Film Team: The Final Cut

For this being the first ever Film track for the Keynote Summer Project, and with a human plan defined as “wet jello”, I’d say God has a definite plan for the use of film in ministry. We have had so many blessings in the past six weeks that looking back on it, there is no way this would have happened without Him. Our film was written, shot, and edited within two weeks. That may not seem tough, but basically God handed us our actors, the location to shoot at, and students each with a different talent that have somehow managed to get along for the past 1008 hours. Not only that, but we got booked for 6 outreaches (thank you Pam :D ).

Our audiences consisted mostly of believers, but that’s not to say it didn’t have an impact. Here’s a comment from one of the viewers at our outreach in Carmel:

“I thought the films were just as important for a Christian audience as a non-Christian audience. There are a lot of things that could be taken away from the films and be an encouragement and good reminder to Christians.”

So I have no idea how God is going to use what we’ve done, but I have complete trust and faith that it will be used in one way or another or two ways or a million. By the way, that Carmel outreach was at a retirement home, so it was a bit of a difference from high school kids. We did have a good turnout though and out audience had some good thoughts, but sadly we didn’t get that many comment cards back because Bingo started at 2. Seriously.

Our last outreach was in Chicago where we teamed up with the Chicago summer project. We actually got to be at the beach Saturday night handing out glow sticks with them, so that was pretty awesome having sand between our toes…

Here are some more comments from our audience:

“I loved it. Marissa’s story really hit me hard because my story is very similar and it reminded me that God loves and forgives.”

“These films were a fresh look on the freedom Christ gives. To the
emcees—THANK YOU for being so open. I was very encouraged today –
very well done.”

“I appreciated being able to see how God can use short films to spark discussion and gain wisdom about who He is.”

This summer has been freakin awesome. I never thought I would get to know so many different people so well in such a short amount of time, but it happened. Now as we are about to disperse to our respective origins, Keynote Summer Project 08 will go down in history. God bless

Forever in Christ,
The Film Team:

Film Team Wranglers:
John & Pam

Film Team Update

The past two weeks seem like one day for me, but somehow, we have this film called “wreck”. After long days of shooting and long nights of editing (literally), our film has made its way to the big screen.

[Last night] was officially the FIRST short film outreach in the history of the Keynote Summer Project. We…showed 6 short films at Creekside Ministries in Fishers, IN tonight. There was an audience of 30 and we had one person receive Christ as her Savior!

The audience consisted mainly of Junior High and High School students and they were very responsive when Will and Marissa would ask questions about the film last played. To us, that was so relieving / encouraging / invigorating / uplifting / etc.

We will be making quests to Cincinnati on Thursday, Chicago on Saturday, and a few other places near Indy to show these short films to a variety of audiences. Please pray for our whole team that God would use us and speak through us as we set out on a mission with a new kind of ammunition.

… I will leave you with some of the comments we received from our Friday night premiere and tonight’s outreach:

  • “You have been given the gift of story-telling (like Jesus); keep using your God-given gifts”
  • “Really different, it caught my attention”
  • “Wreck was incredibly powerful. What a beautiful way to share the love of Christ”
  • “These films really opened my eyes. Thank you”

The Film Kids d(^.^)b

Are still in Indiana. We finished recording for our film on Sunday and now the footage is being edited. It’s been a lot of work, as I’m sure it has been for all of you too. News: the Director of our film, Lisa, has taken a leave of absence due to the passing of her Grandfather, but she’ll be back on Friday. I ask that you would pray for her and her family, for comfort and strength.

Our film premiers Friday night (hopefully it’s finished <_< ) in our "dress rehearsal" and then we will begin the tour of short film madness starting Saturday (I think…). I pray God has been using your hands and vocal cords to spread his Love. Ok, I must get back to editing now. Rock the world.

Resting in the awesome power of the God who created the stars and our bodies, Brian and the Film Kids + John and Pam and Sharon and Tom and Denise and the scooters in the office :D

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