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Library hosts faculty book launch

Andrew Quicke and Terry Lindvall discussing the research for Celluloid Sermons
On April 17, The University Library and School of Communication and the Arts hosted a book launch of Celluloid Sermons: The Emergence of the Christian Film Industry, 1930-1986, by former Regent President Terry Lindvall and Professor of Cinema and Television Andrew Quicke.

Celluloid Sermons, the product of 20 years of collaboration and research by the authors, is actually the second volume of a three-part series on the history of Christian film. The first book, Sanctuary Cinema: The Origins of the Christian Film Industry (2007) was written by Dr. Lindvall and covered Christian film-making during the silent film era. Prof. Quicke is currently writing the final volume under the provisional title Christian Box Office: 1986-2010.

Both Prof. Quicke and Dr. Lindvall emphasized that the films explored in Celluloid Sermons were not intended to be sophisticated artistic works, but didactic vehicles covering everything from Bible and Church history to spiritual life and moral education.

Following the book talk, special collections librarian Bob Sivigny and Library archivist Don Gantz offered tours of the Film Research Center, located on the 4th floor of the Library. The Library’s collection of more than 3,500 16mm Christian films is believed to be one of the largest of its kind in the world. According to Prof. Quicke, to whom belongs much of the credit for building the Library’s Christian film collection, Celluloid Sermons is “a book that could only [have been] written at Regent University.”

A video of the complete event will be posted soon. For photos from the book launch, visit us on Flickr.

Library to celebrate new book by Terry Lindvall & Andrew Quicke on April 17

On Tuesday, April 17, The University Library and School of Communication and the Arts will celebrate the publication of Celluloid Sermons: The Emergence of the Christian Film Industry, 1930-1986, by former Regent President Terry Lindvall and Professor of Cinema and Television Andrew Quicke. The event will feature Dr. Lindvall and Prof. Quicke discussing their book, reading excerpts, and screening 16mm film clips. There will also be a reception, book signing, and tours of the 16mm film collection on the 4th floor of the Library.

Celluloid Sermons is the first scholarly work to survey the history of Christian films made specifically for teaching and evangelizing. According to Prof. Quicke, to whom belongs much of the credit for building the Library’s Christian film collection, Celluloid Sermons is “a book that could only [have been] written at Regent University.”

The book celebration will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Library Gallery (first floor, near the large windows in the back). To RSVP, contact Laura Thomas at lthomas@regent.edu.

Andrew Quicke, Terry Lindvall publish book based on research in Library Special Collections

The University Library houses more than 3,500 Christian films, some dating back to the 1930s. This month, Regent Professor of Cinema and Television Andrew Quicke and former Regent President Terry Lindvall published a book made possible by the Library’s Christian film collection.

The book, Celluloid Sermons: The Emergence of the Christian Film Industry, 1930-1986, is the first scholarly work to survey the history of films made specifically for teaching and evangelizing. According to Prof. Quicke, to whom belongs much of the credit for building the Library’s Christian film collection, Celluloid Sermons is “a book that could only [have been] written at Regent University.”

The Library congratulates Prof. Quicke and Dr. Lindvall on the publication of their new book. For more information on Celluloid Sermons and the contents of the Library’s Christian film collections, see the article on the Regent News and Events page.