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Hero Maker

Randall Wallace, the writer of Braveheart and We Were Soldiers, and his films are in the spotlight this weekend at the City of the Angels Film Festival, with the theme of "Heroism: What Price Glory?"

Graphic violence in films? Randall Wallace doesn't mind one bit. He even encourages it … under the right circumstances.

Wallace, the writer of Braveheart and the writer/director of We Were Soldiers, knows a little something about violent movies. And he knows a little something about heroes—one of his favorite topics when making a film.

That's why Wallace is the guest of honor at this weekend's City of the Angels Film Festival (CAFF), which will spotlight Wallace's movies—and a couple that have influenced him—under the festival theme, "Heroism: What Price Glory?"

The CAFF is just one of several elements of the annual Cinema Studies Conference, a four-day event (Oct. 19-22) which also features an academic conference hosted by the L.A. Film Studies Center (LAFSC), a Reel Spirituality conference sponsored by the Brehm Center at Fuller Theological Seminary, and culminating in the 13th annual CAFF.

Wallace, a devout Christian who almost earned an MDiv from Duke Divinity School, says his faith strongly informs his filmmaking. At a Willow Creek conference last year, he said, "In every project I've had a moment when I've had to get down on my knees and pray, 'If this is the time, Lord, you want me to show my sons what a man does when he gets knocked down, then let me have that failure, bring it on. But please help me get up, please give me the strength to show them that if I go down, I'm going down with my flags flying, I'm going down bold in the truth as I see it.'"

Wallace's films are rife with the theme of heroism. In addition to Braveheart and We Were Soldiers, Wallace wrote Pearl Harbor and wrote and directed The Man in the Iron Mask.

We recently interviewed Wallace, who is now working on financing a movie ...

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