Filmmaker Conversations

Think Like a Dog Director: It’s All About Love & Family

By Jacob Sahms On a weeklong kayaking trip, complete with daylong paddling and evenings sleeping by the river, Gil Junger found himself sweating through one hundred degree days. One night, he found himself working on his Mac, the script of a film about a boy and his dog flowing through his fingertips, in the middle […]

From Space Jam to Scoob! Director Tony Cervone Delivers Heart

By Jacob Sahms As a kid growing up outside of Chicago, Tony Cervone idolized the stars of his city’s teams, like the Bears of ‘85 or the Bulls of ‘91-93. He never imagined that he’d be sitting next to His Airness, Michael Jordan, one day, but as the director of animation for Jordan’s feature film Space […]

The Quarry Director Tackles Good, Evil, & Forgiveness

By Jacob Sahms Having grown up in the Methodist church in Georgia, screenwriter and director Scott Teems knows that religion is just baked into your upbringing, that everyone has experienced it in one form or another. While he’s known for writing horror-based stories for Blumhouse Films and has been tapped to write the screenplay for […]

Letter for the King (Netflix): Arthurian Game of Thrones for Kids

By Jacob Sahms One of the recent Netflix options aimed at younger audiences draws its inspiration from the Dutch story De brief voor de Koning by Tonke Dragt. Developed for television by Will Davies, the show maximizes the various talents of some young European actors, with a smattering of adult actors you may recognize from BBC […]

Dallas Jenkins Brings His Five Loaves & Two Fish to The Chosen

By Jacob Sahms Director Dallas Jenkins remembers January 20, 2017, well, even if it is not favorably. At nine a.m., he was eagerly awaiting the release of his feature-length debut, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, in theaters, headlined by Brett Dalton and Shawn Michaels. By noon, the numbers were in, the film was a commercial […]

8 Dove Approved Easter Films Available on Christian Cinema

Here’s a list of Dove-Approved films that are available to rent or buy digitally at for your family to watch and discuss heading into Easter. Ben-Hur Anno Domini: the seventh year of Augustus Caesar’s reign. In the Roman province of Judea, Jews return to the city of their birth for the census. A bright […]

Cosmos’ Ann Druyan Talks Science, Love, & Carl Sagan

By Jacob Sahms Emmy and Peabody Award-winning writer, director, and producer Ann Druyan experienced scientific ridicule, not once but twice. Nearly fifty years later, she’s still standing, having overcome the initial sense of embarrassment and tears that followed her from high school and into college. Once described by her college professor as unteachable, Druyan went […]

Kevin Downes Saw Jeremy Camp’s Story in I Still Believe

By Jacob Sahms In 2002, Jeremy Camp exploded onto the Contemporary Christian Music scene with hits like “Walk by Faith” and “Understand.” But just two years earlier, the singer/songwriter had lost his best friend and wife to ovarian cancer, just months after marrying her. While Camp has gone on to release eleven studio albums (four […]

Burden Director Wants Love to Win Over Crisis of Hate

By Jacob Sahms Director Andrew Heckler remembers the first time racism stopped him in his tracks. While his father’s work took the family throughout the South, his family operated from a sense of being “fairly colorblind,” in his words. But when they stopped at a little town in Georgia for a meal at a small […]