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Why Do You Believe?

posted by Corine Gatti

Why do you believe what you believe? If a person stands on a podium in fine suits and a microphone, is what he or she says automatically factual? What power do they really possess? Society is less likely to research facts and takes people at their word. It begs the question. Have we lost our ability to think for ourselves?

Believe Me Poster ThumbnailRiot Studios will release a parody on religious scandals in “Believe Me” due in theaters next year that will surely ruffle religious feathers. But, Riot doesn’t mind controversy. They already challenged movie goers with the documentary “One Nation Under God” in 2009 that encourages believers to ask questions pertaining to faith.

Director Will Bakke and Co-Producer/Writer Michael Allen base the script on four college students who realize that people will follow anyone with a platform. When unscrupulous college senior Sam Atwell runs out of money to pay his tuition bill, threatening his law school career—a bogus charity is born. Played by Australian actor Alex Russell (Carrie)–Sam moves the masses with charming charismatic messages, a ministry tour, and fraud.

“It holds up a mirror for viewers to see themselves and their assumptions from a new perspective,” says Allen who is a fan of using comedy to provoke discussions.

Some cast members echo Allen’s and Bakke’s belief that the subject matter will spark debates among Christian circles.

“It will ruffle some feathers, but I hope people are gracious, especially Christians,” says hip hop artist Lecrae (Darnell Malmquist).  “If Christians are to be pictures of grace then I would hope they would be gracious towards a lot of things that are happening and what’s trying to be done here and show support.”

If you can’t ask questions of your youth and church leaders, you are going to go somewhere else says “CSI: Miami and Criminal Minds” and “Paranormal Activity 3” actress Johanna Braddy.

Braddy plays Callie Edwards, Sam’s love interest.

“I feel that today that kid’s are being introduced to so many different cultures at such a young age with social media,” she says during a 20-day production schedule in Austin, TX. “For me, I know being raised in the church if you had any questions or views going against the church and what you are being told, you didn’t feel comfortable talking about it at all. I think this movie is a great opportunity to start conversations [and] that they’re healthy to have.”

Glee’s Max Adler is Baker Johnson, playing one of the college imposters invading the church world with a fictional charity selling merchandise, and building a rapid fan base. There seems to be parallels between reality television stars and the story.

“This film is very timely because we live in a culture of instant fame where people from reality shows or  E [have] blown up real quick, becoming famous and earning a lot of money real quick without having to earn it,” says Adler.  “And it takes away from the people who busted their butts for a lifetime to get where they’re at.”

Humor doesn’t hurt, according to Alex Russell.

bad_ass_film_still_a_lRussell was watching television with his dad in Queensland when he started laughing while thumbing through the script. When everything comes full circle, including the arc that Sam goes through—“The Chronicle” star was hooked.

“Everything is authentic. The conflict with the characters and the inner conflict with the characters [are] really raw and strong.”

 

 

 

 

Zachary Knighton (Gabriel), Sinqua Walls (Tyler Kelly) Miles Fisher (Pierce Klovens), and Christopher McDonald (Ken Hopkins) complete the cast.

“Believe Me” is slated for 2014 release.

 

http://riotstudios.com/believe-me/

 

 



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rosa

    Interesting post. Yes, I do believe there are scammers and liars and there will always be. On the flip side of the coin everyone who stands behind a podium does not fit in that category.

    Personally, I believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ as recorded in the scriptures is true. Trouble is, too many folk are too busy following other folk and are not reading, seeking, and praying for themselves. When sowing to the wind, it is impossible not to reap the whirlwind.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Good Faith

    While I myself am a Christian, I do believe that it is good for people to question things, not just accept them for fact. Christianity calls on a person to truly believe in God. Believing and having Faith isn’t the same thing as being forced into silence. If you don’t truly believe in something, you need to be able to talk to someone and discuss it with them. When Christians are converting, it shouldn’t be: “Believe in God or go to Hell.” It should be “What do you believe? Really? Why? I believe this and here is why.”

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment triana

    does it look at the church positively ?yes it is right to challenge leaders if we think they are going against the Bible,and i agree christians should be graceful about it but the film makers should also understand that our faith is strong and that Jesus and God do exist and are fact not fiction God bless you all in your endeavours

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