But leave “The Passion” aside.  It was a phenomena, but it was an anomaly.  Mel doesn’t even have it on his radar screen to do another film like that.  The only big success in Christian filmmaking has been, from a business perspective, with end-time movies. 

Annabelle:  What can aspiring Christian filmmakers do?

  I would love to see an association of Christian filmmakers.  It’s stunning to me that we don’t.

Annabelle:  So what lies ahead for Christian filmmaking?  Not everyone can or should make end-time films.

  I think the future is extraordinarily bright if we meet a couple of criteria.  First, we have to work and play well together.  There’s still a lot of competition.  Second, we have to recognize that we’re the flavor of the month in Hollywood.  A lot of organizations are going to be burned.  Right now there’s this sense that Hollywood is changing, but I disagree with that.  Hollywood isn’t changing one thing.  Third, we need to put content ahead of all else, in my opinion.  What makes us different is that we have the ability to confront the culture and do evangelism. I’d rather make a $10 million evangelical film rather than a $50 million feel-good film.

Annabelle:  But people are called to different things.

  Of course.  But we believe that if you don’t have the gospel message, you haven’t done anything of eternal significance.

Annabelle:  What’s next for Cloud Ten Pictures?

  I want us to branch out.  We have two movies right now that I’m excited to make.  There’s a beautiful story written by a Christian lady in L.A. called “Dirk and the Devil.”  We still need to find the financing for it, but it’s witty, funny and light, yet with a thunderous message – a beautiful movie with great teaching and great evangelism.  Even the devil is funny. 

Another one we’re working on is about a burned-out music star who has lost all of his connections and who signs with a new label, a Christian rock band.  It’s extraordinarily funny – a wonderful story of redemption and transformation called “Born Again” – and we’re doing the rewrites on that. 

We’ll also keep going on with the “Left Behind” series.  The church release deal is not a one-time deal for us.  We want this to be a monthly deal.  Cloud Ten Church Cinemas.  Our primary point in our mission statement is, “It’s the best evangelical film.  It doesn’t matter who the producer is.”  The best movie that we can acquire goes to the church, but it has to meet our criteria.

"Left Behind:  World at War" will have its theatrical release in churches nationwide the weekend of October 21-23.  It will be available for purchase (DVD and VHS) in retail stores on Tuesday, October 25. 

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