George EscobarGeorge Escobar has written and directed over a dozen feature films and documentaries for the Christian market, including the Oscar-nominated “Alone Yet Not Alone,” the No. 2 Christian film in 2015 and 2016 for ChristianCinema.com and “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” (based on the New York Times bestseller “The Harbinger” by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn). It was Amazon’s No. 1 faith DVD for over 75 weeks. A new biographical documentary directed by Mr. Escobar, “The Harbinger Man: The Jonathan Cahn Story,” premiered in 2016. Several of Mr. Escobar’s films have been released by Provident Films (a unit of Sony), Capitol Christian Distribution, and WND.com, three of the largest Christian film distributors in the market.
Mr. Escobar’s narrative feature work includes co-writing, co-directing, and producing “Come What May,” which garnered several film festival awards and was distributed by Provident Films. His most recent film, “Every Boy Needs a HERO,” was released by Capitol, and won Best Score at the Pan Pacific Film Festival and was Audience Favorite Runner Up at the Christian Worldview Film Festival (CWVFF). The 1940s period film, “The Screenwriters,” which he executive produced, won several awards at film festivals, including Audience Favorite Runner Up at CWVFF prior to its public release in Winter 2016. Mr. Escobar also directed other new documentaries for WND Films, including “Blood Moons,” “The Rabbi Who Found Messiah,” and “God’s Day-Timer.” He also produced, along with Joseph Farah and Joel Richardson, “End Times Eyewitness” and “Global Jesus Revolution.”
Most recently, Escobar and Farah are producing “Trapped In Hitler’s Hell,” a true-story movie about Holocaust survivor, Anita Dittman, who, as a Jewish-Christian teen, twice escapes Nazi prison camps in order to rescue her mother at a fortress death camp in Czechoslovakia.
Mr. Escobar was a producing fellow at the American Film Institute Conservatory. He is Vice President of WND Films and TV and co-founder of Advent Film Group. Previously he was Vice President of Product Development for Discovery Networks, Executive Director of AOL/Time Warner, and Vice President of Advance Products for Tele-TV. He holds seven U.S. patents for interactive design and technologies and is a regular speaker at many Christian film festivals and homeschool conferences. Escobar has taught filmmaking to over 3,000 students, including about 150 students, interns, and associates during the production of Advent’s feature films.
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