|Directed by||Spencer T. Folmar|
|Produced by||Thurman Mason|
|Screenplay by||Spencer T. Folmar|
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Generational Sins is a 2017 American drama film written and directed by Spencer T. Folmar. The film is Spencer's theatrical debut. The film depicts a complicated relationship between two brothers as they travel to their home town to come to grips with the past. The film made waves among the faith based community, as it didn't adhere to the sugar coated conventions of the genre and opted for more mature content in an effort to be more truthful. Generational Sins, has spurred a national debate surrounding the interplay of faith and film. FOX, The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline, Washington Times, CBN, Christian Post, and more have all joined the conversation around the film's release. In response, Folmar coined the term "Hard Faith" to describe this new genre of film, written for audiences who are hungry for hope in the midst of gritty real-life stories.
When two estranged brothers' mother dies, they are brought together by her dying wish: to see them return to their birthplace and reunite with their father. Despite not wanting to encounter the father that was an abusive alcoholic, the brothers set out on an emotional journey that leads them to their hometown. This is the place where Will must face the past he can't remember, and Drew the past he cant forget.
As they reconnect to the town and its people, the brothers struggle to find the meaning of “home”. What it means for those who stay and those who leave. Together they must confront their father - both the memory and the man himself. The painful confrontation prompts a decision. The decision between carrying the harbored bitterness for life, and finding freedom in forgiveness.
“Generational Sins” explores themes of home, grace, and forgiveness, diving into the nature of how these concepts, experiences and ideals impact the very decisions we make, and thereupon, the ramifications they impose on the lives of ourselves as well as others.
- Daniel MacPherson as Drew
- Dax Spanogle as Will
- Barret Donnor as Rachel
- Kristen Jezek as Evelyn
- Bill Farmer as Sherif Randal
- Nick Coble as Nifty
Since the theatrical release of Generational Sins (2017) put Folmar’s adult perspective on faith-based films in the spotlight, he has coined the term “Hard Faith” to address the new genre.
Dove.org, a Christian website intended to inform viewers of the content of films, gave Generational Sins the first ‘Dove-Approved 18-plus’ designation. ‘Dove-Approved 18-plus’ is applied to films that have overt content where God’s love and the salvation of the cross are the central messages in the film that also have mature content. Folmar has no doubt been a trailblazer when it comes to the faith film world.
"We're not only targeting faith-based moviegoers," says Folmar to The Hollywood Reporter. "We're also going after ‘Chreasters' — people who only go to church on Christmas and Easter. If we tell stories of adults struggling with faith, adults will run toward them, so we're working hard on creating this new genre."
Despite clarifying their intentions, many still find it hard to jump on board. Chris Stone, founder of Faith Driven Consumer, an advocacy group for Christians, says he'll be recommending Generational Sins, but to adults and not families. "It's more graphic than I'm comfortable with, but it's not unrealistic," he says. "It's an accurate portrayal of brokenness and sin, and some Christians will opt out.” The controversy doesn’t seem to bother Folmar, though.
"The world needs quality entertainment that speaks truth boldly. We need stories that are set in real-world settings with characters that talk about the ultimate truth that is contained in the Old and New Testaments. What makes our company unique among other Christian filmmakers is our commitment to portraying characters, both Christian and non-Christian alike, in all of their flawed humanity and brokenness. We accomplish this with realistic, real-world scenarios and real-life characters." —Spencer Folmar, taken from the Hard Faith website.
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