Danae and Kaelyn hosted a Christmas Happy Hour on Zoom (with ugly sweaters and holiday-themed virtual backgrounds, of course!) for our young leaders in the entertainment industry. It was a joyful, jolly time of fellowship and connection, as well as some Christmas movie trivia.
HPN’s Karen and Kaelyn, along with prayer leaders who have been meeting virtually to pray since March, hosted the second VIRTUAL NIGHT OF PERSONAL PRAYER. Shun Lee Fong led worship over Zoom, and then each attendee received one-on-one prayer from an HPN prayer leader. The Lord moved powerfully to encourage industry professionals through prayer and worship. We plan to host these prayer nights once a month via Zoom, and then meet in coffee shops around Los Angeles once they start opening for indoor dining.
In the style of “Lectio Divina” or “Visio Divina,” Sister Nancy Usselman and Sister Rose Pacatte of the Pauline Center for Media Studies led a group of 30 participants through “Cinema Divina”: a time of mindfully watching a Sundance short film and then considering the spiritual themes through guided meditation and discussion. It was a wonderful time of reflecting on the importance of gratitude, peace and contentment with one’s life as it is, and then praying that God would grant us gratitude. The time concluded in a Q and A with the sisters, as we discussed spiritual themes in films in general.
Kaelyn, Danae and Karen hosted an intimate virtual Q & A for a select group of promising young leaders. Kaelyn moderated the time with Abby Lynn Kang Davis, a producer who works with first-time and underrepresented filmmakers. The time was informative and inspiring: Abby spoke about her heart for diversity in media, being a Christian in the entertainment industry, her career journey, and how to make it as a producer.
Abby’s bio: Multi Emmy-nominated Abby Lynn Kang Davis primarily collaborates with storytellers and curators in the non-fiction space. Throughout her career Abby has focused on breaking underrepresented voices into the commercial television and film marketplace. Her specialized skill set in identifying viable talent, advocacy and mentorship on behalf of unknown storytellers has garnered millions in sales revenue, top tier film festival invitations and award nominations. Abby is responsible for bringing multiple projects to market most notably Blood Brother (Sundance 2013), Rich Hill (Sundance 2014), The Nightmare (Sundance 2015), The Bad Kids (Sundance 2016) and 78/52 (Sundance 2017) and executive producing Emmy nominated Long Shot (Telluride 2017/Netflix Originals), Emmy winning 306 Hollywood (Sundance 2018/PBS POV), Wrinkles the Clown (Magnolia Pictures), The New York Times’ Emmy nominated series Almost Famous (Telluride 2020/Op Docs) and the television docuseries The Devil You Know (Viceland). Abby is also the founder of character., a producing and consulting company that focuses on discovering and breaking underrepresented storytellers in the entertainment marketplace.
We were so grateful to have 20 of our Global Local Chapter Directors (LCDs) join us for our Zoom Coffee Hour Summit. We spent a quick 90 minutes getting to know the attendees, which were from eight different countries. It was such a treat! We also got to introduce our new volunteer Sara, who will be reaching out to our LCDs for interviews for our website!
HPN’s Karen and Kaelyn, along with prayer leaders who have been meeting virtually to pray since March, hosted the first VIRTUAL NIGHT OF PERSONAL PRAYER. Shun Lee Fong led worship over Zoom, and then each attendee received one-on-one prayer from an HPN prayer leader. The Lord moved powerfully to encourage industry professionals through prayer and worship. We plan to host these prayer nights once a month via Zoom, and then meet in coffee shops around Los Angeles once they start opening for indoor dining.
Karen, Kaelyn and Virginia hosted another virtual “happy hour” for a group of young industry professionals over Zoom. It was an intimate, engaging time of connection, networking, and maybe a little film trivia! Much needed in this socially-distant time of coronavirus.
Karen and Kaelyn hosted a virtual “happy hour” for 30 young industry professionals over Zoom. It was a fun time of connection, networking, talking about how God is working in our lives, music, and laughter. The group split into breakout rooms and played get-to-know-you games to cultivate a much-needed sense of community during a pandemic.
Community and events coordinator (and actor!) Virginia Tucker hosts weekly virtual bible studies for actors during this time. Each bible study is a sweet time of encouragement and inspiration for young industry professionals who are living in LA or other places due to the pandemic. If you are an actor who would like to join, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We had a fabulous Zoom call with 12 of our Global Local Chapter Directors (LCDs) and it was a great time to meet, talk about what’s going on in our cities and countries and build community! We will start meeting (virtually) about once a quarter to build community among our chapters.