by Phil Boatwright

Lionsgate releases this new DVD on March 11, 2008.  The series of three short films mirrors the book of parables, Soul Cravings, by Erwin Raphael McManus.  Author McManus was named one of the 50 Most Influential Christians in America by Church Report Magazine in January 2006 and 2007. 

FILM SYNOPSIS:  In Nameless Moment (11 minutes), Gavin, an intelligent but pessimistic physics student who’s convinced that life is a series of random, meaningless events, suddenly finds that cynical belief tested.  One night, Gavin’s preconception is shattered after he unexpectedly becomes the confidante of the girl he dreams of.  It is a meeting that will change both their lives.

Pop Star (10 minutes) features a spoiled rock star who ends up in a hospital emergency room after his hair is set on fire right before his first American concert.  During his stay, he forms an unexpected bond with his roommate, a precocious eight-year-old girl.  When he discovers why the little girl is in the hospital, he learns a life lesson.

And in Midnight Clear (14 minutes), an escaped convict shows up at the home of an unsuspecting family.  His break-in is no accident and when the police arrive, the true nature of their relationship is revealed.

PREVIEW REVIEW:  My reaction to these faith-based shorts was positive.  I saw each episode, with its Twilight Zone-like moral, as a suitable and entertaining vignette for Sunday School or youth group discussions.  The DVD includes a companion guide containing discussion questions and spiritual insights.  Each story makes a point and generates discussion without hammering the viewer with a sermon.

Not rated, I found nothing objectionable.