A Matter of Faith

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A Matter of Faith
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Theatrical poster
Directed byRich Christiano
Produced byFive & Two Pictures[1]
Written byRich Christiano
Dave Christiano
StarringHarry Anderson
Jordan Trovillion
Jay Pickett
Clarence Gilyard
Release date
  • October 17, 2014 (2014-10-17)
[1]
Running time
88 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$600,000[2]
Box office$677,577[1]

A Matter of Faith is a 2014 American Christian drama film directed by Rich Christiano and starring Harry Anderson, Jordan Trovillion, Jay Pickett, and Clarence Gilyard.[3][4][5] The film was released into theaters on October 17, 2014 by Five & Two Pictures.[1][6] The film follows a Christian student (Jordan Trovillion) and her father (Jay Pickett) who are challenged by a Biology professor who teaches evolution.[7][8]

Plot[edit]

Rachel Whitaker has been raised as a Christian by her loving parents (her father is a minister). However, after she leaves for her freshman year of college, she begins to be influenced by her biology professor, Dr. Kaman whose charisma and light-hearted approach make him popular with the students. He teaches that complex life forms evolved from simpler life forms and that the Biblical theory of creation is not a considerable alternative. Rachel's father Stephen is concerned by the change in his daughter's personality and beliefs. He confronts the arrogant professor and finds himself challenged to a debate much to the embarrassment of his daughter. As he prepares, Stephen is approached by a sympathetic student who tells him to go to the university to see a former professor named Portland, who was fired years before at Kaman's behest for teaching Biblical theory to his students. Portland initially rebuffs efforts to "get him back in the game". On the night of the debate, Kaman seems to be swaying the audience when Portland suddenly appears and confronts his old nemesis at the movie's conclusion.

Cast[edit]

  • Harry Anderson as Professor Marcus Kaman
  • Jordan Trovillion as Rachel Whitaker
  • Jay Pickett as Stephen Whitaker
  • Clarence Gilyard as Professor Joseph Portland
  • Chandler Macocha as Evan Carlson
  • Justin Brandt as Jason
  • Barrett Carnahan as Tyler Mathis
  • Stephanie Shemanski as Ally
  • Sarab Kamoo as Kimberly Whitaker
  • Scott Alan Smith as Phil Jamison

Reception[edit]

A Matter of Faith was initially released to 25 movie theaters and its widest release was to 52 theaters.[1]

The Young Earth creationist and Christian apologetics organization Answers in Genesis (AiG) strongly endorsed and promoted the film.[2] Commenting on the film, Ken Ham, the president of AiG, stated that:

A Matter of Faith has a message that is highly relevant and desperately needed for America today. AiG doesn’t endorse many movies, even those that are supposedly "Christian" based. We are fully behind A Matter of Faith as it defends the authority of the Bible beginning in Genesis.[9]

Other prominent Creationists who endorsed the film included Ray Comfort, founder and CEO of Living Waters Ministries, Tim Wildmon, President of the American Family Association, and Gary Bates, CEO of Creation Ministries International.[9]

The Dove Foundation gave the film a rating of five out of five dove seals, writing that "This quality movie features solid acting including two veterans, Harry Anderson and Clarence Gilyard."[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "A Matter of Faith". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Feature film 'A Matter of Faith' continues filming in Grand Rapids, extras needed". MLive.com. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  3. ^ O'Neal, Sean (2014-05-02). "Night Court's Harry Anderson to preside over another fake argument in Creationism movie". The AV Club. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  4. ^ Robertson, Nicole. "Young Oxford actor appears in Christian film". The Oakland Press. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  5. ^ McMahon, Todd. "Evolution-creation film makes Wisconsin debut in Green Bay". Press Gazette Media. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  6. ^ Marie, Brownie (August 5, 2014). "Christian producers the Christiano brothers to release creationist film, 'A Matter of Faith'". Christian Today. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  7. ^ Reynolds, Jason (2015-01-28). "Faith-based movie tackles evolution debate". Shelbyville Times-Gazette. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  8. ^ "New film to bring evolution-creation issue to the forefront". Lebanon Democrat. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  9. ^ a b "A Matter of Faith". Answers in Genesis. September 26, 2014. Retrieved February 15, 2015.
  10. ^ "A Matter of Faith : Dove Family Friendly Movie Reviews". The Dove Foundation. Retrieved 2017-02-21.

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