- How can I watch Leaving My Father’s Faith?
- Didn’t this film have a different title?
- Under the surface, what’s the film really all about?
- What was it like to work with the Campolos?
- Is this the film version of the book Why I Left, Why I Stayed?
- Where was it filmed?
- Can I interview you?
- Whose side does the filmmaker take?
- Where can I get more information on Bart and Tony?
- Do you have any recommended discussion points?
How can I watch Leaving My Father’s Faith?Back to Index
Didn’t this film have a different title?
Well spotted! Yes, during development the film’s working title was ‘With Whom I Am Well Pleased’, then ‘Far From the Tree’. This release title says it all, we think, and avoids conflicting with any other films being released so there’s no market confusion.Back to Index
Under the surface, what’s the film really all about?
In the opinion of the filmmaker, it’s about the stories we tell. The Christian story, Bart’s story of how he came to disbelieve it, Tony’s story that helps him make sense of Bart’s departure. We all turn the world into a collection of narratives – it’s the essence of what it means to be human – and they’re especially powerful when they help us justify our choices. It’s also a valuable insight into a relationship between a father and his son, and the bonds that endure even in times of trial. Of course, you may watch it and see something completely different, and if you do, we’d love to hear about it.Back to Index
What was it like to work with the Campolos?
Bart and Tony are both compelling people to watch and to be around. They both possess charisma and an ability to capture and hold the attention. They’re both pretty entertaining. They can also hold a competent conversation about the issues that matter to them. At the same time, it’s a challenge to make a film that represents both father and son fairly and effectively!Back to Index
Is this the film version of the book Why I Left, Why I Stayed?
Both Why I Left, Why I Stayed and Leaving My Father’s Faith came out of the same conversation at the same time. The filmmaker spent several days filming a dialogue between Bart and Tony that they went on to turn into a written conversation in the co-authored book that was published in February by HarperOne. Grab a copy of the book!Back to Index
Where was it filmed?
The central conversation was filmed over several days just outside of Philadelphia. The conversation in the car was filmed between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Tony’s interview was filmed at his office at Eastern University. Bart’s interview was filmed at a soundstage in Los Angeles. We also visited Camden, NJ and the main campus at the University of Southern California. Additional studio sequences were filmed in Arizona.Back to Index
Can I interview you?
Interviews with Bart Campolo, Tony Campolo and filmmaker John Wright are on the basis of availability. Please get in touch here with interview requests.Back to Index
Whose side does the filmmaker take?
Neither. The documentary presents the conversation the way it was seen by the filmmaker, with areas of focus that John found most compelling. Both Tony and Bart have positions that are easy to understand and respect, and there is a human heart to this film that melts any attempt to find winners or losers in the middle of it.Back to Index