UNBROKEN NEEDED TO BE BROKEN

Mar 24, 2015 by

    Universal Pictures releases the Unbroken film, based on the late Louis Zamperini, on DVD and Blu-Ray today. Directed by Angelina Jolie Pitt, the film is an adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s book, Unbroken: A World War 2 Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. To the world, he was an Olympic champion, war hero, and survivor of unbelievable horrors. To the faith-based community, he was a humble servant and an example of forgiveness personified.   LOUIS ZAMPERINI Zamperini grew up as a rebellious and troubled child in an Italian family in Torrance, California. At the urging of his older brother, he channeled his energy into distance running, eventually becoming an unlikely competitor at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany, with Adolf Hitler presiding over the events.   During World War 2, Zamperini was deployed...

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Why Hollywood and faith-based filmmakers are still out of touch...

Feb 25, 2015 by

    The faith-based film market has increased exponentially since the unprecedented successes of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ and the Kendrick brothers’ Fireproof. Both mainstream Hollywood and independent faith-based filmmakers have produced films with the hope of attracting faith-based and even secular audiences.   As someone who has worked as an executive and script consultant in both mainstream Hollywood and on faith-based projects, I’m thrilled to see a diversity of films released and performing well. As long as these films find audiences and make a good profit, more opportunities will exist for independent faith-based filmmakers, and Hollywood will continue to make faith-based projects with A-list players.   That said, I find myself dreading both types of movies. Last year, Hollywood disappointed faith-based audiences and even secular critics with Noah, Exodus, and...

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