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Homeschoolers Launch Alternative to Film School and Hollywood

Posted by Job on March 2, 2008

My note: I have long criticized Christians that complain about the losing the culture war are hypocrites. Why? Because they DO NOT do things like this. It is also interesting that they are following the lead of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, who exposed these religious right phonies for what they were by making two movies, Flywheel (the better of the two) and Facing The Giants (also pretty good), for less than $150,000 apiece using local talent – including church members – and the same equipment that they use to film their services. That is right, Sherwood Baptist made two movies, one of which was distributed by Sony and made $13.5 million dollars (of which its maker and the church received virtually none, though it did result in a distribution deal for the church’s subsequent movies, one of which is filming right now) for a tiny percentage of the money that these people that can be described by using the preferred term of Melvin Jones (though I myself personally refrain) throw away on SOME of their fancy cars, homes, furs, diamonds, ANTIQUE TOILETS (Joyce Meyer), and some of the other types of things that appear in the Charles Grassley megapreacher investigation (which I initially did not support but was convinced that it did involve abuse of the 501c3 laws, which churches should not be submitting to state regulation under in the first place). Even better: A FRACTION of the hundreds of millions that is raised and spent in all of these “reclaiming America” religious right political activities, including the $1 million that was raised for Mike Huckabee’s FAILED presidential campaign in Kenneth Copeland’s pulpit, COULD BE USED TO PRODUCE AND DISTRIBUTE DOZENS OF QUALITY CHRISTIAN FILMS A YEAR! Now I do have some issues with Patrick Henry College that I will not go into, but they nonetheless are demonstrating by their own works how the religious right is nothing but a spiritual deception. Just about the only conservatives that have actually done something other than use the culture wars as an extortion racket are Philip Anschutz, the Colorado billionaire that has produced several family – oriented major motion pictures, and Oregon billionaire Robert Pamplin, who produced children’s videos. Even there, Anschutz’s movies do not reflect or support Christianity in any sense (even the amorphous “Christian values”), and Pamplin’s videos, including most notably Bibleman (whom Pamplin sold off to Thomas Nelson, the venerable Bible publishing house now owned by a secular company) were only marketed to Christians. Now I am not holding this against all Christians, for if there is a case that the Bible commands Christians to make and distribute movies, you will have to find someone else to make it. (I only propose that the Bible certainly does not FORBID such a thing, and that if done correctly it can win people to Jesus Christ and edify the faithful. IF done correctly, as The Passion Of The Christ and virtually anything produced by TBN’s film studio would not qualify.) I am only speaking of the people whose (VERY LUCRATIVE) profession has been to tell everyone about how Hollywood is perverting the world for the past 30 years. You liars, thieves, frauds, sinners, generation of vipers, woe unto you for Patrick Henry College, despite all of their problems, is exposing you for what you are!

Homeschoolers Launch Alternative to Film School and Hollywood

Homeschoolers Launch Alternative to Film School and Hollywood
by Press Release : Feb 29, 2008 : Advent Film Group, Christian Newswire adventfilmgroup.com/Home.html

“We are training students who will one-day direct big-budget films with moral integrity and fidelity to a Biblical worldview.”

Come What May filmAdvent Film Group (AFG), a new film company founded by homeschoolers recently completed “pickup” filming of their first movie, Come What May in Purcellville, Virginia. The movie has garnered wide attention because it features Patrick Henry College (PHC), a national powerhouse in debate and moot court competition. The movie centers on two PHC students who battle to overturn Roe v. Wade at the National Moot Court Championship. They are coached by Dr. Michael Farris, the real-life founder and Chancellor of PHC and a high-profile homeschooling advocate. This is the first of five movies planned by Advent.

With a cast/crew of 40 homeschooled students led by film professionals, AFG’s movies are similar to Facing The Giants in scale, budget, and aspirations. AFG’s national network of supporters, now several hundred homeschooling families strong (and growing); will help promote the film’s release in late Spring 2008.

