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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 Master Filmmakers

The Master Filmmakers

(p.144) 6 The Master Filmmakers
Celluloid Sermons

Terry Lindvall

Andrew Quicke

NYU Press

This chapter looks at how World Wide Pictures and Gateway reached beyond the evangelical ghettos. The two organizations set out to bring evangelistic and historical films to churches; each was successful in encouraging individuals to recognize God's presence. Despite staying committed to their theological purposes, their films were not embarrassing church-basement productions, but rather carefully conceptualized and professionally developed. Their hagiographic films, from The Hiding Place to Candle in the Dark, evoked thought as well as emotion. Their films also crossed denominational boundaries and promoted religious unity through shared narratives about grace, hope, and healing. In contrast, another introduced genre, the apocalyptic film, would bring terror, thrills, and urgency into churches.

Keywords:   World Wide Pictures, Gateway, Gospel Films, Family Films, The Hiding Place, Candle in the Dark, apocalyptic film

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