Father of Lights DVD
by Darren Wilson
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Discover the miraculous with this investigative documentary film by Darren Wilson. Following on from the success of Finger of God and Furious Love this DVD documents spiritual encounters from around the world with integrity and truth.
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Third in Darren Wilson’s trilogy of searching documentary films, ‘Father of Lights’ gives you an insight into the world of the global spirituality of the gospels and its tangible expression in the reality of the miraculous. In the style of film makers such as Michael Moore, Wilson searches out examples of self-sacrifice, supernatural guidance, remarkable 'coincidences' of faith, and living examples the power of love as an expression of God's heart for his children.
Father of Lights DVD by Darren Wilson:
• In the style of a high profile, investigative documentary
• Searches out remarkable examples of faith and living examples of love
• Historic and Inspirational spiritual encounters from around the world
• Third film in Darren Wilson's ground breaking examination of the question 'Who Is God?'
• Introduces a wide range of fellow seekers after truth from across cultural boundaries
• Big, epic, challenging and yet able to encapsulate the big truths in a nutshell
• A refreshing documentary of quality, balance, civility and integrity
PUBLISHER’S DESCRIPTION: Through filming incredible and often historic, spiritual encounters around the world, Darren Wilson cuts through religious misconceptions in an effort to find the true nature and character of God. In this final installment of Darren Wilson's popular "God Trilogy" (‘Finger Of God’ and ‘Furious Love’), Darren and his team take you on their wildest, most powerful ride yet. Asking the simple question, "Who is the Father?" you will be blown away by the incredible and historic encounters they were able to capture. Featuring a veritable ‘who's who’ of Christian leaders from around the globe, and witch doctors, gang leaders, Hindu Gurus and Muslims alike encountering the God of the Bible, you will never view the Father quite the same again. Prepare to meet your Maker, as Darren and his team expose the heart of God.
Darren Wilson (voice): “Let this be recorded for generations to come, so that people yet to be created may praise the Lord that he looked down from the heaven to the earth to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die.”
Jack Deere: “God is good. He’s extremely good. Everyone wants a king like Jesus. If we represent him well, they’ll want his body too.”
Woman: “He doesn’t expect you to come all clean and all shiny and all perfect. He expects you to come to him the way you are before you know him – as an orphan.
Darren Wilson (voice): “Don’t be deceived. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father of lights. He never changes or casts a shadow. He chose to give birth to us by the word of truth. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.”
Man: “I will not try to be politically correct. It’s simple. A line has been drawn in the sand. Jesus is the only way. I’m ready to die for this statement. But then how you can pave the way, is only through love.”
Voice Over: “He's’ coming for you. He’s coming. He’s here.”
In the third instalment of his documentary trilogy, Darren Wilson takes you around the world in search of the answer to one question: ‘Who is God?’ Revealing God as the Father of Light, Darren meets a wide range of other seekers after truth and concludes that, ‘the light of the world resides within us. And we have but one Father’.
“I managed to get a preview of the film and was simply bowled over by the love and grace of the evangelists that were filmed. These were people who truly demonstrated Jesus as he would have been on earth and revealed the abundant love of our Father in heaven. My 13-year-old son joined me and was also fascinated by it. This film will be a key milestone in transforming the church and our approach to the lost and hurting around us.” – Kingdom Vision.
Darren Wilson carries the title of ‘Adjunct Professor and Filmmaker’ at Judson University, Elgin Illinois. For 2012 he announced a full summer tour for his latest Wanderlust Productions film, "Father of Lights," - the third installment in his epic documentary series exploring God's power and love across the world. Wilson himself earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Judson in 1998 along with a major in English and minor in Biblical Studies. For more than 12 years he has taught media and writing at Judson in the same department from which he graduated.
Wilson turned his career to the practice of filmmaking in 2005, and produced his first documentary "Finger of God," in 2007. In 2010 he followed it with its sequel, "Furious Love". The two films have, to date, combined to sell over 120,000 DVD copies.
Of his latest film, Wilson says that it is “…big, epic, and above all, challenging. If I were to have to explain what it is about in a nutshell, I would put it like this: if Finger of God is about God’s power, and Furious Love is about God’s love, then Father of Lights is about God’s heart. I went into making this film by asking the simple question: who is God? I wanted to know His character, His personality, and who He truly is. To answer this question, we had to peel back the many layers of religious garbage that has been passed onto him through generations. That He is angry. Vengeful. Wrathful. And in general, that He doesn’t like you very much. The truth, as you will see vibrantly in this film, is that He is the most loving, compassionate, and wonderful Father you can imagine.
For the final installment in this documentary series about God, Wilson says he went into the film with a simple question: Who is God? “Along the way we will look at a number of things. Aside from dealing with some of the misconceptions surrounding the Father, we’ll journey through the nature of grace, take on the religious spirit, and see some of the most amazing God encounters ever put on film. You’ll meet people who love more extravagantly than you thought possible, will watch God deal with witch doctors and gang leaders and Hindu holy men, and you’ll see an ending that… well… let’s just say you’ll need to see it to truly believe it.
