VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., April 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Biblical motion picture "40 Nights," produced by Virginia-based actress and philanthropist Rebecca Lawlor, has been nominated for four awards by the International Christian Film Festival.
The acclaimed feature film, which explores the excruciating physical and emotional tribulations faced by Jesus Christ, earned nominations for "Best Picture," "Most Inspirational," "Best Lead Actor," and "Best Musical Score." Winners will be announced on Saturday, May 6 in Orlando at the International Christian Film Festival – the world's largest gathering of Christian filmmakers.
In addition to serving as executive producer on "40 Nights," Lawlor, who is also an actress, had a performing role in the film, which is being digitally remastered for an April nationwide release by Bridgestone Multimedia Group (BMG). Lawlor is also producing "The Christ Slayer," which began filming in Yuma, AZ in March.
A woman of strong faith, Lawlor believes that film is a powerful way to tell the story of Christ and promote Christian ideals and values that are so needed in today's society.
"My faith and belief in Christ has been a guiding force throughout my life, from the wonderful highs to the challenging lows," said Lawlor. "I'm blessed to have been a part of '40 Nights,' which has enabled me to pursue my passion for Christian films and use entertainment to share the word and influence of Christ widely at such a critical time in our history."
Living in and doing business across the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, Lawlor has a long history of involvement in faith-based and charitable causes, particularly those focused on domestic violence and child abuse. She founded and directed the Hearts of Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing hope to abused children.
Other actors in "40 Nights" included Rance Howard, father of actor/director Ron Howard, and who was tapped for the "Best Lead Actor" nomination. The movie was produced by Collective Development Incorporated, whose CEO DJ Perry has been involved in the production of over 50 feature films across various genres.
In addition to "40 Nights," Lawlor collaborated with Perry on other "Quest Trilogy" movies including "Chasing the Star," which starts limited theatrical play in May 2017, and "The Christ Slayer" which is filming now and slated to release in early 2018 with BMG.
In the spirit of the upcoming Easter holiday, Lawlor said she is looking forward to continuing to share her faith and life experiences in future creative endeavors in Virginia and beyond.
"Looking back over my life, I feel like I have so much more to give back – so much to teach and share with others who might be facing adversity," said Lawlor. "I cannot wait to get started on projects that will build on what we accomplished in our filmmaking and touch the lives of so many more people in new and different ways, showing them the power of resurrection and that there is always a path forward."
Lawlor was featured on the cover of lifestyle publication Hampton Roads Magazine, who recognized her as one of 2012's ten "Most Beautiful Women" in southeast Virginia. Earlier, she was awarded for philanthropic accomplishments when she was given the title of "Dame" under the Imperial Order of Saint Helen, an Order of Knighthood dedicated to the chivalric principles of personal honor, courage, integrity, duty, and service.
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