Fahrenheit 9/11 has been praised and lambasted by critics for its unsubtle depiction of President Bush and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. For some, Michael Moore's film is a blunt accusation of Bush's misdeeds, while for others it is full of lies, innuendo, and baseless allegations. The movie, which opened nationwide June 25 and is expected to release on DVD before the November election, overcame setbacks to its release when Disney refused to distribute it and when groups complained to the Federal Election Commission over campaign-finance regulations.
Despite the film's political aims, few have questioned Michael Moore's right to make a movie with the hopes of influencing the election. On the other hand, Christian movies are often criticized for having an agenda. We wondered if, following Fahrenheit 9/11, Christian filmmakers are re-thinking their role in Hollywood.
We talked to two Christians separately via e-mail who are part of the filmmaking scene. Dallas Jenkins is president of Jenkins Entertainment, a Hollywood film company started in partnership with his father, Jerry B. Jenkins. Dallas produced Hometown Legend and will be directing the company's next feature film. David Taylor is the Arts Minister at Hope Chapel in Austin, Texas, and director of The Ragamuffin Film Festival, held August 6-8 in Austin.
What was your reaction to Fahrenheit 9/11? And what are other Christian filmmakers saying?
Dallas Jenkins: I have met Michael Moore and got to see his second documentary, The Big One, in its debut screening. Even though I disagreed with his politics, I thought he was brilliant and hilarious. Now he, Bill Maher, and Al Franken have gotten so angry that they're not entertaining anymore. I found Fahrenheit to be by far ...1
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