Annelie Rudlaff is the CEO of Christian Film Database, a resource for all things Christian Film. We recently checked in with her about the market of Christian movies. Here's what she had to say:
Tell us about the Christian Film Database. When and why did you start the site?
Christianfilmdatabase.com LLC was formed in 2011 as a result of the need for people to find and learn about Christian films.
How did you become so passionate about Christian films?
After many years of collecting Christian DVDs, as well as providing a free public library service of renting Christian movies to people in our community we realized that most people didn't know about how many Christian movies were available other than "Jesus of Nazareth" and "The Ten Commandments."
How has the Christian film market evolved in recent years?
The Christian film market has exploded in the past few years, which makes it difficult to keep up with every Christian movie being made. The digital age has made it much easier for people to make films and it seems that it's quite popular to want to make your own movie or star in one and we've seen this a lot in the faith industry.
Why do you think family-friendly Christian cinema is so important right now?
It's very important in this time of confusion when people wonder what is right and wrong that Christian cinema is available that reveals truth to people.
There is so much out there available to our youth and children, as well as for the adults, that is harmful to the mind. We need those Christian alternatives.
What is the anatomy of a good Christian film? What qualities do you look for in movies you share about on your site?
A good Christian film is one that promotes God and the truths of His Word in one way or another. Although parables work at times, usually the ones that really reach people people for Jesus or encourage your faith are ones that don't water down the Gospel.
When reviewing a film we look for the message that we receive from watching the film but some films seem to have that Holy Spirit touch to them where many people are changed as a result of watching it.
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What do you think are some common misconceptions about Christian films?
The most common misconception is that Christian movies are cheesy, low budget and have bad acting. If you ask the average Christian which movie they are referring to when they make those statements (or even in the secular society) you'll find that they may know of a few they've seen that fall into that category where there are hundreds or even thousands that would not fall into that category. They just haven't seen those yet.
It's important, as Christians, not to be accusers of the brethren. We can give criticism constructively when it's necessary, but it's not helpful for Christians to attack each other or their works.
What's one Christian film you and your family have found yourself watching over and over? What do you love about it?
There are quite a few Christian movies we've watched over and over again,especially the classics like "The Ten Commandments," "Pollyanna," "The Inn of the the Sixth Happiness," but if we had to pick our absolute favorites it would be "Woodlawn." Not only is it based on a true story, but it's also an example of the Holy Spirit's power during a time in history when it was desperately needed and it brings us, as Christians, to remember the power of prayer and the need to pray for revival again.