Imbi and I had a great four days in Colorado Springs with the Windrider Colorado folk. Part of that time was spent assisting Imbi, Annette Brownlee, John Priddy, Ed Priddy and Will Stoller-Lee in the preparation for Windrider Toronto, which happens this year @ Wycliffe College, September 9, 10 and 11th in the evenings. (Check out the Windrider @ Wycliffe website for more details. Each evening features a powerful documentary and the opportunity to engage the filmmakers in conversation.)
We saw a number of conversation-provoking films at Windrider Colorado, including American Teen, The Big Question and The Third Wave. (The Big Question and The Third Wave – along with their filmmakers will be at Windrider @ Wycliffe.) Over the course of the next couple of days, I’m going to write a review of each of these films.
As a visual story teller, I’m becoming convinced the most effective way to communicate the mission-shaped/missional church story is via moving images. (Thanks to John Priddy for gently prodding me in this direction.) Each of the three films above, and the film roster for Windrider @ Wycliffe provoke conversations about how the church engages culture – indirectly rather than directly.
These are the kinds of films to screen amongst people in your neighbourhood. In fact, gifted filmmaker and Windrider Colorado participant, Vince DiPersio talked about his regular Backyard Theater screenings at his house in LA. Check out this site for more info about doing this yourself. (Vince is coming to Toronto for [email protected])
On our last day in CO-Springs, Imbi and I ended up with about six hours to ourselves. Good friends graciously loaned us their car to experience Pike’s Peak. Now. I’m not the best when it comes to heights and their were a few moments driving up to the 14,000ft+ summit that I would rather have been in the plains – but was it ever beautiful (and well worth the momentary terrors.) These two shots don’t do it justice.
The first is looking up at the Peak from one of the many reservoirs on the mountain. This is shot is from about 8,000 ft. (This part of Colorado gets less than 5 inches of rain a year. Most of their water comes from the ample snowfall in the mountains during the fall, winter and spring.) The second shot is from the peak – where the temps were in the mid-forties. We were dressed for the 90’s in CO-Springs.
The shots are from my phone camera. Imbi has the great shots on her camera – which is with her @ the Lake.