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The Ministry of Motion Pictures Podcast
33 minutes | 3 months ago
Gear Up For Your Micro-budget Indie Film with Joseph Palma of B&H
We are living in a very exciting time to be a filmmaker. An industrious filmmaker can build a powerful production package of equipment for very little money. But where do you begin? There are so many options, and so many pitfalls, that if you’re not a gear head, you can easily get lost and spend money on things you don’t need or can’t use. I have invited Joseph Palma of B&H Photo & Video to help us navigate the gear landscape.
48 minutes | 4 months ago
No Shame Filmmaking with John Grooters
John Grooters is a Michigan-based filmmaker who has traveled the world making films and media content that promotes the Gospel of Jesus Christ, with Paul’s conviction expressed in Romans 1:16 -- no shame. John produces a wide variety of productions, and has created films about persecuted Christians for Voice of the Martyrs, including the docudrama Tortured for Christ which is based on the biography of VOM’s founder, Richard Wurmbrand.
41 minutes | 5 months ago
Mutiny Pictures: A New Kid on the Block with Colleen Butler & Ben Yennie
We have an exciting episode today, and one that may be marking a very interesting development in the film industry. Would you ever consider a faith filmmaker a voice of diversity? Well, it is, at least for a new independent film company called Mutiny Pictures. Mutiny is a new effort founded by Colleen Butler and Producer Ben Yennie, who was my guest on this podcast back in April.Ben has been focused on helping independent filmmakers navigate the shark infested waters of Hollywood, and now he is taking the next step by forming a company that will develop, market and distribute their own projects. Colleen was part of the marketing effort of The Passion of the Christ. She’s spent many years working in marketing and development, and now she’s Head of Development at Mutiny.In this episode we’ll spend some time getting to know Colleen, talking with her about the marketing campaign for Passion, and then Ben joins us to talk about Mutiny Pictures.
53 minutes | 5 months ago
Media On Mission with Stephanie Quick
I love filmmakers who are bold and think outside of the box. My guest, Stephanie Quick is a producer who has done just that. In fact, in the past 7 years she and her nimble team of missions workers have produced 8 movies, armed with DSLR’s and Black Magic Pocket cameras, with their studios based in home bomb shelters in the Golan Heights.The organization is called Frontier Alliance International, founded by Dalton Thomas. They are a strategic aid effort, and a missional media production company. Their films are, what I would characterize as, cinematic documentaries, and they are available to watch on Youtube for free. Their film that caught my eye was Sheep Among Wolves II which is about the explosive growth of the church in Iran. It has been watched over 600,000 times.They produce numerous podcasts covering Middle Eastern issues, and they offer video Bible teaching that focuses on Israel, prophecy, and eschatology.
44 minutes | 6 months ago
Shepherding Ideas & Talent with Ben Howard
Ben Howard was the driving force behind Sony Provident for a great many years, and has recently formed his own media company called Third Coast Content. Some little known facts about Ben, he began his career as an intern for Josh McDowell, and Ben is a weather buff and has been a storm chaser who has chased tornadoes. I think that has something to do with his success in the film business.In this episode, Ben and I talk about his experience in faith-based filmmaking in the past 20 years and what is happening with his new endeavor, where he sees his role as a shepherd of ideas and talent.
76 minutes | 6 months ago
Dare to Critique with a Few Jokes Along the Way with Kevin McCreary
We have a fun episode here with my guest, Kevin McCreary, the young man behind the YouTube Channel -- Say Goodnight Kevin. Kevin is, what I would call, an entertaining film critiquer. You heard me right -- not a film critic -- a film critiquer. Kevin is like a good script doctor who has a keen eye to tell your story back to you in order to point out it’s weaknesses, problems, and strengths.And, what’s more, Kevin is wildly entertaining.Film criticism is, generally, not very exciting stuff for the average person. Our relationship to film critics is the same as our relationship to Consumer Reports. It’s rare to find entertaining film criticism. Remember the TV show Siskel and Ebert? Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert were both informative and entertaining, not because they were fun, but because they were serious -- and they were often pitted against each other on merits of a film. They were far more entertaining when they disagreed.Kevin McCreary is serious and fun. You’re always guaranteed some laughs as he unwinds the film to offer his keen insight and constructive criticism -- and I emphasize constructive because he’s doesn’t just criticize films, he is instructive.His motto is -- “Holding Christian films to the same standards as Hollywood.”As I’ve said in previous episodes, the faith-based film genre needs good film critics in order for it to grow and thrive. Kevin stands among the best.
