Second Annual “FAITH UNDER FIRE: Documentary Film Festival on Religion’s Hot Topics”

16753642580306944327TOLEDO, OHIO — Toledo Faith & Values (, a nonsectarian, nonprofit news site covering religion and spirituality in the Toledo area, presents its Second Annual “Faith Under Fire” Documentary Film Festival on Religion’s Hot Topics, from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, attended by more than 100 people, ToledoFAVS will feature three documentaries at Calvary Church (the former Maumee 18 Cinemas), 1360 Conant St., Maumee, Ohio 43537.

The documentary lineup:

12:30 p.m.: “The Jesus Guy” – Some say he’s a “kook.” Others call him “a blessing from God.” Toledo native Carl James Joseph has walked barefoot and penniless, bearded and clad in a white robe, through 47 states and 13 countries on a 19-year mission to tell people about Jesus. 66 minutes. Directed by Sean Tracey.

2:30 p.m.: “Beyond Our Differences” – Offering a tapestry of distinct voices and viewpoints, this PBS documentary looks at the role of religion and faith in inspiring people to achieve a more peaceful and compassionate humanity. 72 minutes. Directed by Peter Bisanz.

4:30 p.m.: “I Am” – Successful Hollywood director Tom Shadyuc (“Ace Ventura,” “Bruce Almighty,” “The Nutty Professor”) experienced a life-threatening head injury, after which he embarked on a quest to find answers to two fundamental questions: “What is wrong with our world?” and “What can we do about it.” 78 minutes. Written and directed by Tom Shadyuc.

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Admission to “Faith Under Fire” is a suggested donation of $10 for all three movies; additional donations are welcome to support the nonsectarian, 501(c)3 nonprofit news site. Doors open at noon. A time for questions and answers will follow each film. Light refreshments will be available for purchase.

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Since Toledo Faith & Values launched in August 2012, the site has published more than 2,600 faith-related articles by award-winning journalist David Yonke, nearly 40 local contributors and bloggers, and the global Religion News Service.