THE FOUR WINNERS

“A glimpse of goodness and transcendent in the midst of strife and suffering.
Comfortable with gray and untidy endings.
Highlight stories of those on the margins and reveal thin spaces.”
— 
Danielle

“Cross pressure between the immanent and transcendent.
God haunted media. Faith entangled, not faith-based.”
— Kevin O.


“T
rue to life
Deeply honest
Loves the unknown
Powerfully affects unconscious self
Nudges us forward
Generates Silence & Reflection”
— Matt

 

“It is in the in-between and on the edges.
It puts us off-balance de-centers and destabilizes.
It invites us in from the side entrance.”
— Julie

Why did we ask for ideas?

Everything we do — from marketing to distribution to funding — falls into the “the middle space.”
We serve makers who live in the tension.
We serve audiences who want more than mere entertainment.
We believe that human stories and songs, honest and authentic, smart and soulful, are the future. 
We know you feel the same.
The question is: what are the words and phrases that best define this art and entertainment?

Other Submissions Worth Recognizing

he human spirit is a mighty thing indeed.
Megan

We are drawn to objective beauty and excellence in creative artistic expression.
We revel in creativity because in it we glimpse the One who created us.
Andrew

Humbly Inquisitive
Brook

Deep Soul Cinema
Colleen

Stories that are truth to themselves and their characters.
Samuel

Human
Tony

Real art for real people.
Entertainment that educates, inspires, and challenges.
Ginger

An indelible mark of transformation within my psyche.
Sally

Transparent. Unafraid.
Jason

Deep and simple connections in the middle of the mess.
Claudia

Foundation Shaking
Julie

Fresh Storylines and Scripts that aren’t soaked in stereotypes
Unexpected developments with a side of witty and hold the hyperbole.
Karla

Hold the hyperbole
Karla

Grace in the surrender
Yang

Deconstructing the falsehoods inside us and around us.
Jennifer

A story borrowed from the One Great Story.
Buz

It feels familiar and shared because it is.
It makes you stop and consider your mortality, your morality, your minuteness in the world.
It doesn’t just force reflection, it is reflection.
Tiffany

Feeds my mind, heart, and soul.
Daniel

Works of wonder and hope, that wrestle with and shape culture rather than merely reflect it.
Matt

Utterly Human
Hannah

Grounded
Thomas

Less Alone
Megan

Stirs within us a recognition and appreciation of the image of the Creator God in man.
Andrew

What is true and for what matters.
Leah

Messy Spirituality. Sacramentally inquisitive.
Uncomfortably sacred. True.
Bo

Provokes a longing-an inspiration to create and be a part of creation.
Brooke

Awakes My Soul
Jasen

Wrenches the heart and engages the mind with truth that knows its limits.
Joel

We live in Heaven. We live in Hell.
Stories and songs that remind us who we are shed light on our shared humanity.
Dan

Liminal. On the threshold. It’s holy Saturday.
Joannah

Soul Awakening
Shirley

Affirms Life
Jason

True to themselves and their characters.
Yearning, hope and human striving.
Creates or realizes community.
Samuel

Storytelling for the middle spirit.
Andy

Unapologetically bleeding their passions and questions about life & faith.
Learning better to understand.
Robert

Echoes of Eden.
Rooted.
Eric

Exposes the universal human condition.
Redemptive value
Accessible to people across a continuum of beliefs
Honors honest question
Respect the audience.
Raj

Soul stirring.
Reclamation.
Kacey

Full of Hope
Lindsey

Thoughtful
Common Thread, binding human-kind together.
Sarah Rosie

Human. Guttural. Goes there.
Tony

Question asking, not answer giving.
Harrison

Gets stuck in your head, in your heart.
Lasting beauty.
Becky

Scattered shards truth.
Kevin

Good stories tell the truth about the human condition.
Signposts.
Point to a deeper reality of life.
Kyle

Story first films
Explores the big questions of life
Art that reveals and celebrates beauty.
Jared

Soul Stirring
Grab you by the heart and says “see? See!”
Steve

Art gives you the words you didn’t know you needed to say.
Diego

Presents the depravity and toils of humanity, but offers a glimmer of hope.
Matt

Reflecting beauty and brokenness.
Denial of distortion.
World-expanding
Vance

Indelible mark of Transformation
Sally

Heart and spirit soar above it all.
The place that we expectantly await.
Ann

Like Lucinda Williams singing Flannery O’Connor.
Daniel

Manifold.
Timeless.
Unafraid.
As real as it gets.
Jason

That portraits deep and simple connections.
Claudia

Art that examines ultimate concerns.
Dan

Collaborative Beauty.
Nam

Life Giving
Lindsay

 

Complicated
Chris

Feeds my soul
Feliz

Honest.
Never too perfect.
Never beyond redemption
It starts a conversation and stirs emotion
Eric

Devastating and disturbing.
Jennifer

Socially-minded
Brett

Universally weighty.
Buz

Instead, it embraces doubt, fear, nuance and admits the mystery.
Keith

Doesn’t just force reflection, it is reflection
Tiffany

Authentically captures the reality of the world it should.
Joshua

Wrestle with and shape culture rather than merely reflect it.
Matt

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