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A CHRISTIAN NEW WAVE?

Excellent Storytelling, Creative Cinematics,
and Rightly Handling the Word of Truth.

Advancing the Art of Christian Cinema by Encouraging, Educating, and Equipping Christian Filmmakers

“…the ‘New Wave’ is neither a movement, nor a school, nor a group, it’s a quality

 Francois Truffault 1961

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A Primer on Hong Kong Cinema with Dr. Gary Bettinson

A Primer on Hong Kong Cinema with Dr. Gary Bettinson

It’s back to film history class today as we travel east to look at the third largest movie industry in the world. It’s a cinematic culture which produced one of my favorite film directors, Wong Kar-Wai, and that is the Hong Kong Cinema. Our guide into this cinematic...

The Filmtrepreneur Alex Ferrari

The Filmtrepreneur Alex Ferrari

Indie Film Hustler Alex Ferrari is with me again in part 2 of my interview with him. In this episode we talk about his new bookThe Filmtrepreneur -- which you need to get into your hands. The Filmtrepreneur is a detailed, and well organized, business plan for...

The Indie Film Hustler with Alex Ferrari

The Indie Film Hustler with Alex Ferrari

My guest in this episode is not a faith-based filmmaker, but he is an independent filmmaking force -- a hustler (as he calls himself). He runs a highly respected indie film website called INDY FILM HUSTLE, which I have been following for many years. He recently...

The Making of The Chosen with Dallas Jenkins

The Making of The Chosen with Dallas Jenkins

Dallas Jenkins is the director behind The Chosen, an episodic series on the life of Christ as told through the eyes of others, namely, the “chosen.” The series recently finished 8 episodes for the first season, and Dallas and his team are beginning work on season 2....

“The motion picture camera, like the printing press, is a gift from God. We can use it for God’s purpose.”

 James K. Friedrich in the 1930’s

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Rise of the Filmtrepreneur Book Review

Rise of the Filmtrepreneur Book Review

Wouldn't it be nice to have a Hollywood studio financing your film, a big distributor who wants to release your film into a thousand cinemas, or Sundance to feature your film? Sure, this would be nice, but you don't need these things to make a film that generates...

The Chosen available to watch for FREE through the month of March

The Chosen available to watch for FREE through the month of March

Because people are now sheltering in their homes during the Covid-19 pandemic, Dallas Jenkins and The Chosen team have made The Chosen available to watch for free through the end of March. Watch Dallas' announcement in the video. Click the link below to get the app....

A Hidden Life featured at SundayCinema.org

A Hidden Life featured at SundayCinema.org

Terrence Malick's highly acclaimed film "A Hidden Life" will be the subject of a panel discussion at Sunday Cinema this Sunday at 8pm EDT. Sunday Cinema is an event that curates live conversations with filmmakers and culturally-minded folks to help audiences engage...

MUST HAVE BOOKS FOR CHRISTIAN CINEPHILES

The only book for independent filmmakers in our changing world of cinema.

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The fascinating origins of the Christian film history. What we wrestle with today has been dealt with in the past.

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How we got where we are today in the Christian film industry.

Writing, directing, acting — it’s all here. Most every book that has followed has only complicated and encumbered the writer and filmmaker. If it was good enough for Stanley Kubrick…

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Vanhoozer’s first chapter reads like a manifesto for Christian filmmakers

MOST POPULAR PODCAST EPISODES

A Sacred Aesthetic with Brett McCracken

A Sacred Aesthetic with Brett McCracken

This is part 2 of my interview with Brett McCracken, senior editor of The Gospel Coalition, who oversees the content related to culture and the arts. Brett is a Wheaton grad, and has a degree from...

Cinematic Revolution of the French New Wave

Cinematic Revolution of the French New Wave

We’re going to do something a little different in this episode. We’re going to get a practical crash course on The French New Wave. I know some of you are asking, "Why?" But the reason is simple....

The Drama of Doctrine with Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer

The Drama of Doctrine with Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer

Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer discusses how the dramatic nature of doctrine can be a helpful framework in the creation of Christian films. This metaphorical guide opens a door for filmmakers to use the artistic strengths of our cinematic medium to envision profound displays of...

The Need for Truth-likeness & Cinematic Craftsmanship

The Need for Truth-likeness & Cinematic Craftsmanship

What are some core values that Christian filmmakers should strive for in their work? According to Dr. Mark Coppenger, who supervises the doctoral program in Aesthetic Theology at SBTS, two of those values should be "truth-likeness" and cinematic craftsmanship. SHOW...

A Decade in Christian Film – Screenwriter Sean Paul Murphy

A Decade in Christian Film – Screenwriter Sean Paul Murphy

"I started off making Christian films, and I ended up making 'faith-based' films." Sean Paul Murphy has been writing Christian films for more than a decade. He's seen the good, the bad and the ugly of this industry. As Sean walks us through his career, he provides us...

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