Lesson in Learning to Let Things Go #32 – The Faith and Film Critics Circle

On March 6, I stepped down from my role as the chairman of the Faith and Film Critics Circle.

It was not a difficult decision: With all of the increasing demands on my time from the Through a Screen Darkly and Auralia’s Colors projects, it became obvious to me that I didn’t have the time or resources to be an effective leader for that particular endeavor anymore. I probably should have stepped down six months ago.

As I look back at the annual list of films we’ve celebrated, I’m still impressed at the group’s discernment and the interest in excellence and vision. I respect the work of each member of that group, and I’m sorry to have to dial down my involvement with them.

At this point, I still remain a member of the FFCC, and I’ll be interested to see what the current administrators, Ron Reed and Steven Greydanus decide is best for the Circle in the future. I’m grateful for their support and friendship, and for the faithful web support from Zach Kincaid at The Matthews House Project.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • pilgrimzissou

    I’ll miss Spacey too. In addition to the films you mentioned how about his perfectly calibrated performances in Se7en and L.A. Confidential…

    I’ll sign that petition by the way.

  • http://phillipjohnston.blogspot.com Phillip

    I just can’t bring myself to watch that trailer all squished and uglified. Hopefully there will be a Quicktime HD version sometime very soon.

    Personally, I’m very very disappointed with Spacey’s decision because I think he is one of the best actors of his time, mainly for his performances in “The Usual Suspects” and “American Beauty”, two of my favorite films. I’m glad he is still working with the acting industry and would love to see him live on stage.

  • SolShine7

    I hope it still sails along.

  • Matt Page

    Jeffrey, you have been a star in the chair role, and I benefited greatly from your work in the time since I joined the FFCC. Many, many thanks.

    Matt Page

  • Sheila West

    Like, WOW, Jeffrey! I just sent you a PM over at A&F where I made a joke in the PM’s title. It reads “You’re not TOO busy, right?”

    Oh man! I feel stupid now for even sending you that PM!

    You gotta do what you gotta do. Being aware of one’s own limitations, and monitoring one’s current load, is an important life skill that not everyone has mastered. Better for you to opt for less output with higher quality

    Best wishes, Jeffrey.


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