Spike Lee’s Kickstarter Film, Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus, Gets New Trailer

Last summer, Spike Lee started a Kickstarter campaign in order to have his fans fund his next film. He went on to raise $1.4 million in the campaign and started filming. The Kickstarter campaign drew some controversy, as Lee clearly did not need his fans to raise money for his movie. Lee defended his decision by pointing to his modest beginnings as a filmmaker, directing movies that no studio would touch and scraping together funding on his own.

“Dr. Hess Green (Stephen Tyrone Williams) becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient Afrian artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood.”

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Religious leaders unite to plead to ABC board

American Broadcasting CompanyAlmost 30 religious leaders have united to plead with the ABC board to refrain from planned cuts to the national broadcaster’s coverage of religion, which they say is “crucial in the life of our nation” and its identity.

Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Hindu leaders sent an an open letter addressed to ABC Managing Director Mark Scott and Chairman James Spigelman late on Tuesday, on the eve of a board meeting on Wednesday, saying they were “especially concerned” that the proposed cuts would include:

Abolishing the position of executive producer of TV religion, leaving ABC television without a specialist head of the topic;

Full article at The Sydney Morning Herald

Bollywood star attacked for ‘dressing indecently as a Muslim’

 Gauahar KhanBollywood star, Gauahar Khan, was attacked by a man, Akil Malik, who accused the TV presenter of dressing indecently.
Khan was invited to host the grand finale of a singing competition at the Film City in Goregaon, Mumbai; the man somehow evaded security and stormed out of the audience to attack the TV personality, slapping her hard on the face.
He was arrested and charged with molestation after threatening and then assaulting Khan live on air.

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Interview with Dietrich Brüggemann, director of Stations of the Cross

How would you describe the film?

It’s hard to say. I guess you could describe it in many ways. On the one hand, it’s a story about religion and coming of age. It’s about a young girl growing up and dealing with her own individuality. In her particular case, she not only struggles with the usual difficulties of adolescence, but also a very strict religious background. On the other hand, it’s also a story about family itself. It raises questions about what demons we have and how we raise our kids. On a technical level, of course, we use the 14 stations of the cross as an allegory for what happens to Maria, how she follows the path of Jesus.

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World Religions: Volume 4 Zen Meditations With Alan Watts

World Religions: Volume 4 Zen Meditations With Alan WattsAlan Watts (1915-1973), the foremost Western teacher of Zen Buddhism, collaborated with award-winning filmmaker Elda Hartley to create this elegant anthology of lyrical guided meditations into inner realities. Watts on the practice of Zen: “If you think the world is going somewhere, that there are certain things that are supposed to happen, and there are certain things that are supposed not to happen, you never see the way that it is like music. Music has no destination. We don’t play it in order to get somewhere. Music is a pattern that we enjoy as it unfolds.” And so it is with these meditative films.

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HBO Prepping Bombshell Scientology Film From Oscar Winner

THR has learned that HBO, no stranger to controversy, having ushered such hot-button docs as The Case Against 8 and the Paradise Lost trilogy to the screen, is eyeing a 2015 airdate for Going Clear, which is based on Lawrence Wright’s controversial book that was also exclusively excerpted in THR…

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US associate professor challenged for ‘promoting religious beliefs’

Lecturing for a week about how “evolution could not have happened”. Offering extra credit for students to watch the film God’s Not Dead. Showing religious bias in exam questions. Student reviews saying he’ll try to “convert you”.

Those charges, among others, make up a complaint filed recently by two First Amendment watchdog groups against T. Emerson McMullen, an associate professor of history at Georgia Southern University. The institution says it’s now investigating the professor for allegedly using his classroom at the public university to promote his anti-evolution Christian beliefs…

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30 minutes, three faith traditions

CBS television affiliates across the U.S. will explain a bit about Mennonites later this month.

CBS Religion and Culture visited the Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville, Pa., Nov. 3 to film interviews for one third of a half-hour “World Religions” interfaith special.

The annual program, which will begin airing in some markets Dec. 14, asks three faiths to share their beliefs, traditions, histories and modern voice. This year’s “explainer” show will feature Mennonites, Sikhs and Seventh-day Adventists.

Read full article in the Mennonite World Review

PLUG’s Top Five Spiritual Films

Black NarcissusBlack Narcissus

Though some have claimed that it is mildly critical of Catholicism, the beguiling mix of melodrama, noir thriller, and spirituality make this Technicolor epic a must-see.
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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

This art house flick from 2010, and the only Thai film that has ever won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, explores Buddhism and native folklore from Northern Thailand.
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Don’t expect this movie to have any of the beautiful, Buddhist poetry of Boonmee; this is a violent and vicious movie.
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Sans Soleil

As the camera shows us scenes from the mundane aspects of life, the narration, combined with Marker’s keen eye for framing, allows these images to take on a somewhat mythic and spiritual quality.
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Sister Act

Obviously, the number one religious movie of all time is Sister Act. I mean, come on, there’s even an appearance by a man pretending to be the Pope at the end!
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Film: Sister Helen (2002)

Film: Sister Helen (2002)In this compelling no-frills documentary, a 69-year-old Benedictine nun rules a private home for recovering male addicts in the South Bronx with strict curfews, tough language and a large heart. The Sundance Award-winning documentary captures in cinema verité style the no-nonsense day-to-day environment of Sister Helen’s half-way house, which provides a private room in a structured environment for addicts. Structure is perhaps an understatement. The men in Sister Helen’s residence must obey curfews, undergo frequent urine tests, participate in community service, seek employment and pay rent. Sister Helen became a Benedictine nun at the age of 56, and shortly afterward founded the John Thomas Travis Center to “do for other people’s sons what I couldn’t do for my own.”

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