Five Feet Apart Director Wants to Show Real Love

By Jacob Sahms Justin Baldoni is a man on a mission. He’s created a digital documentary series told from the perspective of people who are terminally ill, founded Wayfarer Entertainment to tell stories that challenge people, starred in The CW’s Jane the Virgin, and developed a male talk show called Man Enough to look at […]

Patterns of Evidence Director Wants to Relax Our Paradigm Muscles

By Jacob Sahms In 2014, Tim Mahoney directed the Patterns of Evidence: Exodus documentary that explored evidence of the Biblical story of the Exodus by the Israelites from Egypt. With recreations, expert interviews, and on-the-scene archaeology, Mahoney’s film challenged audiences to consider the historicity of the Exodus and what that meant for the rest of […]

Run the Race Team on Football, Family, and Faith

By Jacob Sahms Run the Race shares the story of two brothers who battle life on and off the football field, but who find themselves desperately in need of a higher power to see them through the struggles they encounter. For writer Jake McEntire, the film was about portraying the different avenues to grace, while […]

Indivisible Director Casts Vision for Faith and Marriage

By Jacob Sahms Optometrist David Evans has been helping people renew (and find) their vision for decades, since graduating from Southern College of Optometry and founding a practice in Memphis in 1994. But Evans had been making homemade films since he was a child, and his storytelling tendencies continued to be displayed at Passion Play […]

The Upside: Discerning Deeper Truths

By Jacob Sahms Sometimes at Dove, there are films that speak to the soul but for various reasons simply cannot be Dove Approved. The films released with the award seasons of The Golden Globes or The Oscars regularly fall into that category. There’s something edifying about some of those films, like Green Book’s explanation of […]

Bishop T.D. Jakes Shares Love From His Latest Film, A Dog’s Way Home

Bishop T.D. Jakes is one of the best-known pastors of any denomination around the United States, but before he founded The Potter’s House in Dallas, TX, with its five-thousand-seat auditorium and a thirty-four-acre campus, he was a fledgling pastor in Charleston, West Virginia. In May 1996, he uprooted his family, and fifty faithful families from […]

Ashley Judd on Love, Dogs, and Helping Our Veterans

By Jacob Sahms Ashley Judd knew what she was signing up for when she agreed to a role in A Dog’s Way Home, the latest dog-centric film from writer W. Bruce Cameron. Having worked with director Charles Martin Smith on Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2, Judd’s awareness of the kindness of Smith and his […]

Spider-Man – Into the Spider-Verse: Will You Be Heroic?

By Jacob Sahms, originally published on Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse is the best superhero animated film I’ve ever seen. It’s the best film I’ve seen this year. It may be the greatest Spider-Man film of all time. If all of those seem like exaggerations to you, then you haven’t seen the movie for yourself […]

Buttons Director Tim Janis: We Need Hope Like We Need Air

By Jacob Sahms During a church service one day, musician Tim Janis felt the nudge of inspiration he’s felt before, but this time, it wasn’t a one-song arrangement or new ensemble piece. This time, it was the story outline of what audiences can see this Saturday in a one-time Fathom Event, the musical, cinematic movement […]

Instant Family Director Dishes on Fostering, Family

Seven years ago, Sean Anders adopted three children out of foster care. Anders had already penned She’s Out of My League and Mr. Popper’s Penguins when the adoption became official, but he would continue to write and direct films about relationships and families, like We’re the Millers and Daddy’s Home. With an eye toward the […]