Last night Brian Ivie of Arbella Studios came to Richfield and shared his heart and shared his passion for Christ and film.
“I became a Christian while making a movie!”
WOW! To be in a culture all together non christian and to be in his word “bright white” in a world of darkness. He is the award-winning director of “The Drop Box” and the upcoming music video “Keep Me A Child.” Brian recently graduated from The Bryan Singer Division of Critical Studies at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, and hails from sunny San Clemente, California. He is a published film critic, recreational songwriter, and was the only white male in the Saved By Grace Gospel Choir. If Brian were to get a tattoo it would be Galatians 5:1 or Hebrews 2:11. He thanks The Lord daily for his adoption into an eternal family.
This only scratches the surface of who this young man is and I cannot wait to see how God continues to use this film to help people find their joy in Him. Brian describes this movie as an opportunity for the gospel to be expressed through the imagery of a pastor taking in not only unwanted babies, but unwanted babies with severe physical ailments. It is a picture of our lives, broken and unwanted, laid before the feet of Jesus with nothing to give and he not only takes us in and provides for us but call us his children.
I think Justin Taylor summarizes best the description of this movie in his article on the gospel coalition site. Below is the exert from his article.
In December 2009, a Korean pastor named Lee Jong-rak built a wooden “drop box” on the outer wall of his home. But the box wasn’t intended for clothing, food, or school supplies, it was meant to collect unwanted babies.
When “the drop box” “or “baby box” was constructed a few years ago, it flew completely under the radar of Korean government officials. However, as more and more children arrive in this box every week, the nation is starting to take notice.
Lee knows that his little wooden box isn’t the best solution, but his plight points to a much larger issue of abandonment, both in Korea, and across the globe.
As a simple man, with little education and no public notoriety, Lee was voiceless, much like the children he has sworn to protect.
Soon, the whole world will know his story.
Here is a trailer for the film: