Film Producer and Director
Craig Detweiler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication
Center for Entertainment, Media and Culture
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
“Having shared their school and their songs, it was now up to me to tell their story…”
Craig Detweiler is a filmmaker, author, and cultural commentator. He is associate professor of communication and director of the Center for Entertainment, Media and Culture at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He served as co-director of Reel Spirituality: An Institute for Moving Images at Fuller Theological Seminary from 2007-2009.
Craig’s first book (co-authored with Barry Taylor), A Matrix of Meanings (2003), connects the dots between spirituality and pop culture, including music, movies, television, advertising, and sports. His second book, Into the Dark (2008) seeks the sacred in the top rated films of the 21st century (according to the Internet Movie Database)–from the massively successful Lord of the Rings trilogy to the cult classic, Donnie Darko. He edited Halos and Avatars (2010), the first collection of essays on theology, video games, and virtual worlds.
Detweiler wrote the comedic feature films The Duke (1999) for the Disney Channel and the high energy teen road trip, Extreme Days (2001) He directed the award winning documentaries, Williams Syndrome: A Highly Musical Species (1996) and Purple State of Mind (2008) which explores the intersection of faith, politics, and doubt.
His cultural commentary has been featured on ABC’s Nightline, CNN, Fox News, Al Jazeera, NPR, and in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.