After being accepted to The Great Lakes Christian Film Festival, the short film Tuned In was selected as a Semi-Finalist at the festival. The film now has won 28 awards, has 19 Official Selections, has 3 Official Nominations, 2 Official Finalist Awards and 2 Official Semi Finalist Awards at Festivals around the world.

 

This is the second time Tuned In’s director Matthew Marshall has entered the festival. The first time was with Daughter of the King in which he did not get a selection into the festival.  The Great Lakes Christian Film Festival was created in 2014 by Shawn Greene, in Buffalo, New York. The festival was designed to gather Filmmakers, Screenwriters, Playwright, Directors, Editors, Actors/Actress, Cinematographers, Casting Directors, Crew Members, etc. Submissions began in November 2014 and were accepted until May 2015. Over 90 films were submitted the first year and were narrowed down to just over 50. The first GLCFF was at the Bread of Life Church in South Buffalo, New York from August 16 – 19, 2015.  The 3rd annual Film Festival is scheduled for August 3 – 5, 2017.

 

Tuned In, was made under the banner of m & s Marshall Productions by its co-owner Matthew Marshall who along with directing the film also wrote it.  Tuned In deals with family, relationships, cell phones and communication.  “Finding the right frequency on a radio is crucial to hearing the program that is on the air. The same is true for relationships”, says Marshall. The film is a story about Emma (Marley Cabral), a teenager who disobeys dinner table rules of her parents and gets grounded until she learns to get priorities straight and learns the value of relationships.  “A major part of the story deals with the frustration of Emma’s parents and friend Stacey, none of whom can seem to get ‘tuned in’ to Emma’s frequency and break her connection with her cell phone”, adds Marshall. It’s a film that ask the question Are You Listening?

 

The films cast includes; Marley Cabral as Emma, Corina Leatherdale as mom,  Jamie Rainbird as the father, Talitha Wood as Emma’s best Friend Stacey and Brittany Sterling as Emma’s sibling. Other cast included:  Helena Rose, Julia Brown, Tyrel Hindley, Katie Ostojic, Morgan Flanagan, Riley Krebs, Katelynn Carrothers, Amber Hinderer, Shannon Siertsema and Terry Pridham.

 

Marshall feels this film is a great discussion starter if you want to bring the device dependency issue to the table and, the moral of the story is just breathtaking.

 

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