|My favorite Rich Mullins picture (a cropped version of this|
appears as the cover of A Liturgy, A Legacy, and A Ragamuffin Band
Here you can find my podcast where I interview the film's director, David Leo Schultz.
Here you can find my reflection on A Liturgy A Legacy And A Ragamuffin Band.
And here you can find my thoughts on "The Theology of Rich Mullins."
And here's my post on the Ragamuffin movie tour
Two years ago I read some strange news on Christianity Today's entertainment page. Apparently somebody wanted to make a movie about the life of Rich Mullins--not a documentary but a biopic, much like Ray or Cash, or Ghandi, for that matter. They had a Kickstarter campaign going with the hopes of funding the film, and they had made a great looking "teaser trailer" that contained a monologue from Brennan Manning himself, one of Mullins' mentors. The Kickstarter ultimately failed and I thought the film went the way of the buffalo, but apparently the film has been made and is in the process of getting released.
I was pretty skeptical about this idea right from the start and to be honest, the trailer for the film (now called Ragamuffin) has done nothing to assuage my doubts. I mean no offense to the filmmakers but it all looks a little too "inspirational" if you catch my drift; perhaps with a little too much of "this was made by Christians" stamp of approval on it. I don't know...trailers can be deceptive, so we will have to see. The problem in making this film is the same problem anyone would have in trying to capture the life story of an iconic and iconoclastic personality: unless you get the right actor and great material to work from a project like this will be D.O.A. Again, I mean no insult, but does anyone think the actor playing Mullins here will do him justice (see the link below)?
I certainly want to see this movie and I know the filmmakers went through all the right channels in their research (see the links below the the film's director's blog) but I just hope I will not have to cringe my way through the whole film. The life and work of Rich Mullins has had more of an impact upon my faith than probably anyone excepting my mother's, so I just do not want them to have blown their chance to make a great movie. With a film like this they have an opportunity to introduce new generations to Mullins' music and ideas, but if they have made a syrupy cheese-fest then the chances of them doing so are a lot less likely.
So, what I am going to do is let you, the humble and faithful blog reader assess it yourself. Take a look at the Ragamufin movie trailer and then spend some time watching Mullins himself--in concert, in interviews, and in doing some talks. I have decided to entirely overwhelm you with choices. Let us all be thankful with what the internet has made possible!
But first there's this:
Other Rich Mullins related writings of mine:
Reed Arvin Interview
The Theology of Rich Mullins.
Celebrating 20 Year of A Liturgy, A Legacy, & A Ragamuffin Band
Rich Mullins and America As The Promised Land
OK, onto the slew of Mullins Media.
For starters, here is a link to the
Rich Mullins Film Facebook Page. (why don't you go and "like" it?)
Then, here are the two trailers for the film:
Finally, regarding the film, here are some links to the blog of the film's director, one entry written a few years ago tells how they researched for the script and another entry written more recently recounts a conversation the director had with Mullins' brother about making the film.
Now here are some Rich Mullins resources:
When Mullins died in 1997, as a spiritually hungry teenager I was desperate for more material from him. There was not a whole lot out there though. Eventually The Jesus Record came out and then a few years later an album of rarities, demos, and concert recordings (Here in America). On top of that, a friend of his wrote a "spiritual biography" of his life (An Arrow Pointing to Heaven) and they also released a collection of the articles Mullins wrote for Release Magazine (which you can now find in this format). Still, all of this was not enough for me. Somehow (and remember this was before Google or even Ask.com) I found my way to a Rich Mullins tribute site. Someone had compiled a TON of his interviews, talks, and concert transcripts. They even had the Release Magazine articles on there. I encourage you now to visit this amazing site, which has not been updated since 2002 and has a very special "made in 1998" graphic design vibe: "Calling Out Your Name". (you can even listen to Mullins' music in midi format, because, really, who wouldn't want to do that?) Seriously though, the site may be cheesy but there is so much good stuff on there.
Now. A fun thing to do is to go to Youtube and just type "Rich Mullins" into the search line. This will make many videos instantly available to you. But perhaps the glut of videos present will be overwhelming to you and you would appreciate a guide. Thankfully for your sake I am here to help.
So here is what I would watch first:
Now wasn't that beautiful? (BTW--that video was directed by Steve Taylor, the 80's CCM musician who also recently directed Blue Like Jazz, the movie adaptation of Don Miller's book.)
Here's Rich giving his testimony (briefly) [please note his wonderful array of sweaters on display throughout many of these videos]:
Here's a documentary-type biography of Mullins:
Here's an entire concert, along with an interview:
Here's an odd interview that's very revealing of Rich's personality:
Here's the first part of another full concert (you can click the links to watch the rest):
Here's a rare and intimate concert in a record store (True Tunes):
Here's a page gathering a bunch of interviews and teachings he gave: THIS IS WHERE YOU SHOULD GO
And here is an example of one of those teachings:
Here's a radio interview (part 1 of 3):
And finally, here's a fascinating "concert" video, supposedly the last concert he ever gave:
Obviously, a lot of these videos are pretty lo-fi, but I figured if you want something more mainstream those will be easy to find anyway. I anything I've given you a way to spend a few of your evenings. Blessings to you and blessings on this Rich Mullins film. May it be God's and may it bring glory to God.