Wilson sought to answer his question by exploring the many misconceptions about God that have been formed by religious entities over thousands of years, and by seeking powerful testimonies of God's love taking place in the world today. As with past films in the series, Wilson brings the audience face-to-face with the extremes of society and religion with witch doctors, Hindu gurus, violent gang members, and religious fanatics. “...it’s going to make some people very uncomfortable; especially religious people. This will be a monumental call to the church to stand up and finally do what we have been called to do around the world. If we aren’t going to love the world around us, then we might as well pack it all up and go home. If we don’t love, and if we don’t bring freedom with us, then we are simply another religion, lumped in with the rest of them. But first, of course, we need to understand who we truly are and what we have at our disposal.’’
For the release of this final film in his groundbreaking series, Wilson's production company sought an extensive tour showing the film in 30-40 large venues/churches during the summer of 2012. To fund the tour, they began a kickstarter.com campaign with a goal of $15,000. Within less than 24 hours of opening the campaign, their goal had been reached. By April 30 when the campaign closed, they had raised $95,733.
In 2013 Wilson will be leading a unique co-op program that will give students hands on film-making experiences through his studio, Wanderlust Productions, which is housed on Judson's Elgin campus.
Documentary is the third person in the holy trinity of the faith-based film maker; the one that lives most completely in the real world. The other two are: 1- straight-up, face-to-camera style preaching/teaching films, and 2 - entertainment based, indirect/hidden message story/fiction movies. Preaching/teaching films are what they are; the message is given directly and you’re left in no doubt where the speaker is coming from, where they're going and where you're meant to go too. They might include argument to support their point - and might even mention the counter-argument - but it’s like a rifle shot aimed at the head.
The second type of film, the story/fiction film, has a different target. It aims for the heart. Unlike the preacher/teacher film, the message of this genre depends on the audience - what the audience make of it; basically, whether they get the message or not. For some it’ll never be anything more than a story with heroes and villains. For others, it will have a much deeper meaning and impact. The film-maker has to trust the audience to find his message rather than giving it directly. Arguably, this is the more effective way to get a point across: make it count, make it memorable and make it effective in the life of the viewer.
The third in the trinity is documentary. In some ways this is the black art of film-making, in that it can seem to be something it’s not. On the surface it appears to be an unbiased investigation to uncover the covered, reveal the truth, weigh the evidence and reach a valid conclusion. After all, it’s not a preaching film - it hasn’t decided what you should believe before you start watching it. Neither is it a fiction - this is real world stuff, not a construct of the imagination. There is no allegory or allusion here. At least that’s how documentary films appear. But that’s never the whole truth. All documentary films are the product of a human mind and all human minds have ‘a position’ they want to justify - or one they aim to destroy.
The mere fact that a documentary has been made means the maker has formed a question they want to investigate. Even forming the question points toward an answer, locks out other questions and decides where to seek the evidence it needs. The danger is that the naive viewer treats all documentaries as neutral, all investigation as objective and all conclusions as entirely justified on the evidence presented. So if documentaries are so flawed, have they any role in the Christian film maker’s armoury? The answer is yes, because we’ve already laid out the film maker’s worldview - Christian. So there’s a role for documentary in promoting, explaining and challenging that world view.
But that puts heavy responsibilities on the shoulders of the Christian documentary film maker. He or she may have a world view - and the entitlement to promote it - but not the right to distort, misrepresent or ignore facts and arguments not ‘in tune’ with that view. To be a Christian maker of films requires the film-maker to behave as a Christian at all stages of the film-making process. Of course ‘Father of Lights’ is going to conclude that ‘the light of the world resides within us. And we have but one Father’. But that truth gives no-one the right to overlook or ignore examples or incidents where that truth is challenged or unsupported. In a nutshell, a Christian documentary cannot be Christian propaganda.
In a world where truth and evidence is increasingly perverted - or ‘spun’ to give it its more acceptable label, Christian documentary makers face an uphill struggle to convince an increasingly cynical public. But this should be seen as an opportunity rather than an obstacle. As the viewing world phrases its own, unspoken, question ‘who can we trust?’ Christian film makers - throughout the film-making process, have the chance to prove themselves by producing documentaries of quality, balance, civility and integrity. Wouldn’t it be something if Christian documentary film and media was the first place people came to for an objective view of the truth?
Darren Wilson (Narrator), Robby Dawkins (minister), Todd White, Deena Vant Hul, Doug Addison (Tattoo Prophet), Heidi Baker (minister), Matthew Barnett, Mike Bickle (Pastor), Shawn Bolz (minister), Reinhard Bonnke, (minister), Randy Clark (minister), Jack Deere (minister), Majed el Shafie (minister), Andrew Farley (minister), Shanti Ice (minister).
“This is a documentary, in the style of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 or Bowling for Columbine. But the subject matter is very different from Moore's films: Darren Wilson is trying to capture examples of (the Christian) God in action. To this end, he travels with and films various Christians who minister to others (many of them are not "ministers" by profession) just to see what happens when people put their trust in God. He finds examples of self-sacrifice; supernatural guidance; remarkable 'coincidences'; and above all, the power of love as an expression of God's heart for his children - i.e. anybody.”
“There are some surprises: without giving spoilers, there are some situations where people play a role that "good Christian theology" would not predict. This film may not include big special effects or airbrushed movie stars, but like Moore's documentaries, its attraction is that it is real; and after seeing it, I expect you'll believe that God - the Father of Lights himself - is real and active too.”
|Page last updated||27th February 2013|
|Author / Artist||Darren Wilson|
|Publisher||Wanderlust Productions (October 2012)|