One of Life’s Common Questions: What If?

Three Movies with Spirited Answers

In life, we’re all faced with questions of trust, faith and the basic human condition. We all want to be happy, and we all have our own belief systems. But what if we learn something that shatters our truth? Or when we discover there are in fact solutions to problems we thought were beyond our reach? Or if Longshots can payoff?

With these three movies from this week’s Cause Cinema Spotlight, we get a get a fair sampling of such questions, along with some mind-altering answers.

What if being at a baseball game could save your life?
Born and raised in Los Angeles, I developed two favorite pastimes, sports and entertainment. Now a lifelong Dodgers fan, I eventually found myself in the entertainment business. With baseball season now under way, I was excited to learn how these two world’s collide to save someone’s life.

In Long Shot, we learn how the fate of a man accused of murder rests on proving he was in a crowd of 54,000 at Dodgers stadium. How a miracle of a coincidence, and a TV sit com, may accidentally save his life.

See Long Shot on Netflix.

What if we had the power to solve climate change? 
In Time to Choose, Academy Award®-Winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson explores the comprehensive scope of the climate change crisis, and examines the power of solutions readily available. Rarely seen with environmental docs, he leaves audiences understanding not only what is wrong, but what can to be done to fix this global threat.

Time To Choose is now available in the U.S. to stream or download from iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, XBOX, Sony Playstation and Google Play.

What if we were able to love unconditionally?
Based on an episode of NPR’s “This American Life”, Come Sunday recognizes the dramatic and uplifting potential in the true story of a bishop who lost both his following and the backing of church leaders after he began to question one of the core beliefs of his religion. The movie feels timely, based on the current national climate.

“Does god punish…Is there a hell…Does god love everyone equally…In a time where there is a lot of judgment going on…it’s an important question,‘Is it possible to love unconditionally’, and why is that so challenging.”
 Joshua Marston, Director, Come Sunday

See Come Sunday on Netflix and find a great interview with the filmmakers and talent from Sundance here.


Why ask Questions?
These movies don’t have all the answers, but they do raise some powerful questions. In our culture, we need more of that.

“He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever” — Chinese proverb

Not asking good or enough questions can have a direct impact on the quality of choices we make. It’s the asking that can help us gain greater insight, find more innovative solutions and make better decisions. So let’s ask more questions, and be open to the answers. Chances are, we will all benefit.

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About the Author:
Jon Fitzgerald is the Founder of Cause Cinema, connecting audiences to the best in social impact Cinema. He is also the author of Filmmaking for Change.