- Where can I get more information on Bart and Tony?
- Whose side does the filmmaker take?
- Can I interview you?
- Where was it filmed?
- Is this the film version of the book Why I Left, Why I Stayed?
- What was it like to work with the Campolos?
- Under the surface, what’s the film really all about?
- What can I do meantime?
- I can host a screening?
- When can I watch Far From the Tree?
Where can I get more information on Bart and Tony?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
Can I interview you?
There will be opportunities for interviews with Bart Campolo, Tony Campolo and filmmaker John Wright on the basis of availability, especially when the film has been released to the public. Please get in touch meantime with interview requests and we’ll keep you in mind when it comes time for promotion.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
Is this the film version of the book Why I Left, Why I Stayed?
Both Why I Left, Why I Stayed and Far From the Tree 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
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
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 stories – 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 about a relationship between a father and his son, and the bonds that endure even in times of trial.Back to Index
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I can host a screening?
If you are representing an organization or community, we will soon have a way that you can host your own screening of Far From the Tree and we’ll send you a private copy for that purpose. We’re still working out details, but in the meantime, get in touch and we’ll tell you how to get started.Back to Index
When can I watch Far From the Tree?
We will have some public screenings and festival screenings of the film starting in April, with the aim of going to distribution not long thereafter. At that point, it’s expected the film will be available to watch here on this website, as well as iTunes, Amazon and elsewhere. If you want to host a screening, that’s another way you can be among the first to see it (see below).Back to Index