Friends, Many people have opted to respond to this film with longer and more elaborate conversations than they can on Amazon’s review section. A selection of this ‘chatter’ about Leaving My Father’s Faith is linked below. Enjoy! HERE’S a response by Rick Johnston writing in Medium. Quote: “The audience … laughed (out loud) and, if […]
Does a father lose his son when his son loses his faith? This film tells the story of how Bart Campolo stopped believing and his evangelical Christian father’s response to the news. Buy or rent Leaving My Father’s Faith right now!
After over 3 years of production and post-production, Leaving My Father’s Faith is streaming widely! It makes me reflect on the process of getting here. All along the way, I imagined the audience for this film, the conversations it would provoke, the thoughts and feelings in response. And now, having heard many of them, I […]
Two great screening events took place last week in Los Angeles: the first at the University of Southern California, where my doc subject Bart Campolo served as the first Humanist Chaplain for 3 years, and the second at Laemmle’s Music Hall in Beverly Hills. Again, both weeknights, and yet both theaters were almost full! And […]
On February 7th, Leaving My Father’s Faith had its launch event just outside Philadelphia and sold out twice, leading to the need for a larger theater… all of this for an event on a wintery northeastern Wednesday night. Tony and Peggy Campolo, Bart Campolo, Executive Producer Matt Dean and myself, director John Wright, were in […]
About the Film
After Thanksgiving dinner, Bart Campolo asked his dad, the well-known preacher Tony Campolo, to sit down to talk. Bart wanted to give his father some shocking news: that after a lifetime of work as a prominent minister himself, he was no longer a believer in the Christian faith. It was the beginning of a candid, meaningful exchange between a father and his son about belief, storytelling and the power of our relationships.
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About the Campolos
Tony Campolo is a sociologist, pastor, author and public speaker. He is perhaps best-known for his role as spiritual advisor to President Bill Clinton, and for being a prominent voice in the evangelical church. He is a leader of the Red-Letter Christian movement, which aims to emphasize the teachings of Jesus. The New York Times describes Tony as “one of the most important Christian evangelical preachers in the last 50 years.”
Bart Campolo is an author, speaker and the Humanist Chaplain at the University of Southern California. He is co-founder of Mission Year and a prominent former urban minister, speaking internationally to progressive Christian groups. He made news during 2014 when he announced that he no longer believes in God. The New York Times describes Bart as “a rising star of atheism.”
About the Filmmaker
John Wright is an independent filmmaker and radio producer from Belfast, Northern Ireland living and working in Arizona and Southern California. He is the son of a Presbyterian minister and developed an early interest in the questions answered by religion. To get in touch, please CLICK HERE.