On the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month Divine Cinema looks at films with central themes of faith from a Progressive Christian perspective. The Divine Cinema team will put the good, the bad and the ugly films about faith through the eye of a needle and scrutinize its themes, messages, cinematography and overall portrayal faith on the silver screen. As self-proclaimed experts of fine (and divine) cinema and former Evangelicals, hosts Jeff, Adam and Dylan have a lot to say about movies, their distorted views of Christianity, and the messages of the pop culture we consume. So if you are looking for podcast that appreciates the art of film and how it can beautifully (or horribly) reflect the nuanced ways in which people express their faith, this is the podcast for you.
Jeff Manildi is husband to an incredibly strong woman and father of two captivating young ladies. He is currently the Director of Discipleship at a United Methodist church on the central coast of California. In addition to getting his B.A. in Theology, he also received his ordination through the prestigious online organization of The Universal Life Church whose alumni include the likes of Conan O’Brien and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Jeff loves all things that tell a story: people, movies, tv, music, comics, etc.
Dylan Van Lant currently lives in Santa Barbara with his wonderful wife who shares his appreciation for good film and is occasionally able to summon the patience to watch a terrible movie with him so that he can talk about it with friends over the internet. You can find Dylan out and about in Santa Barbara, eating good food, enjoying the beach with his dog Torta and trying to figure out which activity will best satiate his ever waning attention span. As a result of the last item, Dylan does a little of a lot of things; he brews some beer, he is sorta proficient at cooking, he bikes around a little, he is gettting better at coding, he likes to camp, he blogs ever now and again, he hikes around Santa Barbara, he spends too much time readying fantasy and sci novels, he plays a few video games and most recently he has been podcasting with Divine Cinema.
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Adam Loveridge grew up in a tiny (population 1,200) rural town in northeast California and loved it. After graduating with a degree in Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo he naturally went to work for an evangelical campus ministry. Along the way he married an amazing woman and they had an equally amazing daughter. He’s currently serving as a Spiritual Care and Formation Specialist for InterVarsity and just finished his Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary.
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