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A different calling

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Issue: "2010 Election: The Governors," Oct. 23, 2010

I once heard this great story from a minister. He said, "You know, I would like to give my son $10 million but I can't because I don't have $10 million." Then he said, "You're here this morning because you want your children to have faith. How are you going to do that if you don't have it yourself?" And that's what I think has to happen in a movie. I cannot inspire others unless I am inspired. I don't know if it's my calling to inspire others or not, but it seems like the thing I most need to work. So I look for opportunities to be inspired. Then when I am, I try to share it.

Movies are such a powerful art form-in fact, they may be the most powerful art form humanity's ever come up with. It's a version of storytelling, but you are also able to use music and narrative and moving images, and you combine all of that to make people experience something collectively. One of Hollywood's greatest flaws is underestimating their audience-forgetting that the audience is full of heart and full of a desire for hope.

Q: What other mistakes do you see filmmakers, including up-and-coming Christian filmmakers, making in their approach to the art form?

If anything feels like it's a Sunday school lesson, that would drive me away from a theater, let alone someone who isn't disposed to the same viewpoint. When I go to the movies, I'm not looking to be exposed to somebody else's dogma. And when I make a movie I'm not looking to explain my intellectual arguments of faith to somebody else. Now I love doing that, I love having discussions with my friends about how faith impacts the way you see life, that's a discussion that always fascinates me. But in storytelling it's about the experience. My father once told me that people will remember almost nothing of what you tell them and only slightly more of what you do. But they will remember for the rest of their lives how you made them feel.
For a review of the film, see "When Disney was Disney."

Megan Basham
Megan Basham

Megan, a regular correspondent for WORLD News Group, is a writer and film critic living in Memphis, Tenn.. She is the author of Beside Every Successful Man: A Woman's Guide to Having It All.

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