CATEGORIES Documentary, Independent, New Releases, Celebrities and Controversy, Newsstand, Politics, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, New Releases, CinematicalThe owner of Evangelical Christian camp Kids On Fire, which was featured in the Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady documentary Jesus Camp, has announced the camp is closing its doors. The Christian Post spoke with camp owner Pastor Becky Fischer about the closing, and the recent acts of vandalism directed at the church. Camp administrator Reverend Winston Titus blames the release of the film for directing hostility toward the Assemblies of God organization. "Right now, we just want it to be over, any publicity just stirs things up," Titus said.
One of the subjects of the film, Ted Haggard, has also made claims of manipulation in the way he and his church were represented -- you can read the filmmakers rebuttal to that charge here. Both Ewing and Grady made the decision to not include narration or commentary in the film to avoid putting a personal spin on the subject. This is the second film for Ewing and Grady -- their first, The Boys of Baraka (which made the Oscar short list for Best Doc last year), focused on a group of boys from the Baltimore slums who enrolled in a two-year program to attend a boarding school in Kenya. While wildly different in subject matter, both films shared a common vision of children in extreme circumstances.
Since I wasn't raised in a religious home, the force of Evangelical beliefs is a bit overwhelming, if not a little scary. While Jesus Camp confirmed a lot of my own fears about religious intolerance and zealotry, I felt the film never tried to push a particular point of view. If you've seen Jesus Camp, Cinematical readers, let us know what you think about it. Does it paint Evangelical Christians, and the camp itself, with an unbiased brush? And is the film to blame for the camp shutting down?
[via Movie Blog]
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