Besides my community of the Daughters of Saint Paul, I have found one other place where I have powerfully experienced this sense of the vocation as a Christian media artist. The Act One Program is dedicated to assisting Christians to achieve excellence in their work as filmmakers. Act One has a remarkable approach which, for those who cannot participate in their intensive programs, is best illustrated in a book which developed from the program’s curriculum, with essays written by many Hollywood insiders.
Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film and Culture engages the reader with its unique approach–an exhilarating integration of spirituality, theology, artistic theory, insider industry knowledge, and practical advice to anyone who wants to delve deeper into film. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the deeper questions of the dialogue between Christianity and film. And, because it is written by Christian artists, it is filled with precious nuggets of how one can approach one’s own creative work, such as, “Borrowing from St. Paul, Christians in entertainment don’t have to be always talking about God. They should be talking about everything in a godly way” (from Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film and Culture, chapter “Toward a Christian Cinema” by Barbara Nicolosi).