First-Time Director Steve Taylor Takes on "Second Chance"
- Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Rather than to simply entertain, (although he hopes the movie does that, too) director Steve Taylor hopes the conversation that was started in his first film, "The Second Chance," will be an ongoing one.
While Christian music fans will certainly remember him as that rather tall, quirky guy who sang about wanting be a clone back in the ‘80s, Steve Taylor has always had the itch to make movies. And now after six years of perfecting the script, his long-time dream has finally come to fruition with this month's release of "The Second Chance."
When making the movie, Taylor readily admits the odds were against him. After all, he didn't exactly have experience on his side, a Hollywood budget with "King Kong"-sized special effects at his disposal, or even an experienced, Oscar-worthy cast. But what Taylor did have was an important story to tell with a message he hopes that audiences will continue to talk about after the closing credits have rolled.
In route to another interview as we catch up by phone this particular Monday afternoon, Taylor's making the promotional rounds these days - a process that's providing him with plenty of feedback on the film. "You don't know anything until you show it to an audience," Taylor says with a laugh. "Generally, the response has been really positive, which has been really encouraging."
Inspired by his church background, Taylor couldn't help but notice that previous portrayals of church life came up a little short in the accuracy department. "My dad was a pastor, and with few exceptions, every time I'd see a movie or TV show set in a church that was telling a pastor story, most of these projects felt like they were made by people who don't go to church," Taylor says. "So I wanted to come up with something that felt authentic - a story that was redemptive but not sort of simplistic."
And with crisscrossing storylines along the lines of movies like "Crash" or "Traffic", "The Second Chance" is really a tale of two churches - one that's white, another that's black. First, audiences get a glimpse of "The Rock," a rather affluent, suburban church that's big on appearances and rather proud of the fact that it's got the best music in town and all the cutting-edge multimedia to keep even the most A-D-D member of the congregation entertained. But despite appearances, things aren't as healthy as they seem. Despite the "success" of the church and all its programs, senior pastor Jeremiah Jenkins couldn't seem more removed. So at the end of his father's tenure, former rock star Ethan Jenkins (Michael W. Smith) is slated to assume his duties. But after a scandalous incident stirs up quite the controversy one Sunday morning, Ethan is relegated to The Rock's inner-city "satellite congregation," The Second Chance Community Church - something he's not that excited about in the least.
With his expensive Gucci wardrobe, a cash-can-fix-anything attitude and shiny BMW to boot, Ethan can't help but clash with The Second Chance's street-smart pastor, Jake Sanders (jeff obafemi carr). In stark contrast to Ethan, Jake's a dedicated community servant who constantly faces the reality of life in a poor, often dangerous neighborhood. And when Ethan arrives on the scene, he's convinced he won't be around for long.
But as time passes and they're forced to work through a variety of troubling situations together, Ethan and Jake ultimately realize they have far more in common than they expected. And as the story unfolds, you begin to see changes in attitude and priorities - and old prejudices put to rest.
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