NRB 2011 wrapped up on Tuesday, March 1. I needed one day to catch up on sleep and catch up with family so was not able to get the Day 4 blog up until today. The unusual part of this entire NRB week is that I did not attend one of the great workshops that were available. So unfortunately I have not been able to elaborate on any of these sessions. However, having attended last year and catching as many sessions as I could pack in, I can definitely recommend that you come to NRB next year yourself if you were not able to make it this year. There is so much to do and so many people to meet. The worst part of the event is the frustration you feel when you realize there is no way to cover everything!
My new friend Dave Christiano has his own way of enjoying NRB. He has a favorite spot in a traffic area that he hangs out in. This is where his meetings begin, catching up with all his old friends and making new friends…people like me who walk up to him and say, “Are you Dave Christiano?” Dave and I were Facebook friends but had never met until then. I was able to snag him up for an interview for Examiner.com and Christian Movie Connect right there from his favorite spot. I really enjoyed meeting Dave. He is a very humble, caring person and a great conversationalist! We almost worked his brother Rich Christiano into the interview but he had a last minute conflict. Rich is a great guy as well. The Christiano Brothers are veterans in the industry so you’ll enjoy hearing their story later on Examiner and Christian Movie Connect.http://cherylwicker.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=363&action=edit
In addition to conducting interviews for Examiner.com and Christian Movie Connect, I also spent time escorting my client, author/speaker Scotty Sanders, to his interviews. And I had a few interviews of my own—both print and radio. Today I was interviewed by Dr. Rose Gamblin of MRG Media for her national radio show.
I was able to attend the screening of a director’s cut of the movie “Doonby” starring John Schneider. He plays Sam Doonby, a mysterious and handsome drifter who steps off an interstate bus and quickly becomes the talk of a small Texas town. There is definitely a lot of intrigue as you try to figure out who Sam Doonby really is. And admittedly it was not what I expected. This film delivers a few significant messages that make you think, but the film is not intended to be a “faith-based” film.
The closing banquet was really elegant with a delicious dinner, great entertainment and speaker. Denver and the Mile High Orchestra performed their own big band style of Christian music and Charles Swindoll told us some of the most important lessons he had learned in life…many took notes. I SHOULD have! Very interesting and enlightening. This closed out the four-day convention. I was worn out but will be ready to do it all over again next year!
If you did not see the first edition of the Christian Movie Connect podcast, check it out at ChristianMovieConnect.com. This first edition is a greeting from NRB with a preview of what’s in store for you on Christian Movie Connect. The next episode will feature an interview with John Schneider from NRB. Expect this within the next couple of weeks. My Examiner.com articles from NRB will be spread out over the next several months with the first to post within the next couple of weeks. You can read my examiner column at: http://exm.nr/christianmovie.
Photo credits: Donna Botts and Angie DeBlieux
Photo#1: Cheryl Wicker interviews filmmaker Dave Christiano
Photo#2: Rose Gamblin of MRG Media interviews Cheryl Wicker
Photo#3: Denver & The Mile High Orchestra perform at Closing Banquet
Photo#4: The Premier1 Studios Team–Cheryl Ariaz Wicker, Donna Botts and Angie DeBlieux (L-R)