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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The Christian film movement has a historian -- and his name is Dr. Terry Lindvall. Dr. Lindvall has written two books on Christian film history. Sanctuary Cinema chronicles the history of Christain film in the silent era, and his follow-up book, Celluloid Sermons, co-authored with Andrew Quicke, covers the era of the 1930’s up until 1986. He currently occupies the CS Lewis Chair of Communication and Christian thought ... Read more

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Brett and I talk about our shared love for the films of Terrence Malick, and how his work demonstrates, what Brett calls, a sacred aesthetic. What is a sacred aesthetic and how can filmmakers reach for this. Brett also provides some helpful advice for young filmmakers.

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Brett McCracken is a senior editor of The Gospel Coalition, overseeing content related to culture and the arts, and his favorite art form is film. Brett isn't just a self made cinephile, he studied film at UCLA. He knows his stuff, and he's here to talk about Christian film.

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Brian Mitchell is the Chief Operating Officer of The WTA Group, formerly known as Working Title Agency, which helps creatives develop, finance, produce and market films, books and other products to the faith market, and beyond. Brian has been working in this marketplace for over 30 years, and he has seen it grow and change. He has a wide range of experience working for artists from Amy Grant to the Kendrick Brothers.
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After Grace Unplugged was released Brad chronicles his experience through a long dry period and recounts God's faithfulness during that time as he parted ways with one producing partner and was sought by a new one. This is the "anti-how-to-make-it-in-Hollywood" seminar.

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Brad Silverman is the writer/director of No Greater Love, Grace Unplugged, and the soon-to-be-released film, Selfie Dad. Brad is a filmmaker who has as strong commitment to sound, biblical theology and has an undivided trust in God in the direction of his life and career, even through the difficult periods. This episode is part 1 of Brad's career as he chronicles his entrance into filmmaking to directing Grace Unplugged.

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If you’ve been around some of the more reformed circles of Christian ministries you will be very familiar with the ministry of 9 Marks. 9 Marks is devoted to equipping local churches to be healthy churches. I’ve followed, and benefited, from 9 Marks ministry for years. Jonathan Leeman, the Editorial Director at the ministry of 9 Marks is my guest on this episode.
Having made the jump into the Christian film industry later in m...
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Rich Peluso of Affirm Films talks about the exciting developments for faith-based productions in a streaming environment, what he hopes to see happen in the next five years, and he gives us ten success factors that he uses to gauge the potential of any faith-based film. If you're a Christian filmmaker, this is not an episode you will want to miss.

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Affirm Films has been one of the most significant players in the modern faith-based movement since the rise of the Kendrick Brother's films. At the helm of Sony's faith-based imprint is Executive Vice President Rich Peluso. Rich helped found Affirm Films and has been leading his small team to build Affirm into the faith-based Titan it is today.
In part one of my interview, Rich talks about how Affirm was founded, he gi...
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We’re going to do something a little different in this episode. We’re going to get a practical crash course on The French New Wave. I know some of you are asking why. But the reason is simple. The French New Wave, in my opinion, offers a near-perfect role model for advancing the art of Christian film. Christian filmmakers have always felt themselves to be on the margins of cinema, and so did most of the French New Wave filmmakers. ... Read more

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Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer discusses how the dramatic nature of doctrine can be a helpful framework in the creation of Christian films. This metaphorical guide opens a door for filmmakers to use the artistic strengths of our cinematic medium to envision profound displays of practical theology. He begin by talking about how today's cinema has a preoccupation with darkness and distopian views of the world, and provides an example of how... Read more

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A few years ago I got on an airplane with a book called Pictures at a Theological Exhibition. I thought I’d be able to get through 5 or 6 chapters. I only made it through half of the first chapter. I crawled through the chapter bit by bit, reading and rereading, underlining and taking notes on the end papers – Not because it was hard reading, but because the concepts and implications were fascinating. It took the return flight home... Read more

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What are some core values that Christian filmmakers should strive for in their work? According to Dr. Mark Coppenger, who supervises the doctoral program in Aesthetic Theology at SBTS, two of those values should be "truth-likeness" and cinematic craftsmanship.

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What place should Christians have in the cinematic art form? It seems in the not-so-distant-past, Christians and their institutions considered going to the cinema as verboten. Given the power and reach of film, why didn't the church embrace the cinema as a tool to reach the world with the Gospel? As we answer these questions we do need to recognize the real challenges that Christian filmmakers face, that making film is a massiv... Read more

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Have you ever wondered why the church, particularly in Protestantism, has historically had a hands off position when it comes to the arts and creativity? In our efforts to remain faithful to Scripture, with the exception of music, we seldom engage in, or encourage the pursuit of, any of the other art forms. And it seems many Christian circles completely reject the arts.Nowhere is this better exemplified than in the cinema.
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Screenwriter Sean Paul Murphy has more than a decade of experience in the Christian film industry. In this episode he gives us his hard-hitting, experienced perspective on the current state of the Christian film industry, and talks about distribution, church support, Christian worldview, and "one-man-bandism." He also encourages filmmakers to be very clear on the goals of their films, and talks about the difficulties naviga... Read more

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Screenwriter Sean Paul Murphy continues to chronicle his decade-long career in the Christian film industry. With 12 produced films under his belt, Sean's experience provides a window on one segment of the Christian film industry, and despite the limitations he faced, his desire to reach people with the gospel often succeeded in surprising ways. Sean's experiences are sometimes exciting, sometimes cautionary, but always ente... Read more

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With 12 Christian films under his belt, and more than 10 years working in the Christian film industry, Sean Paul Murphy has a valuable perspective on the last decade of this unique industry.

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We embark upon a journey to engage with Christian filmmakers and the landscape of the Christian film genre, to understand what has shaped Christian film, where it is today, and where it should be going.

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