Madeleine L’Engle goes to the movies.

A few weeks back on my Facebook page,  I said I’d have news for fans of Madeleine L’Engle.

A little later, I posted that I’d soon be reporting on a new film based on a book by one of my favorite writers.

Well… are you ready?

Today, Christianity Today has posted my story about the making of the first feature-length film based on a Madeleine L’Engle novel: Camilla Dickinson.

I’ve seen the film. There was a sneak preview at Seattle Pacific University. I enjoyed it, especially for certain strong points that we rarely experience anymore in films about young people: thoughtful conversations, a sense of wonder, attention to questions about the existence of God, nuanced portrayals of complicated characters, and a restraint from demonizing any of the “difficult” characters.

Also, those who are familiar with L’Engle’s own life story will get the sense that this film — this story — is fully invested with her voice and perspective.

I hope it finds a good distributor.

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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.


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