Seeing and Believing is creating a film and TV podcast
9

patrons

$56
per month

Hello, and welcome to the official Seeing and Believing Patreon page! We're happy you're here, and we're grateful that you're at least considering helping us out. 

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, some quick history. Seeing and Believing began in early 2015 when two critics who don't even live in the same state were brought together with one aim: to start a podcast for people of faith who loved cinema and television and wanted to dig into the art form on a deeper level. As film lovers ourselves, we wanted to share that love with others and open up an under-explored dimension of the critical landscape.

Also, if we're being honest, we're nerds who just like to chatter about movies and TV, and the podcast gave us an excuse to do it more.

Three years and 150+ episodes later, we're still going strong. Seeing and Believing has always been a labor of love for us, and it still is. We're lucky to sit down in front of a microphone and talk about movies for an hour every week, and we're even luckier that our listeners spend the same amount of time every week to listen to us do it. We want to keep doing this for a long time to come. And that's where you come in!

Witness the power of this fully armed and operational battle station.

"Searching for the sacred onscreen"—that's been our motto from day one. Fulfilling that mission statement entails celebrating good work wherever we find it. We want to do good work with our show, too, as we take our responsibility to our listeners and our colleagues very seriously. With that in mind, we have some goals that we hope you'll help us reach:

  • Expanded film coverage. We've been consistently releasing about 50 episodes per year, covering both blockbusters and underseen gems. But we can do even more! Your support will help us boost the profile of the show, which will help us gain access to more advance screenings for big new releases. We will be able to land more interviews with prominent filmmakers. We may even get to the point where we can attend international film festivals and provide coverage for our listeners!
  • Improved quality. Jonathan Clauson, our producer, is a superhero and deserves the lion's share of the credit for making us sound like polished critics instead of tongue-tied yutzes. When you become a patron, you'll enable us to take care of Jonathan, ensuring that he's getting paid what he's worth. You'll also help us upgrade to professional-grade recording equipment so that what you hear in your earbuds is on par with the best that other podcasts and radio shows have to offer.
  • More creative content. We like dreaming up cool new ways we can explore our show's format and push the boundaries of film criticism. Your financial support will give us the freedom to devote the time necessary to record more content and provide you with a more varied listening experience.

We started Seeing and Believing partly because we wanted to support good work from the artists we love. We hope that you can do the same for us in our field of film criticism.

The first rule of Seeing and Believing is: you should talk about Seeing and Believing.

We don't want to leave it there, though! Criticism, after all, isn't a monologue; it's a conversation, and our listeners are part of that for us. We want to continue building the Seeing and Believing community as part of our Patreon push as well. To that end, we're offering special perks to those of you who do you decide to give us some of your hard-earned cash. Check out the space to the right for more information on those perks, and keep an eye on this space for updates, possible new perks, and general information about where the Good Ship S&B is headed next.

Hasta la vista, baby.

That's about it! We're looking forward to seeing where this new path takes us. Thanks, as always, for spending time with us every week. And a very special thanks to you if you decide to become our patron. Here's to another 150 episodes (and more) of Seeing and Believing!

Endorsements from friends of the show!

"In regular rotation in my podcast feed, Seeing and Believing offers smart criticism and then something rarer: gracious consideration of how the film at hand relates to the Christian faith. Wade and Kevin do it right because they always start with the art first."
Josh Larsen, co-host of Filmspotting and author of Movies Are Prayers

"Some of the best mainstream analysis of form in film criticism right now, in language that anyone can understand."
Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com and New York Magazine

"Too many in the Christian circles I grew up in engaged with TV and movies only in order to approve or, more often, disapprove of whatever morality they contain, rejecting a deep engagement with a given show or film and skipping right to a moral judgment, a judgment often based on a misunderstanding of the material. Alternatively and refreshingly, Wade and Kevin on Seeing and Believing, while “searching for the sacred onscreen” and applying a Christian perspective to culture, approach TV and film with an honest and thoroughly thoughtful effort to understand and engage with what they see, an engagement which results in an often rigorous and always nuanced and vibrant discussion of the cinematic arts. I’m so grateful for a beautifully produced show like this that both deepens my own love of cinema and demonstrates that critical thinking and a love for pop culture can - and does - exist within a Christian sphere."
Melissa Tamminga, staff writer for Seattle Screen Scene

