Kenny and Mike review the outstanding Netflix and film and discuss the faith elements spotted in the Lin-Manuel Miranda directorial debut. The film presents the Musical by Broadway and Rent composer and auther Jonathan Larson. Follow link to the Faithspotting website for faith notes and to listen to the episode.
This episode includes a indepth interview with Ann Dowd and director Fran Kranz. Follow link to listen to the episode and for notes. MASS opened in limited release on October 8th and will open in wide release on October 22nd.
Mike Hatch and I decided to review and spot faith elements in Dead Poets Society after two directors we recently interviewd, Edson Oda (Nine Days) and Stephen Chbosky (Dear Evan Hansen) listed it as one of the films that made them, not just as filmmakers, but played a role in their development into adults.
Follow link for Faithspotting website to listen to the episode and for faith notes. This episode includes an interview with director Stephen Chblosky regarding his purpose in making the film, and the message he hopes viewers, especially teens will hear and accept.
Kenny and Mike discuss their favorite television programs that are up for Emmy Awards. While there is some discussion of the awards the sheer number of categories and programs makes it much more challenging to cover than the Academy Awards. That said, there are many very well done programs on TV that deserve attention. Follow link to Faithspotting Podcast page to for episode player and faith notes.
Faithspotting hosts Kenny Dickson and Mike Hatch discuss the documentary film Val, and spot reflections of faith presented int the auto-biographical film of Val Kilmer. The film uses some of the over 1000 hours of video tape Val had shot since the 1970s as well as interviews, current film and film clips from his filmography. Val’s son Jack reads much of the narration as Val’s lost most of his voice from the treatment for his throat cancer.
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Kenny and Mike discuss the Hulu film Summer of Soul and spot faith elements presented in the documentary of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. Summer of Soul is a documentary of the Harlem Cultural Festival held over 6 weekends at Mount Morris Park during the Summer of 1969. Using 40 hours of footage and interviews with participants and attendees Ahmir Khalib Questlove Thompson directed and produced Summer of Soul. It is available on for streaming on Hulu.
Story and history are foundational elements in establishing and developing faith as they create and build identity and community. Erasing story and history serves to weaking identity and damage or destroy community. Music tells as well as shapes story, offers shared experiences which bind individuals and isolated groups into communities through which love and care is shared and witnessed.
The Diverse Nature of God’s Kingdom. John 14:2. The “House”/Kingdom of God is not made up of one room and experience, but many. The diversity of people working together, Sly and the Family Stone, the Mayor with the organizers, the Black and Latin communities in Harlem. The Lyrics of Everyday People.. “We have to live together.”
The New Creation initiated through the birth of Jesus offers light in the midst of the failures of the flesh and world. Faith in the new age of God’s Kingdom allows one to have hope and allow the light of the Son to shine in the midst of darkness. John 1:1-5, 16-18.
The film presents a foundational and stark choice among people of faith, to live through the struggles and darkness of life with Paul’s “Rejoice in the Lord Always” spirit from Philippians, or the worldly spirit that sees darkness overcoming the Light that is Christ and the hope of the Gospel. What are the costs of each perspective?