Back in the days when “Christians didn’t go to movies,” the film industry had already learned a very profitable lesson: serials make money. As the name implies, serials were continued stories. They were shown on Saturday mornings, attracting children for successive exciting episodes of a B-quality shoot-’em-up and kill-’em adventure story.

Fortunately, evangelical film makers have not stooped to the level of the serials of the forties and fifties, but they have discovered that such series as Francis Schaeffer’s How Should We Then Live? and James Dobson’s Focus on the Family can create repeat audiences, multiply ministries, and frequently increase revenues. A number of series-type films have been released within the past year, and they are the primary focus of this report.

Fun In Marriage

Who but Charlie and Martha Shedd could call a film series Fun in Marriage Workshop and get away with it? Should it not be Commitment in Marriage or Biblical Roles in Marriage? For any other workshop leaders, perhaps so. But for Charlie and Martha Shedd, who are on their forty-second year of honeymoon, any other title would seem rather inappropriate.

The five-part series is an excellent attempt by Cinema Associates of Seattle, Washington, to capture the dynamics of the workshops this Presbyterian minister and his wife have conducted across the country. Topics discussed include “Vocal, Body and Soul Communication,” “How to Stay in Love,” and straight answers to delicate questions. The cost is $60 per film.

The Shedds share deeply from their own marriage experience as they have in Charlie’s many books and in their syndicated newspaper column. They draw upon letters received over the years, surveys they have done (helpful, but not scientific), and ...

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