"In their podcast, Seeing and Believing, Wade Bearden and Kevin McLenithan believe in the power of cinema because they believe that this world is still strange and speaking. You can hear it in the gracious rapport they have in the weekly conversations that they invite us to join: They're interested in counting up the holy moments of affinity and empathy onscreen rather than counting curse words. For their part in the renaissance of cinephilia among those of us who grew up in and around and with more presumptuous views, Wade and Kevin are a blessing."
Nick Olson, film writer for Good Letters
Tiers
Join the Community
$3 or more per month 2 patrons
Thank you for kicking a little money our way! Giving at this level allows you to participate in our Patreon community. You'll be a part of our page discussions, occasionally vote on which films and TV shows receive a review on the show, and receive access to our bonus episodes.
What Can You Buy for $5?
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
You'll get everything above PLUS you can dedicate an entire episode to a friend or loved one. We'll read both your names on the air, plus a short message provided by you! We'll also send you our brand new Seeing and Believing stickers and a digital copy of Wade's book, Failing Faith.
Order Up the Queue
$8 or more per month 0 patrons
If you're being generous enough to give us the same amount of money that you'd pay for a Netflix subscription, the least we can do is give you pointers on how to use that subscription! Patrons at this level will receive all the previous perks, plus a short questionnaire about their favorite films. Once we get that back from you, we'll respond with a hand-picked suggested-viewing list
An Offer You Can't Refuse
$10 or more per month 1 patron
Democracy is overrated. Sure, you can vote in the periodic Seeing and Believing polls, but serving as a patron at this higher level also invests you with the terrible power to choose one film for us to review, on air, every year! WHAT. This could get weird, but you've already seen our promo video so you know that things are already weird on their own. 
SWAG (Stuff We All Get)
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
In addition to having access to our Patreon community, stickers, books, bonus episodes, recommendations, and review-dictator powers, we'll send you our new Seeing and Believing t-shirt! (Please provide us with shirt size.)
You Are One of the Infinity Stones
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Did you know that we published an entire book of film criticism featuring essays from some of our favorite critics? Well, we did, and becoming a patron at this tier will provide you with a free copy of our book to add to all the other great stuff mentioned above. Plus, you get to help us decide one Top 5 List to feature on the show.
The Citizen Kane of Perks
$25 or more per month 1 of 5 patrons
Wow, you are our hero! If you become a monthly patron at this level, you have a choice between two rewards. (1) Request one film for which we will record a commentary track that you can then sync up with your DVD or Blu-ray. We can't actually hang out on your couch or pop the popcorn, but we'll do the next best thing. Or (2) we can bring you on as a guest for a special segment. Help us review a film or do a top 5 segment!
Goals
$56 of $75 per month
The beginning of a beautiful friendship
By hitting this first goal, we'll be able to take care of some things we've been wanting to do for a long time: hosting the entire back catalog of Seeing and Believing episodes in one easily accessible place, and paying our fearless producer Jonathan a little more money for his troubles. We'll also begin the process of upgrading our equipment!
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Hello, and welcome to the official Seeing and Believing Patreon page! We're happy you're here, and we're grateful that you're at least considering helping us out. 

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, some quick history. Seeing and Believing began in early 2015 when two critics who don't even live in the same state were brought together with one aim: to start a podcast for people of faith who loved cinema and television and wanted to dig into the art form on a deeper level. As film lovers ourselves, we wanted to share that love with others and open up an under-explored dimension of the critical landscape.

Also, if we're being honest, we're nerds who just like to chatter about movies and TV, and the podcast gave us an excuse to do it more.

