“Oh Sheep!” Press Release

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From producer, Aaron D. Ybarra, and director, Brian Vann, comes OKOA latest film submission for the 168 Film Festival: “OH SHEEP!.” This short will make its debut on Saturday, August 20th at Regal Cinema / LA Live. Showtime is at 10:00am – 10:55 am with an encore presentation from 2:30pm – 3:45 pm. Tickets are available on the 168 website.

Tickets 🎟: https://168-film-festival.ticketleap.com/168-film-festival-2016/

Time & Schedule ⏰: https://www.168film.com/Schedule

-Zachary Aro, Editor and Cinematographer

“Into the Word” : New Production & Packaging

Hello friends,

Today I’m proud to announce that we have a couple great new developments in the Into the Word world:

  1. Artist, Tom Clark, has been brought on to provide the musical with its long needed cover art. Once this final stage is complete, ITW will be ready for release- with audio CD, background tracks, script, lyrics, score, and purpose statement.
  2. Into the Word is also set to have its second theatrical performance- this time in Weaverville, North Carolina. God willing, it is set to show May 20-22 at Weaverville United Methodist Church, where idea for the play first got started. Casting begins this week. Can’t wait to see this play performed live again!

Stay tuned as we dive diver and deeper Into the Word.


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“Into the Word”: Meet the (Vocal) Family

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Hello everyone,

This last two weeks have been absolutely amazing. It has been a dream of mine to work with this caliber of performers and crew. Yesterday, we laid down the last tracks for it. Not gonna lie, I got a little teary-eyed listening to even the rough cut of “Inner Turmoil.” Y’all are in for a treat when the final, mastered copy releases to the general public later this year. In the meantime, allow me to introduce you to peeps that helped make it happen:

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Matt Bissonette | Bass


Dana DeBano | “Christina”

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Dakota Denton | “Devil”

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Amanda Ferris | “Villager”


Alexis Lozano | “Gabby the Angel”

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Tim Nienhuis | Electric Guitar

David Owens

David Owens | Drummer

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Carrie Rinderer | Background Vocals

Rob Rinderer

Rob Rinderer | Orchestration, Audio Engineer, Keys, “Crooked-Eyed Jack”


Aaron D. Ybarra | Writer. Director

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Danny Ybarra | Executive Producer, Percussion

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Elise Ybarra | “Narrator”

Blessings to you in Christ,




Hello, my wonderful friends!

The event known as SpiritUs 2k15 is now over. What a sick time we had!

For the uninitiated, the SpiritUs Conference is an annual youth retreat held in Fort Caswell,  North Carolina (aptly named for its Civil War, WWI, and WWII-era fortifications). It lasts three days and usually has two different weeks from which to attend.

Being staff, we attended both of them, and had the chance to explore the forts, beaches, and local attractions in the period in between.

I must say, I was super floured with how things turned out! (Especially considering that, days before our first show, a freak storm literally picked up our set pieces and threw them half a soccer field down the way, forcing us to scramble to get them rebuilt and repainted.)

From left to right: Tori, Caroline Smith, Liz, Gracie Plyler
From left to right: Tori, Caroline Smith, Liz Hornick, Gracie Plyler (Anna Plyler, not shown)

The cast did great. Given the time we had to rehearse (three days!), they really did their homework and pulled off a quality product. On night two, Gracie (Christina), Caroline (Crooked-Eyed Jacqueline, Devil), and Johnnie (Jesus) even got a standing ovation from the audience. It was pretty sweet!

Side note: I also did not mind that our production was filmed on three different cameras, one of which was a Blackmagic Cinema Camera, which I would not mind owning AT ALL! (Any donors out there?)

Shout-outs to Steven Thigpen (our sound engineer), Corey Millet (our stage manager), and Josh Tester (the director of this year’s SpiritUs event), to Cooper’s Wrench (the house band), and Mark Oestreicher (our guest speaker).

Additional thanks also to Charlie Smith, who designed our playbill:

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And, of course, to the SpiritUs Conference, for so kindly hosting us.

Lastly but not leastly, all thanks and glory be to God, who makes all things possible.

With all that said, now it’s off to California to record vocals tracks with Rob Rinderer (our musical’s composer) and #1 Dad, Danny Ybarra!

Stay tuned, and thanks for chiming in.

Blessings to you in Christ,