67 minutes | 7 months ago
Reaching the Rising Aspirational Audience with Andy Peterson
Andy Peterson is Senior Creative Media Executive of Aspiration Entertainment where he has helped launch dozens of feature films and series projects. He is also leading Aspirations documentary initiative called Docs/ology, and in 2012 he founded the Justice Film Festival which is held in NYC every November.Aspiration has a unique grid that they use in developing and marketing projects. While they do aim projects at a faith-based market, their target audience is a lesser known, yet potentially larger consumer that they identify as the “rising aspirational audience.” This audience includes much of the faith-based audience, but also reaches those who feel they are not being serviced by the existing dimensions of faith-based media.
70 minutes | 7 months ago
The Collision of Content and Consumer for Impact with Bob Elder
My guest is Bob Elder, the Chief Impact Officer of Collide Media Group which specializes in helping creatives bring their projects to market through marketing, branding and partnerships. They’ve worked for film projects such as Hacksaw Ridge, Overcomer, I Still Believe, and Apollo 11.Bob has been working in Christian retail and marketing for decades, and has seen the faith-based market develop into what it is today. He has weathered many dramatic changes, including the demise of brick-and-morter Christian stores, and with all of his experience, he has developed a keen sense of today’s market.
49 minutes | 7 months ago
An Insiders Guide to the New World of Indie Producing with Ben Yennie
My guest in this episode is Ben Yennie, the founder and CEO of Guerrilla Rep. Media, which is a consulting firm for media producers, helping them with business planning, financing, distribution and marketing. The Mission of Guerrilla Rep media is To Help Filmmakers build more sustainable companies from their projects.bI invited Ben to talk about the changes we’re experiencing in the film marketplace and to speak directly to the needs of faith-based filmmakers. But whether you’re in the faith-based arena or not, Ben offers a lot of valuable insight to independent filmmakers.
54 minutes | 7 months ago
A Reel History of Faith in Cinema with Tyler Smith
I love film history. Last year I interviewed Dr Terry Lindvall who wrote two in depth books on the history of Christian film. Today’s guest, professor, critic and podcaster, Tyler Smith, has also contributed to the study of Christian film history, not with a book, but with a wonderful documentary called REEL REDEMPTION. What I appreciate about Smith’s film is that he identifies patterns and motivations for each period of film history, and provides his own commentary on their merits and flaws. And at the end, he gives Christian filmmakers a call to action, which comes from one of the leading figures in the French New Wave, Jean Luc Godard. I absolutely loved this documentary. It is far from exhaustive. You might find some things missing from it, but this is not it’s purpose. It’s meant to put Christian film as a movement into an accessible and easy to understand perspective to help Christian filmmakers know where they are and see their way forward to becoming a movement that can cinematically contend with the best.
44 minutes | 8 months ago
Faith & Grit in Indie Production with Doug Vail and Reed Lackey
How do you survive losing your lead actor half way through a production, in a difficult location, with half your production budget spent, and it’s your own money, AND it’s your debut film? This is what Douglas James Vail, and his screenwriter Reed Lackey, are here to tell us about on their production of 40: The Temptation of Christ, which released last week.This was only the beginning of the challenges they would face. One of the most important lessons to learn from these men of faith, is that, when crises arise that threaten the project itself, we can let our challenges make us bitter and give up, or we can face the setbacks as God’s opportunities, and move forward with grace, grit and hard work. Doug and Reed are as passionate about their film as the lessons God taught them in the trenches running a challenging production.
