Christian Films Have to Work as Films as Well as Faith

Posted on April 8, 2017 at 10:57 am

Mark Joseph writes in Relevant Magazine about the problem with self-categorized “faith-based” films. His films include “Max Rose” with Jerry Lewis and the touching “The Vessel.” Both films explore spiritual topics of meaning and intimacy without being explicitly Christian.

The answer to the same problem happening in film is not for filmmakers who have a deep faith to stop telling stories that reflect that faith or to water down the religious content of those stories but instead to strive to tell their stories in a manner that can be understood and followed even by those who don’t share their faith.

They must also resist the efforts of both their enemies in the mainstream and their “friends” who would effectively silence them in terms of having any meaningful impact on the mainstream entertainment culture and are even now attempting to create a Contemporary Christian film industry that will have as much impact as Christian rockers had on the mainstream music world in the ‘60s, ’70s and ’80s, which was almost none

“Secular filmmakers” have never accepted a cultural paradigm that would label their films “secular films” and those of us who loved Seinfeld can only be grateful that its creators didn’t accept the label “Jewish TV Show” and allow it to be broadcast exclusively on a “Jewish television network,” effectively cutting off access for non-Jewish American. In the same way, those who are animated by their Christian faith to make movies must say no to the faith-based marketers, reject attempts to hyphenate them and their work, reject efforts to show their movies in churches on a first-run basis, and only work with those film companies that will treat them as filmmakers who deserve to be given the chance to reach the widest audience possible with their work.

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Trailer — Hillsong: Let Hope Rise

Posted on April 4, 2015 at 8:00 am

Hillsong: Let Hope Rise” chronicles the Australia-based Christian band, Hillsong UNITED. Directed by Michael John Warren, the film follows the band as they record their next album and explores the history of Hillsong, a 30-year journey from a tiny church in the Sydney suburbs to a vibrant international ministry. The movie culminates in a transformational concert experience spotlighting the humble hearts behind this worldwide sensation.

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Faith-Based Movie Picks — The Today Show

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 3:13 pm

In honor of Easter and Passover, the Today Show has some good suggestions for faith-based movies, from the very serious and respectful to the light-hearted.

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Exclusive Clip: Confessions of a Prodigal Son

Posted on March 11, 2015 at 10:00 am

We are proud to be able to share an exclusive clip from the new film Confessions of a Prodigal Son, starring Kevin Sorbo.

It is a modern retelling of the classic biblical story, premiering on DVD and Digital HD March 24, 2015 from Cinedigm.

Copyright 2015 Cinedigm
Copyright 2015 Cinedigm

Sean (Nathan Clarkson) is a rebel who leaves his home and family to reflect on self-discovery and suddenly finds himself questioning everything he once learned. He encounters a professor who challenges his thoughts and emotions, helping him realize that life is a story full of unexpected events, but no matter what happens, everyone has a second chance.

In addition to the Confessions of a Prodigal Son DVD and Digital HD release on March 24, Right Angle Music will distribute an album titled Confessions of a Prodigal Son (Music Inspired by the Motion Picture) on the same date, with Christian music inspired by the film by Window View, Ben Rector, New Song, and other artists.

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Christian Movie Madness Tournament

Posted on March 10, 2015 at 3:30 pm is hosting the First Annual Christian “Movie Madness” Tournament. Audiences can vote for their favorite films in a bracket-style tournament competition, based on basketball’s March Madness tournament. hopes to promote great films and create industry-wide buzz about audience-favorite films. Voting is open now!

The tournament will have an industry-wide reach, across multiple genres. For the first few rounds of voting, movies will be divided into “conferences” based on theme: Faith and Theology, Bible Stories and Epics, Love and Romance, Comedy, Sports, Action/Adventure, Hot Social Topics, and True Stories. Fans can vote in a single head-to-head or continue clicking through to vote for multiple titles.

“With our uniquely designed website, we have made voting as simple as possible for fans. We want voters to have fun with the competition and share it,” says Geesey. Christian is also sweetening the pot for voters by offering an immediate discount on the purchase of any film in the Christian Movie Madness tournament. Voters can also be notified each week of the winners by email so that they can continue to vote and share as films make their way up the tournament bracket.

Tournament dates will be as follows:
Round 1 – Now through March 12
Round 2 – March 19
Sweet 16 – March 24
Elite 8 – March 28
Final 4 – March 31
Championship – April 2

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