In the month of June 2016 I added this 42 articles to FilmandReligion.com that discusses aspects of film/TV and religion. About half of them are from the last 12 months, but the rest is from the 1980’s
by “The Apostle”: An Interview with Robert Duvall Bill Blizek and Ronald Burke (1998-04) by The Caucasianization of Jesus: Hollywood Transforming Christianity into a Racially Hierarchical Discourse Catherine Jones, Atsushi Tajima (2015-11) by Contemporary Films and Religious Exploration: An Opportunity for Religious Education. Part 1: Foundational Questions. Pamela P. Mitchell Legg (1996-09) by Contemporary Films and Religious Exploration: An Opportunity for Religious Education. Part II: How to Engage in Conversation with Film. Pamela P. Mitchell Legg (1997-11) by The End of Desire: Theologies of Eros in The Song of Songs and Breaking the Waves Kyle Keefer and Tod Linafelt (1998-04) by “The Fairy Tale is True”: Social Technologies of the Religious Supernatural in Film and New Media Diana Walsh Pasulka (2016-04) by Frum with Benefits: Israeli Television, Globalization, and Srugim’s American Appeal Shayna Weiss (2016-04) by Has Hollywood finally found god? Tim Stanley (2016-04) by “Holocaust Laughter”? A German response to Punch Me In the Stomach Tania Oldenhage (1997-10) by Images of God in the Movies Andrew M. Greeley (1997-04) by The Influence of Bollywood Films on Punjabi Sikh Youths’ Perception of Their Religious Identity Ashwinder Kaur a/p Gurbanjan Singh (2015-12) by Islamic Positivism and Scientific Truth: Qur’an and Archeology in a Creationist Documentary Film Baudouin Dupret, Clémentine Gutron (2016-04) by The Jesus Film: Between Global Christianization and World Christianity Colin H. Yuckman (2015-12) by Keeping the Faith: Religious moviegoers drive demand for authenticity Andreas Fuchs (2016-03) by Kierkegaard at Babette’s Feast: The Return to the Finite Jean Schuler (1997-10) by “Love Everything” Cinema and Belief in Malick’s The Tree of Life Robert Sinnerbrink (2016-02) by Mountains, monks and mandalas: ‘Kundun’ and ‘Seven Years in Tibet.’ Mark Abramson (1998-07) by Mozart & Salieri, Cain & Abel: A Cinematic Transformation of Genesis 4 Gregory Allen Robbins (1997-04) by The Mutated Spirit: The Hollywood Zombie as Psychopomp Keira McKenzie (2011-09) by On Human Nature in the Thought of Muhyiddin Ibn’ Arabi and the Western Tradition Within the Context of the Film The Silence of the Lambs Ridade Öztürk (2016-01) by Orientalist Commercializations: Tibetan Buddhism in American Popular Film Eve L. Mullen (1998-10) by Perception and Reaction: The Representation of the Shari’a in Nollywood and Kanywood Films Nasiru Wada Khalil (2016-04) by Picturing the Way in Bae Yong-kyun’s Why Has Bodhidharma Left for the East? Michael L. Gillespie (1997-04) by Problematizing the Human-Technology Relationship through Techno-Spiritual Myths Presented in The Machine, Transcendence and Her Heidi A. Campbell (2016-01) by The Rapture: A Challenging Vision of Horror Carl Greiner (1997-04) by Redressing Jewish Difference in Tania Modleski’s “Cinema and the Dark Continent” Laura Levitt (1997-10) by Religion, Blasphemy, and Tradition in the Films of Lucio Fulci James Reitter (2011-09) by Religion, Theology and Film in a Postmodern Age: A Response to John Lyden Clive Marsh (1998-04) by Rivette’s The Nun: Religion between Sadism and Masochism Paolo Stellino, Claudio Rozzoni (2016-01) by Sacred Time and Ritualistic Behavior at Harry Potter Book Releases and Film Premieres Tyler Dukes (2016-04) by The scientist as pioneer hero: Hollywood’s mythological reconciliations in twister and contact Geoff King (1999-07) by The Shaping Influence of Film and Television on the Spirituality and Identity of Children and Adolescents: an educational response—part 3 Graham Rossiter (1999-11) by Show Faith in Moviegoers: Devout audiences respond to unprecedented range of films Andreas Fuchs (2016-05) by Spirited publics? Post-secularism, enchantment and