Walla Walla University's Center for Media Ministry welcomed John Quinn, editor of The Chosen, for a screening at the Gesa Power House Theatre in Walla Walla, Washington on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021.
The Chosen, produced by Angel Studios, is the first multi-season series to portray the life of Jesus and his followers. The biblically-rooted series has two completed seasons with five more seasons currently being funded.
At the screening, more than 150 attendees viewed the first two episodes of the second season before a question-and-answer session with Quinn. Throughout the screening, tears and laughter could be heard rippling through the crowd.
“The Center for Media Ministry houses the master’s in Cinema, Religion and Worldview,” said Lynelle Ellis, associate professor of communication. "We always bring in a special guest for our on-campus summer intensive. This year we wanted to bring someone who works on The Chosen because it is such a phenomenon in the Christian media world. Since we are teaching a class in editing and postproduction this summer, we chose to ask the series editor, John Quinn.”
Angel Studio's foundational goal for The Chosen is to share about the life of Christ through a television series. This aligns perfectly with CMM’s mission to share the gospel through visual media. The collaborative event provided an opportunity for both CMM and Quinn to share the series with the community.