Looking for God in the Best 2013 Films

by Brett McCracken, Lisa Swain, Nate Bell & Mack Hayden

In this CCCA "Cultural Conversation," Brett McCracken, Lisa Swain, Nate Bell and Mack Hayden discuss themes of faith and God that showed up in some of the best films of 2013.

Brett McCracken is a Los Angeles-based writer. He is a regular film critic for Christianity Today and the author of the books Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism & Liberty and Hipster Christianity: When Church & Cool Collide. Brett has also written for The Wall Street JournalThe Washington Post,, Huffington PostThe Princeton Theological ReviewBooks & Culture and is managing editor for Biola University’s Biola Magazine. Follow him on his blog or on Twitter

Lisa Swain, Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Arts
Before coming to Biola, Lisa Swain worked in the entertainment industry for over fifteen years as a production supervisor on film projects ranging in budget from 15 million to 150 million. Her credits include the commercially successful movies Big Fish, Anger Management, America’s Sweethearts, Face-Off, Varsity Blues and Mars Attacks among others. She has worked with such notable producers as Richard Zanuck, Barrie Osborne, Bruce Cohen and David Permut and directors Tim Burton and Gore Verbinsky. Lisa has also worked in dramatic television as the production coordinator on Amblin Entertainment’s SeaQuest and in the sitcom world on the Family Channel’s Big Brother Jake. Early in her career, Lisa won the prestigious student silver Oscar for Best Dramatic Picture awarded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Turtle Races, a film she produced while working on her masters degree at Regent University. Lisa is an active member in the Producer's Guild of America, the University Film and Video Association and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. She teaches classes in production and criticism.


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