Back in spring 2019, Hollywood journalist written about a new film that will satirize the Christian film industry by focusing on “two dumb friends who realize that all denominational films make ‘buckets of money’ and then set out to make one of those films.”
Almost immediately, the mere mention of the concept angered Fox News. The network brought in Dan Gainor of the “Media Research Center”. Things got very personal, very quickly. Gainor said, “I am always amazed at what the budding Hollywood hackers really are. But they operate in an anti-conservative, anti-Christian industry. It is therefore essential to target believers if they want to break through. As for the movie itself, few people will ever see it or care. This is just one more example of how American media culture targets Christians as its favorite villains. People with morals, ethics, and faith terrify Hollywood that has none of that.
Luke Barnett, who wrote and starred in the film, however told RELEVANT at the time: “I carry FOX News hate on a movie they don’t know anything about with a badge of honor. ‘was a Onion piece at the start. Based on faith is an incredibly personal story for Vince and me. I grew up in the church, my dad is a pastor, and Vince is still incredibly active in his faith community. I can’t wait for people to see this movie. It’s not a movie that pokes fun at people who have faith, it’s a commentary on blindly supporting something.
Director Vincent Masciale added, “What the Fox News article did was cast a negative light on the content of our film and the people behind it without getting the context or the facts. is not how we think conversations on sensitive topics should be handled. We are really excited to do Based on faith and explore some of the themes of the story and hope this film gives audiences from all walks of life a good excuse to have honest conversations about faith, religion and what they may and may not believe in. (You can read their full reviews here.)
Now, instead of releasing a trailer, the duo have found another equally entertaining way to promote the film: by reading reviews from internet users, not all of whom have seen the film.