Homeschooled students and their parents, interested in rebuilding culture for Christ in cinema, have sought out AFG as an alternative to film school. “This fulfills part of AFG’s mission,” says Ex-Discovery executive and AFI producing fellow George Escobar, a homeschooling dad. “We are training students who will one-day direct big-budget films with moral integrity and fidelity to a Biblical worldview.”

Unlike film schools where students pay large tuitions to make short or student films, AFG productions are feature-length from the start, giving the completed film immediate market value. AFG actually pays college students a small stipend even as they are trained, earn professional credits, and receive profit-participation points.

Escobar explains, “We’re doing this because film schools aren’t working sufficiently for Christian filmmakers.” Escobar claims, “The status-quo is clearly broken, otherwise big-budget faith-based or Christian-authored movies like Amazing Grace or Narnia would be directed by Christian directors, unless you finance the film yourself as Mel Gibson had to do for Passion of the Christ.”

AFG is also building a movie distribution system from within the homeschooling, pro-life/pro-family communities. Rather than sharing film revenues strictly with traditional distributors, AFG seeks to channel movie revenue into Christian and family-based organizations. Escobar remarks: “Homeschoolers have already successfully turned the public education monopoly upside down; we will now do the same in cinema production and distribution.”

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Islamic Jesus Movie: From Iran With Love! How Long Before TBN Airs It?

Posted by Job on January 14, 2008

Note: please see Trinity Broadcasting Network Tries To Merge Islam And Christianity! for the justification of my TBN comment in the title.

‘Islamic Jesus’ hits Iranian movie screens

16 hours ago TEHRAN (AFP) — A director who shares the ideas of Iran’s hardline president has produced what he says is the first film giving an Islamic view of Jesus Christ, in a bid to show the “common ground” between Muslims and Christians.

Nader Talebzadeh sees his movie, “Jesus, the Spirit of God,” as an Islamic answer to Western productions like Mel Gibson’s 2004 blockbuster “The Passion of the Christ,” which he praised as admirable but quite simply “wrong”.

“Gibson’s film is a very good film. I mean that it is a well-crafted movie but the story
is wrong — it was not like that
,” he said, referring to two key differences: Islam sees Jesus as a prophet, not the son of God, and does not believe he was crucified. Talebzadeh said he even went to Gibson’s mansion in Malibu, California, to show him his film. “But it was Sunday and the security at the gate received the film and the brochure and promised to deliver it,” though the Iranian never heard back. (Wonder why two guys that reject the Bible for tradition and both hate Jews cannot get along.)

Even in Iran, “Jesus, The Spirit of God” had a low-key reception, playing to moderate audiences in five Tehran cinemas during the holy month of Ramadan, in October. The film, funded by state broadcasting, faded off the billboards but is far from dead, about to be recycled in a major 20 episode spin-off to be broadcast over state-run national television this year.

Talebzadeh insists it aims to bridge differences between Christianity and Islam (this means that he wants to use it to convert Christians into Islam, not a difficult task since lots of white new age emergent and black nationalist Christians are just about there already) despite the stark divergence from Christian doctrine about Christ’s final hours on earth. (Please note that Rick Warren is hindered by these details, see this link about how Warren and many emergent church leaders are working to “unite” Muslims and Christians just like TBN by practicing capitulation rather than evangelism.)

“It is fascinating for Christians to know that Islam gives such devotion to and has so much knowledge about Jesus,” Talebzadehtold AFP. (TBN liar Jeremiah Cummings, who claims that Muslims can go to heaven by following what the Koran says about Him and do not need to bother with the Bible because they will be killed for possessing it in Muslim countries, has told us this already. Good thing that the early church did not listen to people like Cummings.)

“By making this film I wanted to make a bridge between Christianity and Islam, to open the door for dialogue since there is much common ground between Islam and Christianity,” he said. The director is also keen to emphasise the links between Jesus and one of the most important figures in Shiite Islam, the Imam Mahdi, said to have disappeared 12 centuries ago but whose “return” to earth has been a key tenet of the Ahmadinejad presidency.

Talebzadeh made his name making documentaries about Iran’s 1980-1988 war against Iraq, an important genre in the country’s post-revolutionary cinema. But
such weighty themes, and his latest film on Jesus, compete with domestic gangster thrillers and sugary boy-meets-girl love stories, the movies that continue to draw the biggest audiences in the Islamic Republic.

