The Ministry of Motion Pictures Podcast

The Ministry of Motion Pictures Podcast

In the 1930's Minister James K. Friedrich said, "The motion picture camera, like the printing press, is a gift from God. We can use it for God's purpose." The Ministry of Motion Pictures seeks to advance the Christian film movement by engaging with Christian filmmakers and examining the landscape of the Christian film genre, to understand what has shaped it in the past, and how it should be shaped in the future.... Show More

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September 6, 2020 32 min
We are living in a very exciting time to be a filmmaker. An industrious filmmaker can build a powerful production package of equipment for very little money. But where do you begin? There are so many options, and so many pitfalls, that if you’re not a gear head, you can easily get lost and spend money on things you don’t need or can’t use. I have invited Joseph Palma of B&H Photo & Video to help us navigate the gear landsca...
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John Grooters is a Michigan-based filmmaker who has traveled the world making films and media content that promotes the Gospel of Jesus Christ, with Paul’s conviction expressed in Romans 1:16 -- no shame. John produces a wide variety of productions, and has created films about persecuted Christians for Voice of the Martyrs, including the docudrama Tortured for Christ which is based on the biography of VOM’s founder, Richard Wurmbra...
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We have an exciting episode today, and one that may be marking a very interesting development in the film industry. Would you ever consider a faith filmmaker a voice of diversity? Well, it is, at least for a new independent film company called Mutiny Pictures. Mutiny is a new effort founded by Colleen Butler and Producer Ben Yennie, who was my guest on this podcast back in April.
Ben has been focused on helping independent filmmaker...
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I love filmmakers who are bold and think outside of the box. My guest, Stephanie Quick is a producer who has done just that. In fact, in the past 7 years she and her nimble team of missions workers have produced 8 movies, armed with DSLR’s and Black Magic Pocket cameras, with their studios based in home bomb shelters in the Golan Heights.
The organization is called Frontier Alliance International, founded by Dalton Thomas. They are ...
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Ben Howard was the driving force behind Sony Provident for a great many years, and has recently formed his own media company called Third Coast Content. Some little known facts about Ben, he began his career as an intern for Josh McDowell, and Ben is a weather buff and has been a storm chaser who has chased tornadoes. I think that has something to do with his success in the film business.
In this episode, Ben and I talk about his ex...
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We have a fun episode here with my guest, Kevin McCreary, the young man behind the YouTube Channel -- Say Goodnight Kevin. Kevin is, what I would call, an entertaining film critiquer. You heard me right -- not a film critic -- a film critiquer. Kevin is like a good script doctor who has a keen eye to tell your story back to you in order to point out it’s weaknesses, problems, and strengths.
And, what’s more, Kevin is wildly entertai...
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Andy Peterson is Senior Creative Media Executive of Aspiration Entertainment where he has helped launch dozens of feature films and series projects. He is also leading Aspirations documentary initiative called Docs/ology, and in 2012 he founded the Justice Film Festival which is held in NYC every November.
Aspiration has a unique grid that they use in developing and marketing projects. While they do aim projects at a faith-based mar...
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My guest is Bob Elder, the Chief Impact Officer of Collide Media Group which specializes in helping creatives bring their projects to market through marketing, branding and partnerships. They’ve worked for film projects such as Hacksaw Ridge, Overcomer, I Still Believe, and Apollo 11.
Bob has been working in Christian retail and marketing for decades, and has seen the faith-based market develop into what it is today. He has weathere...
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My guest in this episode is Ben Yennie, the founder and CEO of Guerrilla Rep. Media, which is a consulting firm for media producers, helping them with business planning, financing, distribution and marketing. The Mission of Guerrilla Rep media is To Help Filmmakers build more sustainable companies from their projects.bI invited Ben to talk about the changes we’re experiencing in the film marketplace and to speak directly to the nee...
