Filmmaker Conversations

9/11 Finds Its Silver Lining in A Come From Away Story

by Peyton Garland I didn’t want to wear my Army jumpsuit with the 82ndAirborne patch on it, not on a Friday when the other kids were wearing shorts and t-shirts, not just because Momma said it had special meaning now. The parachute material swished when I walked, and the head-to-toe forest green look wasn’t made […]

Chasing the Cure’s Ann Curry Wants to Help Us Help Each Other

By Jacob Sahms Catching up with Ann Curry is no easy task. But one morning last week, fresh off a red-eye flight from filming the last episode of Chasing the Cure, Curry shared her thoughts on her new program that is crossing media platforms and blending crowdsourcing with experienced medical experts. With all of the […]

From Marvel’s Thanos to Methodist Deacon, Mike Friedrich Sees Theology in Pop Culture

By Jacob Sahms A few weeks ago, Mike Friedrich stood in front of a small group gathered for a retreat. As an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church, Friedrich’s leadership in the five-day retreat on “Ordinary People with Extraordinary People” was unsurprising. But what all of the participants didn’t know was, that at one […]

Guy Nattiv Shines a Light on Hate While Pointing Toward Forgiveness

By Jacob Sahms “You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.” ― Isadora Duncan Academy Award-winning director and screenwriter Guy Nattiv received the framed Isadora Duncan quote when he departed Israel to relocate to Los Angeles. It serves as a reminder that he’s always wanted to use his gifts to capture people’s attention […]

The Heartbreak Kid Spills on Salvation & Stardom

By Jacob Sahms Shawn “The Heartbreak Kid” Michaels hasn’t traded in his tights completely yet, but the star of wrestling’s WWF/WWE began acting in 2017 and stars in the upcoming 90 Feet From Home. As the abusive and alcoholic father of a former Major League Baseball player (Adam Hampton), Michaels serves up a role that […]

Charleston 9 Survivor Serves as Witness to the Light

By Jacob Sahms Murderer Dylann Roof told Polly Shepherd that he allowed her to live so that she could bear witness to the story of how he killed nine churchgoers during a Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, 2015. What the white supremacist did not realize that day was that the story […]

The Work of Good Sam’s Dete Meserve Spreads Like Miracles Do

By Jacob Sahms Dete Meserve of Wind Dancer Films has had a hand in television (Saint George) and film (What Women Want, The Keeping Room), but the first novel in her series about intrepid journalist Kate Bradley has just been released as a feature-length film by Netflix. The story is part-mystery, part-romance, but it’s a […]