There’s a new surge in independent Christian filmmaking, and homeschoolers are joining the effort. Home School Heartbeat host Michael Farris gets an inside look at this recent phenomenon with homeschool graduate Daniel Noa.
My guest today is Daniel Noa. Daniel is a graduate of Patrick Henry College, and he has a desire to impact the culture through filmmaking. He’s co-directed and produced a film called Smuggler’s Ransom, which is due out on DVD this spring. And also was first assistant producer for a movie called Come What May, by the Advent Film Group. Daniel, thanks so much for being on the program.
It’s my pleasure to be here.
Daniel, as a homeschooling graduate and a Christian, what got you interested in the film industry?
Well growing up I liked to watch movies, but there didn’t seem to be enough of the kinds of movies I enjoyed watching. So I figured I’d have to make them myself. Then I began to realize how much of our culture is saturated in the visual media. The Romans would gather in the “forum,” the town square, to hear debates and rhetoric, but Americans watch movies like The Matrix to learn their philosophy, Pleasantville to learn their ethics. While I don’t believe that there is some vast left wing conspiracy to brainwash the general public, I do believe something similar to that may be happening because only one side is being well represented on a larger scale. I don’t want to be a conservative version of the left. What I want is to make honest movies. If that means my views take a few hits, so be it. Let’s use movies to see if our beliefs actually hold up in a marketplace of ideas. Our values will stand if they are based in Christ.
Daniel, it’s really encouraging to hear how you take the principles of God’s truth and take it to the world through movies. I’m Mike Farris.