Justified: Are We? is a groundbreaking film that invites viewers to a greater attentiveness to one of the primary relationships in God’s created order, that between humans and our environment.  For centuries, we have based this relationship on a theological foundation that we are its rightful dominators; justified to use the Earth’s resources as we please.  Yet, scripture is abundant with teachings that enjoin stewardship of God’s creation as fundamental to humankinds role in the world.

A full length feature film, Justified: Are We? is a cinematic journey exploring our symbiotic relationship with the whole of God’s creation. Through the voices of the prophets, saints, and theologians past & present we uncover a path to holiness that has been laid out since the beginning. Through visual cinematography we see this beauty first hand… while also witnessing the result of our missing the mark.  This film simply asks the question: “Are we justified to dominate or to care for what God has entrusted to us?”. The rest is left up to the viewer.

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Why This Film & Why Now:

The Problem:  Our hearts are still hardened. We have forgotten how to see God’s scared mark in all that exists around us.  As a result, the whole of creation is in desperate peril. We are failing to see our connection within it all and we need a way to see, to feel, and wake up.

The Need:  Humanity’s relationship with the Earth has never been so modernized. The way in which we live our lives is having devastating non-reversible results.  God-created species are disappearing off the planet at alarming rates. Over 56 billion farmed animals are killed every year. These figures do not even include fish and other sea creatures whose deaths are so great they are only measured in tonnes. Artificial insemination of livestock (humans creating life on demand) is the basis for our diet.  Animal Agriculture is one of the major causes of the world’s most pressing environmental problems, including global warming, air and water pollution, disruption of ecosystems and loss of biodiversity.  The neglect of our relationship with our environment has a direct link on the world’s poor who are the most vulnerable and are already suffering its impact.  Increased consumption of meat & dairy is now being linked with certain types of cancers, heart disease, strokes, and obesity which are all on the rise.

Equally dire is that if we are failing our divine commission, this could have serious implications for our souls.  For God says that He will, “Bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will manifest the motives of our hearts.”  It is in the least, worthy to explore our role in the destruction of or the restoration of the Kingdom of God- in the here and now.  We must be willing to question a culture that caters to the pleasures of our appetites while profiting off the enslavement of living beings. We must ask ourselves if we are continuously building up a world that glorifies our fallen nature, or seeking to truly emulate a God of mercy & whose law is love.

A Solution:  By digging into the foundations of our Christian faith, we will uncover the way in which we are called to be stewards and how caring for all beings leads to caring for ourselves; allowing us to be healed by God’s mercy and filled with God’s grace.  By speaking with Christian theologians and being moved by the scholarship of saints, we see a path for living, predestined in the original plan of the Garden Eden & spoken about in the restored Kingdom to come. There is no agenda or motive other than to allow oneself to think in a new way, question deeply held beliefs, and prayerfully consider one’s own relationship with the mystery of God’s creation. Viewers will be directed to an appendix chapter at the end of the film along with resources on the website if they’d like to start making changes in their lives to alleviate environmental & animal suffering.

Who Does This Film Speak To:

This film gives people an opportunity for a fresh perspective on issues that are rarely, if ever, spoken about by established religion.  Presented in a manner that is not proselytizing but simply allows one to see that there are justifications within our faith which revolve around mercy, compassion, and love within the human + environment relationship.  The Audience:

  • Christians across traditions.
  • All people who want to learn more about the biblical basis for God’s call and Jesus’ example to be stewards for all creation.
  • The younger generation who feel disconnected from the Church because of the lack of conversation on these most pressing contemporary issues.

How This Film Awakens Hearts:

The Potential to Activate Christians to be Agents of Change:

Let us ask ourselves:  What if the 2 billion Christians in the world started to rethink their relationship with our common home and all the living beings on it because of their faith?  Christians remain the world’s largest religious group covering every continent, spanning across the Planet. If we were to discern that we were a part of the problem, imagine the reverberation of positive change that is possible!  Not only would there be an outward change, but an inner awakening; turning our minds back to the mystery of things and opening our hearts drawing us into a deeper relationship with the I AM; the source of all love.

Creative Producer Statement:  lanni lantto / answering Gods call

On a very cold day in the middle of America’s “Dairyland”, I sat in the mud of a solitary pen with a baby calf just taken from its mother.  I saw Christ’s suffering in its eyes and I felt directly responsible.

As Christians, I believe we have the responsibility to protect and care for all of God’s creation – we should be on the front lines. The Holy Spirit speaks to us through passages like Isaiah 11 and it’s enough to get you thinking beyond what is (or isn’t) being preached at Sunday mass.  You think things like, “What if the translation is stewards and not dominator- what then are the implications for my soul?”, “If Eden was vegan, are we still living in the fall?”, “How can we justify cruelty through our faith when God calls us to liberate the weakest amongst us?”, “If God knows every sparrow, does he see what we are doing to them?”.

I made a promise to that little baby that day.  This film is its fulfillment.

Made by: A Christian couple through a small production LLC called, Watchtower Projections Cinema Coalition.  We are a younger generation of film-creators whose beauty of cinematography is relatable to all people.  Mirroring that of St. Francis’ statement, “Preach the gospel and when necessary use words”, we aim to do this as film-makers. The beauty of creation is so reverently full of life that all we must do is capture it and lay it out in such a way that the gospel is naturally brought forth through it.  Our storytelling engages viewers primarily through the visual (images) & aural (music) story and secondarily through verbiage (interviews/commentary).  This style allows for the message to come through in divergent ways for each individual viewer; for God speaks to each of us differently and we must allow for that form of communication to translate through the film.  Watchtower Projections has experience already having debuted 2 faith-based feature documentaries.  Soundtrack music to be provided by respected musician & environmentalist, Seth Bernard.

How Can You Help Make It:

We are committed to: 1.) finding creative ways to keep production costs minimal without comprising paying crew members a just living wage 2.) using refurbished equipment when possible instead of buying new 3.) transparency through authentic relationship to each and every person who supports the making of this film.

What we need now is help getting it made. We are aiming to begin shooting Summer 2019 but there are funds that need to be raised ahead of time to meet this goal.  How can you help?

One way is to directly fund it. The other is help find the means for funding it:

Our goal is $20,000 Crowdfunding via grassroots one-on-one donations.

Our Goal is $60,000 via Private Individuals / Organizations / Institutions who have a Faith-Orientated or Secular Interest in seeing a film like this actualized. Do you know of a group or person? If so, please consider yourself an Ambassador and reach out to them directly. Your willingness to use your personal connections is how the Holy Spirit will work among us!


Contact Us:  Lanni & Dustin at katonalantto@gmail.com


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