Messenger Films seeks to engage spiritual seekers through films of beauty, stories of hope.
Why beauty? Because beauty points to God, the Creator, who in the beginning made all things good and beautiful.
Why hope? Because hope does not disappoint us. And like love and faith, hope will never fail.
We are a 501(c)(3) ministry, selecting our projects more on the basis of spiritual impact than projected financial return.
Since 1990 with the release of Ropa Nueva para Felipe, our life-changing (and award-winning) films have been seen by billions worldwide. We are known for achieving high production values at modest budget levels while working with local crews and acting talent.
Messenger Films was founded by Cristóbal Krusen in 1988.
A Word to Actors... These aren’t your “lines”; they are your thoughts, your feelings expressed in words. Therefore, think and feel before you speak. That will keep you “fresh” and “in the moment.” It will help keep you from regurgitating lines you have committed to memory. What you say is mostly the “tip of the iceberg.” The most important stuff is underneath, from within, hidden from superficial view.
A Messenger Films production is first and foremost a story that conveys a message of hope. Many of our films are like the parables Jesus told: stories within stories that point the viewer to an unseen kingdom, the Kingdom of God.
I see our ministry more and more as bringing salt and light to a culture growing increasingly dark and tasteless.
A film may be sold, or even pre-sold. Hope cannot, and beauty is beyond price.
About Cristóbal Krusen
Cristóbal Krusen was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, the third of four children. Early in life, he showed a keen interest in literature, reading many of the classics while still in grade school and cherishing the ambition that one day he would become a writer. He entered Harvard University in 1971, majoring in English literature, intent on making his mark as a poet and novelist. A growing interest in photography and filmmaking, however, led him to transfer to New York University where he changed majors and graduated with a BFA in Film and Television in 1976. He later attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California where he received his MFA in Film in 1989. Click here to read his master's thesis: The Role of Film in the Process of Conversion to Christianity.
Cristóbal has worked as a writer/director of film and television for thirty years, helming productions in more than twenty countries. He founded Messenger Films in 1988 and is best known for the films Final Solution, More Than Dreams, Undaunted and most recently, Sabina K. Over the last several years, he has also begun fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming a writer.
Working in multiple languages, Cristóbal is known for a poetic style and the ability to draw intimate performances from actors. Above all, he is a story-teller who delights to engage his audience while addressing the deeper needs of the human heart.
Cristóbal founded Messenger Films in 1988. He and his wife, Cheryl, live in St. Paul, Minnesota. For more of his story in his own words, click here.