© 2012 John Casimir O'Keefe

Review of Made and Makers

I love to watch a good movie; I’m just not a great movie reviewer. I mean, given that I like movies based on comic book characters and any movie with a good fart scene, I am not the most skilled at reviewing movies – never mind a documentary. If you want to sit around, popping a few brews and chatting about a movie, I’m game – but writing a review, I’m not sure I have those skills. So, with that in mind, let me open a brew, light up a great cigar and share with you some insights I have about a really cool movie I just finished previewing, Made as Makers, by Callid Keefe-Perry, going full release on June 1, 2012.

I have to say I was not excited about viewing this movie, because I figured there would be no super heroes or fart scenes and it was a documentary – well, that is what I thought at first.

As the movie, this poem on film, opens, Callid shares his vision for the movie, a vision of sharing how creativity can help us in our faith journey; a vision of asking three questions, about God, Faith and Hope. As the movie started, I was drawn into the conversations, and drawn to think for myself about God, Faith and Hope.

What I found most exciting about this movie is that it is not a movie based on a denominational slant; it actually speaks very little on any particular theological bend. It is not a movie based on one particular flavor of Christianity; rather it is a movie that speaks to the community and invites the community to process the views of others in their particular flavor. It is a movie what starts you thinking, without telling you what to think. A conversation that does not cause you to take a particular stance or cause you to form a particular idea, but invites you to process what is shared through your own heart. What it does, is cause you to think, to start the process of conversation with others, even those you differ with. It is a movie that is not laced with theological debates, but rather it is a movie where regular people talk about God, Faith and Hope in a language we can all understand.

In the dialog of creativity and God, Faith and Hope, this movie moves you to want to explore the possibilities and embrace creativity in “how” one sees “the church.”

What surprised me the most in this movie is its poetic nature, its ability to express God, Faith and Hope in a way that speaks to the individual, and the community as a whole. Another thing that surprised me was that it was filled with super heroes (but it did not have a fart scene). Super heroes, found in the voices of people like Susi Sahlaman, Tia Lynn, Tevyn East, and Cary Gibson. They use their superpowers to share their views, and as you hear them speak you start to feel the connection of “we.” You start to feel the connection drawn from creative being to the divine. You get a sense of how creativity moves in your life, and how creativity is central to our lives as created beings.

This movie is so important, so enlightening, so opening that I would recommend it for every community of faith, even if you are not looking to get creative in viewing God, Faith and Hope in creative ways. I would recommend that each community take a few hours (the movie is 43 minutes long), show the movie and start the dialog.


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