Filmmakers With Big Bear Ties Take home prizes

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 24, 2013 – The 14th Annual Big Bear Lake International Film Festival (BBLIFF) wrapped up Sunday, and two locals are among the winners. Big Bear City resident Steve Copeland took home the Audience Award for Best International Showcase. His documentary SHIFT OF THE AGES, which Steve co-wrote with Joseph Glove, was filmed in Guatemala and the USA. Commissioned on behalf of the Maya Nation of Guatemala, it explores Mayan culture and its prophecies of time, as told for the first time by Grand Elder of the Maya people, Alejandro Cirilo Perez Oxlaj. Steve told KBHR, “Monika, Sandy and the rest of the team rocked! I’m grateful to have had the chance to share our film with the community. I made a lot of new friends, and I’m looking forward to watching the movies I didn’t get to see. My congratulations to all the other filmmakers, and to the community of Big Bear for embracing and supporting independent art. I’m excited for the 2014 Big Bear International Film Festival!” Steve is making his movie available to locals that may have missed it; watch it online or email the filmmaker for a DVD at pqubdfilms@gmail.com. Part-time homeowner Brian Olliver scored twice with his first feature. GORGING won the Jury Award for Best Documentary and the Audience Award for Best Big Bear Connection Film. GORGING is an adventurous look at canyoneering, the sport of exploring canyons...

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