A brief note on cinematic depictions of Hosea

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Alissa Wilkinson has an article in The Atlantic under the headline ‘Can Indie Filmmakers Save Religious Cinema?’ It’s a question that I and others have been asking for at least 20 years, and I imagine other Christian film writers were asking it even earlier (going back at least to 1981’s Chariots of Fire, which was distributed by Warner in North America and by Fox overseas but was produced independently).

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Watch: Actors and filmmakers discuss the themes of Killing Jesus, and the challenges of making it, in new videos

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Killing Jesus, which had its world premiere at the Sun Valley Film Festival two weeks ago, is getting a red-carpet premiere in New York City on Monday and will air on the National Geographic Channel the following Sunday. As the airdate nears, the channel has released a steady stream of videos on YouTube, featuring interviews with the filmmakers and new clips from the film. Check ’em all out below the jump.

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Wait, there’s a new Noah movie premiering on Sunday?

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Remember that Noah movie the BBC was producing? The one I mentioned back in May? My friend Matt Page noted today that the BBC finally released a trailer for it last Saturday, and that the film will premiere in the U.K. on March 30.

Mere hours after I read Matt’s post, however, I discovered that the very same film is premiering in the United States this coming Sunday on Up TV.

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Watch: Character profiles, behind-the-scenes footage, ads, endorsements and more from A.D.: The Bible Continues

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With two weeks to go before the series premieres on April 5, the makers of A.D.: The Bible Continues are releasing more and more videos, including clips from the show and endorsements from church leaders. Check ’em out below the jump.

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Joanna gets a speaking role in Killing Jesus and A.D.

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Quick question: Who discovered the empty tomb, two days after the crucifixion?

Most people, I suspect, would say it was found by Mary Magdalene, and possibly by other women as well. But if they were asked to name those women, they might draw a blank (or they might say, incorrectly, that Jesus’ mother was one of them).

Most Jesus films haven’t been very helpful here, as they tend to focus on Mary Magdalene to the exclusion of his other female followers. Multiple male disciples? No problem. But the women tend to get a single token representative.

That’s why I’m happy to say that there are two films premiering in the next few weeks that will pay more attention to one of those other women, namely Joanna.

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Supercuts explore key visual motifs in Aronofsky’s films

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Back in October, I posted a series of screencaps demonstrating the visual and thematic links between Noah and Darren Aronofsky’s earlier films. One of these days, if I ever familiarize myself with video editing software, I might do something similar in video form. In the meantime, “supercuts” that chart the visual links between Aronofsky’s films — up to and including Noah — have begun to surface. You can check out two of them below the jump, and I will add more to this post if any come along.

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