enterprise on Indian television Lewis (2016-05) by Thou Shalt Kill . . . Carefully: Secular Religion, the Immanent Frame, and Showtime’s Dexter Matthew Pittman (2015-11) by “The Ties That Bind and Bless the Soul”: Grace and Noir in Schrader’s Light Sleeper Jason Ambrosiano (1998-10) by “Time Is a Flat Circle”: True Detective and the Specter of Moral Panic in American Pop Culture Joseph P. Laycock (2015-11) by To Commend or To Critique? The Question of Religion and Film Studies John Lyden (1997-10) by “A ton of faith in science!” nature and role of assumptions in, and ideas about, science and epistemology generated upon watching a sci-fi film John Y. Myers and Fouad Abd-El-Khalick (2016-04) by Transgressing Goodness in Breaking the Waves Irena S. M. Makarushka (1998-04) by Unreeled Presence: The Film Screen as Altar John Matturri (1988-02) by Visions of the End. Secular Apocalypse in Recent Hollywood Film Conrad Ostwalt (1998-04) Open My Eyes from Eli Daughdrill on Vimeo.
Chris, a devout fundamentalist Christian, struggles with his faith after the sudden death of his son.
Official Selection, LA Shorts 2015
Chris: Tony Carreiro Writer/Director: Eli Daughdrill Executive Producer: Mike S Ryan Producers: Eli Daughdrill & Nancy Bevins Cinematography: Charles Swanson Music: Linus Lau Editing: Adam Burr The short’s IMDB page My take: This well done 15 minute long short sends a strong, clear message with the help of a few straightforward metaphors. The main, and only, character struggles with the question of to what degree parents are responsible for their children’s action. And how do our teachings, values and lifestyle affect them. I particularly liked that this was done non-verbally. Not a single word was uttered aloud in the film. Even letters on screen were sparsely used. E.g. when the father thumbs through his well-read and heavily highlighted Bible you cannot actually read what section he is in.
The rest contains
spoilers. It is unclear whether the son committed suicide or not, but it is strongly suggested. The two important texts showing up in the movie: the name and date on his tombstone and the words in his notebook: “My mind is poisoned”. (You can also read the names of the independent bands whose music he listened to on the posters that the father is tearing down from the wall of his room, but they just provide context for the son lives and not as essential to the plot.) I enjoyed the two symbolic actions in the first half of the movie, that gained their significance through the second half. Clearing a channel from the debris that the watered piled up clearly intended to suggest, that ones mind needs to be cleared to enable the flow of thoughts and emotions. Fixing the car, that didn’t start first, connects to this line of thought by expressing the idea that once your mind is cleared it needs to be maintained and needs a spark to get started again. All of the above is intended to question whether strong Christian values allow clear thinking and has enough sparks to make one keep going in such situation. You decide, as the film doesn’t do it for you. In the month of May 2016 I added these 22 books to FilmandReligion.com that discusses aspects of film/TV and religion. About half of them are from the last 12 months, and the rest is from earlier (2016) by The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch – Buy (2016) by Coen: Framing Religion in Amoral Order Elijah Siegler – Buy (2016) by Esoteric Hollywood: Sex, Cults and Symbols in Film Jay Dyer – Buy (2016) by Faith, Family, Film: A Teacher’s Trek Fred Eichelman – Buy (1992) by Hollywood Holyland: The Filming and Scoring of The Greatest Story Ever Told Ken Darby – Buy (2016) by I Just Saw Jesus: The JESUS Film – From Vision, to Reality, to the Unimaginable Paul Eshleman – Buy (1993) by Jean-Luc Godard’s Hail Mary: Women and the Sacred in Film Maryel – Buy (1996) by Jero Tapakan: Balinese Healer: An Ethnographic Film Monograph Linda Connor, Patsy Asch, Timothy