Posts By: Film and Religion

God’s Not Dead 2: New Trailer Stars Melissa Joan Hart in Eastertime Christian Drama Movie

As an upcoming movie starring actress and director Melissa Joan Hart as a Christian teacher who is forced before a judge for answering a question about Jesus in the classroom, “God’s Not Dead 2: He’s Surely Alive” tackles several ethical and freedom of religion dilemmas facing society today. In the movie, the principal and superintendent… Read more »

Christian Filmmakers Question YouTube’s Decision To Remove Video About Religious Persecution

Film director and producer Josh Troester is asking why YouTube removed his short movie about the persecution of Christians. According to the filmmaker, YouTube took down his work because it is inappropriate and violates the site’s policies. Troester’s film, titled “Chased,” is a 30-minute movie that centers on a Christian family. Since the protagonists live… Read more »

‘Spotlight’ Shows a Community at Its Worst, and Journalism at Its Best

The team discovers that child abuse at the hands of God’s self-appointed disciples is no secret. In fact, it is widely known among Boston’s politicians, prosecutors, and other powerful parishioners who knew or suspected the prevalence of sexual crimes committed by priests against children but chose not to speak out. Their fear of spiritual and… Read more »

Where We Stand – The Mormon Feminists Fighting for Women’s Right to Join the Priesthood

Kristine Stolakis is a San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker who wants to make the world a better place. In a culture saturated with irony, Stolakis is a refreshing wellspring of sincerity; there is nothing cynical about her work. Before embarking on a graduate degree in documentary film at Stanford, she studied cultural anthropology at NYU and… Read more »

Films That Explored Religious Abuses Won Big at the Academy Awards

Tonight’s winners at the 88th annual Academy Awards included a couple of films that exposed the worst practices within certain religious communities. Spotlight, the film about Boston Globe reporters who uncovered the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal, took home awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay…. But perhaps the most understated win came in… Read more »

Review: The Witch

Evil lurks in the shadows throughout the film, with mention of “Satan” trying to sabotage the family’s farm. Classic symbolism gives “The Witch” a fairytale feel with a twist, like something from the Brothers Grimm. Think less Snow White, more creepy Norwegian folk tales. The film’s eerie religious tones are enough to get your skin… Read more »

Religion and Social Change on Film: A Time for Burning (@Yale)

A Time for Burning Bill Jersey USA, 1967 Discussion with Bill Jersey, the director of the film, and Judith Weisenfeld, Princeton University Moderated by Briallen Hopper, Yale University Presented with Films at the Whitney, the program in American Studies, the department of African American studies, the department of religious studies, the Film Studies Program, and… Read more »

Melissa Mathison dies at 65; screenwriter of ‘Kundun’

Mathison’s film credits also include “The Black Stallion” (1979), “The Escape Artist” (1982) and “The Indian in the Cupboard” (1995). “Kundun” (1997), a movie about the Dalai Lama’s childhood and growth into a young man, reflected her decades-long interest in Tibet. She received an Oscar nomination for her work on Steven Spielberg’s “E.T.,” which was… Read more »