Filmmaker Conversations

Alan Powell & Adam Watts Renovate Summer Camp in A Week Away

By Jacob Sahms In Netflix’s film A Week Away, streaming Friday, troubled orphan Will (Kevin Quinn, Bunk’d) finds himself forced to attend the Christian summer camp run by devout Christians who love to have fun (David Koechner and Sherri Shepherd). But he also finds himself drawn to several of the camp regulars, Avery (Bailee Madison) […]

Thor Ramsey and Chris Shaw Want to Show Love Through Church People

By Jacob Sahms Talking with comedian Thor Ramsey and director Christopher Shaw is a whirlwind of kinetic energy, theology, laughter, and wisdom. Together, they’ve taken an idea, then a script, and then a film trailer, and turned them into the feature-length comedy/romance/drama/satire that is the laugh out loud funny Church People. Ramsey wanted to make […]

Roe vs. Wade Director Wants to Save Lives

By Jacob Sahms Nick Loeb is an actor, a businessman, a politician. But the forty-five year old who grew up loving the 1980s films of Steven Spielberg is making his directorial debut with Roe vs. Wade, a film about the legal battle over unborn children. Loeb also stars in the film as Bernard Nathanson, a […]

Chris Dowling Tackles Film Noir in the Real World

By Jacob Sahms The first time I talked to Chris Dowling, he had written the script for The Remaining, a film that transforms a wedding into a Left Behind-themed horror show in 2014. Later that year he directed the drama Where Love Grows from a script he wrote about a down-and-out baseball player (Kristoffer Polaha) […]

News of the World Director Greengrass Wants Us to Heal

By Jacob Sahms Paul Greengrass burst onto the international film scene as the director of the second and third Bourne films with Matt Damon. He also made action-heavy films with deeper meanings, like United 93 and Green Zone, before teaming with Tom Hanks with the real-life story in Captain Phillips. In late 2020, he delivered […]

One Animated Couple (Part I): From The Grinch to Three Wise Men

By Jacob Sahms This is Part One of a two-part interview with the creators of The Three Wise Men, about their love for Christmas and their journey through Warner Bros. Animation and Illumination Entertainment to end up where they are today.  In 1992, two animators were randomly paired together in a student cubicle at California […]