GAD? Update 2_9_12 - New Festivals, screenings, Awards and updates on side projects

Our Spring tour is kicking in to gear and we have a ton of cool events and festivals coming up. We our official selection for the "Africa World Documentary Film Fest" and the "Omaha Film Fest." Here is our upcoming schedule:

Feb 23rd Overflow Coffee Bar in Chicago at 7pm (details here)
Feb 24th Africa World Documentary Film Fest, 7pm at St. Louis History Museum (details here)
Feb 29th University of Oklahoma 7pm
March 10th - Omaha Film Fest, 2pm (details  here)
March 29th - Midwest Institute (Private Event)
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GAD? Update 12_28_11

Happy Holidays! It's almost 2012!! Just wanted to follow up on our last update, tell you some cool facts about our 2011 Fall Tour, and some new exciting news about my next film!!

First, as we mentioned in our last update, we had three more big screenings left. Missouri state was the 1st. They treated us really incredible, fed us, and then about 100 students showed up to the film and we had our usual 30 min Q&A. On Dec 15th, we also had an great screening at the St. Louis Scholarship Foundation and they served some authentic African food to the group!

The big screening was our screening at Skepticon, the 2nd largest Athiest conference in the country. About 400 people came out and we received a standing ovation and had a lively Q&A. Check out the video for yourself:)
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Big Update!! 11_15_11

This last Saturday was a big day for GAD? and When the Saints. We had about 250 people come out to our morning screening at the St. Louis International Film Fest. All three of us were there for the Q & A .

Even bigger news was the success of the 'When the Saints' banquet . David had set a goal to raise $30,000 in one night towards the rehabilitation home in Malawi, and I wasn't sure if it was doable. The banquet had about 300 people show up, and at the end of the night David and his team had raised $28,368 and in the last few days has almost hit the $30,000 mark! What a night, this home is definitely getting built in Malawi to rescue young girls who are victims of sexual exploitation. Go to for more info...
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The L.A. “Riots” 20 Years Later: Toward A Theology of Action by Any Means.

Twenty years ago one of the largest insurrections occurred in Los Angeles California. I was 18, angry from the tirade of police brutality, enraged from a lifetime of racism growing up in Texas, prepared to give my life for justice, and in shock to the “not guilty” verdict just handed to me on the closed circuit television in my senior English class. I could almost literally see the world around me turn red. I was infuriated that, once again, White’s would “win” and Blacks—for that matter all ethnic minorities—would have to take a backseat, yet again. The anger rose, filled the room, others looked around, and in an almost joint accord we—the student body—decided to go out and discuss this issue of racism in a more “public” setting. One by one, each of the classrooms began to empty out as word of the verdict spread. My friend Larry pulls out an American flag and begins to burn it. My other friend Tyrone picks up a trash can and throws it toward the quad. Another friend of mine begins to yell, “No justice, no peace!” Friends of mine are visibly crying. And the mood of everyone is that “How much longer can we take this?” I corralled several friends of mine; we packed up heavy weaponry, our bullet proof vest, and made our way down into South Central Los Angeles to physically manifest our disgust, not just with the not-guilty verdict, but with the continued mistreatment of ethnic minorities in American history.
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Can a Christian vote for Barack Obama?

I voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 election instead of voting for the ticket of McCain and Palin. 

At the time, I did not understand the division and caustic nature of the upcoming 2012 election. My guess is that neither did you. The economic disaster that was 2007-2008 had not yet been thoroughly investigated and the nation had not seen the gridlock of partisan politics to the degree that the early 2010 deficit talks and subsequent supercommittee debacle produced. I was also particularly unprepared for the rather pointed, sometimes hateful, rhetoric that would flow from the more conservative ranks about the President of the United States. Let’s, though, move closer to home.

I have had relatives, Christian co-workers, and social conservatives question my faith, question whether I believe the Bible to be relevant, and question my intellect for the past few years.

