John Martens, the pastor of The Connection, said that when the movie ended, they broke into "thunderous applause.
wrote the script for The Scarf.
Youth and media minister Kyle Lawrence was its director, cinematographer and editor.
The film contains "strong spiritual stuff" but is deliberately not "in-your-face" evangelistic, said Martens
"We wanted to make people think and open up their eyes to some new things that they maybe hadn't really thought about before," he
is working on DVD-based study materials based on the movie that churches can use in their small groups or Bible studies.
Martens' desire is that The Scarf will be only the first of many movies The Connection
will produce as part of what he
calls "our long-term, world-touching strategy.
"We hope over time -- it may take 10 or 20 years -- to train a variety of young Christian filmmakers like Kyle to be able to go out and make their own Christian films and create a wave of media evangelism and discipleship out there, bringing the Christian worldview into the public consciousness much more strongly," he
But for their next project -- which they plan to film in 2011 -- Martens hopes there will be more people actively involved in both the moviemaking and the church.
"It was a lot of fun doing it, but because of the work in the church plus the work on the movie and all that, it was really a very hard experience for us too," he
"And so to have the church a little bit stronger would be a big deal.
spoken with people who "assumed we spent hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"The very fact we got this done, I think, is just one of those indicators that God
wanted it done," he