I’m often asked if I always wanted to be a filmmaker. The question makes me laugh. No, I didn’t always want to be a filmmaker. In fact, I never wanted to be a filmmaker. Growing up, I loved reading, writing, and drama. I dreamed of writing books and entertaining crowds of people. I thought I might go into ministry, be a missionary, a children’s minister, or a pastor’s wife. But God had other plans. He paired me up with a communications major who wanted to make movies, and a decade after saying “I do”, we combined our unique talents and produced our first Mainstreet Productions feature film. Since then, we’ve gone on to make six more movies.
God’s taken our humble filmmaking efforts and blessed them in ways we could have never imagined. Our movies have been widely distributed, screening in theaters, winning at festivals, selling in bookstores, airing on television, and streaming on platforms. Our filmmaking efforts have been recognized with dozens of accolades including the “Shibboleth Award for Visionary Leadership in the Field of Christian Film Making” and four ICVM Crown Awards including Bronze “Best Picture”. At some point, I realized that movies had become my ministry. My movies have gone places I’ll never go, reached people I’ll never meet, and impacted lives in ways I’d never know.
I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to speak at film festivals around the country, teaching on visual storytelling, screenwriting, and filmmaking on a budget. I’ve enjoyed participating on film panels and training film students. I’m excited to be passing on the baton to the next generation of young filmmakers.
Filmmaking will always be a part of who I am. It’s through our films that God gave me voice, my platform, and for that, I will be forever grateful.