S. Brent Plate, who is visiting associate professor of religious studies, at hamilton college, New York. Professor Plate is the Managing Editor and Co-Founder of the journal Material Religion, and has written or edited many books concerning religion and materiality, and – obviously – on religion and film, including Religion and Film: Cinema and the Re-Creation of the World, The Religion and Film Reader, Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson's Film and Its Critics and Representing Religion in World Cinema: Filmmaking, Mythmaking, Culture. His most recent work is A History of Religion in 5½ Objects: Bringing the Spiritual to Its Senses, published by Beacon Press in 2014.
The interview explores S. Brent Plate's personal research journey into this relatively young field, charting the history of the field in the process. Discussion then turns to the key terms involved... what are we meaning by "religion and film"? The relationship of established "world religions" to cinema? Religion/s on Film? Documentaries?