It is with great excitement that I prepare for the NRB convention this weekend. You see, it was at NRB last year that the idea for Faith Flix was conceived. We were there working for an impressive webzine which gave us a perfect opportunity to get a glimpse into the exciting world of networking that goes on at the convention. We interviewed all sorts of industry celebrities and it was great getting to meet them and hear their stories. But I couldn’t help but think about the little people who were there. The filmmakers like us whose movies weren’t in theaters and didn’t have big stars headlining. The ones that got pushed aside by the press in their eagerness to snag the “important” people. That’s when I decided I wanted to be a voice for the little filmmakers, the ones whose stories were just as important but who weren’t being heard.
We immediately went home and began work on creating the website/blog. Fred had purchased the domain for Faith Flix years ago and now we finally had a use for it. The response to Faith Flix has been great from the very beginning. Turns out I’m not the only one who likes to hear behind the scenes stories about lesser known folks and films. Funny thing is, it’s grown and now those “important” people come to us. Which is pretty cool. Because they have great stories, too. I love one day writing about unknown actors just starting out, then the next interviewing household names. It makes for interesting reading.
God has used Faith Flix in amazing ways that I never envisioned. Thanks to Faith Flix I got to interview Jenn Gotzon, which led to us getting to know each other, which led to her starring in our The Good Book movie, which led to us becoming friends, and which led to us getting a lot of amazing other actors and crew who came on board when they found out Jenn was in the movie, which led to more friendships… It’s no wonder Jenn is such a popular actress. Not only is she ultra talented, but she’s also the sweetest, most sincere, caring young woman you could ever meet.
I enjoy corresponding with the various actors and filmmakers and discovering who, like Jenn, have a heart for ministry. I’m constantly amazed by the letters I get from people wanting to tell me how their lives were changed by one of Jefferson Moore’s movies. And I think the reason his movies affect people so profoundly is because he has such a gentle compassion and a desire to help others. When he found out we were starting work on The Good Book, he sent us a message and said to let him know if there was any way he could be of help. Now how nice was that?
When I interviewed Dave Woodruff (a major supporter and cheerleader for Christian films) about Bedias, Texas Christian Film Festival, I discovered a wonderful story about Bruce Marchiano. He offered to come at his own expense to share with the church folks about his movies and filmmaking.He spent two days visiting with them. I later had the opportunity to interview Mr Marchiano, and I must say just e-mailing him, you can feel the calming presence he has that makes him such a wonderful actor to play Jesus. He truly strives to live what he portrays.
I guess the common thread in each of the three is a humility and willingness to be used by God. I found those same qualities in Clay Jeffries, a young actor early in his career. I know with that kind of spirit, though, God will be able to use him in amazing ways just as He is using Jenn Gotzon, Jefferson Moore, and Bruce Marchiano.
God has placed us all at different levels of the ladder. Some are at the top rung, some at the bottom, most somewhere in between. We have the choice to climb over other people to get to the top, to reach down to pull up someone from below, or to applaud those who have reached the top. My goal with Faith Flix is to applaud those at the top, support those struggling along in the middle, and encourage those who are just beginning their climb.
I’m eager to get to NRB and experience again the excitement of thousands of industry folks all mingling and networking together. I’m looking forward to interviewing many of those individuals, some of them household names like David A.R. White and Chonda Pierce and some I’d never heard of before, but whose stories I can’t wait to share. It’s going to be a good weekend and you’re going to love when we post all the interviews and you can be inspired, encouraged, and uplifted by their stories. It’s been a great first year for Faith Flix and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for our future!