Filmmaker Conversations

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 […]

My Brother’s Keeper (Part II): How the Church Can Stand Up to PTSD

By Jacob Sahms In My Brother’s Keeper, Army sergeant Travis Fox (TC Stallings) returns home from his sixth deployment after his best friend, Ron “Preach” Pearcy (Joey Lawrence) and his entire Ranger platoon are killed in an explosion. Working to settle his deceased parents’ affairs, his battle with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) rises up […]

My Brother’s Keeper (Part I): Hope in the Face of PTSD

By Jacob Sahms In My Brother’s Keeper, Army sergeant Travis Fox (TC Stallings) returns home from his sixth deployment after his best friend, Ron “Preach” Pearcy (Joey Lawrence) and his entire Ranger platoon are killed in an explosion. Working to settle his deceased parents’ affairs, his battle with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) rises up […]

The Chandlers Want You to Know You’re Loved

By Jacob Sahms The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland isn’t just a passion project for married actors Jim and Jenn Gotzon Chandler. It’s the story of how Jim courted Jenn, and the Biblical truths that they hope to model for others in their lives and in their art. In development for several years, including […]

Director on Patrick Peyton’s Impact on Family

By Jacob Sahms Jonathan Cipiti has always loved telling stories, whether through taking pictures or making movies as a middle school student with his friends. A Los Angeles native growing up in upstate New York, he didn’t believe filmmaking was an actual job a person could pursue. But realizing that storytelling could be a powerful […]

Director Wants Small Group to Reflect Full Measure of Christ

By Jacob Sahms Matt Chastain wrote Small Group, the story of how documentary filmmaker R. Scott Cooper, who goes on a unique mission: to expose the truth behind a Christian culture he doesn’t understand. Chastain wrote the film as a comedy – and as a drama – and raised the capital to make the film, […]