Skip to main content

Quit Calling Films 'Faith Based' - Christian Movie Makers/Producers Tells Viewers

       Scene from the 2016 movie, "God's Not Dead 2: He's Surely Alive." (Google)
Christian producers with years of experience working on religious movie projects have said they believe the term "faith-based" should no longer be used to describe films.

In an interview with Fox News, Mark Joseph, a producer who's worked in various roles for such films as "The Passion of the Christ," "Amazing Grace," and "Son of God," called the phrase faith-based an "odd term" that's unnecessary and could turn away potential patrons.

"For most Americans faith is a normal part of our lives, so it's only normal that faith is weaved into movies as it's weaved into most of our lives," said Joseph.

But the term, he added, "scares away both the marginally religious and the irreligious, and it's a signal to them that the story is going to be preachy and overbearing."

Fox News also found that sentiment shared by producer John Sullivan, whose credits include "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" and "America: Imagine a World Without Her."

"It diminishes the role of faith like it's [something] second-tier when a majority of Americans are still religious," Sullivan told Fox News.

"Having faith in God is not an extreme view but a very common one, so it should be natural for stories to incorporate that element without being sidelined."

The comments from Sullivan and Joseph on Fox News come not long after the cinematic release of the Pure Flix film "The Case for Christ." 

Based off of the Lee Strobel book of the same name, "The Case for Christ" portrayed a fictional retelling of Strobel's conversion from atheism to Christianity when he attempted to debunk the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

While not as commercially successful as other Pure Flix movies like "God's Not Dead", the movie about Strobel's conversion did receive many positive reviews, including a rare A+ audience grade on CinemaScore.

"The Case for Christ" also has a positive reception on Rotten Tomatoes, with its score as of Wednesday among critics being a "fresh" rating at 79 percent and an audience rating of 84 percent.

The producers' denunciation of the phrase faith-based film also comes as more Christianity-centered movies with big potential are being announced and planned.

In August 2016 The Christian Post reported that Mel Gibson confirmed in an interview with Pastor Greg Laurie at SoCal Harvest that he was planning to do a sequel to his blockbuster hit "The Passion of the Christ."

Last month, "The 700 Club" co-host Pat Robertson announced that he and actor Kevin Sorbo were also looking over potential scripts for a movie.

"Sorbo brought me some scripts so I just finished reading some scripts. I got one that I think would make a pretty good movie," said Robertson last month.

"I'm going to talk to Kevin to see what he thinks. We got to make some more movies. I mean, he's done a great job, and we need more."

Share your comments with us below!

Source: Christian Post


Popular posts from this blog

The Dynamic Family Group, The Showers Storms iTunes With Self-Titled Debut Album - "The Showers Family Group"

The Showers, the family gospel group first started getting regional attention in 2009 when their independent debut album Hear My Prayer, released. Since then, they have been honing their sound and working to build up a solid fan base that spreads far beyond their local area.

The first single, "Praise Your Way Through," which featured production from Bruce Robinson, Jr. (Justin Bieber, Fantasia, Joshua Rogers) and vocal production from GRAMMY award winner, Myron Butler (Tamela Mann, Marvin Sapp) and Shawn Willis, went all the way to the Top 30 on the Mediabase Gospel Songs Chart with an accumulative listening audience of over 1 million ears. 

Just after drumming up quite the buzz with their single "Better", The Showers have released their project in full. Their debut album is now available to purchase online as well as in stores today.

Hitting all major digital outlets, the project’s release is making a splash on social media.

Click Here To Purchase On iTunes.

VIDEO: Neville D - Pray Ft. Judith Sephuma & Patrick Duncan || @NevilleDMusic @Judith_sephuma @PstPDuncan || #SayNoToXenophobia

In April 2015, the xenophobic attacks spread to Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city. Locals were reportedly looting foreigners properties and attacking immigrants in general, forcing hundreds of migrants to relocate to police stations across the country. 

The Malawi authorities subsequently began repatriating their nationals, and a number of other foreign governments also announced that they would evacuate their citizens. As of April 19, at least six people have been killed in the attacks, and more than 300 people have been arrested.

Xenophobia in South Africa has awoken some kind of unrest across the globe which has burdened the renowned South African Gospel Artiste, Neville D to STAND UP and SPEAK UP to God and the people of South Africa to say NO to xenophobia as he teams up with other SA recording artistes, Judith Sephuma & Patrick Duncan.

South Africa is better than this. We are all Africans!
Watch Full Video Here - Pray Ft. Judith Sephuma & Patrick Duncan 

What is X…

Pst. Chingtok Ishaku & Nathaniel Bassey Collaborate on 'Judah's Lion' || @chingtokpastor @nathanielblow

''It’s a new era, a new turn in the tides of journey as a nation steeped deep in the ashes of partisanship, corruption, bad governance and a host of other vices.

We mark an end to the reign of terror over Nigeria, we hear the echo of a sound from Judah, the roar of the Lion, declaring the rise of a new sun upon every heart, it’s the day of His power.'' ~ Pst. Chingtok Ishaku & Nathaniel Bassey