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Morefield, who writes for Christian Spotlight on Entertainment, is one of about a dozen journalists flown to New York by Grace Hill Media, a public-relations firm that helps Hollywood studios market films to Christians, for a day of interviews with some of the talent behind Emily Rose, including Derrickson and his co-writer Paul Boardman, who is also a practising Christian. "I know from interacting with more conservative Christian viewers, the first thing they want to know is, what is the faith of the people involved in the film, so it's probably smart on Sony's part to try to push Scott and Paul to the forefront as a way of courting the Christian audiences," said Morefield.
"I think it's progress that a major studio might be thinking about spiritual themes," he added, though he believes other changes in the "post-9/11" culture may be making even secular audiences eager to explore, "questions like evil or God or the afterlife or death, and not just want entertainment that's going to be pure escapism."