I recently stepped into Brian Lawes’ office to find out what inspired him to write and direct the short film Home Again. After his closing door knocked down a random poster of a fox, I set my phone to record, and the following conversation happened.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m 25, and I’ve been a filmmaker here for about two-and-a-half years. I get to create for the Church, and tell stories that hopefully change people’s lives.
Okay then, what’s your favorite movie?
Good Will Hunting.
You helped create a short film called Home Again. Tell me about it.
Home Again is a modern telling of the story of the Prodigal Son. It’s about a father and two sons, but specifically about the tension between the two brothers.
What’s been your “Aha!” moment of working on this short film?
I’m the older brother. I thought I could work my way to God. I’ve become exhausted trying. This story is not so much a step closer to God for me, but rather an anchor that steadily pulls me back to Him.
What can people learn from this story?
Well, we usually interpret the father in this story as representing God. But I think there are times we play the role of the father for people. If we lead like the father, then we love people unconditionally. If we lead like the father, then we’re open-armed when people come back, and we’re patient when they walk away.
Do you have a LifeGroup? Have you watched Home Again together?
I lead a LifeGroup of twenty-somethings. There’s this YouVersion Bible Plan that guides you through the story in the Bible along with clips from Home Again. Our group went through the plan separately and then got together to discuss the film in person.
Sounds perfect for LifeGroups. Anything else you want to say?
I think people don’t learn as well from being told what to do. I think we learn from being shown what to do. Home Again shows people how to relate to God.