Phil Boatwright Gives Upcoming Faith-Based Movies and DVDs That Redeem Cinematic Art

Do You Believe

In my grandfather’s day, going to the movies was a sin. Indeed, when movies first came on the scene, Christian leaders believed this new art form would lead their flocks to fallow fields. Ironically, now more than ever that view has merit.

Contemporary films and television aim at our baser instincts and serve to promote secularism over religious substance, many viewers believe.

Fortunately, there are still those who use cinema and television to suggest the omniscient stature of God and the need for us to explore the most lasting component of the human makeup — the spiritual.

Three films are among such offerings this month, including cinema and DVDs. Additionally, CNN is airing a series on Jesus.

Do You Believe? follows a handful of characters’ personal journeys through lives riddled with problems all too familiar with our own.

While most blockbuster wannabes avoid the subject of the soul altogether, this movie successfully addresses the subject artistically and emotionally. The common theme of securing a spiritual equilibrium is handled convincingly in this set of intertwining stories.

How wonderful to see veteran acting pros such as Mira Sorvino, Cybil Shepherd, Lee Majors, Robert Forrester, Delroy Lindo and Ted McGinley in a film about the need for faith. It is something sorely missed in most faith-based productions — actors who have mastered emotional range. This movie proves that a movie containing spiritual values can be done effectively when producers employ those who know how to tell a story and those who know how to act it out.

From the producers of “God’s Not Dead,” Do You Believe? opens in theaters March 20.

Where Was God? This 89-minute documentary concerning the destruction caused by tornadoes that ripped through Moore, Okla., and Joplin, Mo., in 2013 will have a limited theatrical release in mid-March before being released on DVD May 1st.

Though this is a difficult film to view because of the sadness and grief portrayed, it’s importance lies in its presentation of issues such as sacrifice, salvation, love, guilt, anger, devastation and bonding with our fellowman. The production will move us and cause us to appreciate not only “what” we have, but “who” we have.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Phil Boatwright