WHY MAKE a MOVIE?? by A. Strom I tend to get a lot of criticism when I talk about the feature film we are making. Some think it is not a very "preacher-ish" thing to do. Shouldn't I be off "spreading the word" instead of participating in such a thing? But it is precisely the call to 'spread the message' that compels me to make this film - and to make it as widely accessible as possible. Millions of people today - including many Christians - no longer read books or articles. They are not interested in 'preaching'. They do not even watch documentaries. But they might just watch a feature film. Are we not called to reach these ones too? -Especially with an urgent warning about the very times we are living in? (And believe me, 'warning' is at the very heart of this film). The difficult thing is to incorporate such a hard-hitting message without making the whole thing "cheesy" or religiously overbearing. So what is this movie about? Well, the basic theme is that our civilization really is coming to an end - and the causes are SPIRITUAL. It is a film that tries to express God's point of view as to why our culture is in such a death-spiral - but with a storyline that will hopefully keep people watching right to the end. The "message" in this movie is not subtle or 'hidden'. I am not interested in making a film like that. It is very clear. But at the same time it tries to avoid religious cliches. There are a lot of special effects and things in the film - and I am not at all ashamed of employing them. Hopefully we will get more people watching that way - which is the whole idea. We live today in a very "visual" culture. We have the choice of either abandoning these people to their dreamworld - or trying to engage them in a language that they truly understand. Too often we Christians are such "purists" that we will not even try to reach such ones. But if we're called to issue a "warning", shouldn't we do it in a way that they will actually hear? I have had it on my heart for years to one day make a feature film. I know I will receive criticism for this "un-preacherly" project, but I cannot apologize for it. I hope you can understand my heart in this, my friends. I welcome your thoughts and comments. -PLEASE COMMENT on this article at the following website- http://www.revivalschool.com/ God bless you all.