Asch – Buy (2012) by Light Shining in a Dark Place: Discovering Theology through Film Jeff Sellars – Buy (2016) by Love in the Afterlife: Underground Religion at the Movies Richard Striner – Buy (2016) by Of Elephants and Toothaches: Ethics, Politics, and Religion in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s ‘Decalogue’ Eva Badowska, Francesca Parmeggiani – Buy (2016) by Profane Parables: Film and the American Dream Matthew S. Rindge – Buy (1992) by Redeeming Television: How TV Changes Christians–how Christians Can Change TV Quentin J. Schultze – Buy (1997) by Religion and Prime Time Television Michael Suman – Buy (1996) by Religion Vs. Television: Competitors in Cultural Context Jay Newman – Buy (1990) by Religious Television: Controversies and Conclusions Robert Abelman, Stewart M. Hoover – Buy (2010) by Sacred Space: The Quest for Transcendence in Science Fiction Film and Television Douglas E. Cowan – Buy (2016) by The Silents of Jesus in the Cinema (1897-1927) David Shepherd – Buy (2015) by Through a Lens Darkly: Tracing Redemption in Film Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki – Buy (2016) by Watching TV Religiously: Television and Theology in Dialogue Kutter Callaway, Dean Batali – Buy (2016) by The Way: A Cinematic Retreat Guide Rose Pacatte – Buy (2015) by Westernized Visual Representation of Jesus and the Construction of Religious Meanings Dong Hwan Kwon – Buy
In the month of May 2016 I added this 44 articles to FilmandReligion.com that discusses aspects of film/TV and religion. About half of them are from the last 12 months, but the rest is from the 1990’s
by Acts of God: Film, Religion, and FX Judith Wilt (1997-01) by “Aftertones of Infinity”: Biblical and Darwinian Evocations in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life and To the Wonder Gregory Allen Robbins (2016-01) by Agonizing Transitions and Turning Away from God in Two Tunisian Movies Imen Yacoubi (2016-01) by “As We See, So We Learn”: Doctor Who as Religious Education Owen D. Edwards (2015-12) by Babette’s Feast: A Religious Film Wendy M. Wright (1997-10) by The Books of the films: Trends in religious film-analysis Steve Nolan (1998-03) by Buddha found and lost in the Chinese nation of ‘Diversity in Unity’: Pema Tseden’s films as a Buddhist mode of reflexivity Kwai-Cheung Loa (2016-04) by Contending for Faith: Analyzing The Assault On Faith In The Truman Show And The Ladykillers Timothy J. Etherington (2004-12) by Different Images of God: Theological-aesthetical Evaluation of Films by Andrey Zvyagintsev and Pavel Lungin Denys Kondyuk (2016-01) by Doctor Who and the Iconographic Search for an Ecstatic Human Religious Experience Stacy Embry (2015-12) by Dr. King and the Image of God: A Theology of Voting Rights in Ava DuVernay’s Selma Marcos Norris (2016-04) by Enlightenments: The Interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism on Screen Andronika M. Martonova (2016-01) by The Eyes Have it: Film, Editing, and Postmodern Theological Hermeneutics James M. Hansen (2016-04) by Fetish, Sacrifice and Tragic Freedom in the Dardenne Brothers’ La Promesse Andrew Small (2016-04) by From Marseille to Mecca: Reconciling the Secular and the Religious in Le grand voyage (The Big Trip) (2004) Yahya Laayouni (2016-04) by “He who kills the body, kills the soul that inhabits it”: Feminist Filmmaking, Religion, and Spiritual Identification in Vision Carl Laamanen (2016-04) by Into the Arms of Dr Who: Implicit Religion and a Cowboy’s Redemption William Keenan (2015-12) by Islam, animation, and money: The reception of Disney’s Aladdin in Southeast Asia. Timothy R. White, J. Emmett Winn (1999-12) by Jesus in Film: Hollywood Perspectives on the Jewishness of Jesus Adele Reinhartz (1998-10) by Madness, Otherness and Transformation: Exploring Religion in Nordic Crime Films Sofia Sjö (2016-01) by Madonnas in Our Midst: Representations of Women Religious in Hollywood Film MaryAnn Janosik (1997-07) by The Medium and the