Challenges for Faith-Based Filmmaking
Despite the enormous success of films like The Passion of the Christ, Hollywood is still a hard place to make films that authentically portray faith and spirituality. It's a town that seems vaguely uncomfortable with the values of what it calls "flyover country", which is in turn deeply distrustful of the film industry and the people that run it. Mark Joseph, who has worked on films like The Chronicles of Narnia, The Passion of the Christ, Facing The Giants and others, takes a look at this tension between Christian themes and Hollywood filmmaking in his recent book from Bully! Pulpit Books, The Lion, The Professor, and The Movies: Narnia's Journey to the Big Screen. In the book, Joseph details the complicated issues that challenged the film adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ enormously popular Chronicles of Narnia series, and offers some insight into the complex process of integrating Christian faith into well-crafted films.