Jonathan Stutzman, an acclaimed filmmaker and children’s book author, spoke at the third and final LFP Forum on December 5, 2017. He presented to the the 32 students in attendance the notion that everyone has the potential to be creative and the distinct reasons as to why he thinks that it is important to create. Stutzman shared stories from his childhood and adolescence when he developed a passion for writing children’s books, poetry, and film. He went on to study film at Messiah and earn his MFA at Temple University in an effort to pursue his dreams of becoming a director, filmmaker, and screenwriter.
Through Stutzman’s studies and work in film, he realized that he wanted to start using film to tell more personal stories. He began focusing on the struggle with insecurity that so many people face, often centering his films on topics like body image and pressures from the media to be perfect. He said that through these films, he was able to connect with people because everyone has experienced brokenness, and everyone can relate to and understand what that feels like.
Stutzman ended his discussion on an image of a child mimicking his father. He related this to our relationship with God; we are children looking
Jonathan Stutzman's short film "Thornbird" has won numerous awards at film festivals internationally. His first book was published while collaborating with actor Joseph Gordon Levitt on the Tiny Book of Little Stories (Volumes 1,2,3). Stutzman (#thedustdancestoo) has recently signed four major children's book deals (see below) and is anxiously awaiting there printing.
Special thanks to Molly Kulp '18 for reporting on this event