Last weekend I officiated a wedding in Grand Rapids. Between the rehearsal and ceremony I hunted down some amazing theology book deals!
In 2007 I had the privilege to work with my good friend Frank Lozano on the 168 Film Project.
I knew Frank before this film, but in the intensity of this week - consisting of writing, re-writing, arguing about the re-writes, filming, shooting, editing and producing - I really got to know him. And in the crucible of this stress we began a friendship that I highly value.
Over the years I've been incredibly impressed with Frank's level of creativity and artistic skill. This has only been overshadowed by his constant dedication to Christ. I am humbled as I've seen my friend grow over the years in his walk. Which makes him one of my favorite kinds of artists - talented and humble.
Here's the description Frank wrote:
The documentary "Walking High" is about Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum, the youth flight school at Compton's Woodley Airport that helps kids stay out of gangs. This was also my entry in the 168 Film Project for the year 2007 and my directorial debut. Hosted by Nathan James Norman nathanjamesnorman.com, music by Mark LeVang marklevangmusic.com and title song LIVE by Mandie Pinto-Czarnecki mandiepinto.com
Take a look at this short from seven years ago!
(I feel like I haven't aged in ten years. I'm thrilled this film proves otherwise!)
This month's episode of the Untold Podcast was written by Matt McKinney. I love the story he sent in, but I also appreciate his creative work on his comedy/review/riffing show POS:TOS on YouTube.
He loves Star Trek... which is why he hates bad Star Trek! And there's plenty of bad Star Trek out there. Matt expertly guides us through these horrible episodes like Virgil led Dante through the bowels of Hell.
The show is hilarious, witty and also intellectual.
I'm convinced Matt and "Off Screen Kim" are geniuses.
Right now Matt is releasing the second series of "Not Our Savior" videos, which focuses on Star Trek's unfair hack-job on religion and religious themes. Matt is honest and fair, though. And I appreciate that.
Did I mention his comedic timing is spot on?
You can find his YouTube channel here.
Take a peak.
(Fair warning, some mild colorful language from time to time.)
Enjoy this 100 word video drabble.
(Watch it twice for maximum comprehension!)
Music: "Music of the Spheres: (Requiem Aeternam Pt.1)"
Becoming the Archetype
Written by: Nathan James Norman
Text: You put on a pair of shoes for me,
grounded yourself to be my wife.
We thought we had the power to change the world,
so we attacked those keeping our peoples separated.
We became criminals.
Did they take you from me, or did you leave?
I travelled to the tree bridging our realms,
hoping to find you, my love.
But as I looked at all the empty pairs of shoes –
the sole remains of those who returned to the sky,
I found your shoes hanging from a branch…
and I knew I would forever be alone on the ground.