'A Long Way Off' producer sees film as filling a need

sgilman@newsobserver.comJune 4, 2014 

— Christy McGlothlin worked alongside her husband, Gerald McGlothlin, to produce the film “A Long Way Off.” The McGlothlins have nine children and for 27 years have run a media company called Special Guests in Wendell.

Christy McGlothlin spoke to The News & Observer about the film, which will debut in theaters Friday.

Q: What was your vision for the movie?

A: The original intent behind the movie was to help create more family-friendly, faith-based films, because it seems like there is just a wide-open chasm for clean, faith-based or even just family-friendly films. As Christians, we wanted to produce films that would just embody biblical principles.

Q: Why modern?

A: I think the reason we were really insistent on doing modern rendition of Bible stories, is because most people are familiar with a lot of the basic Bible stories, like the prodigal son story or Jesus’ birth. You picture it in biblical times with the father in his sandals and robe. So we just asked ourselves, what would the story look like in modern times, and we took that and went with it and tried to create a story that paralleled that story and kept the same meaning but was translated into today’s time.

Q: To you, what’s the message of the story Jesus tells in the Bible?

A: Well the main message, I believe the reason that he told that story, is that God, our heavenly father, is ever-loving and always waiting and watching for us to come back to him. And he loves us. He’s patient. And he’s not wringing his hands. He’s not angry with us. He just loves us, and he wants us to come back home.

Q: What do you hope the audience will learn from the film?

A: A lot of us have kids who have not embodied our own principles, you know, the biblical principles we think we raised them with. So I think the story touches a lot of people. It touches parents, and we hope that it touches prodigals who have gone away and they feel like they have gone too far away and they can’t come back.

Q: Did the filmmaking go as planned?

A: It took a little bit longer than we anticipated, just the entire process. We started with the basic script back in May of 2012, and we filmed in December of 2012, and it’s just coming out in theaters. So there weren’t any major mishaps, but because it was our first film, we were really doing a lot of learning along the way.

Q: What did you learn from making the film?

A: It’s made me realize that once you see a need in any area, if it’s God’s will for you to follow through and do it, he will pave the way. I don’t think that there was any way, naturally speaking, probably, that we could have put all of this together, because we were not knowledgeable. I feel like we are one step ahead of where we were, and I am very excited to move on to our next film.

Q: What is your next movie?

A: It’s called “Dreamer,” and it will be a modern day Joseph story. We are hoping to be able to release that in 2015.

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