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February 13, 2009

Another Church, Another Movie

Tulsa congregation pitches in for 'Treasure Blind'

Brian Shoop doesn't know if his church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will ever have the same success making movies as Georgia's Sherwood Baptist (Fireproof, Facing the Giants), but you've got to start somewhere.

Shoop, 57, had seen Sherwood's first film, Flywheel, and said it "wasn't awful," according to The Tulsa World. When his pastor asked him if he thought they could do the same thing at Tulsa Bible Church, Shoop--who played a role in The Rookie with Dennis Quaid--thought, why not?

"(Sherwood's success) sort of pushed me off dead-center," Shoop said. "So I collected all of my favors and all of my friends, and we set out on it. I started writing, and for a year I was writing and rewriting. In 2006, we started shooting."

The result is Treasure Blind, which released to DVD this week. The film is about a Tulsa cab driver, part-time amateur treasure hunter (played by Shoop) whose life is enriched when he meets the blind grandson he never knew existed. The film is released by Cloud Ten Pictures, which did the Left Behind trilogy of movies.

Here's the Treasure Blind trailer:

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Kat Mortensen (Canada)

Thinking of another church, another movie, my wife and I recently watched a movie from my childhood called "Stars in My Crown". It was a Hollywood production from the late 1940s, starring Joel McCrea as a former Civil War soldier who becomes a preacher and moves into a small town where he establishes a church. Dean Stockwell played the part of his young nephew who lived with him. There were themes of racial unrest and the Ku Klux Klan, with the minister facing them down and a town doctor who thinks that medicine can solve all health problems and that prayer has no place in his "modern" world. That is until his girlfriend, (played by a young Amanda Blake who would later be Kitty the bartender on TV's "Gunsmoke"), is critically ill and calls for the preacher when the doctor says he can do no good for her. After prayer, she recovers.

This was an earnest attempt to show a preacher dealing with the lives of his parishioners on the frontier and the reality of Christian faith. You would have thought that it came from a Christian production company. All in all, a good though not great film.