Making an Evangelical Movie :: by Jim Torres

It wasn’t that long ago that Christians didn’t go to the movies. It was sinful. Today it is a rare Christian who doesn’t go, at least periodically. Most however watch movies on Net Flix so they won’t have to get up off the couch. For young people it’s a night out with friends or significant other. In many cases, Christians are a discriminating lot, and who can blame them?

Far too many of today’s movies are complete trash and television is catching up to them quickly with their own putrid slime. And so, they must either expand their viewing habits or learn to live with uninspired football themed formula films.

Since Christian films have only just begun being made in earnest in the past ten years or so, there are many amateurs out there who don’t know what they’re doing yet they feel called to make them. These so-called Christian films are often nothing more than morality plays and football movies are the worst offenders. These movies seldom if ever deal with real life, suicide, drug addiction, abortion, or real life current issues. All families today are affected by these things.

Movies have become a mainstay of society and have advanced technology to the point where sometimes it is hard to distinguish reality from theatrics. Often they lead the way in new technologies’ and often set the tone of our nations morality. Television is close behind in defining our world view with its bias left leaning News programs.

Mel Gibson, the seasoned actor, writer and director who made The Passion of the Christ is in my opinion a true artist. It’s too bad Mel doesn’t understand the meaning of repentance and of walking with Christ. It has been discovered that it’s the director and not the stars that make a successful movie. It is their individual director’s vision of the story that makes it come to life much like an artist with his pallet in hand.

All too often a movie that could have been good turns out to be a jumbled mess usually this is a result of too many cooks in the kitchen. The producers and actors see things differently and so they try to inject their two cents into the movie with a director who doesn’t know what he wants and we get to pay to view the results.

The whole world revolves around money and movie making is no different. The people who make movies are in it for the money. If they can get you to come to see their movie with sex scenes interspersed throughout then they will gladly give you what you want and more. These are uninspired people who are in it only for the money. But who doesn’t love money? Iran has recently made a professional move promoting Islam costing millions of dollars.

Political propaganda makes use of film to the uttermost. Nazi Germany used it to great effect during the Second World War making dozens of propaganda films.

I’ve had various setbacks in trying to get my evangelical film off the ground. But of course it’s because I’ve had strong opposition from the evil one because of its evangelical stance calling for repentance. After forty years in the movie business, if I don’t understand the medium then my life has been a waste. But I believe God has me in this business that I love, to serve warning to fellow Americans and others to repent and about the signs of the times. (It is aimed at the masses.)

In putting together my promo for crowd funding I chose to put together a montage of two second videos of various happenings around the world but primarily in the United States. In all there are about twenty. These would be cut into my personal appearance intermittently. In so doing I was appalled at what I encountered on the Internet. Nothing is sacred anymore, not even human life.

Being a born-again Christian for so many years I’ve more or less been sheltered from such things except when I’m out witnessing on the street. Little did I know what goes on behind closed doors and is only now beginning to take place out in the open as well. The vile things you can see human beings doing on the internet make a sane person want to vomit.

I can remember a time when ladies were feminine, at least in public. Today, many are just as bad as men and sometimes even worse – even out in the open. Men have always been one step up from being animals especially if they don’t know Christ. Being a man myself I expect this behavior from them and more. But when I see women acting like this I cringe and want to cry. There seems to be no sense of right and wrong. It’s like Sodom and Gomorra all over again.

Even Christians are being pulled up in the vortex of this madness in smaller things like failing to keep their word; and this with a self righteous attitude. There was a time when a man’s word was his bond but not today. They too, lie and cheat and backstab the brethren at any opportunity, often just make a buck or to promote an agenda. You can hardly distinguish them from the worldly masses except that some are better dressed.

Today, many people seem to not understand what the word sin or even repentance is. At least not when you see them acting like wild animals on the Internet. My hope is to reach out to those who are still open to the message of salvation before it’s too late.

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come; For men will become lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to their parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, having a form of Godliness but denying it’s power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

I’ll be going on twitter soon and then it’s off to the races at Indiegogo the crowd funding website.


Jim Torres “Towers”