How New ‘Faith-Adjacent’ Films Are Preaching Beyond the Choir

Today’s faith audience seeks different messages from ”what they’re told on Sunday morning in church and…on Friday night at the movies,“ one producer says

Ken Carpenter — a veteran director/producer of inspirational films whose credits include “Run the Race,” Lifetime’s “A Welcome Home Christmas” and the upcoming Ireland-set youth romance “Finding You” — takes issue with describing his feel-good movies as “faith-based.” “It’s unfortunately become sort of a pejorative term,” Carpenter told TheWrap. “It is most often associated with material that is proselytizing, in which an agenda far outweighs any focus on telling a well-written, well-acted story.”

Added Carpenter, “It’s too bad, from where I sit. It seems like a there’s a lot of filmmakers in that arena who provide formulaic answers, where I think the greatest opportunity is to tell stories that raise a lot of questions and then invite viewers into drawing their own conclusions.”

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Diane Haithman

Senior Entertainment Business Reporter • diane@thewrap.com • @dhaithman