GodArts Week 2023 was a divine intersection of faith, creativity, and storytelling. In the spotlight were four awe-inspiring short films curated by the visionary Kellianne Rae Jordan.
The beauty of these short films lies not just in their narratives but in the underlying purpose – to give God the glory through the talents bestowed upon each filmmaker. Through storytelling, cinematography, and the art of filmmaking, these creators illuminated aspects of faith, redemption, and the transformative power of God's love. Let's dive into the narratives that unfolded on screen, each a unique exploration of faith and creativity.
Meet our Short Film Curator, Kelli-Anne Rae Jordan:
In the tapestry of GodArts Week 2023, the selection of short films served as a beacon, guiding attendees through narratives that resonated with divine grace and creativity. At the helm of this cinematic curation was the insightful Kellianne Rae Jordan, whose impact in selecting these films is a testament to her discerning eye and commitment to glorifying God through the arts.
Kellianne Rae Jordan, a Jamaican-American storyteller, has etched her presence in the South Florida arts scene as a producer, writer, and award-winning actor. Her desire to showcase the "artful" life of people of color in the diaspora through film, theater, and events was a driving force in the selection process for GodArts Week 2023.
Kellianne's impact in selecting the short films at GodArts Week 2023 extends far beyond mere curation; it is a deliberate and prayerful endeavor to magnify God's glory through the art of storytelling. As we celebrate these films, we also celebrate Kellianne's role as a steward of God's message, using her talents to guide others toward a deeper understanding of faith and creativity.
Short Films Selected at GodArts Week 2023
1. "Dandelion" - Directed by Wendy Wang
A poignant tale of salvation and community healing, "Dandelion" directed by Wendy Wang showcased the transformative power of faith. From Guangzhou, China, Wendy's journey from atheism to faith in Syracuse, New York, added a unique perspective to the film's narrative.
2. "Dirty Laundry" - Directed by Edward Young Lee
In "Dirty Laundry," directed by Edward Young Lee, the audience witnessed a story about messy love, irreversible mistakes, and the quest for forgiveness. Edward's films touch the soul and bring a restorative touch to humanity, emphasizing the universal themes of hope and redemption.
3."Gethsemane, I get Anxious..." - Directed by Cassandra Kanda
Cassandra Kanda's film explored the duality of faith and feelings, showcasing how creativity becomes a profound medium to encounter God. Her testimony from struggling with suicidal thoughts to finding life-saving grace demonstrated God's redemptive power.
4. "Waves of Grace" - Directed by Paul Giret
Directed by Paul Giret, "Waves of Grace" illuminated the rediscovery of faith in Jesus Christ. Paul's transition from the secular art world to making films for the Lord marked a powerful testimony to God's transformative work in our lives.
Glorifying God Through Short Films:
The beauty of these short films lies not just in their narratives but in the underlying purpose – to give God the glory through the talents bestowed upon each filmmaker. Through storytelling, cinematography, and the art of filmmaking, these creators illuminated aspects of faith, redemption, and the transformative power of God's love.
As the films graced the screen at GodArts Week 2023, the audience was taken on a journey of reflection, encountering the consistent nature of God across diverse stories and backgrounds. Each film became a vessel through which God's glory shone, reminding us of the central role of faith in the creative process.
GodArts Week 2023 showcased more than just films; it became a divine canvas where talents were woven into stories that echoed God's glory. Through the lens of these filmmakers, the audience experienced the universal themes of faith, redemption, and the beauty of God's transformative work. As we celebrate these short films, let us recognize and honor the filmmakers who, through their talents, have magnified the greatness of our Creator.