From the Christian Newswire.
“Hundreds of culture changers will be gathering in San Antonio on October 22-24 to discuss a replacement industry for Hollywood as part of the Third Annual Christian Filmmakers Academy. The Academy, a project of Vision Ministries is designed to give Christian filmmakers the nuts-and-bolts skills to succeed in creating films for the glory of God.
“In the past, Christian filmmakers who have grown up with Hollywood have been prone to create culturally poisonous and financially wasteful films,” noted Doug Phillips, president of Vision Forum Ministries and founder of the Christian Filmmakers Academy. “While desiring to be different from Hollywood, they’ve tended to unwittingly default to the destructive Tinseltown trends in structuring their projects.”
“Today’s filmmakers need some historical perspective,” remarked Geoff Botkin, a seasoned filmmaker and faculty member of the 2007 Christian Filmmakers Academy. “In the late 1920s, the Hays Code committed Hollywood filmmakers to the responsibility of producing films that would be ‘directly responsible for spiritual or moral progress, for higher types of social life, and for much correct moral thinking.’
“In departing from this responsibility, the modern cinema industry has departed from both culturally uplifting and intellectually stimulating content,” Botkin explained. “Habitual movie-goers have been compromised mentally as well as morally. Almost by default, the current Hollywood industry reinforces this feeblemindedness with each studio project. Sadly, many Christian filmmakers who aspire to make superior films have sought to do so on this bankrupt foundation.”
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