Saturday, November 05, 2005

One more movie rec

Now I can't vouch for if this is any good because I haven't seen it yet, but at least the subject is provocative (which you know I'm always up for). There will be a free screening Saturday November 12th in Fuller's Travis Auditorium at 7 pm. David Di Sabatino (the filmmaker) will be there for a Q&A. I will be there too, but that's probably less incentive to go.

You all in other places of the world, see if you can get the film to your church/school/whatever. I don't think it has distribution yet.

Oh, I haven't told you the name of the film yet! It's Frisbee: the Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher. Here's some info from IMDB:

What do you do when the Jesus freak who started your church dies from AIDS? Simple. Erase him from history.

Lonnie Frisbee was a young hippie seeker fully immersed in the 1960s counter culture when he claimed to have experienced an encounter with God while on an acid trip. This event so transformed him that Lonnie became an itinerant Christian evangelist, something of a John the Baptist of Southern California who compelled thousands of fellow spiritual seekers to make a profession of faith in Jesus Christ. During the 1970s Lonnie Frisbee became widely known as California's "hippie preacher," the quintessential "Jesus freak" whose pictures frequented such magazines as Time and Life as the media told the story of a burgeoning "Jesus movement."

Lonnie Frisbee provided the charismatic spark that launched the Calvary Chapel church into a worldwide ministry and propelled many fledgling leaders into some of the most powerful movers and shakers of the evangelical movement. During the 1980s Lonnie was at the center of the "signs and wonders" movement, one that focused on reviving the practice of spiritual power through diving healing, speaking in tongues and other demonstrative manners of manifesting the power of God.

But besides his influence and beyond the miraculous stories that swirl in the wake of his life, what makes the story most fascinating is that his call into the ministry came while deeply involved in the Laguna Beach homosexual scene. Treated with contempt by the ministers whom he helped establish, Lonnie has been written out of their collective histories. He died as a result of the AIDS virus in 1993.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've heard that its worth a watch as well.

FYI - haven't seen any publicity for it around campus yet but someone is hosting a screening of the new Robert Greenwald Wal-Mart documentary at Fuller on Nov. 18, 7:00PM.

myste said...

i saw the frisbee film a few months ago at a church screening. the film was great but the introduction to it was offensive.

greg laurie was there to introduce the film and basically clear his name as he is depicted in the film as being a back stabber and a hypocrite who among other things told lonnie to leave his wife in order to pursue the ministry but tried to have him fired when it was discovered that he was gay.

most people rolled their eyes at laurie's obvious self promotion and there were even a few booo's. i amy or may not have been one of the ones booing