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Author Cliff Vaughn

Cliff Vaughn is media producer at

Ridley Scott can’t or won’t shake faith on film. See “Gladiator,” “Kingdom of Heaven” and now “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” The latter stars Christian Bale as Moses in the well-known tale of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt. There’s nothing wrong with Bale; he delivers his usual good work. Joel Edgerton is strong and watchable as […] Read More

We recently announced that three of our documentaries will be broadcast this July and August by Soul of the South network. An editorial by’s executive editor, Robert Parham, accompanied the announcement. “ has pivoted toward a new future–more intentionally providing faith content for TV,” he wrote. Parham noted that while the digital revolution has […] Read More

One of the real pleasures of documentary filmmaking is getting to spend some intentional time with people – that is, directed moments together that can include conversation, observation, contemplation. People of all ages have impressed me, but perhaps no group more so than those with decades of experience. Age affects each of us differently, but […] Read More

“I unplug to __________.” If you unplugged for a day and got off the grid, what would you do? Read? Sleep? Get outside? Catch up over coffee? These are some of the planned activities when people unplug from sundown to sundown on March 7-8 – the National Day of Unplugging (NDU). The NDU asks folks […] Read More

If there were such a thing as the First Family of Corrections in the state of Virginia, we surely found it when producing “Through the Door,”’s new documentary on faith and prisons. The Myers family – dad J.L., mom Reba, son Randy and daughter Jo – stand as a reminder that ordinary people lead […] Read More

Our children, ages 10 and 7, have spent most of their childhood volunteering with my wife and me at The Next Door (TND), a Nashville-based ministry for women in crisis. TND began in 2003 as an outgrowth of First Baptist Church in downtown Nashville, as a way to help women emerging from incarceration. More than […] Read More

Shooting – with a camera – has a place in prison. For’s new documentary “Through the Door” – on prisons and faith – producer Robert Parham and I visited five states. We shot in and around prisons in four of them: Tennessee, Virginia, Texas and Indiana. Shooting in church is familiar; I’ve done it […] Read More


As critics and commentators discuss Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” now playing in wide release, they typically mention two of Spielberg’s other historical dramas: “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan.” Understandable, but lacking. “Amistad” is the one to bring up. Spielberg’s 1997 drama about the 1839 slave rebellion on the ship La Amistad really focuses on the […] Read More

“There is no such thing as an autonomous Palestinian society,” says John Hagee in the documentary “With God on Our Side,” which examines Christian support for the state of Israel. For that topic, Christian pastor and author John Hagee is ground zero, and he consented to an on-camera interview with Porter Speakman Jr., producer and […] Read More

“Street Paper”

The documentary “Street Paper” is a good example of why we need film festivals. The feature project, which made its world premiere at the 43rd installation of the Nashville Film Festival, covers TheContributor, the most circulated “street newspaper” in the country. Demand to see the film prompted festival organizers to move the screening to a […] Read More