BEGAN WITH A PASSION
MOVIEGUIDE® started its Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry in the early 1990s. The new endeavor was fueled by conversations with billionaire philanthropist Sir John Templeton and others. At that time, only about 10% of the major theatrical releases by Hollywood, including the major foreign and independent releases, contained any Christian values or references to Jesus Christ, the Bible, or Christianity. Even fewer of those releases had a strong Christian worldview where the movie’s basic view of God, ultimate reality, faith, and morality was Christian, redemptive, and spiritually uplifting.
After discussions with Sir John, Dr. Ted Baehr created the Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Movies and TV in 1995, to promote movies and TV programs that “greatly increase man’s love or understanding of God,” the percentage of movies with at least some Christian, spiritually uplifting and redemptive values and references had increased to 15% of the market. Also, the number of movies with strong or solidly overt Christian, redemptive content or worldviews had increased to 12, or 4.6%, including such movies as Epiphany Prize winner DEAD MAN WALKING, BRAVEHEART, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, FATHER OF THE BRIDE PART II, and WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING.
At the turn
of the new century, with several Epiphany Prize competitions supported
by grants from the John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org)
under our belts, the number of strong faith-friendly movies had more than
doubled, from only 12 to 30, including such hits as REMEMBER THE TITANS,
Mel Gibson’s THE PATRIOT, the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE movies, and a smaller
movie called RETURN TO ME.
time, MOVIEGUIDE® founder Dr. Ted Baehr steadfastedly continued consulting
with filmmakers and helping beginning screenwriters with improving their
scripts and movies, not only making them stronger, more entertaining stories
but also making them more family friendly and faith-filled.
and his team requested a return of the cash prize for this film’s
faith-based, religious story. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® was faced with an