Filmmaker Conversations

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, […]

Secrets We Keep Director Wrestles with the Past

By Jacob Sahms Yuval Adler is putting his PhD from Columbia University in Philosophy to good use. In his latest film The Secrets We Keep, the director launches the audience into the world of a young, married woman named Maja (Noomi Rapace) who believes she catches sight of a former Nazi oppressor in her neighborhood […]

Sight & Sound Theatres’ Queen Esther Live is For Such a Time as This

By Jacob Sahms Katie Miller, Corporate Communications Manager for Sight & Sound Theatres, has seen the Sight & Sound brand grow over the years to include Lancaster, PA, and Branson, MO. As the oldest grandchild of the Theatre founders, Miller represents the third generation of the family to continue the legacy of sharing Biblically-inspired theater, […]

Switched Executive Producer Shares How God Opens Doors

By Jacob Sahms Nicole Weider, who executive produced and plays Skyler Stone in the film Switched, remembers her journey to Los Angeles to pursue acting. The lessons she learned along the way have shaped who she is, as a woman of faith and a filmmaker, to the point where she’s thrilled to share those lessons […]