Newsweek recently published an article interviewing Chad Allen in regards to his most recent project that deals with Christian themes in a movie called "Save Me."
While some people were frusterated at the casting of Chad Allen in his End of the Spear role, Allen at the same time was have a very positive experience working with the Christian community. In the newsweek article he says:
When I went to make “End of the Spear,” I expected to meet a group of hateful, bigoted, at-best ignorant individuals, and I didn’t. I met a group of smart, God-loving, God-following individuals, who were doing what they thought was the most loving thing to do, when they suggested to me that God wanted me to be different. That really affected me. I went back to work on “Save Me,” and I remember sitting around with the rest of the producers and saying definitively,
“We have to make a movie that shows evangelical Christians as smart and loving. We just need to have a conversation about love."
Interestering, Allen had this loving experience, but I think most of that came from the film crew and the production staff, not the general Christian community at large. Interesting, Allen speaks in the article about how Evangelical Christians have been largely encouraging to Allen after seeing "Save Me" saying that they believe it is valuable in creating conversation.
The Premise of Save Me deals with a gay man (Chad Allen) who is also dealing with a drug addiction is forced into a Christian gay-rehabilitation home, "Genesis House."
The film premiered at Sundance, and at this point does not have a distributor. David Swanson at Christianity Today ranked this film as one of his top 4 films at Sundance.
(first noticed this film here)