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Q&A: Brian Bird (Executive Producer, “The Heart Of Man”)
By Sarah Komisky
With a 30-year career span in the Hollywood film and television industry, Executive Producer of the film, “The Heart of Man,” is calling his latest release, “one of the most meaningful of his career.” As Marked Ministry received the opportunity to interview this influential figure, we decided to address the subject and tackle the big why question: why was this film such a standout? Our hope is that his responses both enlighten and inspire you from a filmmaker’s point of view on the significance of this film that addresses the current widespread epidemic of sexual brokenness. Here’s what he had to say.
You’ve been a veteran in the film and TV industry involved in a variety of uplifting entertainment projects such as “The Case for Christ” and “When Calls the Heart.” What made this film a standout and why did you want to take it on?
Brian: I have always wanted my career and talents in film and TV work to be ABOUT something. “The Heart of Man” is perhaps the most Kingdom-minded project I’ve ever been involved with. Samuel Goldwyn once famously said ‘if you want to convey a message, send a telegram… don’t put it in a movie.’ I have never disagreed with him more. All movies convey messages and worldviews. I can’t think of a better message to send to a prodigal culture in moral crisis than to say “your Father is beating a path to rescue you. All you have to do is turn your face to him and receive that gift.”
The faith-based film market is growing yet, I have not seen too many really tackle this subject matter concerning sexual brokenness. Why do you think our culture needs this film at this point in time and how do you want to tear the veil of confusion over the church’s current identity crisis?
Brian: Sexual temptation, poor choices, shame and brokenness are the big elephant in every room, every church, and every pew. A tsunami of moral change is not out on the horizon threatening our shores… it has already come ashore. We’re all floating neck deep in the floodwaters. It’s here, destroying lives and families everywhere. In every home. It’s sometimes a difficult topic for pastors and church leaders to address publicly. Unfortunately, that silence is killing our churches. The only power we have over shame is to name it and speak about it. And what we discover when we do that is that the person next to us is also dealing with shame. “The Heart of Man” picks the locks on those chains that enslave us. It cracks the enigma code on the enemy’s best weapon —shame. It’s what keeps us trapped, locked up. This movie outs the accuser’s most effective weapon against us and invites us into a true, transformative relationship with a Father who is not ashamed of us. If church leaders would stop being afraid to speak openly about these issues, their ministries and congregations will be radically transformed. “The Heart of Man” is a key to break those chains.
This film brings two amazing elements of storytelling in visual imagery and in documentary. Why do you think these two elements are so effective for this film and the audience who sees it? Now having completed this film and nearing its release, how did the film impact your life?
Brian: I have never been associated with such a unique and ground-breaking film in my career. The young filmmakers that I have had the honor of helping mentor are some of the most visionary and talented voices I have ever worked with. The visuals in the film are extraordinary, and the production value is off the charts. And yet, it’s the underlying message of the film that I believe will change the world and moved me most. The problem of sexual abuse, brokenness and victimization in this world is not a supply issue. It’s a demand issue. This film doesn’t address the fruit on the tree, it addresses the root system of the tree with a powerful, compassionate promise: Shame is not from God, it’s from Satan. God is not ever disgusted with us, He is continually chasing us, asking us to say the better yes to Him.