Film Courage: You have a movie that is about religion but you say it’s not faith-based?
Long Beach City College Film Professor/Filmmaker, Elias Daughdrill:Yes, it’s not a faith-based film but it’s a film about religion. I guess religion is a subject matter but faith-based means to me that it’s a movie that is trying to get the audience to believe in a specific religious doctrine because that is what most faith-based movies do. And so it’s not that, it’s not a film trying to proselytize.
I grew up in that world. I grew up an evangelical Christian and so naturally it’s something I find interesting. And I could tell a specific story about it so that’s why I got interested in it and decided to make it.
Film Courage: And the film hasn’t been released yet?
Elias: No, it’s not finished yet, almost. I’m in the midst of color and sound design and all of that sort of stuff so we’re almost there.
Film Courage: When you were creating the protagonist for the film, did you start with a problem or a dilemma that needed to be solved?
Elias: Hmmm…yes…I guess I did? I knew I wanted to make a film in that world and I knew I wanted to design it around a scenario where a character who is devout goes through a crisis. A character who is only seen or understood the world in one way is then put into a situation where…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
ELIAS DAUGHDRILL, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR – FILM LONG BEACH CITY COLLEGE.
Eli Daughdrill teaches courses in both film production and film studies. He is a working filmmaker; his documentary Jonas, which details his brother’s struggles with schizophrenia, is available via Amazon. He has written and directed several short films (including Professor, Cosmetics, and Open My Eyes) and is currently in production on his feature film, Faith. Professor Daughdrill earned an MFA in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and a BA in Cinema Studies from San Francisco State University. He lives in Long Beach with his wife and their two sons.
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