CT at the Movies: Another Christian Movie Week!

I haven't had time to read the all the articles, but this one seems particularly interesting.

You can also view it online at http://www.christianitytoday.com/lyris/movies/archives/02-24-2006.html

I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at commensurate speed.
--Maya Angelou, 1970

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We titled last Friday's newsletter, "It's Christian Movie Week!" And we could just as easily give this week's the same title, because right now in L.A., it really is Christian movie week—in a unique way.As you read these words, 54 films are being made for the 168 Hour Film Project, an annual competition in which contestants have to make a movie in—you guessed it—one week. As if that weren't distinctive enough, each of the films must be based on a Bible verse or passage.Production on the films started Wednesday, and the finished products must be turned in next Wednesday. It's the brainchild of 168 founder John Ware, who says he wanted to do something "innovative, cutting edge, and built on the Word." He says God gave him the idea of planning a film competition and festival around movies that were made within the time frame of one week—168 hours.

We've seen some of the winners from last year, and you'd be surprised at how good they are—made in so little time, and often on a shoestring budget of hundreds, rather than millions, of dollars.Ware says when he came up with the idea, some people called him crazy, telling him, "That pig will never fly." But it's certainly taken off. Check out our story.Some people thought rookie filmmakers Heather Whinna and Vickie Hunter were crazy too, when they decided to shoot a documentary on Christian music. Nothing all that odd about that idea—except that Whinna and Hunter aren't Christians, and they admit they were clueless about Christian music going into the project. The result is an insightful film guaranteed to get conversations rolling. We also have an interview with the filmmakers, who discuss the making of their movie, aptly titled after the classic Larry Norman song, Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?Meanwhile, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, which is now one of the top 25 grossing movies of all time, is coming to DVD on April 4. But you can pre-order yours now, in a special 2-disc edition, or regular widescreen or fullscreen editions. Aslan is on the move … to your living room.Speaking of otherworldly creatures who show great love to humans—OK, I admit it's a stretch—we've got two brand new Movie Discussion Guides on that most adorable of aliens, E.T., who taught a family how to love one another all over again. There's a regular discussion guide that's perfect for an adult Bible study group or class, and there's a discussion guide created just for families. Phone home and get yours today!See you at the movies,