A LONG TIME AGO IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR, AWAY…
Ted Baehr’s MovieGuide(R) reported:
When we started MOVIEGUIDE(R) in 1985, the major studios in Hollywood released only one movie with any positive Christian content. Last year, however, 132, or 49.3%, of the top movies released by Hollywood contained positive Christian content!
Every studio now has a Christian film division, and several studios are doing major films with strong Christian content. This does not mean that the studios are not still doing bad movies, but it does mean that there are less of the bad, and an increasing number of the good.
Because of the triple success of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion”, Walden Media’s “Chronicles of Narnia” and Sherwood Baptist Church’s “Facing the Giants,” Hollywood began taking note of the Christian audience and their large appetite for faith-based, family friendly fare.
In April of 2007, Lionsgate became the latest studio to tap into the lucrative Christian market with releases involving Tyler Perry, Kirk Franklin and Christian non-fiction author Lee Strobel. The Weinstein Company announced in December 2006 that they were getting into the Christian Film Business through the formation of a faith-based distribution label and a first-look production deal with Impact Entertainment. And three months prior to that, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment unveiled FoxFaith, a branded distribution label set up to house the division’s growing portfolio of faith-based programming. Even Sony Pictures has successfully sold and marketed titles in the “Left Behind” Christian thriller series.
All of this news provides a major opportunity for Wired4Film.com because currently there is no single source for Film fans, Filmmakers, and wannabes to get the scoop on Christian Films. To wit, there is no Hollywood Reporter or Variety for Christian Filmmakers.
Our mission is to create an information network based on current events in the Film making arena. To inform, inspire, challenge and equip Faith-based filmmakers. To become relevant and innovative instruments of a Cultural Rennaissance.
FOR THE HATER HATER GRUMPY PANTS
Look, just like with the Food Network or ESPN or any of the multitude of genre programming available out there, we are not saying Christian Filmmakers and their work are the bee’s knees and the ant’s pants of modern cinema. But it’s a fascinating niche whose story and evolution we will track right here on this site.
If you’re a potential investor and would like to meet with us to see a business plan and the growth potential please drop us a line.
Let’s Make a Movie!
S. David Acuff, Editor
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