Do you remember the Mother Goose story of the Little Red Hen? Here is a version for the Faith-Based film industry written by Doc Benson, producer of the movie Seven Deadly Words, which will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival this year. I'm thrilled that Pureflix and others are succeeding at the box office with Christian content. There are a plethora of little guys producing stories just as good who need help to get those stories into the eyes, hearts, and spirits of the people. This is a clarion call to pastors and though ministries in position to communicate with the masses to help bring the word of God to the people of planet Earth.
Once upon a time there were Christian film makers. One day they wanted to make a difference in the lives of people by creating a Faith-Based movie.
“Who will help me get the word out about our idea?” they said.
“Not I,” said the Pastor. “You don’t attend OUR church.”
“Not I,” said the Radio Station. “You’re not a big enough name.”
“Not I,” said the church member. “I’ll pray for you.”
“Very well then, we will,” said the film makers. So they struggled with social media.
“Now,” they said, “who will invest in our movie project?”
“Not I,” said the big church. “We have our own priorities.”
“Not I,” said the wealthy Christian. “I gave a dollar to missions.”
“Not I,” said the business owner. “No guarantee of profit.”
“Very well then, we will,” said the film makers. So they struggled with a crowd funding campaign and maxed out their credit cards.
When the movie was made and ready for promotion, the film makers said, “Who will help us get the movie into festivals and find a distributor?”
“Not I,” said the pastor. “It doesn’t benefit our church.”
“Not I,” said the Christian. “I’ll pray for you. Be warm and well fed.”
“Not I,” said the legalist. “I don’t believe in self-promotion.”
“Very well then, we will,” said the film makers. So they spent every last dollar they had to get the film out there in festivals, building awareness and seeking distribution.
Finally, one day, the film was picked up for distribution. It was a small deal since the film was low budget, couldn’t afford big names, and didn’t get a lot of publicity to build awareness.
“So,” the film makers said, “Who will watch the movie?”
“Oh, I will,” said the Pastor. “But we want to show it for free as a membership building…uh, I mean ‘outreach’ event.”
“Oh, I will,” said the student. “But I will wait until it is streaming for free online.”
“Oh, I will,” said the Christian. “I’ll pick up the DVD on the discount rack and then pass it around my friends and family so they don’t have to pay.”
And the film makers, now disheartened and broke, went back to work at their secular jobs. Meanwhile, churches across the country heard sermons complaining that there aren’t enough quality Christian films out there...