Kony 2012

It’s only March and already 2012 is turning out to be an unforgettable year.

Campaigns for President are in full swing.  

Forty-two thousand college students made a roaring statement by giving 2.6 million dollars towards abolishing modern day slavery at the Passion 2012 conference in January. 


Tensions between civilians and leaders and between political leaders from one county to the next, in much of the world, are nearing close to a boiling point.


Gas prices are climbing at a faster rate than they have before.


Many believe 2012 marks the end of the world as well.


And this is the year of Kony 2012.

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#Kony2012: Should You Donate? How NGOs Work

When working on projects, we often say, “Chaos will ensue” and we’re happy when it does because it means we’re making progress. It’s also often said that “Inventions should cause disruption.” Sometimes that disruption is good and sometimes it’s bad. The kind of chaos and disruption Invisible Children’s #Kony2012 campaign has caused is good. No matter what side of the debate you’re on, you can’t argue against awareness about child soldiers and child sex slaves. If we don’t know, we can’t do anything. But there’s more to it than that, isn’t there? The concern is, “Should I donate?”

I serve as the treasurer for an NGO, as co-chair for a government set-up advisory board, and as the president of a church.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity

Have you ever heard something, a statistic maybe, so overwhelming that you literally felt paralyzed?

It’s easy to feel that way after 30 seconds of nightly news these days. And it’s easy to feel helpless. I will never forget the empty, hollow look in the faces of so many young people in Moldova, a country chewed up and spit out by the former USSR. Their situation is so grave, they literally are desperate for change and yet, too overwhelmed to know what to do.

The first time I heard there were 27 million slaves in the world today, I was shocked, mortified, and angry and felt completely helpless. For weeks and months I did nothing but sit in the bottom of a deep well of disbelief.

Half the Sky, written by New York Times columnist Nicholas D.

Israel: Elected by Grace

A popular political debate which has been prevalent for centuries revolves around the question of what the future holds for the Jewish people.  For Christians and Jews this is a question that goes beyond politics.  The debate is a matter of theology too.  With the latest political uprisings in the Middle East, the questions of how peace will be accomplished in that part of the world go on, as well as what the future holds for Israel.  Despite all the enemies, hateful messages, and acts that have been brought against Israel throughout their history, God has always preserved for himself what the Bible calls a “remnant”.

A “remnant” is a small part of something that remains after the rest has gone.  In anthropological terms a “remnant” is an isolated group of people surviving from a culture or group. The “remnant” is a significant aspect of God’s relationship with Israel as it is representative of his covenant relationship to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, not on any basis of works done by these patriarchs, but because of God’s gracious election. (Romans 11:28)

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Jesus: The Hope for Israel

Genesis 32:28 records the conclusion of the wrestling match between Jacob and the angel of the LORD.  The angel tells Jacob his name will “no longer be Jacob, but Israel because you have struggled with God and with men and you have overcome.”  The name Israel means he struggles with God and the previous two blog entries demonstrated the history of the nation of Israel struggling in their relationship with God, and with men.  Although hermeneutically the text of Genesis 32:28 tells us that Jacob himself did overcome the battle with the angel of the LORD, I do not think it is farfetched to understand this verse as a prophetic utterance about the future of Israel.

Historically Israel has struggled greatly, and this has been going on for millennia.  Though there have been times of great hope, faith, and survival, there have also been times of great hopelessness, faithlessness, and oppression.  Today Israel is threatened repeatedly by Iran.  A nation who openly professes they would like to see Israel wiped off the face of the earth.  The peace and security of Israel is a matter which will not be resolved anytime soon, nor by any current political arrangements.  Whatever kind of peace arrangements accomplished through modern day politicians will be temporary.  This is not to mitigate the importance of striving for peace, for peace benefits many, but rather to understand that the real program for long and lasting peace for Israel and its neighbors is one that will be accomplished by the word and hand of the Lord. The question becomes how will Israel overcome?

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