This Is What Happens When A Christian Movie Goes Mainstream

On March 27, Jon Erwin took the stage at Proclaim 19, this year’s National Religious Broadcasters convention in Anaheim, California, with the confidence of someone sure his moment had arrived. He had plenty of reason to believe it. Erwin, a square-jawed thirtysomething, and his brother Andrew, the self-described introvert of the pair, had directed the biggest independent movie of the past year. Not Wes Anderson, not Alfonso Cuarón, not Spike Lee — Andrew and Jon Erwin, sons of a former Alabama state senator, ESPN camera operators turned filmmakers whose stated goal is “to recapture the imagination of a generation with the Gospel.”

“We’re here to dream, and we’re here to share with you a bit of what God’s doing in the entertainment business,” Jon Erwin told the standing-room-only crowd. “God is on the move in the entertainment business in a way that I can’t fully explain or understand, but I’m here to share it with you today.”

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