Didn’t get a chance to go into the box? Got something to say? Have an opinion or drawing
to share? Consider this website your “Box”. The film is just the beginning of the discussion
so we urge you to continue this thread of thought around the world. Go ahead, turn on
your webcam and upload your video. Send us a link to your youtube video and we’ll add it
to the channel. Get out your sketch pad and send us your drawings.
“I love this documentary because
Nathan came up with such a creative
way to encourage people to talk
openly about their beliefs.
Definitely go and see!”
Director of Campus Ministry, Maryville University
“Thanks Nathan, for a great film and discussion. You will be happy to know that I received a grateful e-mail from one of our attendees last night.”
Dean of Religious Life, University of Southern California
“Hi Nathan – thanks for bringing your great film to USC. I really enjoyed it and thought the conversation was rich afterward…”
First Presbyterian Church, San Antonio
“It’s the kind of film even fundamentalists need to see so that they begin thinking.”
Ten Minutes of Torah URJ Blog
God in the Box…offers a moving glimpse into what happens when people are invited to share their thoughts about God in a space that is seemingly very different from our sanctuaries. A filmmaking team set out across America with their small, portable studio called the “Box.” This odd and rickety little structure was set up on various street corners throughout the country. One by one, people were invited to step inside to answer the questions, “What does God mean to you?” and “What does God look like to you?” The Box contained only paper and pencils, and a large mirror hiding the camera. As they peered into the mirror and spoke, the people who entered were at once alone but also aware that others would listen to their thoughts and impressions. Those who entered were believers, doubters, and atheists. They were people of all different levels of education and all different ages. While they knew they were being filmed, for the few minutes they spent in the Box they were able to focus within, looking only into their own eyes and their own memories. They expressed hopes, doubts, gratitude, skepticism, disappointments, and confusion. Worker, priest, addict, or adolescent-each reflected deeply about matters best described as philosophical and personal. On leaving the Box, almost every participant turned to the filmmakers and said, “Thank you.” Even a temporary community made up of filmmakers and those who would eventually view the film constitutes a presence that allows each of us to journey inward and consider profound questions about what we value and what sustains us. God in the Box closes with photos of synagogues, churches, and mosques reminding us that these can be “Boxes” where we share our questions and understanding of what God might be. If returning to God leads to a life grounded in ethical behavior, linked to others in ways that enable us to love and to feel loved, we must be able to name and describe whom and what we are traveling toward. Being part of a congregation can let us hear how others have answered those questions while we are supported in our search for the most meaningful and true answers for ourselves. May we all create communities of companionship, compassion, and freedom in which we journey together toward an understanding of what God might mean to each of us.
Temple Shalom, Naples FL
Nathan, Thank you, and your entire film crew, for creating one of the most beautiful and powerful films that I have seen. From the opening words until the end scene our audience of 250 watched in awe as you took them on a journey into the spirit. It is difficult, even a few days removed, to try and capture the swell of emotion and profound dialogue that took place at the conclusion of the film. Audience members reflected on the individuals who appeared in the story, many linking the experiences of those on the screen to their own lives. One man was shared that he was struggling to understand God, knowing that Ricky survived, yet his own daughter took her life. One sentiment I think captured the essence of the night, “From the moment the movie began, until the end of the film, I felt like I was in the box. It was my time to explore my own relationship with God, as I took the journey with all those who entered the box.” I am grateful to have experienced this film, and for having shared it with my congregation.