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Great Lakes Christian Film Fest is an outlet for faith-based projects

Faith-based cinema is increasingly popular with audiences, and the same is true of the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival. The fifth annual event runs from Aug. 2 to 4 at the Millennium Hotel (2040 Walden Ave.), and features more than 150 film from 15-plus countries. 

The roster includes narrative features, documentaries, animation, music videos and even trailers, all varying in length from two minutes to two hours. Workshops and panel discussions also will be held including a producer/director panel with Greg Robbins, Douglas Miller and Sabrina Pena Young (3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 3), a faith-based screenwriters and filmmakers workshop by DonnaMarie Vaughan (10 a.m. to noon Aug. 4) and an actors program by local acting coach Bob Rauch (1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 4).

What everything has in common is a focus on faith. As organizers put it, “this is a festival for Christian filmmakers or anyone looking to submit a Christian-themed film.”

Registration starts at 8 a.m. Aug. 2 at the begins at the Millennium Hotel; event runs from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on all three days. Attendance cost is $35 for all three days or $15 for a single day. For tickets or more information, visit

A few festival highlights include:

“The Reliant”: Kevin Sorbo, Eric Roberts and Brian Bosworth lead the cast of this action film about a 21-year-old girl attempting to care for her young siblings during a time of social unrest. Buffalo premiere is at 8 p.m. Aug. 3.

“Last Days”: Filmed in Nigeria and directed by Biodun Stephen, “Last Days” is the story of a mother struggling to care for her children while also raising money for a lumpectomy.

“Russ Taff: I Still Believe”: Taff, a Grammy- and Dove-winning gospel singer, is the subject of this new documentary. Director Rick Altizer chronicles the artist’s musical career as well as his battle with alcoholism. 

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