George Escobar

CWVFF Speaker201420152016201720182019

George Escobar is an award-winning writer, director, and producer of over a dozen feature films and documentaries for the faith and family market, including the Oscar-nominated movie Alone Yet Not Alone for Best Original Song. Escobar also produced and directed The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment (based on the New York Times bestseller "The Harbinger" by Messianic Jewish Rabbi Jonathan Cahn). It was Amazon’s No. 1 faith DVD for over 75 weeks. Escobar’s films have been distributed by Sony/Provident Films, Amazon Prime Video, PureFlix, Capitol Christian Distribution, and ChristianCinema.com.

His latest film, The World We Make (written with Brian Baugh and Chris Dowling, and produced with Ken Carpenter, Brian Baugh, and Julien Reid) is now on Netflix and is distributed through Universal Home Entertainment. Upcoming films in 2020 include: First Lady (serving as 1st AD and written and directed by Nina May) and The Farmer and the Belle (produced with Jenn Gotzon, Jim Chandler, and Joel Bunkowske).

A multiple award-winning screenwriter (Kairos Pro Award, Content19, ScreenCraft Finalist, Coverfly’s Red List), Escobar sees tremendous opportunities to develop and produce new content for broadcast, theatrical, social media platforms, and streaming networks, based on leveraging the rich legacy of historical biographies and true stories that positively impact families with a Christ-centered purpose.

Most recently, Escobar wrote the feature film, MISSILEMAN, securing the attachment of Academy-nominee Terry Rossio as executive producer (Rossio is the co-writer/producer of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, co-writer of “Aladdin,” “Shrek,” “Deja Vu,” “National Treasure” among a dozen other box office hits). Escobar also co-wrote Trapped: The Story of Anita Dittman with producer Ken Carpenter (“Run the Race,” “The World We Make,” and “There You’ll Find Me.”) Both screenplays are now in development as feature films.

Since co-founding Advent Film Group a dozen years ago, Escobar has taught over 3,500 students in filmmaking and screenwriting from a Christian worldview. He has personally mentored dozens of students during Advent’s feature productions, with several former ‘Advent alumni’ now among the top professionals working in major feature films, documentaries, and network television. He holds seven U.S. patents for interactive design and technologies, is a regular speaker/lecturer at film festivals, universities, and media conferences, and author of the book Filmmaking for Christians.

In his 25-year career in media, Escobar had the honor of working with top executives and talent in the industry, serving as Vice President of Product Development at Discovery, Vice President for Advance Products at TeleTV, Executive Director at AOL/TimeWarner, and Director of the Digital Production Studio for Bell Atlantic (now Verizon). Escobar was also a producing fellow at the American Film Institute Conservatory.

Escobar and his wife are the proud parents of three sons, all homeschooled, now grown and serving their communities.

Connect with George Escobar: Official Website  / Facebook / Youtube / Vimeo /  IMDb

2019 Workshops by George Escobar

  • Screenplay Book Adaptations: Best Practices & Workflows

    Learn how to option books, find the ‘core’ story within the story, and balance the tension between ‘what really happened’ against using ‘dramatic license’ to tell a more dramatic story while remaining faithful to the spirit of people and events. Discover which structure and scene-by-scene templates or workflows can work for you.

  • Screenwriting for Christians: It’s More Dangerous Than You Think

    Christian films (aka faith films) get a bad rap, sometimes justified. Learn how to avoid preachiness and predictability by turning ‘Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs’ upside down and sideways. There is greater scrutiny and challenge in making stories of faith organic and authentic, rather than dogmatic. This is the course to learn how that’s done.