Pittsburgh Christian Film Festival Screens Films for the Faithful

October 24, 2008 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

Waterworks Cinema is home to the sixth annual Projecting Hope Film Festival this weekend. Christian films will be screened through the afternoon and evenings Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Scott Anderson, founder and director of Projecting Hope, says he wants
people to see films that don’t challenge their faith, but uphold it. As
a movie-theater manager for 10 years, he struggled with the content of
Hollywood films. Now he feels like he has blended his calling for the
movie industry and his faith.

Anderson says the big draw for children will several screenings of
“The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything” and other VeggieTales features.

For adults, the popular films to be screened include:

• “Fireproof”: A film about a firefighter who refuses to leave a man
behind, yet it takes a dare from his father to save his marriage.

• “Saving God”: Movie about a convicted reverend who returns from
prison to his hometown riddled with drugs and crime and attempts to
save his father’s church and people.

• “Billy: The Early Years”: A young Billy Graham is shown struggling
with his decision on faith. The film opened in southern theaters a few
weeks ago and is expected to have a wider release in January.

Tickets at the door are free. Each day, the ticket booth will open
at 11 a.m. Anderson says people line up early and some of the day’s
shows sell out immediately.

“For 90 percent of the films, it’s not going to be a huge deal,” he
says. “But some will be tough tickets to get. Some will sell out when
we open the doors. If you have a particular first choice, one you have
to see, we suggest you come at opening time. There will definitely be
tickets available throughout the day, but we just can’t say which will
sell out and which won’t.”

Advance tickets, which secure a seat, can be purchased for $5 online.
Anderson says although the festival is free, over the years, several
people asked for advance tickets because they are traveling far or
bringing a big group and wanted a guarantee they would get the film
they wanted.

“The problem with doing (advance tickets) free is people get too many, and they don’t come,” Anderson says.

He expects a crowd of about 5,000. That number grows each year.

Projecting Hope started as a weekly film in DuBois, Anderson’s
hometown, with 10 a.m. shows. People scoffed at him for thinking people
would want to watch a Christian film at that time of day, but a second
screening was added to accommodate the crowd.

Over the years, Anderson has looked for films “that are God-honoring and faith-based.”

“This is a way we thought we could reach out and make a small
difference in our community,” he says. “There’s a reason why we
continue to do this — because the response every year is overwhelming.”

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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