NOOMA

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Flannel
Type 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organization
Founded 2001
Headquarters Grandville, Michigan
Website http://www.flannel.org/

NOOMA is a series of short films produced by Flannel promoting spiritual reflections on individual life experiences. The name NOOMA comes from a phonetic spelling of the Greek word πνευμα (pneuma), meaning "wind", "spirit", or "breath".[1] The video series consists of 24 videos created from 2002-2009 featuring Christian teacher Rob Bell.

Format[edit]

Each film is about 10 to 14 minutes of Christian teaching related to real-life situations. Each short story covers a specific topic, usually by relating various experiences from a Christian perspective. Each NOOMA video features the teaching of former Mars Hill Bible Church teaching pastor Rob Bell. The NOOMA videos are subtitled in English,[citation needed] Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Mandarin and Korean.

The executive director of Flannel, the producer of NOOMA, announced in 2009 plans to feature additional Christian teachers in future NOOMA films.[2]

Notable locations[edit]

Most NOOMAs featuring are shot on location in Western Michigan or the Chicago area. However, NOOMAs "Today | 017" and "Name | 018" were both filmed in the Jacksonville, Florida area. The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel is prominent in "Trees". A restaurant called The Rainbow Grill in Grandville, Michigan was used for "Sunday". The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is featured in "Luggage". The Van Andel Arena is featured in "Bullhorn". A beach along Lake Michigan is featured in "Kickball". "Breathe" is shot in the Lake station on the Red Line in downtown Chicago. "Open" was filmed at the new Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming, Michigan three months before the hospital opened its doors. "Shells" was filmed primarily at the Pew Campus of Grand Valley State University with several shots of Rob Bell sitting in the Steelcase Library.

History[edit]

Originally, the non-profit company Fringe began making the NOOMA films in 2002. The company later changed its name to Flannel, and is located in Grandville, Michigan. Since November 2002, Flannel has distributed the films through their website, NOOMA.com. A soundtrack featuring music from the first ten films (plus "Flowers" from 013) became available in December 2005 through NOOMA.com and digital music outlets.

In March 2005, Zondervan started distributing the series, making it available to retail markets. The entire look of the NOOMA series changed when Zondervan began distributing the films. Previously, the first 10 NOOMAs had been available as DVDs in clear and light blue plastic packaging. New packaging which accompanied the re-release of 001–010 and all subsequent episodes features a paper case and a 32-page discussion book. The books feature Scripture, stills from the film, questions related to the film's topic, and a single fun fact for each episode, usually about some production aspect of the film.

An app is also available to watch the NOOMA videos for both iOS and Android, developed in 2011 by the Christian media publishing company Zondervan.[3]

NOOMA series[edit]

NOOMA premiered in November 2002. The last film was published July 2009. Twenty-four different films have been created, each with a different theme:

  • 001 | Rain: "Things don't always work out the way we want them to."
  • 002 | Flame: "What's up with the word love?"
  • 003 | Trees: "Do our lives really matter?"
  • 004 | Sunday: "Why do we do the things we do?"
  • 005 | Noise: "Why is silence so hard to deal with?"
  • 006 | Kickball: "Why can't we always have what we want?"
  • 007 | Luggage: "It isn't always easy to forgive."
  • 008 | Dust: "Does God believe in us?"
  • 009 | Bullhorn: "Can we separate loving God and loving others?"
  • 010 | Lump: "A lot of us have done things in our lives we are ashamed of."
  • 011 | Rhythm: "What does it mean to have a relationship with God?"
  • 012 | Matthew: "Suffering the loss of someone we love can be the most difficult thing in life to deal with."
  • 013 | Rich: "Maybe God has blessed us with everything we have so we can bless and give to others."
  • 014 | Breathe: "Our physical breath is actually a picture of a deeper spiritual reality."
  • 015 | You: "Some of the central claims of the Christian faith are the source of many discussions and heated debates. But are we always debating the right things?"
  • 016 | Store: "We all get angry about things from time to time."
  • 017 | Today: "How much time and energy do we spend wishing things were how they used to be?"
  • 018 | Name: "Why are we so concerned with what other people think, say, or look like?"
  • 019 | Open: "What if there’s more to prayer than just God listening and answering?"
  • 020 | Shells: "What are we really doing with our time?"
  • 021 | She: "When we omit the feminine, are we missing a very fundamental part of God's nature?"
  • 022 | Tomato: "Do we try so hard to live the perfect life that we miss out on how to truly live?"
  • 023 | Corner: "Why is it that often when we get what we want, we still feel empty?"
  • 024 | Whirlwind: "What do we do when there aren't nice, neat answers?"

Soundtrack[edit]

Most of the music from the first ten NOOMA videos were released the soundtrack NOOMA Soundtrack | Volume 001 in December 2005. It features Brie Stoner and David Vandervelde, both independent artists that are not employed by NOOMA.

Track # Name Artist NOOMA Video
01 Come Down Brie Stoner 001 | Rain
02 History David Vandervelde 001 | Rain
03 Indiana David Vandervelde 002 | Flame
04 Yum Choi Bo Ram David Vandervelde 002 | Flame
05 All My Prayers David Vandervelde 003 | Trees
06 Son of Gold David Vandervelde 004 | Sunday
07 Slaves Brie Stoner 005 | Noise
08 Can You Love Me Brie Stoner 006 | Kickball
09 Instrumental David Vandervelde 007 | Luggage
10 Wait Brie Stoner 008 | Dust
11 Cheap Brie Stoner 009 | Bullhorn
12 Heaven Weeps David Vandervelde 009 | Bullhorn
13 Flowers David Vandervelde 013 | Rich

The later NOOMA videos feature music that is not on the soundtrack:

NOOMA Video Artist Name
010 | Lump The Album Leaf Over the Pond
011 | Rhythm David Vandervelde Moonlight (Instrumental)
012 | Matthew The Album Leaf Window
NOOMA Trailer Aphex Twin Girl / Boy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Compassion/Nooma Film Creates Powerful Message of Unfair Grace". Market Wire. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ McCellan, Scott. "Producer Spotlight: NOOMA". EchoHub. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ Kumar, Anugrah. "Rob Bell's 'NOOMA' Videos Now an App". The Christian Post. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 

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