Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Advent Film Group's Come What May

Christian News Wire has a story about a new Christian film, entitled Come What May.

The film is produced by Advent Film Group(AFG), which describes itself as a Christian film school.
The article features some interesting comments by George Escobar, a producer at AFG, who says that big-budget Christian films that don't have Christian directors are examples of a broken system. He names The Chronicles of Narnia and Amazing Grace as examples of films that should, in his opinion, been directed by Christians.
An interesting position, but in our experience here Christian filmmakers who make bigger budget Christian movies often end up making really bad movies, such as Evan Almighty, while the non-Christians(or at least, the one who don't advertise their faith), make some of the better films, like Beyond the Gates(aka Shooting Dogs).
My co-host Don was excited to see that the film features a soundtrack by The Emmons Sisters and The Ivy Street Band. If you've never heard of them, join the club. (edit - I'm in the club too. Jon mistook my sarcasm for excitement. - Don)
Anyway, the film is about a high school student who must win his moot court competition in order for his parents to pay for his school of choice. The only problem is that he has to argue against Roe vs. Wade, no exceptions.
The film looks interesting, and as you know we love independent cinema here at SuperCandid, so we're hoping to see it soon. Right now they are doing re-shoots, but it sounds like the film is almost finished. Save This Page Add to Technorati Favorites


AceFire said...

I don't think that Evan Almighty was made by a Christian in the sense of a person who actively (or privately) lives and honours God. The team behind Evan Almighty are not believers who actively (or privately) profess a walk with Jesus Christ. Besides wasn't he the guy behind Liar, Liar and Bruce Almighty that had some questionable content. A Christian who follows Jesus Christ would not make light of sin even if he/she struggles with it and that shows throughout their lives in whatever season they are in. But the point that it has to be Christian who directs a film about Christians is not entirely true. I think that as long as it is produced by believers then hire the best talent available. The Bible is clear about work - have a good reputation with those outside the faith. I think that means we should be working with them.

jonnyflash said...

Tom Shadyac, the producer and director of Evan Almighty, Bruce Almighty, Patch Adams and the excellent Dragonfly(he also directed but did not produce Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Liar Liar and The Nutty Professor[remake]), is a self-professed Christian who cites Jesus as the main influence on his filmmaking career.

You can read his very good interview over at Christianity Today, where he talks about Hollywood's backwards attempts to market to Christians. Too bad that his own film was victim to such attempts.