who we are and why we made the film

ITS SABBATH REST | 2 CHRONICLES 36 : 20-21

Isaiah prophesied “if you don’t care for land, you’ll be taken into bondage.” It was like: if you don’t take care of this thing that God has given you, this promised land, this incredible place – he commanded them to give it its sabbath rest, every seven years let the land rest, so it could recover and recuperate and be restored. And they didn’t do it, and they ignored it. Now, that says to me, there’s consequences for not caring for land.

 

tri robinson

Tri Robinson communicates with a passion that embraces his diverse life experiences as the backdrop for the greater purpose of seeing the world changed for the better. At the very core of this cause is reformation on many fronts – a deep, authentic walk with God, innovative education, ethical godly leadership, and living a sustainable lifestyle that leaves a positive impact on the environment.

 

Driven by a strong faith and passion for the Kingdom of God, Tri has given the greater part of his adult life to Christian leadership. After a profound life-changing experience in 1980 while working among the Karen Hill Tribe people on the border of Burma and Thailand, he and his wife Nancy made the decision that Tri would leave public education and enter full-time ministry. They served for eight years as associate pastors for the Desert Vineyard in Lancaster, California. In 1989, they moved to Idaho to establish and build the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Boise. Over the next 25 years Vineyard Boise grew into a strong outreaching church with a membership of about 3000 people. They have developed a 25 acre campus of facilities which serves the community around them as well as the world’s poor.

For more on this see www.trirobinson.org

Tri says: “The minute they hear the “e” word, they think you’re a tree-hugger, or you care about polar bears or seals more than you care about human life. They jump to those political viewpoints immediately and think I’m a liberal. I’m not a liberal. I believe a man should be married to a woman. I believe in the sanctity of life. I believe in those issues that are conservative issues. I was raised that way. I think the Bible says it that way. I just try to teach the truth based on the Bible, and the Bible’s full of truth about it. It’s no option. We’ve been commissioned to care for this earth.”

 

will fraser

Will Fraser was educated at three contrasting universities – Dalhousie in Canada, Cambridge in the UK, and the University of Mississippi in the USA. He is a musician, writer and film-maker, fired by the will to make change through film-making. He has won awards for his documentaries that make classical music fascinating and accessible (BBC Music Magazine “best DVD” twice, and the Deutschenschallplattenkritikpreis three times). These music films include Martinikerk Rondeau, The Genius of Cavaillé-Coll and Maximum Reger. He is fascinated by America and has made three films about the country so far – Soul Searching for the Blues, Once Upon a Time in Knoxville and Cowboy and Preacher. This last film has been his ideal project, bringing together his zeal for transformational change and his love of westerns. Outwardly, Will is mild mannered, but in his heart his inner film sense burns like Sam Peckinpah.

Will says: “When I started work on this film seven years ago I was firmly convinced that preventing climate change and other environmental catastrophes is the most important duty facing us all now. I still feel that. I now have three small children and care deeply about their future. I believe that we are actually involved in a great battle that, without sounding melodramatic, is between good and evil. Good is represented by selfless action, and bad by selfishness. The battle lines are not clear cut and we can all think of good and bad people on both sides of the debate about what to do to protect the environment. However, I feel that at some point in the future, hovering in my destiny, my children will ask me a question equivalent to that asked to the generation who fought in the Second World War – “Daddy, what did you do in the war?” I want to have done something, and be able to answer that question in an honourable way. Well, over the last seven years, the content of this film, and particularly being in touch with a Christian environmentalist, Tri Robinson, has had an effect on me and I have become a Christian myself. As Tri says, Christianity is a verb. I think Christians taking meaningful action will be noticed, and will make other people become Christians. In other words, the cause of the environment, and the moral development involved in facing its challenges, can amount to a great commission for our time.”