Spirit: On Teaching Religion and Film Torey L. Lightcap (1997-03) by The Messianic Figure in Film: Christology Beyond the Biblical Epic Matthew McEver (1998-10) by MOVIES: Is God Really Dead in Beverly Hills? Religion and the Movies Stanley Rothman (1996-04) by “Noah’s Beasts Were the Stars”: Arthur Melbourne Cooper’s Noah’s Ark (1909) David Shepherd (2016-01) by Pasolini on Terra Sancta : Towards a Theology of Film Noa Steimatsky (1998-04) by Redeemed in Blood: The Sacramental Universe of Martin Scorsese Richard A. Blake S.J. (1996-01) by Redescribing “Religion and …” Film: Teaching the Insider/Outsider Problem Russell T. McCutcheon (1998-06) by Rejecting the Ethnic Community in Little Caesar, The Public Enemy, and Scarface Bryan Mead (2016-04) by Religious conflict, popular culture and the troubled spectators of recent Indian film Anthony R. Guneratne (1997-04) by Religious Faith and Science in Contact Bryan P. Stone (1998-10) by The Roles Of Violence in Recent Biblical Cinema: The Passion, Noah, And Exodus: Gods And Kings Kevin M. McGeough (2016-04) by Screenwriters as Theologians: Doctor Who’s Scope for Theological Exploration Caroline Symcox (2015-12) by Seeing the Light, Hearing the Call: Women Religious as Spectators and Subjects of Popular Nun Films Maureen A. Sabine (2016-04) by Spirits and Ceremonies: How to Construct Religious Experience in Documentary Film Jouko Aaltonen (2016-01) by Star Trek and theology Jolyon Mitchell (1998-05) by Suffering and Soul-Making in Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out Bertha A. Manninen Ph.D. (2016-04) by Tarkovsky’s Sacrifice: Between Nietzsche and Christ Frank Bosman (2014-11) by Teaching Religion and Film Paul V. M. Flesher, Robert Torry (1998-12) by That unbearable recurring apocalytic nightmare : crisis and apocalyptic visions in British film, 1987-1994 Anthony John Kinik, (1997-10) by The Truth About Inherit the Wind Carol Iannone (1997-02) by Various Representations of Jews in Turkish Cinema Melih Çoban (2016-01) by Word and Image: Burgess, Zeffirelli, and Jesus the Man of Nazareth Graham Holderness (2008-11) by The Word Made Cinematic: The Representation of Jesus in Cinema Gregory Kahlil Kareem Alleen (2008-06)
In the month of April 2016 I added this 42 articles to FilmandReligion.com that discusses aspects of film/TV and religion. About half of them are from the last 12 months, but the rest is from the 1980’s
by Allegory and Ambiguity in the Films of Majid Majidi: A Theodicy of Meaning Cyrus Ali Zargar (2016-01) by “Can We Laugh at God?”: Apocalyptic Comedy in Film Robert Lamm (1991-06) by The Catholic Imagination in Popular Film & Television Ingrid Shafer (1991-08) by Doctor Who and Immortality: Influence of Christian and Buddhist Ethics Leena Vuolteenaho (2015-12) by Eros and Contemplation: The Catholic Vision of Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder Kathleen E. Urda (2016-01) by Examining the Critical Role American Popular Film Continues to Play in Maintaining the Muslim Terrorist Image, Post 9/11 Rubina Ramji (2016-01) by Film and the Sacred Joseph Cunneen (1993-04) by Filmed ‘Not During the Sabbath’: The Israeli Haredi Minority through the Camera’s Lens Yohai Hakak (2016-03) by Films, Values, Absolutes: Why Theological Readings of Films are Morally and Politically Essential Clive Marsh (2016-01) by God never dies’: Buñuel and Catholicism Michael Wood (1993-02) by A God Who Plays it by Ear 5 Metaphors for God in Recent Films Andrew Greeley (1991-08) by God’s Law and the Wide Screen: The Ten Commandments as Cold War “Epic” Alan Nadel (1993-05) by God’s Middle Children Metaphysical Rebellion in Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club Justin Garrison (2013-08) by Hinduism and Its Others in Bollywood Film of the 2000s Diana Dimitrova (2016-01) by Historical figures in film: the celluloid Christ Sarah Noah (1993-05) by Historical Film and Hindu–Muslim Relations in Post-Hindutva India: The Case of Jodhaa Akbar Raita