The new ‘coming out’ in Hollywood

Festival reintroduces pro-life culture to Hollywood
‘Our goal is to restore that message in entertainment’

Posted: April 13, 2011
By Anita Crane
© 2011 WorldNetDaily

Deborah Flora

This weekend, Hollywood insiders reach out to all Americans at Life Fest, the premier pro-life film festival for mainstream filmmakers. One major motion picture producer told WND that he will surprise the crowd with an exclusive screening of scenes from his upcoming feature scheduled for theaters this fall. After all, movies make a huge impact on American culture – and the world.

Life Fest will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center with a lineup including Clint Howard and Charlie Holliday – actors beyond the big screen. Actresses Mell Flynn and Deborah Flora, as well as her husband, filmmaker Jonathan Flora, have leading roles. And Alfonzo Rachel of Macho Sauce Productions will add spice to the mix.

Life Fest is the brainchild of Brian Johnston, director of the Sacramento-based California ProLife Council.

“There are many pro-life people in the entertainment industry. I’ve been personally concerned about the dramatic cultural changes over the last 10 to 15 years through television and film,” he explained. “But the most important message is what made Hollywood a success: that every human life has value.” …

Jonathan Flora said, “This is the first festival like this – in California, in Hollywood – and we’re taking it one step at time. I really appreciate the vision of Life Fest. The reason that few [life-affirming] movies get made is because people don’t want to push against the wave. Hollywood is a very liberal place and that mindset dominates the projects that get made.

Jonathan Flora

“We’re showing that it’s OK to come out – pro-life filmmakers have to come out in spite of the pushback you’ll get from the industry. It’s the new coming out,” Flora mused. “If Hollywood’s all about the voice of the story, then they should be willing to listen to all of the voices.”

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