Art has always been about faith. Early art filled the walls of temples and other places of religious ritual. In fact, the church used to be the primary patron of the arts, whether it be the visual art, drama, literature, or music. In the history of art, the film genre is one of the youngest forms of art, yet in today's world the movies play a big part of our life and how we see and understand the world. There are ways the visual image of film can deeply touch and impact our soul and ways we view the world.
As the film medium has been used to entertain, inspire, escape, understand other cultures, to make political statements, I believe it still frequently says something about faith, God, and other spiritual ideas.
As film has carved out it's own unique place in the arts, I'm asking people to delve into the religious and faith themes that have developed in the last 100 years of film. Perhaps there is a unique film that has resonated with your soul, or maybe offended your spiritual thoughts so deeply. Maybe you would want to discuss the role religion has played on the development of film art. Or maybe there is the faith of a film character that has stuck with you for a long time.
Whether it's a film, a character, a theme, a director, or a performer, I ask you on November 7th-9th, 2007, to take some time to delve into the world of faith + film and write some of your own thoughts, memories, and experiences.
During those three days, I will also create a running list of links to your blog posts on the topic. So when you write them, send the link my way, either by e-mail or in the comment section. Also, let me know if you're interested and I will send out reminders as the Faith+Film Blog-a-thon gets closer.