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Faith and Film II
Faith and Film II: The (bright) future of faith-friendly films - and filmmaking is a Special Report prepared by The Washington Times Special Sections Department with Mastermedia International and Bryan Hickox Pictures Inc.
On July 16, 1988, Hollywood and American media changed forever. On this day, Lankershim Boulevard, which connects Universal Studios to the freeways, was not just busy, it was gridlocked. Some 25,000 people had gathered outside the gates of the studio in the largest protest in the history of Tinseltown.
In the Broadway megahit "Hamilton," Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison meet together to decide on foundational policies that would still have major ramifications today... and all behind closed doors.
The Lone Ranger would have been proud. Appearing out of nowhere but just in the nick of time 12 years ago, a modern-day crusader helped others breathe a sigh of relief. His assistance has since morphed into an important friendship, and a working relationship between conservative Christians and Orthodox Jews.
Hollywood and the mainstream media have put aside faith-based and wholesome entertainment way too often, making it difficult for viewers to have access to quality films and TV content that encourages faith and elevates family values.
The relationship between the "church" and the "media" has been a strange and storied one from the beginning -- going from patronage to protest and back again.
Top Christian films.
When watching movies set in medieval times, have you ever noticed that crowds always gather to view beheadings and other gruesome punishments?
I've never understood the divide between the Hollywood studio system and the faith-based film world more than in the past year or so.
I've discovered that since the beginning of the motion picture industry, the relationship between the Christian church and Hollywood has been marked by distrust and suspicion. In the early years, many Christians regarded Hollywood as a godless, sybaritic group of pretentious artists engaged in the manufacture of questionable content dangerous to people of faith.
When I first arrived in Hollywood after college in 1976, it was tough finding anyone who would admit to being a Christian. Christians were here, but they were hidden away and rarely heard. With few exceptions, the pattern was predictable: If they were concerned about their job, they kept quiet about their faith. If they were at the top of the industry, they felt a bit more free to express their convictions. But only those retired or near the end of their careers felt the confidence actually "to come out" as believers.
Hollywood has discovered a new and highly effective way for a high-profile player to become a household name around the world. This is significant because in Tinseltown building name recognition, being in the press, and having constant public visibility are key components of the game.
What happens when you've been selling a certain product for 70-plus years, have an established business model, a customer base and suddenly millions of new customers show up and expect you to make, market and sell that product differently?
You may not have noticed, but there is a lot of change going on in the media business.
Walt Kowalski gives up his life to protect his next-door Vietnamese neighbors who are targeted by the violent gang. His death solves the problem, as the gang members are led away to jail, presumably for life.