iiFiLMS is just the two of us, Scott and Diane Peterson, and this is the page on a website where you’d normally learn about the company and our credentials. But since we don't have any to speak of... I thought I would tell you why we decided to make a movie.
In the summer of 2011, my wife and I had been considering producing one of my screenplays, The Current. We looked into things, studied up on what all would be involved and made phone calls and emails to scout locations but we ran up against dozens of closed doors. Fast forward to that fall - The Current had been named a finalist for the Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays, we received an email from the guy in charge of most of the locations we would eventually use in the movie that basically said "Hey, do you still want to make a movie here?" and our pastor gave a speech at a Vision Dinner that asked all of us "When was the last time, for Christ, you attempted something utterly and laughably IMPOSSIBLE?" Once we got to the car, Diane said "You know he is talking about your movie - right?" And from that moment on... we were a production company and doors began to fly open.
We have now finished filming our second movie and are in pre-production of our third. We would not have been able to shoot one single frame had it not been for God's guidance every step of the way. We were blessed with an incredibly talented cast and crew who are largely volunteers. We are very excited to continue to producing films that have good positive messages that glorify Christ.
Here is what I really wanted to tell you...
Since I went away to college over 35 years ago I had lived a life far from Christ. I was a horrible immoral womanizer and led a life that later in life led to a lot of guilt.
Almost 15 years ago I moved to a new house, and everyday on the way home from work I was stuck in traffic and had to stare at a church’s steeple and cross - straight ahead in the middle of the road. It was a constant reminder that I was not living my life the way God had intended. When I couldn’t take it any longer, I finally went there one Sunday to check it out. As it happened, I heard a sermon from the fill-in Associate Pastor who knocked it out of the park that morning. I started going to church sporadically (baby steps right?) and EVERY time that Associate Pastor was preaching. I really connected with his preaching and as a result I turned my life back over to Christ.
I started praying that God would help me find someone. I placed an ad online and along came Diane. To say she was Heaven sent is an understatement. She is a committed Christ follower and I could not ask for a better person to spend the rest of my life with. We married a year later and I told her that I would draw a circle on a map around our house - 10 miles across and go to every church in that circle until we both walked out and said “Wow, that’s the one.” But I asked her to just try this church with me first. She did and we both agreed, it was the one. We have been actively involved ever since.
Today I am on fire for the Lord. I reaffirmed my baptism and it was one of the more moving experiences of my life. How powerful to have the symbolism of your sins being washed away and you being raised into a new life.
The ii in my logo is there because the white space forms a cross. As in my life the cross is hard to see sometimes but it is always there. Sometimes it even will taunt you in traffic and beg you to come back. The cool thing about my story is that it is The Story of the Prodigal Son and my favorite part of that story is “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” Did you catch that? He ran to him. God ran to me! I love it.
Well, that’s my story.
My pastor once said that every Christian has a story of how they came to Christ, or in my case came back, and that we are called to tell others about Christ. He said that the easiest way is to just tell your story. He said it’s simple - all we have to say is “Here is where I was, this is where I am now and here is where I want to be”. You see - you don’t have to be perfect to have a story.
Good thing for me.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5