FRONT PORCH CREATIVE TEAM
Director, Eugene Cuevas
Eugene Cuevas grew up in the small Southern town of Kiln, MS, where he learned the values of faith, family, and community. In that small town, Cuevas met the love of his life, Jennifer, and made plans to become a professor of English Studies, raise a family, and conquer the world. Throughout his academic work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Cuevas was consistently attracted to concepts and trends in popular culture, visual media in particular. Through studying visual rhetoric Cuevas developed an enthusiasm for how we use popular media for communicating and developing the ideas of our culture.
In 2006, a friend challenged him to write a script for a short film. Accepting that challenge, he began writing and a new passion took flight. Over the next few years, this would lead to further writing and directing of several short and feature length film productions.
Since that first writing challenge, Cuevas has emerged as a skilled writer and director, editor, and all around videographer,. In 2007, his short film Lunch with Lincoln won an Alabama Citation for Excellence in Originality for the 9th Annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival. In 2009, his short film Visitation won 2nd Prize for Best Film in the Gatlinburg Screenfest.
In 2010, Cuevas wrote and directed Awakened, his first feature film, a faith-based crossover that details the story of a couple facing spiritual warfare. Through 2011 and 2012, Awakened garnered multiple recognitions in both domestic and foreign festivals. These awards included:
Winner, Best Film in the MCI Film Festival in Chicago, IL
Winner, Best Visuals in the ICF Film Festival in Irvine, CA
Winner, Storyteller Award for the Redemptive Film Festival in Virginia Beach, VA
Official Selection Screening for the UK Christian Film Festival in London, England
Winner, Best Feature Film for the Pan Pacific Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA
Awakened is in distribution through Word Films. Get a copy on Amazon.
In 2012, Cuevas was the Assistant Director for the feature film Take a Chance, starring martial arts legend Sonny Chiba, Cassie Scerbo, Alex Heartman, and Mackenyu Meada. Take a Chance is now in postproduction.
Since partnering with Crosswinds Foundation, in the launching of Front Porch Media and Entertainment Group, Cuevas has focused on utilizing film to educate and inspire viewers toward understanding the surrounding culture and living out meaningful lives that demonstrate faith and an affection for one’s community.
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While directing Front Porch, Cuevas lives with his wife and three children in Odenville, Alabama where he serves in his local church and pursues further opportunities to make quality films.
President and Creative Partner, Bob Waldrep
Bob has been engaged in cultural studies, with an emphasis on new religious movements, since 1993. Through the years, he has observed and addressed cultural trends that have altered various elements of our society; especially, as pertains to matters of faith and spirituality. In early 2008, he founded the Crosswinds Foundation to be a resource for those individuals and organizations being impacted by new and different emerging cultural trends.
Bob has written numerous articles about cultural and spiritual trends; coauthored, The Truth Behind the Secret, (Harvest House); is a contributor to The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics (Harvest House) and The Complete Evangelism Guidebook, (Baker Books); and scripted the documentary, The Da Vinci Code Revealed. He has appeared as an expert commentator for print, radio, television and Internet media, locally, nationally and internationally; including appearances on: ABC's World News Tonight, ABC's Night Line, MSNBC with Brian Williams; CNN; NHK-TV, Tokyo; USA Today; Time, Newsweek, and Christianity Today.
Bob is a graduate of Jacksonville State University (B.S. in Secondary Education, emphasis in social studies and the arts) and Birmingham Theological Seminary (Masters in Religious Education).