Feb 282011

I really like Rob Bell. Have for years. He puts out the Nooma series of  videos that are nothing short of brilliant. As a filmmaker and pastor, I’ve enjoyed them tremendously. In a world full of poorly produced church videos, the Nooma series have great quality, as do Bell’s messages. I highly recommend them.

The book no one has read that made Twitter explode

Because I like them, I was not surprised when Twitter exploded over the weekend. I was just surprised that it took this long. Bell has a new book coming out called Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever LivedAs first posted on this blog, the jacket basically says that Bell thinks everyone goes to heaven. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that that was going to piss off the fundamentalists. I wish I had known about it in advance, I would have bet the farm on it happening. And won. When news broke on Saturday, Twitter was full of people calling him all sorts of things. The fact that no one had yet actually read the book didn’t stop most of them. A few, but not many. Most were- unsurprisingly- quick to judge.

I love fundies. They make me laugh.

This has been coming for years. In Bell’s videos I learned things about Jesus I never knew before. I found insights I had never imagined. So did many other people. It  was only a matter of time before he learned and shared something that the fundamentalists didn’t like. Learning new things isn’t what fundamentalists do. That’s why they’re fundamentalists. Because they want things to stay the way they are. The minute someone comes up with a new idea, it’s wrong. Why? Because it’s different. For a fundamentalist, that’s reason enough.

Which is just funny.

I wish all the people on Twitter and beyond who have written him off would read this book. I really do. I wish fundamentalists would take the time to consider a viewpoint that differs from their own. But I know they won’t. So I’m just going to read Rob Bell’s book and laugh at the fundamentalist outrage. I can do that because I agree with Rob Bell. I truly believe that God’s love is enough to overcome absolutely everything. Even fundamentalism.

Freedom Means Forgiving

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Feb 282011

 We all have things we wish we had not done, or that others have done to us, for which we would like closure. Forgiveness is hard, but it is not just something we do for others. It is something we also do for ourselves, even if we were the ones who were wronged. Come here more in this liberating message.

Get Low on DVD and Blue Ray

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Feb 222011

Get Low DVD Cover

Yay! Get Low releases today on DVD and Blue Ray. It’s got commentary by Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek, as well as tons of behind the scenes footage, including a little bit of yours truly. I know there are a lot of people who wanted to see it but it never did come “to a theater near you.” So I’m very excited that those who haven’t had a chance to see it yet can now do so. Is it a coincidence that we released on the anniversary of the Miracle on Ice? I don’t think anyone planned it, but this movie had about the same chance of being made as the USA hockey team had of beating the Soviets in 1980.  For it to be coming out on DVD is yet another dream come true.


Macon Film Festival

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Feb 142011

I’ll be at the Macon Film Festival on Saturday doing a workshop called “From Story to Screenplay.” Macon is a great festival, and with the growth in the Atlanta film industry I think it’s only going to get bigger and better. My workshop is just what it sounds like: I’ll be talking about how to take a story and turn it into a great script.  I’ve found that there are a lot of stories out there. One is what became Get Low. Another is what became The King’s Speech. Both stories had been around since the 1930’s, but they had to be turned into great scripts. That’s the art of screenwriting, and that’s what I’ll be talking about. There are plenty of other workshops and events, mine is Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to noon.

One of those events is a Get Low screening Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. with a Q & A after. I love any opportunity to celebrate this amazing movie and to prolong this incredible ride. Can’t wait!