As the director himself said at the movie premiere we attended, "I wanted to make a movie that my sons would like, but one that was faith-based. So I thought about the type of movies they enjoyed. Irreverent, self-deprecating humor topped the list, which is what I set out to do."
Given the audience's reaction, director and writer David Powers was highly successful in accomplishing this with his first film "Shooting the Prodigal," by Bell Tower Pictures. One of the first among many around the country, the preview screening was held at Shadybrook Cinema in Columbia and was hosted by Steve and Lori Napier who were kind enough to extend an invitation to us. Their picture is to the left.
The film's plot sets up the comical, fun tone of the entire movie. An overly zealous, small town pastor is desperate to live up to his father's legacy as the former pastor of Eternal Hope Baptist Church in Homer, Alabama. As the church's congregation numbers wane, the crotchety board of directors is always there to remind him of how he is failing to live up to his deceased father's leadership.
In a moment of inspiration and with a leap of faith, Pastor Wilson decides to risk his life savings to make a movie. Through a plot twist involving fund-raising for the church's movie, he is paired up with a brash young Jewish film student from New York, played by Sterling Hurst, to make a Christian faith-based film that would appeal to youths.
Paul Wilson's performance as the over-the-top preacher, Brother Bob Cross, is hilarious and pokes fun at the stereotypical preachers often seen in churches today. Church-goers will definitely get many a laugh out of his over-the-top persona and his interactions with the other characters. However, even those who don't attend church regularly will get a kick out his character and the film's self-deprecating humor.
Mr. Powers explains, "It's good that we [Christians] can laugh at ourselves. But you can also see the heart in the movie."
And the heart of the movie is where faith comes into play ... in the form of forgiveness, acceptance and love, all of which cleverly parallel the story line of the church's movie about the prodigal son.
To learn more about the film and to see where it is currently showing, please visit the website by clicking HERE.