The director of ABC's controversial "Path to 9/11" docudrama has ties to an evangelical Christian group whose goals include "transform[ing] Hollywood from the inside out," according to research by readers of prominent blogs.
"Path" director David L. Cunningham is also involved in "The Film Institute," an offshoot of the Hawaii-based global evangelical group, Youth With a Mission.
One goal of Cunningham's Film Institute is to "fast-track" students from a digital film program associated with the YWAM organization into positions "within the film industry, not to give them jobs, but so that they can begin to impact and transform Hollywood from the inside out," according
to a cached version of page from a YWAM Web site. The original appears to have been moved or deleted.
The digital filmmaking program at YWAM's University of Nations appears to provide Cunningham's institute with its interns. The school's Web site encourages
potential students, "If you are serious about allowing the Lord to use either your professional background in film and television, or your God-given desire to learn, don't miss this opportunity. Apply today!"
Our phone calls to Cunningham, the school, YWAM offices and YWAM directors in the United States were not immediately returned.
Cunningham's involvement with the Film Institute was disclosed
on the now-missing YWAM Web site.
David L. Cunningham is also the son of YWAM founder, Loren Cunningham, according
to the evangelical film site, ChristianCinema.com.
On its Web site, YWAM describes itself as "an international movement of Christians" performing "evangelism, training and mercy ministry" in 149 countries.
Cunningham's ties to the evangelical organizations were discovered and reported by Digby
, readers and bloggers on DailyKos
, Democratic Underground
, and elsewhere.