When films that examine and exemplify the Gospel of Christ come to the big screen, it’s something we want to get behind. This past weekend, a few of our team members continued their visit to the 10th annual Attic Film Festival hosted by TAFF, and viewed works created by independent filmmakers that examine key themes representative of Christ. TAFF is an organization that welcomes filmmakers, actors, producers, audiences, directors and writers to explore the power of story, and the art of visualization through the celebration of the Gospel. Friday evening featured a handful of short films that touched and inspired us. Here are a few we were able to catch screenings of:
“The River”, directed by Jeff Hamm, was one of the first short films we viewed. The 8 minute film revolves around the story of a family on a camping expedition in wilderness. After their daughter Abby goes missing just before sun set, the faith of both parents are challenged as they desperately seek the rescue and safety of their daughter.
This was Hamm’s debut film but there was something that really made it unique. It was also a part of the 168 Film Project. The project challenges filmmakers worldwide to draw a random scripture and in just 168 hours (7 days) shoot and edit a short film. The concept of the particular film we were able to view centers around Proverbs 31:31, “Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” It’s a pretty incredible feat for such a quick turnaround time.
Not all films we viewed told of fictitious stories, there were also several documentaries featured to explore global subject matters. “Poets of the Mountain” by Vince Williams premiered at the Attic Film Festival. The documentary focuses on the inspiring grasp of hope held on to by orphans in the Himalayan Mountains of India. Throughout the film, poems written by the children are vocalized through subtitles and express the harsh realities of being without a family and the hope that the Lord has given them for a better future. “Poets of the Mountain” won Best Cinematography at the festival and that was no surprise to us. The scenes were stunning and beautiful.
Finally, “I Am Israel” was the documentary that stood out to us most during this series of short films as it gave viewers a thirty three minute glimpse into the Land of the Lord. Directed by David Kiern, this film embarks the audience on a cinematic and spiritual journey of the stunning visuals of Israel through the lens of Biblical stories and the experiences of people who call it home. The documentary was enlightening, having explored Jewish men and woman through their testimonies of the promises made by God.
Each short film we encountered resurfaced underlying themes of redemption, hope and faith. The filmmakers who submitted their pieces were truly gifted in their craft. Each work told its own unique story that was captured by exceptional visuals, with a creative perspective revolving around the Gospel and character of Christ.