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You work for HOSFU. What does this stand for?
The “HOSFU” portion of HOSFU LC –
my company’s name – stands for “His Only Son For Us.” This is a
reference to John 3:16 in the Bible.
And what are
the functions of this company?
At its core, HOSFU serves as a resource
and networking hub for Christians involved in visual media, primarily
filmmaking. The resources we provide are constantly changing and the
services we offer are constantly expanding as we respond to the needs we
see around us.
To date, here are some of the services
we’ve provided: Publicity for filmmakers, actors, actresses and writers
through our website, Christian-Movie.com; casting services for independent
filmmakers; social media publicity and coaching, Search Engine
Optimization services, public speaking and workshop teaching.
What are some of the films they have helped out with recently?
In February 2010, we were in Tulsa,
OK – on the set of A Christmas
Snow. A Christmas Snow will
be released in October by Trost Moving Pictures. In Tulsa, HOSFU provided
on-site publicity. We took behind the scenes photos and video footage,
conducted interviews that we posted to YouTube, and sent live updates to
Facebook and Twitter. HOSFU On-Site is a service available for movie
productions, movie premieres, film festivals, media conferences and other
And your particular function?
My title at HOSFU is Executive Project
Manager. Basically what this means is that I run the company on a
day-to-day basis, taking care of PR, our contracts, website updates and
all the other various things we have on our plate!
How did you find this job?
It’s more accurate to say that this
job found me. I was studying Government, History and Philosophy at the
University of Texas at Austin when HOSFU’s CEO, Eric Highland, asked me
to start praying about this position. I prayed about it for a number of
weeks before feeling led to leave Austin and move to Albuquerque to work
with the HOSFU team.
You are kept on the go quite a bit?
80-hour work weeks aren’t unusual.
Part of this is due to the fact that I’ve helped to build a company from
the ground up, and that’s never a small task. Another part is that there
is a huge need for the networking and resources that HOSFU provides.
Another part is that this is what I truly feel called to do, to use Christian-ese.
The HOSFU central offices are in New Mexico, correct?
Yes, Albuquerque, NM.
How do you like New Mexico?
I’m a Texas girl at heart, so it’s
been a bit of a transition. But Albuquerque has its perks. In March-April,
trees bloom all over the city in whites, pinks and purples. It’s pretty.
New Mexico does not seem like a logical place for film companies to be
Actually, MovieMaker Magazine just
announced that Albuquerque is the #1 city in the nation for independent
filmmaking, so we fit in nicely.
Do you only work with Christian films?
HOSFU’s purpose statement is “To
promote Christ through the film industry” and we do things that further
that purpose. “Christian films” is a label that is much-disputed, so
we get to know potential clients and those who are looking for publicity
for us and make our decisions prayerfully.
Is this your preference for yourself?
Smile. Ultimately, it’s not about me.
Like I mentioned before, I was studying something completely different in
university and had some other plans for myself. But I know that this is
where I’m supposed to be, and that’s a feeling that not enough people
are blessed to have.
Have you ever considered more in-depth work in film yourself, such as
Have you run into any new directors or writers who might really be
worth keeping an eye on?
There are many. I would direct your
readers to the Featured Films tab on Christian-Movie.com, to see the
movies that have caught HOSFU’s eye. The directors and writers for each
movie are listed.
Any interesting stories to tell surrounding work with HOSFU?
Many things happen that others would
term “coincidence” that aren’t coincidence.
Last year around this time, Eric was
going through our website’s list of Christian film festivals and sending
emails to the organizers for networking purposes. For some reason, when he
reached the Gideon Film Festival, he felt led to call and tell them about
HOSFU and our heart to promote Christ through film. He told the festival
directors (a husband/wife team) that we would be willing to help them get
the word out (not for compensation, just because it’s a function of what
The co-director responded by saying
that he had just been on his knees with his wife, praying for direction
because they hadn’t been able to get the word out about the festival as
much as they had wanted. That phone conversation blossomed into a
long-term partnership between HOSFU and the Gideon Media Arts Conference
& Film Festival. HOSFU’s Eric Highland will be on faculty in 2010,
for the second consecutive year.
What are your interests outside of the film world?
I love to learn. I don’t have as much
time for “pleasure reading” as I would like, but I’ve recently been
delving into bookkeeping, accounting and limited liability companies. Last
weekend I was studying the philosophy of natural law, so it varies.
Thanks for your interest in what we do at HOSFU.
You can find out more on Christian-Movie.com, Facebook
(http://facebook.com/hosfu) and Twitter
love to meet new people and expand our online community.
Thanks for the interview!