I very much enjoyed Rob’s post, “Why We Exist,” about a week ago. I think he did an absolutely amazing job outlining the root and vision of “Cinema Ex Verite”; so much so that I will remain silent on those particular premesis for now and will address them in some more specific fashions over the next few posts I write.
We talk a lot here about Christian filmmakers needing to make films that are “real,” films that “aren’t cheesy,” and films that are “true, not PG.” We both realize the inherent controversy arroused by lines such as that last one and while I believe we have pretty clear foundations on the matter, we’ve come to realize that those foundations and arguments may not have been presented clearly.
Just to make the issue absolutely certain here, I want to address, over the next few posts, the area of portrayal; more specifically, “the portrayal of sin by Christians in the arts.”
I can feel the hackles raising across the screen already. But I want it to be absolutely clear that, through this series, my aim is to be nothing but Biblical. There are too many problems that rise out of making Scripture say things it doesn’t say or not including things that it very clearly does say. And in this regard, I think many will be surprised by both the “conservative” and “liberal” stances we take on things. And, to that point (that of subjectivity in such matters), I realize the gap. Please don’t mistake me for either a pretentious, pompous elitist or a dumb, ignorant bubble-child. I’m neither of these things and neither is Rob. We’ve had many many long discussions and talks on this matter and it is, to put it lightly, a difficult one to penetrate. But that’s why we’re here, right?
We think it’s time the site takes some proactive steps to explain some of the values and criticisms we impose upon both Christian and Non-Christian films. So, consider this if you will, “The Philosophy and Values of Cinema Ex Verite,”
Chapter 1, “Social Sex and Intimacy; Where We stand on the portrayal and viewing of sexual and intimate relationships on screen.”