Filmmaker Conversations

12 Mighty Orphans Director Wants to Empower

By Jacob Sahms In the upcoming sports drama 12 Mighty Orphans, screenwriter/director Ty Roberts has cinematically adapted Jim Dent’s book, Twelve Mighty Orphans: The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites Who Ruled Texas Football, the non-fiction exploration of the Fort Worth Masonic House’s football team. With Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, and Luke Wilson, the film […]

Spirit Untamed Team Sets Out to Show What Young Women Can Do

By Jacob Sahms In 2002, Dreamworks Animation delivered Academy Award-nominated Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron with Matt Damon and a score from Hans Zimmer. Nineteen years later, director Elaine Bogan leads a trio of young actresses, Isabella Merced (Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Instant Family), Marsai Martin (Black-ish, Little), and Mckenna Grace (Gifted, […]

Finding You Director Wants to Show Audiences the World

By Jacob Sahms Watching The Power of One as a kid, Brian Baugh felt a pull toward South Africa. The under-the-radar film starred Morgan Freeman and Stephen Dorff, based on a novel by Bryce Courtenay about apartheid and war during World War II. Baugh, a native of Washington, ultimately earned a Masters in African Studies […]

The Mighty Ducks (Disney+): What Does Family Look Like?

By Jacob Sahms There are so many lessons from sports that apply to life. Lessons about hard work, determination, perseverance. Lessons about how to lose or win with class. Lessons about who you are as an individual. But lessons about community, about teamwork, are always the ones that resonate the most with me. And halfway […]

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) […]