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I love film history. Last year I interviewed Dr Terry Lindvall who wrote two in depth books on the history of Christian film. Today’s guest, professor, critic and podcaster, Tyler Smith, has also contributed to the study of Christian film history, not with a book, but with a wonderful documentary called REEL REDEMPTION. What I appreciate about Smith’s film is that he identifies patterns and motivations for each period of film histo...
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How do you survive losing your lead actor half way through a production, in a difficult location, with half your production budget spent, and it’s your own money, AND it’s your debut film? This is what Douglas James Vail, and his screenwriter Reed Lackey, are here to tell us about on their production of 40: The Temptation of Christ, which released last week.
This was only the beginning of the challenges they would face. One of the m...
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My guests are the filmmakers behind 40: The Temptation of Christ, which will release tomorrow. Tuesday April 8th. This Douglas James Vail’s directorial debut, and he joins me with the screenwriter, Reed Lackey.
Very often, the production behind the film is as dramatic and interesting as the film itself. It can also be very instructive. Making an independent film is no easy task, whether Christian or not. They attempted to crowdfund ...
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It’s back to film history class today as we travel east to look at the third largest movie industry in the world. It’s a cinematic culture which produced one of my favorite film directors, Wong Kar-Wai, and that is the HONG KONG CINEMA. Our guide into this cinematic world has written numerous books on the larger Asian film industry and teaches it at Lancaster University in the UK. He’s been with us before -- his name is Dr. Gary Be...
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March 23, 2020 52 min
Indie Film Hustler Alex Ferrari is with me again in part 2 of my interview with him. In this episode we talk about his new bookThe Filmtrepreneur -- which you need to get into your hands. The Filmtrepreneur is a detailed, and well organized, business plan for filmmakers to survive and thrive independently. There’s a wealth of hard won information packed into these pages.
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My guest in this episode is not a faith-based filmmaker, but he is an independent filmmaking force -- a hustler (as he calls himself). He runs a highly respected indie film website called INDY FILM HUSTLE, which I have been following for many years. He recently launched an indie film streaming service called IFHTV, and he makes independent films, his latest was shot during the Sundance film festival and released this past January c...
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Dallas Jenkins is the director behind The Chosen, an episodic series on the life of Christ as told through the eyes of others, namely, the “chosen.” The series recently finished 8 episodes for the first season, and Dallas and his team are beginning work on season 2. The Chosen is self-distributed outside of the conventional channels. It’s free to watch on The Chosen app, with a pay it forward plan to finance it. Not only is it a un...
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Tim Keesee is the executive producer, and host, of the documentary series of videos Dispatches from the Front. In this ever growing series, Tim takes us on a tour to visit pastors and congregations of churches throughout the world in gospel-deprived regions. Tim talks about how the series of videos got started and what he and his filmmaking partner, Peter Hansen, have planned for the future.
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Dr. Gary Bettinson, a lecturer in film studies from Lancaster University in the UK is with me to talk about an era of film history that is often overlooked, especially by someone like me because -- this the era of cinema I grew up in. It’s called the New Hollywood Cinema, and stretches from the late 60’s into the 70’s. These were the days before the age of the blockbuster, and it’s a very interesting period that made significant co...
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My guests in this episode are the filmmaking duo of Rafael Kalamat and Jason Barbeck. Both are actors, writers, directors and producers. Together they formed a production company called The Reel Deal Guys and produced their first feature film, Adam’s Testament. Rafael and Jason are also the ORGANIZERS of the Canadian International Faith and Family Film Festival, known as CIFF, which I spoke with them about in the previous episode.
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At only 4-years-old, The Canadian International Faith & Family Film Festival is fast becoming a significant player among Christian film festivals, and inside of Canada, it is the one to attend. It's held every Fall in Toronto on the coat tails of TIFF (The Toronto Film Festival.)
The festival is the work of two Christian filmmakers, Rafael Kalamat and Jason Barbeck. They are my guests on this episode.
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