On My Way to Biola

My heart belongs to Seattle Pacific University,

… but Biola University is stirring up a lot of passionate discussion about filmmaking. And they’ve invited me to come down and speak at their 2007 Biola Media Conference, so how can I refuse?

I’ve decided to bring my “scandalous,” “subversive” “agenda” to L.A. on April 21 to talk about the Christians, art, movies, and criticism. And, frankly, I’m coming for reasons that are partly selfish… I want to learn more about the experiences of Christians in the arts, and there will be a lot of people there with interesting stories to tell.

Time permitting, I’ll talk about:

  • My own journey as a Christian moviegoer and the bad habits I can’t seem to break
  • The deep and profound truth of Milos Forman’s Amadeus
  • “Christian movies” and the things that many Christians are too nice to say about them
  • The deep and profound truth of The Story of the Weeping Camel
  • “R-rated movies” and the things that many Christians are too offended to say about them
  • The deep and profound truth of Chariots of Fire
  • Christian film criticis and the lovely, affectionate letters we receive from our brothers and sisters
  • The deep and profound truth of Michael Apted’s Amazing Grace
  • Why The Passion of the Christ and The Nativity Story didn’t make it into the CT Movies “cream of the crop” lists, but Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Little Miss Sunshine did
  • The deep and profound truth of Vera Drake
  • Why the best films about Christian faith tend to get made by heathens
  • The deep and profound truth of Three Colors: Blue
  • Ten great films about faith that most people have never seen
  • The deep and profound truth of The Muppet Movie
  • … and more.

In other words, I’m a glutton for punishment. But I think we can have some fun with these subjects and encourage each other toward excellence, better moviemaking, and better moviegoing. I’m going to learn a lot, and I’m planning to write about what I learn from the folks at the conference.

If you’re going to be there, let me know, so we can meet and chat. I’ll also be drinking a lot of coffee, signing copies of Through a Screen Darkly, writing about the conference for Christianity Today, and I’ll be armed and ready to interview folks who are doing good thoughtful work.

(Hopefully, the photo they’ve posted on the speakers page will be repaired soon. I promise you, I don’t look quite so blurry in person.)

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  • phillytle

    I should clarify that last remark. I know that the murderer is less likable. But of the family members, I came away with a lot of frustration and anger towards the mothers actions in the story. I hope that all makes sense.

  • phillytle

    I am really torn by this news. The mother in The Lovely Bones is far and away the least likeable character in the book. But I love Rachel Weisz. She can make any character likeable. I guess I will learn to love the character more than I thought I would.

  • Cpt Casual-T

    Christian film critics and the lovely, affectionate letters we receive

    from our brothers and sisters

    Can I encourage you to add: Christian film critics and the loving, gracious

    letters we write in response to our brothers and sisters. You may choose to

    insert the word “wacky” in there somewhere. ;-)

    Why the best films about Christian faith tend to get made by heathens

    Such as The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1966) directed by Pier Paolo

    Pasolini which is on the Vatican’s top movie list while other works by

    Pasolini were considered blasphemous.

  • Tim

    “Why The Passion of the Christ and The Nativity Story didn’t make it into the CT Movies “cream of the crop” lists, but Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Little Miss Sunshine did”

    Clearly, they needed to include the word “sunshine” in their titles. :)

  • Charlotte

    Oops, I mean controversial.

  • Charlotte

    Please, tell more about Vera Drake, I love Imelda Staunton, but that movie looked to be, well, contreversal to say the least!

  • Sheila West

    Best wishes, Jeffrey. Knock ‘em dead!

  • Elizabeth

    Congratulations, Biola, on bringing Jeffrey Overstreet to the Media Conference! Jeff, greet the brothers and sisters at Biola for me. I miss them. And tell Dean Batali I’m one of his fans for his work on BtVS.

  • Child of God

    Jeffrey:

    I have enjoyed reading your blog for two years and wondered when you were going to get down here. My husband and I are both Biola alums from the film department. We both enjoy your thoughtful comments on films.

    Krista

  • Kevan

    That pretty much sounds like the best conference ever. Although you should probably slip in a message about how GodTube is revolutionizing the Christian independent film scene. And by “revolutionizing,” I mean, making me throw up all over my collection of Prayer of Jabez tracts.

  • Dean

    I was with you until that last one. I saw The Muppet Movie again a few years ago and didn’t care for it. I’d like to hear more about its profound truth.

    http://www.deanabbott.typepad.com


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