Godawa to Speak at OBU Friday

Award-winning screenwriter Brian Godawa will present three lectures at Oklahoma Baptist University Friday, on the topics of Christian perspectives on sex and violence in movies, communicating redemption in film, and Christian outreach in the postmodern culture.

He is the screenwriter for the award-winning feature film, To End All Wars, starring Kiefer Sutherland and Robert Carlyle. It was awarded the Commander in Chief Medal of Service, Honor and Pride by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and showcased the 2003 Cannes Film Festival Cinema for Peace.

Godawa’s scripts have won multiple awards in screenplay competitions. Most recently, he has adapted Frank Peretti’s best-selling novel, The Visitation, for Ralph Winter (X-Men, X-Men 2).

Godawa’s articles on movies and philosophy have been published in magazines around the world. He has traveled around the United States teaching on movies and culture to colleges, churches and community groups. His book, Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment (InterVarsity Press) is in its seventh printing. He is a member of the Studio Task Force at Biola University.

All lectures are free to the public and will be held in the Craig-Dorland Theatre in Shawnee Hall. Seating, however, is limited and reservations can be made by calling 405-878-2347.

The first lecture, “Beyond Entertainment: Redemption in the Movies,” will be presented at 10 a.m. The second lecture, “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang: Sex and Violence in the Movies,” will be presented at 3 p.m. “Postmodern Culture: Losing Our Grip on Reality” will begin at 7:30 p.m.