Posts Categorized: Pointers to Blog Posts

New faith-based films tone down religion, amp up star power

For some filmgoers, hearing a movie described as “faith-based” makes it a must-see. But just as many others find the term a turn-off. To reach audiences beyond the Christian churchgoers that generally propel the genre, some producers of faith-based films are ramping up the star power and tamping down the evangelical messages. The latest example… Read more »

Religion and Film podcast with S. Brent Plate

From the The Religious Studies Project This week’s podcast features Chris speaking with S. Brent Plate at the recent XXI World Congress of the IAHR in Erfurt. The interview begins with Plate’s personal research journey into this relatively young field, charting the history of the field in the process. Discussion then turns to the key… Read more »

‘Best Faith Film You Haven’t Heard of’ THE SONG Finds New Accolades

City on a Hill Studio’s THE SONG was honored by the Gospel Music Association with an “Inspirational Film of the Year” nomination at the upcoming Dove Awards. The award announcement arrives as the film prepares to make its world television debut, Friday August 14, on EPIX Network. A music-driven romantic drama that is an authentic,… Read more »

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 »