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Birmingham Church Wants to Produce Successful Feature Films

by Greg Garrison - Birmingham News

Pat Lowe of Guiding Light Church has big dreams about making movies as a ministry.

If Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., can produce hit movies such as Facing the Gi­ants and Fireproof, why can't other churches?

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"I love what they do," said Lowe, who wrote a stage play called The Tale of Two Men that her church videotaped and released on DVD.

It's a modern-day interpreta­tion of the two men who were crucified alongside Jesus. The movie features numerous origi­nal songs.

"It's a musical movie on DVD," Lowe said.

Many area churches have filmed Easter pageants and made them available on DVD.

Point of Grace Ministries, which recently held its grand opening service in the former Wynnsong Theater, took it a step further. Last year, the church hired a video production company to film a movie on loca­tion with professional actors.

The church showed the 27-minute movie during its Eas­ter worship at the Carmike the­ater. Point of Grace was renting the theater at the time and has since purchased and moved into the Wynnsong.

"It was a lot of fun," said Alan Mykitta of Mykitta Broth­ers Productions, who was asked by the church to film the movie.

He spent nearly all of his bud­get allowance of $2,500 hiring professional actors.

The Love Affair was shot at several locations, including the chapel of a funeral home, at a church member's house and at The Foundry rehabilitation cen­ter and a nearby abandoned building in Bessemer.

Mykitta, a 2006 Samford Uni­versity graduate, said he and his brother, Kyle, have done numer­ous short films, but this was the first one for a church.

"This was an original drama written for the screen," he said.

Point of Grace Pastor Dusty Hammock said he was inspired by Sherwood Baptist's success in creating high-quality Chris­tian movies, and decided to give it a try.

"The problem is, you've got to really work hard to make it not look like a church did it," Hammock said. "Ours wasn't Hollywood, but it wasn't a local yokel church doing a movie."

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