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Filmmakers Who Make Oscar Nominated Movie, Now Accepting Students for Training
Contact: Michael Snyder, Advent Film Group, 540-338-8023

PURCELLVILLE, Va., Jan. 22, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- George Escobar and Michael Snyder are producers in an Oscar nominated movie, ALONE YET NOT ALONE, for Best Original Song. Escobar is also the film's co-director and co-writer. The filmmaking team is now accepting registration to their annual Advent Film Workshop, held June 20-21, 2014 near Washington, DC. Space is limited to 30 students.

This is the first Oscar nominated movie for Escobar and Snyder, who, through their Advent Film Group production company, were under contract to provide key production services to make the film for Enthuse Entertainment. The nominated song, ALONE YET NOT ALONE was composed by Bruce Broughton (Oscar nominee for SILVERADO and 10-time Emmy winner) with lyrics by Dennis Spiegel.

Escobar and Snyder founded Advent, based in Purcellville, Virginia, in 2007 to train and raise up the next generation of Christian filmmakers. Advent has taught over 1,500 students, placing over 200 of their top students in several feature films. The company is known as a proven alternative to more expensive film school programs. Advent teaches every aspect of film financing, screenwriting, production, marketing, and distribution for significantly lower costs. Advent's first movie, COME WHAT MAY, was released by Provident Films, a unit of Sony. It sold over 75,000 DVDs in its initial release and was seen by over 3.5 million viewers during screenings through the American Family Association, GodTube, TBN, and UPTV.

The Oscar nomination has stirred significant media interest since the Christian film is competing against some of Hollywood's biggest productions. Escobar recalled, "Ken Wales (executive producer of 'Amazing Grace' and 'Christy') called me late one night from Los Angeles, wanting me to conference call with him and Broughton, the composer. I almost fell off my chair. Bruce is one of my favorite composers. Now he wants to talk to me about writing the song for ALONE YET NOT ALONE? I was thrilled and honored. Since the movie takes place in the mid-1700's during the French and Indian war, we deciding to use the classic hymn, AMAZING GRACE as our model. We were aiming for something melodic, timeless, and prayerful."

Escobar and Snyder are releasing two other films in 2014, HERO, a father-son baseball movie, and THE SCREENWRITERS, about two Hollywood studio scribes in the 1940's. Advent is raising investor funding for three new films and setting up distribution output deals. Visit www.adventfilmgroup.com for more information and workshop registration.