Due to good fortune, I recently came across the A&F Top 100 Films, which lead me to these forums. I've set-up a profile; however, I thought I would formally introduce myself prior to jumping in with my opinions!
My name is Christopher J. Boghosian, an independent filmmaker in Los Angeles, where I was also born and raised. After receiving an MA in theology from Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, I decided to pursue may passion for film and photography.
I made my first short film, Fade to Red, in 2008 and made two others since then. In fact, my last short film, Jasmin & Josephine, was modeled after Paul Schrader's theories from his book, Transcendental Style in Film. In fact, Mr. Schrader watched my film and liked it! This September, I wrapped production of my first feature film, which I wrote and directed, titled Girlfriend 19. FollowMyFilm.com is the blog I started where I journal my filmmaking process and experiences. Now I am crowdfunding in an attempt to raise money for post-production.
Filmmaking is a great passion of mine and, unfortunately, I have found myself on the outskirts of the filmmaking community, especially the "Christian film" community. I've attended a lot (too many?) Christian entertainment seminars, conferences, panels, etc. and they all tend to be the same thing: "How can we make films for Jesus that are as good (entertaining/marketable?) as Hollywood films?" That question pierces my heart and I believe it is the single greatest contributing factor to poorly made films by Christians.
The A&F Top 100 Films really impressed me!!! I'm a HUGE Bresson, Ozu & Dardenne fan and to see so many of their films on the list simply blew me away! Many of the Top 100 Films are amongst my favorite and I'm sad to say most of my Christian colleagues have never heard of them, let alone the filmmakers. And what's up with Shawshank Redemption being practically worshiped by so many Christian filmmakers - it's not even on the list - hallelujah!!!
Okay, I'll stop there! Nice to meet you all and I'll see you in the forums....
Edited by Follow My Film, 21 October 2010 - 01:48 PM.