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Cinema & The Arts as Sermons: Christianity In Film

Updated: Jul 25, 2023

Video from Andrew Klavan

Christianity In Film

"Film critic Tyler Smith, director of the recent documentary Reel Redemption, joins us to discuss the depiction of Christianity within the world of film, as well the shared history between Hollywood and the church. Watch the full episode here:" from video introduction.

Trailer for Reel Redemption Documentary

"A documentary about the rise of Christian film." from video introduction.


"I'm Tyler Smith. I'm the host of the film podcasts Battleship Pretension and More Than One Lesson. However, in the ten years that I've been a film critic, I've written countless reviews of newer and older movies, several long form essays, and even published a book.

I have also been a prolific public speaker, giving talks at festivals and conventions about the intersection of faith and film.

I have also shown a commitment to helping screenwriters and directors achieve their artistic vision through my script consultation.

Most recently, I attended UCLA, where I received my Master's Degree in Cinema and Media Studies. While there, I worked as a Teacher's Assistant. Since then, I've taught film aesthetics and history classes at College of the Canyons, Chaffey College, and Los Angeles Valley Community College.

I currently live in Los Angeles with my wife, Jenny, and two sons, Dashiell and Jasper." from the website: Tyler D. Smith

How The Passion of the Christ Changed Cinema

"A Hollywood insider has remarked on a noticeable change for the better in Tinseltown since the release of Mel Gibson’s smash hit “The Passion of The Christ” in 2003.

Gibson’s groundbreaking Bible-based movie recounting the last hours of Jesus’ life has paved the way to uncharted Hollywood territory, meaning we can expect more films catering to conservative tastes, according to film festival founder Jason Apuzzo.

Apuzzo, founder of the conservative Liberty Film Festival and co-editor of conservative film forum Libertas, said after all these years in Hollywood he was slowly seeing changes for the better.

According to the Liberty founder, it is thanks to The Passion that Hollywood’s eyes have been opened to the lucrative market of movies relaying religious themes. The film has also amply demonstrated that the market for such films encompasses not just Christians but the core cinema-going public, with a potentially huge pay-off.

Apuzzo said of ‘The Passion of Christ’: “That film brought a lot of people back to the movies who may not necessarily have been Christians or conservatives, but who simply are just tired of bad films.” from the article: Hollywood Changed by ‘Passion of the Christ’, Says Insider

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