Friday, April 13, 2007

Lionsgate's Faith Based Films

The Lionsgate film studio has partnered with Thomas Nelson books, the largest Christian book publisher in the world.

Lionsgate in announcing the partnership will be working on distributing three dvd documentaries based on best-selling Christian author Lee Strobel's books, "The Case for Christ," "The Case for a Creator," "The Case for Faith."

Lionsgate is also the studio behind a film called "Church Boy" based on the life of Kirk Franklin, as well as the Thomas Kinkade inspired film "The Christmas Cottage."

Thomas Nelson publishing is the 6th largest publisher in the world, and so a partnership of this nature is surely an effort for Lionsgate to bring in the same crowd of people that swarmed to see the Passion. Also Lionsgate's Christian-based films will certainly create a market of competion with the films being produced by FoxFaith and Sony (who has distributed the Left Behind films).


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Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see Lion's Gate doing something other than direct - to - DVD shlock horror films. for a long time they've done little else. I look forward to these new films.

Marius said...

I hope this partnership leads to the creation and/or distribution of good films. Now, I'm not a very religious person, but I can live with films that have a strong Christian message, as long as they're well made.

Sheila West said...

Is it called "faithsploitation" or "Christsploitation?" (I think the former is less of a mouthful myself.)

When multiple studios are developing in-house production companies to tap Jesus dollars, that migt be a good thing. At least they acknowledge that we exist. I am now inclined to embark upon an in-depth study of the blacksploitation films of the 1970's to see

1) Was it GOOD for black culture as a whole for these films to havebeen made?


2) What contributions, good or bad, did those films make to the black community?


3) When the blacksploitation film movement eventualy fizzeld out, were blacks better off for it?