Cinematic Arts Zaki Gordon Center
Premiere Event August 28 - 30

Join us for:

  • Screenings of NEVER-before-seen films from Burns Family and Desert Wind Studios and Sony Pictures before their nationwide releases
  • Renowned guests from the film industry
  • Panel discussions about Christian and mainstream filmmaking
  • Breakout sessions and workshops

All events are free of charge and open to the public!

Film Screenings

Thursday, Aug. 28

Friday, Aug. 29


6:30 p.m.
Beyond the Mask - Burns Family Studios
Cinemark Movies 10
(Q&A with Producer Aaron Burns after screening)



6:30 p.m.
Brother's Keeper - Desert Wind Studios
Cinemark Movies 10
(Q&A with Cindy Bond, CEO of Mission Pictures after screening)

8:30 p.m.
The Remaining - Affirm Films/Sony Pictures
Cinemark Movies 10
(Q&A with Rich Peluso, Senior Vice President of Affirm Films after screening)

Filmmaker Panels

Saturday, Aug. 30th
Panels will be held in the Tolsma Indoor Track Center, Liberty University Marie F. Green Hall.


  • 9:30-10 a.m. - Registration
  • 10-10:30 a.m. - Opening Introduction and Prayer

Filmmaker Panel Discussions

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Panel Discussion #1
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Panel Discussion #2



Rich Peluso
Senior VP, AFFIRM Films
Dan Gordon
Screenwriter and Director
Cindy Bond
CEO, Mission Pictures
Bobby Downes
President, EchoLight Studios &
Paul Lauer
Founder, Motive Entertainment
Dr. Aaron Tabor
CEO and Entrepreneur, Jesus Daily
  Aaron Burns
Producer, Behind the Mask


1:15-2:30 p.m. - Break for lunch

Breakout Sessions

Saturday, Aug. 30th
Sessions will be in Green Hall classrooms 1945, 1946, 1953, and 1954.

Breakout Session #1
2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Breakout Session #2
4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Rich Peluso - "The Lenticular Lens in Film Development, Production, and Marketing (or, How Two People Can See Two Totally Different Movies)" (GH 1945) Aaron Burns/Chad Burns - "Beyond the Mask: From Concept to Creation" (GH 1945)
Cindy Bond - Topic: TBA (GH 1970) Daniel Gordon - "How to Teach Yourself to Write Your Script, Before You Write It" (GH 1970)
Paul Lauer - "Marketing 101: The Building Blocks to Market Your Faith-Based or Faith-Friendly Movie" (GH 1946) Bobby Downes/Dr. Aaron Tabor/Jared Giese - "Social Media Marketing and the Future of Digital Distribution" (GH 1946)