Sundance Celebrates Thoughtful Creatives.

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Sundance celebrates thoughtful creatives and so should every culturally savvy Christian.

I finally made it to the Mecca of film–Sundance film festival¢â‚¬¦

Sundance celebrates mostly independent filmmakers—
The little guys, who you’ve never heard of
who make films you’ll probably never hear of or see.

The indie filmmaker covers subjects they care deeply about.

They are what I call “thoughtful creatives.”

They start with an issue that arouses their passions–
They think deeply about it—
And their creative juices
push them to invest untold hours
And usually their own money¢â‚¬¦
To tell a story they care about¢â‚¬¦

One example is film: “Low and Behold.”
This stunning docudrama
about the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina
Is both comedic and heart-breaking,
The film was birthed from the passion
of New Orleans actor Barlow Jacobs
who after being made unemployed and homeless by Katrina,
took a job as a claim adjuster in an insurance company for 90 days and then used that ($) money
to jump start the telling of this story.

Another indie film is Hothouse”
filmed by an Israeli military officer in Israeli prisons
where, in a classic case of the law of unintended consequences, He shows how imprisoned Palestinian “terrorists”
are turning their prison experience
into an educational and motivational seminar
on becoming more effective terrorists when released.

If you subscribe to HBO there is a Sundance film
you WILL be able to see.
Titled Longford,
This film spans 32 years in the life of Lord Longford,
a Christian and member of Parliament,
who because of commandments to “love one another”
AND to visit those in prison
meant he risked his own reputation and career
by extended unconditional forgiveness,
to Britain’s most despised serial killer, Myra Henley.
The film is a brilliant exploration of true Christianity
and the nature of forgiveness.

Each of these films and Most Sundance films
Are the work of thoughtful creatives¢â‚¬¦
And should be appreciated by the culturally savvy Christian.

Where Hollywood films increasingly
are amusing diversions to comfort the afflicted¢â‚¬¦
Independent films usually afflict the comfortable¢â‚¬¦

You have to go out of your way to see them
Because they play in small, arthouse theatres¢â‚¬¦
And then once you watch them¢â‚¬¦they make you think.
Inconvenience AND thought-provoking
are two qualities most Americans avoid!

And yet culturally savvy Christian
know that the unexamined life is not worth living¢â‚¬¦

WE seek out films by thoughtful creatives¢â‚¬¦
As a way of understanding ourselves and the world we live in¢â‚¬¦

The culturally savvy Christian appreciates the work of “thoughtful creatives” and often meets them through independent films.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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