About

Reel Spirituality seeks to simultaneously raise visual and spiritual literacy. Image-driven, educationally-focused, and spiritually-centered, Reel Spirituality brings together filmmakers and film-viewers, Christian leaders and laity, scholars and students for dialogue between our culture's primary stories, whether in film or television, and the Christian faith.

Watch and listen to Dr. Rob Johnston discuss the ethic of cultural engagement that undergirds the work of Reel Spirituality.

Co-Directors

Primarily, we are movie lovers. The four of us behind the scenes at Reel Spirituality have found our deepest questions and concerns about life projected on the screen in the films we love. Films move us, motivate us, and inspire us in our studies and in our day to day lives.
 

Dr. Robert K. Johnston is Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has published Useless Beauty (2004), Finding God in the Movies (co-written with Catherine Barsotti, 2004), and Reel Spirituality: Theology and Film in Dialogue, 2nd edition (2000, 2006). He is editor of Reframing Theology and Film: New Focus for an Emerging Discipline (Baker Academic, 2007), and co-editor of both the Engaging Culture and the Exegeting Culture series for Baker Academic Books, as well as the Religion and Film Series for Routledge.

 


Joseph C. Gallagher (Joe) is Senior Advisor, Strategic Planning, at the Brehm Center. He graduated from Harvard Law School and worked for many years as a senior creative and corporate executive at Fox and Universal Studios. He and his wife Joanne,  an actress, live in Studio City and are active in the Presbyterian Church.
 


 

Elijah Davidson is a fifth year student of Intercultural Studies and Theology and Art at Fuller Theological Seminary. He came to Fuller to explore the ways his faith influences his love of a good story and vice versa. His favorite stories have always been told cinematically. He also works as the Editor of the entire Brehm Center website. He and his wife, Krista, an elemetary school teacher, live in San Diego where they are daily seeking out creative ways to live out their faith amongst the diverse suburban community on the border between Mexico and the United States.

 

Eugene Suen is a filmmaker and producer now based in Los Angeles, California. Raised in Taipei and Chicago, Eugene has co-directed the City of the Angels Film Festival in Hollywood and is affiliated with Almond Tree Films, the team behind the award-winning film Munyurangabo, an official selection at Cannes, Berlin, and Toronto.  He has traveled widely around the world and participated in key international film festivals. He is currently producing Abigail Harm by Lee Isaac Chung, the third feature film from Almond Tree Films.

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