Imagine you’re part of a tandem making your first documentary film. Your experience: zero. In fact, you’ve never even worked a hand-held videocamera. Your subject matter: the fringes of Christian music. Your own religious identity: atheist.
On the surface, this might sound like a recipe for a cinematic disaster, a mockumentary or some fictitious indie comedy. But it’s none of those things. Vickie Hunter and Heather Whinna’s Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? (Blank Stare/RightRightRight films, available at www.blankstarefilms.com) is a ragged but earnest documentary that captures the convictions and contradictions behind independent Christian music.