HILLSONG – LET HOPE RISE
A NOTE FROM DIRECTOR MICHAEL JOHN WARREN
Their mission — without exaggeration – is to make music to save souls. They are trying to get people to discover Jesus. That’s probably the most righteous reason to make music. Whether you’re religious or not, it’s hard to look at that and not feel good about it.
They’re also the most joyful group. I would go and film them and when I left I’d be kind of bummed I wasn’t with them anymore. I’d see them on Instagram posting photos from some city where I wasn’t with them and I’d be sad about it. That doesn’t happen often when I’m making a film about someone else.
The scope of my work has expanded since the success of my directorial debut, Jay-Z’s FADE TO BLACK. Today, I specialize in unique scripted material like THE MAGIC OF HEINEKEN, large-scale event films like RENT: FILMED LIVE ON BROADWAY, and stylized documentaries like NICKI MINAJ: MY TIME NOW.