My Featured Blogger this week is Dora A.K. of The Jolly Beggar and its sister site Dreams From a Pilgrim. I only recently began following Dora, but already both of her sites are among my favorites. In Beggar, Dora writes about current topics (but always with an eye to the eternal). In Pilgrim she writes a bit more about her own spiritual journey. Dora never fails to make me ruminate on things that matter, and never fails to hold my attention. The woman writes well!
In this case, I admit, she’s written on a subject close to my heart, my own recently-released feature film Healing River, so, I admit, this is a bit of twofer. But she was due to be Featured anyway. Visit both of her blog sites…
And you’ll see why!
In response to SandmanJazz’s 30 Day Film Challenge today, to wit, a film that inspired you, I like his repartee to the prompt: “Inspired me to what?🤣”
Inspired me to what?
And that made me think of a movie I saw just in the last month on Amazon Prime: Healing River (2020), written & directed by Mitch Teemley. It’s a religious drama borne out of sudden tragedy. I hesitate to call it “religious” because that brings to mind the Hallmark pablum variety. This is more of a drama in the vein of Mike Nichols’s directorial debut, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966). Although it’s no black comedy, Healing River socks it to you with its fluid cinematography, character psychology, acerbic, no-holds barred dialogue and – here’s where the inspiration comes from – brutal honesty about what it means to be a Christian.
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