Merivirta (2016-03) by Hollywood, Main Street, and the Church: Trying to Censor the Movies Before the Production Code Francis G. Couvares (1992-12) by Impact of Television Advertisement on Consumer. Buying Behavior: The Moderating Role of. Religiosity in the context of Pakistan Bushra Anjum, Attiya Irum (2015-12) by Jesus and the Movies John Klukach (1991-02) by Jung and The Godfather movies : analyzing film from an archetypal perspective Joseph Broda (1994-06) by “The Last Temptation of Christ” et l’« affaire » Scorsese André Muraire (1992-05) by Mary Magdalene and the Politics of Public Memory: Interrogating The Da Vinci Code Tammie M. Kennedy (2012-08) by Movie stars and Islamic moralism in Egypt Lila Abu-Lughod (1995-04) by Nigerian Audiences’ Perception of Pentecostal Churches’ Ownership of Satellite Television Channels Paul Martin Obayi, Ph.D and Ignatius Obiorah Edogor (2016-03) by Philippine Muslims on Screen: From Villains to Heroes Vivienne Angeles (2016-01) by The Priests of Cyborg Peter C. Reynolds (1993-07) by The Qur’anic Epic in Iranian Cinema Nacim Pak-Shiraz (2016-01) by “Raiders of the Lost Ark”: Totem and Taboo Andrew Gordon (1991-10) by Religious and National Identity in My Name is Khan Kathleen M. Erndl (2016-01) by The religious dimension of cinematographical consciousness in postmodern culture Sylvain De Bleeckere (1994-05) by Rewriting God’s Plot: Ingmar Bergmann and Feminine Narrative Mark B. Sandberg (1991-11) by The Rise and Fall of American Televangelism Jeffrey K. Hadden (1993-05) by Sacred Women in Coptic Cinema: Between Faith and Resistance Lise Paulsen Galal (2009-04) by SDA Youth and the Movies: An Analysis of the Church’s Current Message Brenda Keller (1993-04) by The Seal of the Confessional: Robert Lepage’s Le Confessionnal in Social and Cultural Context Adele Reinhartz (2016-01) by The spoken and unspoken nature of child abuse in the miniseries Devil’s Playground: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the Catholic Church and television drama in Australia Terrie Waddell, Timothy W Jones (2016-03) by Star Trek Fandom as a Religious Phenomenon Michael Jindra (1994-06) by Televising religion: A study of Sathya Sai Baba’s funeral broadcast in Gangtok, India Manoj Kumar Das (2015-12) by Television and Evangelism: A Cautionary Tale Angela Tilby (1991-06) by Time the Redeemer: Time as an Object of Cinema in a Post-Metaphysical Age Greg Watkins (2016-01) by Tracking the Fallen Apple: Ineffability, Religious Tropes, and Existential Despair in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Joseph Kickasola (2016-01) by Watching Movies in the Name of the Lord: Thoughts on Analyzing Christian Film Criticism James Y. Trammell (2012-08) In the month of April 2016 I added this 21 books to FilmandReligion.com that discusses aspects of film/TV and religion. About half of them are from the last 12 months, and the rest is from tearlier (1989) by Archetypes in Japanese Film: The Sociopolitical and Religious Significance of the Principal Heroes and Heroines Gregory Barrett – Buy (1993) by Biblical Epics: Sacred Narrative in the Hollywood Cinema Bruce Babington, Peter William Evans – Buy (2015) by Black Magic Woman and Narrative Film: Race, Sex and Afro-Religiosity Montré Aza Missouri – Buy (2015) by Blessed are the Eyes that Catch Divine Whispering …: Silence and Religion in Film Freek L. Bakker, Mathilde van Dijk, Leo van der Tuin, Marjeet Verbeek – Buy (2008) by Cinema of the Occult: New Age, Satanism, Wicca, and Spiritualism in Film Carrol Lee Fry – Buy (2008) by Discovering World Religions at 24 Frames Per Second Julien R. Fielding – Buy (2014) by Epic Sound: Music in Postwar Hollywood Biblical Films Stephen C. Meyer – Buy (2015) by Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema, Volume III Kenneth R. Morefield, Nicholas S. Olson – Buy (2016) by Hermeneutic Humility and the Political Theology of Cinema: Blind Paul Sean Desilets – Buy (2015) by Hollywood Biblical Epics: