If there’s anyone more difficult to please than God, it just may be your girlfriend’s father. Here to play Mariah’s father is the one and only John Valenti (there is no one else by that name in the entire world)!
The major plot point of the film really hinges on your character. How do you feel about that?
Up until now no one had told me that. So I’m a mess at the moment, as you can guess. If your daughter were dating Jesus in actuality, would you act differently than Mariah’s father does?
I would probably be much more apt to ask a few favors. Start putting a few kid-sized shirts in the adult sections of stores, for instance, so I feel less self-conscious when I go shopping for myself.
What attracted you to this short film project? Is there something about the story that particularly resonates?
I was told there would be lots of free snacks, though I haven’t even seen pretzels yet.
Your original song “Talk About Jesus” is featured in the movie. How do you feel it fits with the overall theme of the short film Who Would Jesus Date?
Aside from involving dating and Jesus, not a whole lot. But this year has seen an unprecedented decline in songs written about dating and Jesus, so mine it was.
What do you want people who see this film to take away from it?
A feeling of profound religious conviction, or at least some mild heartburn.
The idea behind making the film Who Would Jesus Date? is simple: create a light-hearted fictional story that shows an iconic and hallowed figure in human history dealing with meeting a significant other’s parents. What if they don’t approve of Jesus, of all people?!
This satirical short film is first and foremost an artistic project and is not meant to be a theologically rigorous examination or an opinionated commentary on various religious passages or beliefs. That being said, Who Would Jesus Date? is meant to point us toward what really matters in our own belief systems and spiritual walks -- the core message of love, peace, and acceptance.
Members from the creative team, cast, and crew of Who Would Jesus Date? come from varying faith backgrounds and experiences, including but not limited to Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, agnosticism and atheism. The film’s script reflects that with humorous takes and innocent jokes about various religions.
We respect religious devotion and expression, and as a result are not seeking to offend, approve, or disapprove of anyone’s beliefs or any messages in any religious text. We are, however, seeking to challenge ourselves and all those might see the film to take stock of what’s really pertinent to our spiritual walks and what is not. After all, isn’t this what Jesus’s ministry was all about?
Thanks for your continued support, and we look forward to sharing this film with you!