The Top 100 and Top 25 lists produced by members of the Arts & Faith dicussion fourm seek to identify and promote spiritually significant and artistically excellent films. Approximately twenty-two members participated in the nomination, discussion, and voting that went into selecting these films. You are welcome to join us in conversation at Artsandfaith.com
Ken is a Professor of English at Campbell University. He is the editor of and a contributor to Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema, Volumes I, II and III (2008, 2011, 2015, Cambridge Scholars Publishing). Other works of note include Jane Austen’s Emma: A Close Reading Companion (Volumes I and II) and contributions to the anthologies Perceptions of Religious Faith in the Work of Graham Greene (2001, Peter Lang), The Deep End of South Park: Critical Essays on Television’s Shocking Cartoon Series (2009, McFarland), and The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions (2019, Routledge).
Andrew Spitznas, M.D., is a Board certified psychiatrist living in east Tennessee. Chief writer and editor for Secular Cinephile at Patheos.com, he’s a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association. Besides contributing chapters to Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema: Volume II and Not Seeing God: Atheism in the 21st Century, he has presented academic lectures on the interface of cinema and psychology.
Joel Mayward is a pastor-theologian and film critic. The author of three books, he is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) at the University of St Andrews, where he also serves as Associate Editor for ITIA's online journal, Transpositions. A member of the Online Film Critics Society and INTERFILM, Joel's film reviews and essays are at www.cinemayward.com. Follow Joel on Twitter:@joelmayward.
Evan Cogswell is an organist and doctoral student who blogs about film at Catholic Cinephile. (https://catholiccinephile.wordpress.com/)
Brian Duignan is a medical doctor who is most likely to be on the far side of the world. He loves writing about film and is very happy that medicine is not the only art form he can appreciate.
Russell Lucas is a lawyer who lives with his family in the Pittsburgh metro area.
I am Edmund Bertram, film enthusiast. I am a Christian who believes in the prophetic value of all of the arts. To this end, I watch movies understanding that the makers of the film, whether they realize it or not, are gifted by the Triune God to share a message to the world that has originated from God. Undoubtedly, because of the fall and the fact that most people in the arts do not know God or understand that their talents are prophetic gifts these messages are tainted and often difficult to discern because of the sinful influence also evident. Nevertheless, the gift is there; the divine is there.
Joshua Wilson is a musician and teacher who writes occasionally about film at fforfilms.net.
Anders Bergstrom is a lecturer in media and communication studies in Waterloo, Canada, and writes on film at 3 Brothers Film (www.3brothersfilm.com). His research interests involve continental philosophy and religion, transnational and East Asian cinemas, and film genres, including science fiction and horror. He has published essays on filmmakers such as Wong Kar-wai, Christopher Nolan, and the Palme d’Or winning Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasthakul.
Jeffrey Overstreet is an assistant professor of English and writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he also teaches courses on film interpretation and criticism. He is the author of four novels, including Auralia's Colors. He earned his MFA in creative nonfiction writing from SPU and his “memoir of dangerous moviegoing,” Through a Screen Darkly, has become a popular textbook in classes on film, faith, and artistic engagement.
Robert Zandstra grew up on a vegetable farm in rural northwest Indiana, attended Calvin College, and now teaches writing and literature at University of Oregon. 'Glory be to God for dappled things.'