An avid movie-goer, I have often decried the lack of morality in blockbuster films and longed for more substantive content in faith-based films. Hollywood is perpetually turning out trash and the Christian community counteracts with thinly veiled sermons. “Why,” I have often wondered, “can’t Christians create quality entertainment?”
The answer is perhaps that we are too concerned about getting our message across. The solution, then, must be films that don't preach but simply (gasp) tell a good story. I recently met two up-and-coming filmmakers who are intent on doing just that.
Chad Hawkins and James Chankin are the initiators of a new faith-based film division which will yield films with compelling plots and an undercurrent of Christian values. When I met Chad, both the movie lover and the investor in me were intrigued. As an investor, I thought his concept had profitability. Like me, I believe there are many God-fearing people would love to support films that reflect their values.
To test my theory, Windsor and I invited a few of our friends over for dinner so that Chad and James could pitch their concept. The group was largely receptive but the real prognostic will be the duo's inaugural project, an action-adventure movie entitled “Escape.” The film will be shot in Bangkok, Thailand in late November. Actor John Rhys-Davies, best known for his portrayal of Gimli in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, will star.