reflects the life and culture of the region and its people as captured through the thoughtful, critical, and creative eye of each filmmaker.
Little Town of Bethlehem, from award-winning director Jim Hanon and executive producer Mart Green, was selected from a multitude of submissions by teams in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. Their full-length documentary shares the gripping story of three men—a Palestinian Muslim, a Palestinian Christian, and an Israeli Jew—each born into violence but willing to risk everything to bring an end to violence in their lifetime. Little Town of Bethlehem was filmed on location in the West Bank, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem with a hope of bringing awareness to a growing nonviolent movement in the Holy Land that rarely, if ever, makes international headlines.
Jim Hanon describes the film’s unique perspective, “Little Town of Bethlehem doesn’t focus on who’s right or who’s wrong. Rather, it shows what it truly means and ultimately takes to love one’s enemies. Images of men, women, and children standing firm in the face of overwhelming opposition are as inspirational as the words, thoughts, and actions of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi that all three of the film’s subjects recalled during filming.” Watch the trailer at http://littletownofbethlehem.org/.
Little Town of Bethlehem was produced by EthnoGraphic Media (EGM), an educational non-profit organization exploring the critical issues of our time. Other feature films and documentaries from EGM include The Grandfathers (2009), Miss HIV (2008), and the award-winning End of the Spear (2005) and Beyond the Gates of Splendor (2002).
Audra Jennings is Senior Media Specialist at The B & B Media Group. Since 1987, The B & B Media Group, Inc. has used its broadcasting, marketing and advertising experience to provide the specialized and strategic publicity necessary to achieve the public relations goals of each client. The Barnabas Agency, a division of The B & B Media Group, Inc., is a proven provider of exceptional public relations and personal management services for authors, speakers, ministries and organizations.
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