Julie's New Role with Jesus Film Project
What led to my change in roles:
Making a film is much like golf, it is very quiet and very serious. You don't go on set unless you know your job and you can do it well. I fell in love with the back-end of filmmaking. After, witnessing the response to short films in outreach, I began to truly understand all the power a little (and even strange at times) story can do. When I went to the University of West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, the engineering students were so thrilled to have a way to reach out to their fellow students on the other side of campus, and vice versa. A short film bridges all kinds of obstacles and leaves the one watching unarmed and desiring to talk.
Through my years as a graphic designer with Cru, I've found such joy and purpose providing tools and helping missionaries fulfill their vision for outreaches and other needs. In the past three years, our graphic's team within Cru has been renamed Creative One Media and re-formed to be more streamlined with professional growth and organization. Our team leader, Chuck Wallace, has taken the helm and grown our ministry within Cru in so many amazing ways. We now have more graphic designers and filmmakers from all over the nation that want to be a part of our mission. I am thankful to have been called to serve the Lord in this capacity for the last 10 years.
New Role With Jesus Film Project:
Now that our C1M team is thriving, I began feeling the pull to circle back around with Jesus Film to help promote the JFP App for use in ministry. I had already been doing so in my personal life and began missing being a part of the outreaches. I contacted JFP's Human Resources. After a few conversations, they also realized serving with them was a definite calling. At that time, working with with them was not a possibility because a move to HQ in Orlando was required for most JFP full-time staff. However, due to the world going virtual in this past year, the door was opened for me to join JFP in a virtual capacity!
Presently there are 43 short films on the JFP app. We need new stories via short film to impact various stages of life and cultures. The team I am joining, Film Curation and Acquisition, is tasked with curating 100 films in 2021! This is quite an ambitious goal. As soon as travel opens up, I will be able to meet with missionaries around the nation who may have a need for specific films we do not currently have (curation). In turn, I can share with the JFP production teams on these needs or possibly find films already created that the filmmaker will allow us to use (acquisition). We have many short films on the app that are done by other filmmakers. Those films are not necessarily done by a Christian filmmaker, but tell a story that can lead to a gospel presentation.
I look forward sharing more stories of how the Lord is using short film through the Jesus Film ministry to bring his word to the watching world.