Christians as a “Niche Market”? (Or… What I Learned at the Biola Media Conference)

My overview of the volatile conversations and debates at the Biola Conference is now published at Christianity Today Movies. As Hollywood continues to catch the "faith wave" by making and marketing more movies to Christians, some of the industry's major players gathered at a conference in Los Angeles last weekend to discuss the pros and cons of the relatively new trend. While some are excited about the potential of these efforts, some are also frustrated about the "bad art" that has already … [Read more...]

Ten Highlights of My Visit to the Biola Media Conference

This weekend at the Biola Media Conference, I had a great deal of fun, and a lot of challenging conversations. I will be writing quite a few thank-you notes.Let me tell you just a few of the highlights:- Waking up in the hotel room, watching the world slowly come into focus, and seeing a black widow spider hanging almost within reach. It moved under a table, where it had a web already built. I called the hotel front desk and said, "I have a lot of experience killing big poisonous … [Read more...]

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? … [Read more...]

Nate Bell’s best of 2005

Just as it's possible to bridge the great divide between the sexes, between black and white, between Republican and Democrat... so we can also take comfort in finding common ground between people from Seattle Pacific University and people from Biola University. … [Read more...]

Ladies and Gentlemen… Craig Detweiler.

I interviewed screenwriter/film-instructor Craig Detweiler at Biola several months ago in L.A., before any trailers for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe had even been shown. (The trailer debuted above Detweiler's head on a big screen at the Biola Media Conference.)That interview was published today at Christianity Today Movies.Here's a clip: Do you see "good, beautiful, complex, redemptive" films being made today?Detweiler: Almost every class I teach here ends with David Gordon … [Read more...]

I Have Seen Aslan.

Saw the first full-length trailer for The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe at Biola's Media Conference. Twice. That's how much the crowd loved it.Can't say more at this point, except that all of the main characters get their close-ups, and it's all colorful, vivid, and kaleidoscopic. New Zealand is, surprise, awe-inspiring.The big breaking news concerning this though is that Bryan Cox is not going to be the voice of Aslan. Got this straight from the head of Disney voice casting. Cox … [Read more...]

Biola Day Two

Highlights:A one-on-one long lunch with Ralph Winter, producer of the X-Men movies and Fantastic Four. Can't wait to tell you about it.Bumping into Joe Kirk and Tim Porter from Paste Magazine. Wow!Meeting more Looking Closer readers like Nate Bell!Meeting filmmakers who read Looking Closer, like Rik Swartzwelder!Talking with Lori McCreary, who works with Morgan Freeman and Act One : Writing for Hollywood!Interviewing Terry Botwick. Look him up. What a career he's … [Read more...]

Biola Day One

After I made the acquaintance of Greg Stump (I love meeting Looking Closer readers... it usually ends up with me becoming a big fan of them instead of the other way around), and we had a hearty breakfast, I took to strolling the sidewalks at Biola under a cloudy grey sky.The very first person I saw on campus was Craig Detweiler. He was engrossed in a conversation with some other faculty at a table, but his was the only face I could see. Good. Important contact #1 on campus! Detweiler's books … [Read more...]

So long, Over the Rhine… Biola, here I come!

Thanks to Greg Stump for volunteering to get me from the airport to a hearty lunch and then to Biola for the beginning of a marathon of interviews and meetings!Got off to a great start by warming up with Over the Rhine at the Tractor Tavern last night, where you could have spotted quite an array of people from all circles of my Seattle life... from Anne my Favorite Woman in the World to the editors of Image to the Psychology office staff from Seattle Pacific to Bill Pritchard who once ran … [Read more...]

I’m coming to Biola University!

FYI: April 22nd and 23rd, I'll be at Biola for their media conference. … [Read more...]


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