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Celluloid SermonsThe Emergence of the Christian Film Industry, 1930-1986$
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Terry Lindvall and Andrew Quicke

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814753248

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814753248.001.0001

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The Studio Era of Christian Films

The Studio Era of Christian Films

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Celluloid Sermons

Terry Lindvall

Andrew Quicke

NYU Press

This chapter examines how studio moguls controlled various modes of production during the golden era of Hollywood. For the Christian film industry, after the pioneer days of Friedrich and Baptista, the 1950s ushered in a studio era controlled by the godfathers of religious films. The studio work of Sam Hersh, Ken Anderson, and Billy Zeoli, along with their independent producers and directors, provided the bulk of Christian film products for church and school use. As each of these producers added their bricks to the building of an international Christian film industry, they contributed to the use of films by various Protestant groups. Their general evangelical film work would spark studios with greater economic resources, commitment to film ministries, and innovative scholarly visions to serve as master filmmakers for wider Christian audiences.

Keywords:   Hollywood, Christian film industry, studio religious films, Sam Hersh, Ken Anderson, Billy Zeoli, Protestant groups, Christian audiences

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