Relevant Questions to (Post)Modern (Christian)Filmmakers
Sometimes here on the site Rob and I struggle to toe the line between seeming overtly secular and blatantly preachy. This is a struggle for anyone who is in the cross-sections of “Christianity,” and “Social Media,” whatever the latter has come to finally mean. However, never do we sense that we are betraying our faith, convictions, or purported manifesto by delving into secular film and delving in often. In fact, if you go back through and re-read our earliest posts and goals, you’ll see that one of our main drives is to stop the every-man-Christian from entering the multiplexes mindlessly. This practice is commonplace in the church and is not only dangerous to its collective mind but threatens to deftly, but surely, choke out its influence, understanding, and impact on this culture.
Which is why i find this article ironic and deeply necessary. Our young filmmakers are surrounded by and, in some way, are manifestations of their postmodern culture. The philosophy has been so prevalent in the last 15 years that its influence into the smallest parts of our lives is nearly unnoticed. It defines our nation and, more precisely, my generation. Questions, questions, questions……Answe—-, Anw—, ——–,. Thus is the phase of a postmodern influence; questioning the questions for the sake of inquiry which is supposed to lead to some kind of transcendent catharsis. But, proof being in the proverbial pudding, it would seem my generation is all but sure of anything, let alone themselves.
What matter is it thought? Who cares? I care. The fact that these two questions nearly always pop in my mind the minute anyone takes a definite stand on anything should save giant red, white, flamboyant flags at me telling me how much i’ve let my culture define me. We are inquisitive creatures to be sure, but inquisitive creatures are inquisitive because the long to have closure on that which they are unsure of. With postmodernism the only definite fact is that uncertainty is certain; That inquiry is a whole philosophy rather than the means of it.
How does this matter to filmmakers? At this point i would hope that i wouldn’t have to actually pose the question but quite obviously because filmmakers do a few very important things
1. They tell stories which…
2. Ask the questions of their culture which in turn….
3. Shape the next generation with their answers thereby…
4. Shaping their culture which influences all of us, which causes them to consequently
5. Shape and change lives all around us, over and over and over again.
And it doesn’t just stop with us; humans are fickle, even stubborn ones. Everyone continues to change over time until they are at last in their eternal home, in which the absolute truth will be unavoidably known. Until then they ask questions.
As a filmmaker, you have not only the opportunity to pose said questions but to offer answers that are both absolute and subjective. This is the beauty of art and always has been; the ironic vanity of art is when it pretends that what it says is inconsequential.
So, consider this article as a christian filmmaker, consider your generation, and consider that they only want answers; you have the only ones that will help. Answer them.