25 minutes | 8 months ago
Making 40: The Temptation of Christ with Douglas James Vail & Reed Lackey
My guests are the filmmakers behind 40: The Temptation of Christ, which will release tomorrow. Tuesday April 8th. This Douglas James Vail’s directorial debut, and he joins me with the screenwriter, Reed Lackey.Very often, the production behind the film is as dramatic and interesting as the film itself. It can also be very instructive. Making an independent film is no easy task, whether Christian or not. They attempted to crowdfund it’s budget -- but it was unsuccessful. They would have to finance the film themselves.This was only the beginning of the challenges they would face. One of the most important lessons to learn from these men of faith, is that, when crises arise that threaten the project itself, we can let our challenges make us bitter and give up, or we can face the setbacks with grace and hard work. Doug and Reed are as passionate about their film as the lessons they learned in the trenches about running a troubled production with grace and dignity.
54 minutes | 8 months ago
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 world has written numerous books on the larger Asian film industry and teaches it at Lancaster University in the UK. He’s been with us before -- his name is Dr. Gary Bettinson.
53 minutes | 8 months ago
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 filmmakers to survive and thrive independently. There’s a wealth of hard won information packed into these pages.
36 minutes | 9 months ago
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 launched an indie film streaming service called IFHTV, and he makes independent films, his latest was shot during the Sundance film festival and released this past January called On The Corner of Ego and Desire.If ever there was a time for Christian filmmakers to cultivate a fierce independent filmmaking spirit -- it’s now. And one of the most accessible, and generous indie filmmakers who is marching in advance of the frontlines of contemporary filmmaking, showing us what to do and what not to do, is my guest -- a man who defines the hustle of indie filmmaking -- his name is Alex Ferrari.
36 minutes | 9 months ago
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 Chosen is self-distributed outside of the conventional channels. It’s free to watch on The Chosen app, with a pay it forward plan to finance it. Not only is it a unique series, it is forging a unique distribution model, and perhaps a model that will become more normal in the coming years.
32 minutes | 10 months ago
Travelogues to the World Church with Tim Keesee
Tim Keesee is the executive producer, and host, of the documentary series of videos Dispatches from the Front. In this ever growing series, Tim takes us on a tour to visit pastors and congregations of churches throughout the world in gospel-deprived regions. Tim talks about how the series of videos got started and what he and his filmmaking partner, Peter Hansen, have planned for the future.
46 minutes | a year ago
The New Hollywood Cinema of the 60's & 70's with Dr. Gary Bettinson
Dr. Gary Bettinson, a lecturer in film studies from Lancaster University in the UK is with me to talk about an era of film history that is often overlooked, especially by someone like me because -- this the era of cinema I grew up in. It’s called the New Hollywood Cinema, and stretches from the late 60’s into the 70’s. These were the days before the age of the blockbuster, and it’s a very interesting period that made significant contributions to the history of cinema. You might consider it to be the American response to the French New Wave. The key directors of the period include Sidney Lumet, Richard Donner, Arthur Penn, Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby, Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Polanski, Steven Spielberg, and even George Lucas.
23 minutes | a year ago
The Reel Deal Guys Indie Film Duo with Rafael Kalamat and Jason Barbeck
My guests in this episode are the filmmaking duo of Rafael Kalamat and Jason Barbeck. Both are actors, writers, directors and producers. Together they formed a production company called The Reel Deal Guys and produced their first feature film, Adam’s Testament. Rafael and Jason are also the ORGANIZERS of the Canadian International Faith and Family Film Festival, known as CIFF, which I spoke with them about in the previous episode.In this episode Rafael and Jason talk about the realities of producing films for the Christian marketplace. In spite of the struggles, these two filmmakers face the challenges with joy and expectation.
24 minutes | a year ago
The Canadian International Faith & Family Film Festival with Rafael Kalamat & Jason Barbeck
At only 4-years-old, The Canadian International Faith & Family Film Festival is fast becoming a significant player among Christian film festivals, and inside of Canada, it is the one to attend. It's held every Fall in Toronto on the coat tails of TIFF (The Toronto Film Festival.)The festival is the work of two Christian filmmakers, Rafael Kalamat and Jason Barbeck. They are my guests on this episode.
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