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Gail Kowatch: Local Filmmaker Wins Top Prizes for Inspirational Short Film

Naples resident Gail Kowatch’s first short film, The Right Friend, won for Best Religious/Christian/Spiritual Film at the Great Lakes International Film Festival and received the Best Short Inspirational Excellence award at the Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival. The film was also selected to be included in Spiritual Cinema Circle’s (SCC) November 2010, Vol. 11 DVD.

Kowatch is the first member of SCC who was inspired to create films to be selected for their DVDs. She was also invited to be the guest filmmaker in both the October and November 2010 DVDs, discussing her film, as well as seven others, with Stephen Simon, SCC producer and co-founder, and a guest member.

Spiritual Cinema Circle is a community of filmmakers and film lovers in more than 80 countries. The monthly inspirational DVDs include one feature and three short films on mind-opening subjects, chosen to provide nourishment for the heart and soul and inspire wonder, insight, transcendence and a renewed optimism about being human

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