What’s the difference between a “conversional” and a “conversational” Christian movie?
"The term ‘faith-based’ film means different things to different people,” explains movie producer Tony Young.
“I believe when most people hear that term today, they think of films that are more ‘conversional’ in nature as opposed to ‘conversational,’ which is what we are trying to create.”
Young was talking to Morgan Lee at the Christian Post about his newest film THE SONG. It's a music-themed love story deeply rooted in the life of Solomon from the Bible.
"THE SONG ventures into powerful and challenging territory dealing with temptations of sex, fame, alcohol, greed and abuse," reports Global Dispatch. "Starring Alan Powell from Anthem Lights and Ali Faulkner of Twilight fame, THE SONG gets brutally honest with Christians about the challenges of a dark world pushing humans towards pleasure and away from commitment and a higher power."
It has no altar call at the end. The music doesn't swell with the hero dropping to his knees in humble repentence. As the credits roll, the bad guys do not come to Jesus. That's because this film from City on a Hill Studio is conversational -- aimed at provoking discussion. And "conversational is exactly what screenings are causing," marvels Global Dispatch. "Teens are left with questions for their parents, dads leave talking with their son about the difficulties of staying faithful to a loving wife and what temptation is really like in the world. THE SONG challenges Christians by bursting their proverbial bubble of perfection."
"Powell and Faulkner were awesome," reports Global Dispatch, "immediately connecting to the audience who was cheering for their relationship. Powell delivers powerful and moving contemporary Christian music effortlessly and easily sells the rock-star theme which is forced in many mainstream films. Nashville‘s Caitlin Nicol-Thomas steals scene after scene, even when the audience turns against her."
Why doesn't the film end with everybody walking down the aisle at a Billy Graham crusade? Why doesn't it peak with Pat Boone leading the hero in repeating the Sinner's Prayer?
Because, notes Global Dispatch, "Director Richard Ramsey didn’t make a Christian film pretending to be a big budget film, competing with Hollywood. Nor is it a low budget Christan film with a good story – this is a just a good movie through and through. It doesn’t beat the audience over the head with a Bible, so secular audiences will enjoy the love story as well."
And it's guaranteed to provoke lots of conversation.
THE SONG is set to arrive in theaters September 26.