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"Living Hope" - A Filmming Journey in Africa

Two years ago, my producing partner, Mitchell Galin, and I set out to create a documentary motion picture which would show audiences a seldom-seen glimpse into the personal stories of Christ-followers in Cape Town, South Africa. The film I had directed previously, "Journey to Everest," was an adventure film that was all about PLOT. With this new movie, our focus was all about CHARACTER. We traveled to South Africa and spent about two months filming "Living Hope," focusing on three main characters with amazing true stories. Each of them had experienced an encounter with Christ, and because of that encounter, determined to devote their lives to serving the poor and sick in Cape Town.

Being somewhat responsible filmmakers, Mitchell and I arrived in Africa with a great game plan --- a solid story outline. We knew that if we stuck to the outline, the story would work. Yet even with that outline, we knew something else... if God showed up while we were there, the stories and events He would write would be more powerful and evoking than anything we could design. And that's exactly what happened during our weeks in Africa. Perhaps the most powerful scenes in the film were stories that unfolded while we were there. We prayed for manna each day, and God was faithful.

Documentary filmmaking is sort of like the most famous line in Forrest Gump. "A box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." For those of us with an adventurous spirit, that's what makes it exciting!


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Comment by Josh Frantz on May 23, 2014 at 8:39pm

Well done guys. What beautiful and inspiring people, shining truth and hope so brightly in a hungry, desperate world.

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