Shades Mountain ministry produces Christmas film

Online shopping is a multibillion-dollar enterprise fueled by the promise of quick and easy delivery right to the front door. But what would happen if those orders never arrived?

That’s the premise of “Out for Delivery,” a short film produced by Shades Creative, a ministry of Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Vestavia Hills.

The movie follows Grin and Miles, drivers for a package delivery company who are feeling underappreciated as they face another busy Christmas season. They devise a way to get back at their employer but their plan is discovered by Kat, a savvy teenager who soon realizes her Christmas, and that of many others, is in jeopardy.

Material gifts

The film explores the value American consumers place on material gifts and follows the pattern of storytelling Jesus often used, according to Shades Mountain Pastor Danny Wood.

“You can go all the way back 2,000 years ago to when Jesus was preaching and teaching, and He used story and He used parables,” Wood said in a video announcing the project. “He constantly told stories that the people could relate to the message, so they could understand what grace was, what forgiveness was and who God was.”

“Out for Delivery” will premiere Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. on WBRC (Fox 6) and WIAT (CBS 42). It will be rebroadcast on WTTO (CW 21) on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. and again Dec. 17 at 12:30 a.m. on WVTM (NBC 13).

The goal of the film is both to entertain and make people think, said Ethan Milner, visual arts director at Shades Mountain, who wrote and directed the movie.

Asking important questions

“We started talking about making a film and not partnering it with an event we do here on campus,” Milner said. “We tried to make a movie that worked on its own artistic merit and asked a great question.”

The film does not preach at viewers but it does ask important questions and point viewers to the ultimate source of truth, according to Steven Browning, minister of community engagement at Shades Mountain and one of the leaders of the project.

“The beauty of that for us as the Church is that the Church gives great answers based upon the Word of God,” Browning said. (TAB)

For more information about the short film ‘Out for Delivery’ and to view a trailer, visit outfordeliverymovie.com.