TEN YEARS! Pt. 2: The Best of Looking Closer – 2005

This blog turns ten years old on May 11, 2014. And this post is Part Two of a ten-post series in which I’m celebrating by reflecting on some of my favorite experiences from Looking Closer’s first decade. (Did you miss Part One?)

2005 was one wild and crazy year at Looking Closer.

So much was happening, I could hardly keep up with the posts, the movies, and the mail.

And then, this happened.

Apparently it was highly unusual, in 2005, for a Christian to be writing passionately about the love of movies, instead of the condemnation of movies.

The Seattle Times made my Looking Closer adventure into a cover story for their Sunday magazine: Pacific Northwest. Award-winning writer Richard Seven spent time with me, went to the movies with me, came to one of my lectures on faith and film, and did an excellent job pulling together everything he saw and heard into a feature. Best of all, he became a friend. Since that experience, I’ve been involved in bringing him to write about Seattle Pacific University for Response magazine, and he’s won awards for his work there.

I am, to this day, grateful for Richard’s writing.

It was great to see that Seattle Times readers were grateful too.

Here are a few more of my adventures from 2005:

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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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