It’s the constant, it’s the cycle. It’s solution, dissolution. Just over and over and over. It is growth, then decay, then transformation.
That’s the actress Shawnee Smith, learning how to peel crawfish on Sunday after the liturgy at our church in south Louisiana. Shannon Tilley, a pillar of the church and an excellent boiler of crawfish, is her instructor. Shawnee, who was in the sitcom Becker, the Saw horror films, and who currently stars with Charlie Sheen in Anger Management, became an Orthodox Christian just over a year ago. When I met her in Malibu this spring, she told me what a profound difference Orthodoxy made in her life, and how she wanted to show the world what it meant to live and to love as an Orthodox Christian. She and producer Rotimi Rainwater are working on a documentary film tentatively titled Orthodoxy, A Love Story. They and a small film crew plan to travel around the US, and perhaps to Russia, profiling various Orthodox Christians and congregations, capturing the diversity of the faith, and talking with converts about why and how they were drawn to it.
Shawnee is in the process of making a documentary about being an Orthodox Christian. Read more about it here: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/crawfish-orthodoxy/
Shawnee Smith and production assistant Sunny Chow at the premiere of Saw 3D
Shawnee Smith by Denise Truscello, Park City, Utah, 2004