I recently met Barbara Sundstrom at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, TN. NRB is the world’s largest gathering of Christian communicators and is the premier conference for those working in radio, television, film or digital marketing.
Barbara is a well-known veteran of the film and film industry. His hard work ethic and “never give up” attitude, along with his strong faith, stood the test of the naysayers. She told me that a college professor made fun of her writing work in front of the other students. Everyone laughed at her and made fun of her. The professor told her that she would never be a writer. Barbara proved him wrong, to say the least!
As a writer/director/producer, her films have won numerous awards, including the Adam Award from the Sabaoth International Film Festival in Milan, Italy, nine Remi Awards from the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival, three Crown Awards from the International Christian Visual Media Association, Best Short Film at the International Children’s Film Festival in Wales, UK, and two Telly Awards.
Barbara was the founder and former executive director of CROSS WIND PRODUCTIONS, a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring teen filmmakers while producing dramatic films that address tough teen issues. Where was Barbara when I was in high school?! I would have loved to learn all the different aspects of the film industry! Barbara said one of her students she taught is now performing in the musical hamilton in Los Angeles.
Kentucky Infidel “Sizzle Reel” by Barbara Sundstrom on Vimeo.
His script, KENTUCKY INFIDEL, was a semi-finalist for the Kairos Prize from the John Templeton Foundation in Los Angeles. This project is so close and dear to Barbara since it is a true story about her great-grandfather. It was the first screenplay she had written and decided to put it on the shelf for several years. After directing and producing several films, she decided it was time to dust off the script and bring it to life.
The heartwarming, gritty true story of a year in 1870 meant to be preacher of the “holiness of fire” scourged and cursed by his father who searches through infidelity and alcohol to find his only hope and salvation in the simple prayer of his own young son – A child’s prayer with the power of God to save his lost father. It’s a living story, full of power, touching humor and gripping drama.
Audiences will react to this true story because of its captivating human emotion and touching humor. Its universal theme of man’s quest for redemption will resonate with audiences around the world.
Listen to Barbara’s interview with me here.
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