Off Topic: The Widow’s Might

For those of you who enjoyed Fireproof and Expelled, another independent Christian movie is coming out for a limited one-week release in about a week, (hopefully) to a theater near you.

The Widow’s Might is a film produced by two Christian teenagers in Texas, both recent homeschool graduates. The film is a western musical dealing with (of all things) the issue of property tax, specifically how it can hurt the elderly. The official site, with the trailer and other clips from the film is, and a list of theaters where the film can be seen is here. [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link is broken and has been removed.]

I have seen a DVD of the film, and the technical quality is amazing. The story is interesting, and the actors, especially Gator, deliver good performances. The film also won the top prize, the “Best of Festival” award, at this year’s Independent Christian Film Festival.

This film is worth checking out and supporting.

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  1. Fireproof and Expelled…two totally different films with virtually nothing in common other than “Some Christians may want to watch these.”

  2. True, but both were done professionally on small budgets outside of Hollywood, hence the comparison. This was done professionally on an even smaller budget – filmed in high-def over a 16-day shoot with a total budget of roughly $200,000.

    Since I’ve heard numbers in the area of $50,000 for SG groups to do a one-night concert video, and even that not being high-def (I think!), to pull this off on that budget is amazing. 🙂

  3. Don’t you mean $20,000 then?

  4. No, they filmed TWM for $200,000 in high-def. I’m comparing that to a standard-def one-night concert taping for $40,000 or $50,000.

    If you see the film, you’d be amazed at the technical excellence achieved for that budget.

  5. Oh, I get it! Sorry.

  6. Actually, Expelled had a very healthy budget for a documentary. It was made for 3.5 million.

  7. Yes, and Fireproof’s wasn’t too shabby, either. That is why making TWM on a $200,000 budget and coming out with comparable quality was something I found impressive.

  8. Funny! I just watched this film yesterday. I enjoyed it, though of course it wasn’t a great movie. By “comparable quality” do you mean “comparable” as in cinematography?

    There were some great lines and good characters, some genuinely funny moments and poignancy too. The acting was by and large what you would expect from an amateur production, but I wasn’t walking in expecting the Royal Shakespeare Theater.

    It strikes me that I can’t remember the last time I watched a “Christian film” (by which I mean a film specifically marketed with the “Christian” label and targeted to a Christian audience) that was truly great. I’ve seen some that were good, but never great. Christians seem to be much slower catching up in the film industry than they have been in music.

    • Resolution / image quality / color balance and correction / editing . . . etc.

      • That’s what I thought. I agree, great production value there.

        The songs and singing could have been better…but that’s the music critic talking. 🙂

      • Yes, though they could’ve been far worse, too . . . and that’s another music critic talking! 🙂 I guess I’m also saying that in the category of having heard other Christian films with aspirations to songs . . . and note I didn’t say songs . . . somewhere in the storyline! 🙂

      • Agreed. 🙂

        Question: Why do you think Christians have progressed farther in the realm of music than film?

      • Simple: More years of trying.

        After all, other than the obvious Sherwood Pictures productions, which were distributed by major Hollywood distributors, this is really one of the first submissions that’s good enough to be worthy of taking seriously and discussing in this matter.

        (I think you’d agree that, though there certainly is room for improvement past this one, it was, at the least, good enough to take seriously and discuss!)

      • Good point! And of course by “music” I meant popular music—not intending to include the many great hymn-writers of the past.

      • Yes, while I pondered your meaning briefly, I quickly concluded that that had to be your intended meaning.

      • I think maybe also it’s because there’s such a wide range of skills necessary to create a great movie. Even though I wouldn’t exactly say that it’s EASY to write a great song or be a great singer, it’s much less complicated than getting together just the right combination of great actors, writers, directors, cinematographers, etc. all in one place!

      • True,

      • Not just skills, but cost involved in going it. Plus, consider that more people likely buy CDs and go to concerts than who go to movies. Besides, the audience base, people got into music more at a time when gospel music was more popular. They already had distribution, studios, execs and things in place.