To help everyone understand a bit about where this documentary is headed, I've created this very quick, no-budget teaser. While it does not represent the quality I am striving for since many images are low resolution often from internet public domain sites, it does hint at the kind of stories I hope to tell. The Mennonite story is varied, full of inconsistencies and paradoxes. Many Mennonites at this moment in history are rather ambivalent as to the value of being Mennonite. Others are trying to recapture what they see as a lost sense of Mennonite identity. Still others find themselves asking how they can square a strong sense of Mennonite identity with contemporary life. This teaser misses the powerful role that American culture has played in Mennonite faith and life, a central thesis of the documentary. It misses it because it requires substantial funds to access many of the images that will be required to tell that story. Still, I hope this short clip will inspire the viewer to want more!
And yes, we are now coming to the end of the research phase and will begin putting together the necessary elements to move into production in 2018. So we'll begin a search for substantial funding!