The bulk of “Jesus, the Spirit of God”, which won an award at the 2007 Religion Today Film Festival in Italy, faithfully follows the traditional tale of Jesus as recounted in the New Testament Gospels (which actually makes it more biblical than “The Passion of the Christ, which was 80% Roman Catholic tradition and the false visions of Roman Catholic mystic nun Katherine Emmerich that, typical of Roman Catholicism, opposes the Bible), a narrative reproduced in the Koran and accepted by Muslims.

But in Talebzadeh’s movie, God saves Jesus, depicted as a fair-complexioned
man
(the Mormon’s Quetzalcoatl Jesus as opposed to the actual Jewish Jesus … see Mormons and Muslims United Oh My What A Surprise) with long hair and a beard, from crucifixion and takes him straight to heaven. “It is frankly said in the Koran that the person who was crucified was not Jesus” but Judas, one of the 12 Apostles and the one the Bible holds betrayed Jesus to the Romans, he said. (Yes, and we Christians are supposed to just toss aside our Bible for the Koran. Then again, he probably knows that Christians do have a long proud history of discarding the Bible and is wondering why Christians are being so hypocritically selective in this matter.) In his film, it is Judas who is crucified.

Islam sees Jesus as one of five great prophets — others being Noah, Moses and Abraham — sent to earth to announce the coming of Mohammed, the final prophet who spread the
religion of Islam. It respects Jesus’ followers as “people of the book”. Iran has tens of thousands of its own Christians who are guaranteed religious freedoms under the constitution — mainly Armenians, though their numbers have fallen sharply since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. (Oh gee, I wonder why.)

Every Christmas, Ahmadinejad and other officials lose no time in sending greetings to Christian leaders including the pope on what they describe as the “auspicious birthday of Jesus Christ, Peace Be Upon Him (PBUH).” (First of all, please note that Islam has no problem celebrating Christmas. Neither do a great many Jews, for that matter. It is THE RESURRECTION that gives them problems: see Acts 4. It is THE RESURRECTION that proved Jesus Christ’s deity. Please note that the original ending of “The Passion Of The Christ” did not mention the resurrection; it was added later after Mel Gibson consulted with PROTESTANTS. According to Mormon doctrine, Islam should be accepted as another Christian denomination incidentally.) In this year’s message, Ahmadinejad said that “peace, friendship and justice will be attained wherever the guidelines of Jesus Christ (PBUH) are realised in the world.” (Jesus Christ said that He came not to bring peace but a sword. But hey, now we see why Christian liberals would rather have dinner with the Taliban than with Will Metzger.)

Shiite Muslims, the majority in Iran, believe Jesus will accompany the Imam Mahdi when he reappears in a future apocalypse to save the world. And Talebzadeh said the TV
version of his film will further explore the links between Jesus and the Mahdi — whose return Ahmadinejad has said his government, which came to power in 2005, is working to hasten. (Their version is no less Biblical than Mary the eternal virgin or than Christian liberal process theology.)

Shiites believe the Mahdi’s reappearance will usher in a new era of peace and harmony. (In no small part because all non – Muslims will be dead. In fairness, Christians believe the same. It is also fair to point out that certain dispensational apocalyptic evangelicals like Pat Robertson, John Hagee, and “gates of hell” insane MIKE HUCKABEE are no different from the Iranian president in that they are trying to pave the way for the return of their Jesus by causing all sorts of violence and strife in the world.)

“We Muslims pray for the ‘Return’ (of Imam Mahdi) and Jesus is part of the return and the end of time,” Talebzadeh said. “Should we, as artists, stand idle until that time? Don’t we have to make an effort?” (The same rationale for Council On Foreign Relations Sun Myung Moon dirty money flowing through his pockets Tim LaHaye’s writing “Left Behind”, which like “The Passion Of The Christ” probably conforms even less to what is actually in the Bible than this Muslim Jesus movie.)

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The Jesus Movie

Posted by Job on December 16, 2007

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