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A Quest For Peace – SS 2014 Fest WINNER – Documentary – 2nd Runner Up Most Votes

Young filmmaker, Matthew J. Evans, takes a look at one of the most pressing issues in our modern society;  violence among religions.  Through discussions with Arun Gandhi, grandson of M. K. Gandhi, and local religious leaders from the Central Coast of California, Matthew learns powerful  lessons about nonviolence, acceptance, and cultural understanding.  As Gandhi has said, “We must become the change we wish to see in our world”  This film helps us understand how we can make these changes.

Awards: Best Short Doc Miami Film Festival 2012; Best Teen Film Irvine int’l Film Festival 2012; Best Youth Filmmaker JAX Film Festival 2012; Award of Merit Accolade Competition 2012; Young Filmmaker Spotlight Award Geneva Film Festival 2013; Best Teen Documentary, Int’l Family Film Festival 2013; Best Young Filmmaker, Da Vinci Film Festival 2013; Best High School Film, Cinema Verde Film Festival 2013; Filmmaker of Tomorrow Award, SLO Int’l Film Festival 2013; Making a Difference Award, Teen Truth Film Festival 2013; Best US Documentary Lovett High School Film Festival 2013; Best Youth Film Awareness Festival 2013; Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Cannes Film Festival 2013; Best High School Film Fandana Festival 2013; Best Documentary Future Wave Competition – Seattle Film Festival 2013

CREW: Matthew J. Evans: Director/Producer/Editor/Sound/Camera/Narrator Thomas E. Gingell:  Sound Mixer Rohn Rorabough:  Asst. Camera

Directors Notes: As a great admirer of the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, I was thrilled to be able to meet and interview his grandson, Arun Gandhi.  Through this meeting, I became inspired to want to share Gandhi’s  philosophy with people of my generation — to inspire them to recognize their own power to make significant changes in our society and to model the princip-les of religious tolerance through our own behavior.