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January 19, 2010

GodFilms: Videos for Group Discussion

Ministry creates series of 'digital diaries' to spark conversation in group settings

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We recently heard about a video ministry called GodFilms, which creates short films for express purpose of helping small groups discuss relevant issues.

Producer-director Steve Horswill-Johnston explains the series like this: “We set out to create a never-before-seen type of Christian discussion-spurring film. These films are about exploration, not explanation. There are no experts here—no spoon-fed theology. Rather, the films are mysterious, open-ended, often dream-like . . . and they invite us to unwrap Jesus’ teachings and see their application in our lives in a whole new way.”

But does it work? I watched one of them (a "digital diary" on a fictional character named Christine), and found it a bit weird and trippy at first, and then bluntly cliched and didactic in the end. Something between those extremes might have worked better. Perhaps their discussion guides help the viewer to process the films better.

Anyway, for more info, watch the video below, or check their website.

Trailer for Digital Diary series from GodFilms from GodFilms on Vimeo.

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