Camp Spectacle and Queer Style from the Silent Era to the Modern Day Richard Lindsay – Buy (2008) by Hollywood Under Siege: Martin Scorsese, the Religious Right, and the Culture Wars Thomas Lindlof – Buy (1987) by Homiletic: Moves and Structures David G. Buttrick – Buy (2015) by Japanese Mythology in Film: A Semiotic Approach to Reading Japanese Film and Anime Yoshiko Okuyama – Buy (2015) by Jesus and Brian: Exploring the Historical Jesus and his Times via Monty Python’s Life of Brian Joan E. Taylor – Buy (2016) by Judas Iscariot: Damned or Redeemed: A Critical Examination of the Portrayal of Judas in Jesus Films (1902-2014) Carol Anne Hebron – Buy (2015) by Moralizing Cinema: Film, Catholicism and Power Daniel Biltereyst, Daniela Treveri Gennari – Buy (1991) by Over the Rainbow: The Wizard of Oz as a Secular Myth of America Paul Nathanson – Buy (1994) by Preaching to a TV Generation: The Sermon in the Electronic Age Michael Rogness – Buy (2016) by The Sacred Foodways of Film: Theological Servings in 11 Food Films Antonio D. Sison – Buy (2008) by Sacred Terror: Religion and Horror on the Silver Screen Douglas E. Cowan – Buy (2015) by Sensational Movies: Video, Vision, and Christianity in Ghana Birgit Meyer – Buy
Last year on May 1st, when the 200th blog entry was posted, I
shared some statistics of this site. Here is an update of where we are now. (The numbers in parenthesis represent last year’s data) 336 blogs posts (vs 200) 124 books (vs 82) 287 articles (vs 199) 57 syllabi (vs 57) 42 likes Facebook page (vs 35) 325 followers on Twitter (vs 24) 9 followers on Google+ (vs 2) We had 12,250 sessions (vs 8,682) by 11,009 users (vs 7,849) and 25,962 pageviews (vs 19,764) – since January 1, 2007 The Club is troubling on every level, the apparent reconciliation of its conclusion – rendered in, and reflected by, acts of religion that can’t help articulating spiritual purpose even when the context in which they appear is corrupted – as much driven by compromise as by the resolving will of any higher power, either secular (in the sense of righting the world) or sacred (in forgiving it). No easy Easter film of new beginnings, this: the troubled past of Larrain’s Chile looks set to endure a long time yet, the darkness as visible here as in any of the director’s films to date. Iona is a lyrical, reflective drama that owes an obvious debt to the film-making of Andrei Tarkovsky and Carl Dreyer. That is both what makes it so refreshing and sometimes so frustrating. It’s a lowish-budget British drama that doesn’t rely on social realist conventions. Dialogue is kept to a minimum. Plot details are only very gradually revealed. Iona is both the name of the main character (played by Ruth Negga) and the Scottish island on which the film is set. Iona and her troubled teenage son, Bull, are heading there. She left the island many years before….
Graham makes excellent use of the Hebridean landscapes. He pays close attention to the part religion plays in the island’s life and deals very sensitively with the courtship between Bull and a beautiful young girl (Sorcha Groundsell) who can’t walk. In a Tarkovsky or as Dreyer film, though, the mysticism would have been pushed further. There would have been some miraculous happening – some attempt at transcendence. Graham, by contrast, is a little too reticent. The more we learn about the characters, the less mysterious and magical they become.
A former drug addict takes the place of Jesus – wearing a crown of thorns made from syringes – as part of a shock tactic advertisement the Church of England hopes will attract new worshippers this Easter.
Rob Jones, 46, from Halifax, West Yorks, who spent years living rough punctuated by time in prison before turning his life around, plays the central role in a short film modelled on a traditional passion play.
He appears alongside a former white witch who converted to Christianity and others in the video made as part of the Church’s “Just Pray” campaign.