Peterson: In Between The Man and The Message (2018)

Great Lakes Christian Film Festival 2018

Official Selection – Nominee

The Rev. Eugene Peterson wrote a colloquial translation of the Bible, “The Message,” that has sold millions of copies. Greg Fromholz producing this wonderful documentary about this amazing man and his accomplishments.

Nominated for Best Foreign Documentary Short, Best Producers [Short], Best Cinematography [Documentary Short], Best Lighting [Documentary], and Inspirational Award [Documentary Short].

“I had a congregation of people who didn’t read books,” he told the “On Being” blog in 2016. “And so I started translating the Bible in their language, not knowing what I was doing. And suddenly, they started paying attention to me in a way they never did before.”

“Everyday I put hope on the line.” – A glimpse into Author Eugene Peterson’s life.

Greg fromholz hat bio photo

Director Biography – Greg Fromholz is the nominated Documentary Director of Phyllis and critically-acclaimed Music Video Director of Rend Collective, Guy Garvey etc. TEDx Speaker and Author of Broken & Liberate Eden

Director Statement

Visual work is all about collaboration. It’s about discovering the essence of a person and their story. And from that place, together as a team, creating a narrative that tells that story.


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The Rev. Eugene Peterson, a Presbyterian minister, biblical scholar and author whose writings have shaped the thinking of pastors and church people and whose colloquial translation of the Bible, “The Message,” has sold millions of copies, died Oct. 22 at his home in Lakeside, Mont. He was 85. [ read more ]

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This short film documents the friendship between Bono (of the band U2) and Eugene Peterson (author of contemporary-language Bible translation The Message) revolving around their common interest in the Psalms. Based on interviews conducted by Fuller Seminary faculty member David Taylor and produced in association with Fourth Line Films, the film highlights in particular a conversation on the Psalms that took place between Bono, Peterson, and Taylor at Peterson’s Montana home.


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