Posts By: Film and Religion

DOCUTAH screens ‘Prophet’s Prey’; film chronicles Warren Jeffs’ FLDS abuse of power

Dixie State University and the DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival will screen Prophet’s Prey at the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater in Springdale, Utah, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. The film, based on the New York Times best seller of the same name by private investigator Sam Brower, chronicles his 10-year investigation into the Fundamentalist Church of… Read more »

Heaven Trend In Books Is Now In Theaters

Hollywood is paying close attention to bestselling books about the afterlife, especially since last year’s film “Heaven is For Real” drew $100M at the box office. In September, Don Piper’s best-selling true story 90 Minutes In Heaven (Revell, 2004) will hit theaters starring Kate Bosworth (“Superman”) and Hayden Christensen (“Star Wars”). The book, which has… Read more »

Exhibit showcases Indiana Jones’ quest for the sacred

The exhibit “Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology,” at the National Geographic Museum until Jan. 3, features 100 carefully crafted film props alongside real archaeological finds. There’s the golden Ark of the Covenant from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” — the model for the container that housed the Ten Commandments, complete with two winged… Read more »

Thiedeman’s ‘Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls’ appeals to all audiences

A Catholic all-boys boarding school is an unlikely place for a red-haired, gay teenager to find unbridled acceptance, especially if he’s being bullied. Mark Thiedeman’s short art-house film, “Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls,” is a coming-of-age film that uses the opposing themes of pain and joy, religion and sex, bullying and personal freedom to illustrate that… Read more »

Unconditional – Atlanta Filmmaker Tackles LGBT Homelessness, Religion

Kent Igleheart is an Atlanta actor, but now he’s taking his turn behind the camera in his first short film called “Unconditional.” Igleheart said that one reason for the large number of homeless LGBT youths in the South is because of religion. In the film, though, Igleheart addresses religion from all sides. There’s Bradley, who… Read more »

MIFF 2015 critics campus review: The Volcano

Maria (Maria Mercedes Coroy) is a peasant farmer whose parents have arranged a marriage with the wealthy farm owner’s son, but Maria’s eyes are drawn to Pepe (Marvin Coroy), a lout who gets her pregnant. There’s a progressiveness to the matter-of-fact treatment of Maria choosing to have sex with Pepe, defying tradition and religion, but… Read more »

Bangistan

Description from IMDB: Bangistan is a whip smart and uproarious satire on fundamentalism and the story of two unlikely terrorists, the antitheses of each other, with a common destructive goal. Concerned by the unrest in the name of religion, Subcontinental leaders of Muslims and Hindus, the Imam and the Shankaracharya, announce that they’re attending the… Read more »