Lee, whose duties included a 34-year stint as executive secretary of what is now known as Lutheran Film Associates, was executive producer of the Reformation biopic Martin Luther (1953) and the civil-rights documentary A Time for Burning (1966). Both films were nominated for Oscars: cinematography and art direction for Martin Luther, and documentary feature for A Time for Burning.
Lee's work was cutting-edge for its time. David Neff, editor-in-chief of the Christianity Today Media Group, recalled five years ago how Martin Luther was the first movie he ever saw, and how moviegoing was so frowned-upon in church circles back then that some of his fellow congregants criticized his parents for taking the family to see that film – even though it had been made by a church.
Meanwhile, A Time for Burning was widely praised for acknowledging ...1