Director Nathan Clarke is the founder of Fourth Line Films and his recent documentary Wrestling For Jesus is winning awards at film festivals all around the country. I’m not a wrestling fan so for me considering it a ministry for Jesus is odd and a little unsettling. However, Clarke seems good at inviting us into something that is quite different from what most of us experience. I’m intrigued. Wrestling for Jesus is the story of man from rural South Carolina who started a professional wrestling league and how his passion and vision for it are tested when his life begins to falter. Other films by Clarke include “Family” a story of young gang members in Central American prisons and “Neighbors” the story of two men in Nigeria caught in a community wide conflict.
It just so happens Clarke is a Christian but I love how he asserts that “Christian” is a bad adjective for art. He says, “I have no fear of judgment by my Christian peers. I actually feel more fear about judgment from the secular world that this is just another piece of Christian propaganda. Ultimately I wanted to create a piece of art that would be taken at face value, that would be judged because it’s a piece of art, not because a Christian created it or didn’t create it. I believe God has made us to create things — that is what I want to do. What I want is for people to watch the movie and talk about that, not talk about me. I just want to create something that causes people to stop, think and maybe consider their life a little more deeply.”
Keep up the good work Nathan Clarke!