Three years and 150+ episodes later, we're still going strong. Seeing and Believing has always been a labor of love for us, and it still is. We're lucky to sit down in front of a microphone and talk about movies for an hour every week, and we're even luckier that our listeners spend the same amount of time every week to listen to us do it. We want to keep doing this for a long time to come. And that's where you come in!

Witness the power of this fully armed and operational battle station.

"Searching for the sacred onscreen"—that's been our motto from day one. Fulfilling that mission statement entails celebrating good work wherever we find it. We want to do good work with our show, too, as we take our responsibility to our listeners and our colleagues very seriously. With that in mind, we have some goals that we hope you'll help us reach:

  • Expanded film coverage. We've been consistently releasing about 50 episodes per year, covering both blockbusters and underseen gems. But we can do even more! Your support will help us boost the profile of the show, which will help us gain access to more advance screenings for big new releases. We will be able to land more interviews with prominent filmmakers. We may even get to the point where we can attend international film festivals and provide coverage for our listeners!
  • Improved quality. Jonathan Clauson, our producer, is a superhero and deserves the lion's share of the credit for making us sound like polished critics instead of tongue-tied yutzes. When you become a patron, you'll enable us to take care of Jonathan, ensuring that he's getting paid what he's worth. You'll also help us upgrade to professional-grade recording equipment so that what you hear in your earbuds is on par with the best that other podcasts and radio shows have to offer.
  • More creative content. We like dreaming up cool new ways we can explore our show's format and push the boundaries of film criticism. Your financial support will give us the freedom to devote the time necessary to record more content and provide you with a more varied listening experience.

We started Seeing and Believing partly because we wanted to support good work from the artists we love. We hope that you can do the same for us in our field of film criticism.

The first rule of Seeing and Believing is: you should talk about Seeing and Believing.

We don't want to leave it there, though! Criticism, after all, isn't a monologue; it's a conversation, and our listeners are part of that for us. We want to continue building the Seeing and Believing community as part of our Patreon push as well. To that end, we're offering special perks to those of you who do you decide to give us some of your hard-earned cash. Check out the space to the right for more information on those perks, and keep an eye on this space for updates, possible new perks, and general information about where the Good Ship S&B is headed next.

Hasta la vista, baby.

That's about it! We're looking forward to seeing where this new path takes us. Thanks, as always, for spending time with us every week. And a very special thanks to you if you decide to become our patron. Here's to another 150 episodes (and more) of Seeing and Believing!

Endorsements from friends of the show!

"In regular rotation in my podcast feed, Seeing and Believing offers smart criticism and then something rarer: gracious consideration of how the film at hand relates to the Christian faith. Wade and Kevin do it right because they always start with the art first."
Josh Larsen, co-host of Filmspotting and author of Movies Are Prayers

"Some of the best mainstream analysis of form in film criticism right now, in language that anyone can understand."
Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com and New York Magazine

"Too many in the Christian circles I grew up in engaged with TV and movies only in order to approve or, more often, disapprove of whatever morality they contain, rejecting a deep engagement with a given show or film and skipping right to a moral judgment, a judgment often based on a misunderstanding of the material. Alternatively and refreshingly, Wade and Kevin on Seeing and Believing, while “searching for the sacred onscreen” and applying a Christian perspective to culture, approach TV and film with an honest and thoroughly thoughtful effort to understand and engage with what they see, an engagement which results in an often rigorous and always nuanced and vibrant discussion of the cinematic arts. I’m so grateful for a beautifully produced show like this that both deepens my own love of cinema and demonstrates that critical thinking and a love for pop culture can - and does - exist within a Christian sphere."
Melissa Tamminga, staff writer for Seattle Screen Scene

"In their podcast, Seeing and Believing, Wade Bearden and Kevin McLenithan believe in the power of cinema because they believe that this world is still strange and speaking. You can hear it in the gracious rapport they have in the weekly conversations that they invite us to join: They're interested in counting up the holy moments of affinity and empathy onscreen rather than counting curse words. For their part in the renaissance of cinephilia among those of us who grew up in and around and with more presumptuous views, Wade and Kevin are a blessing."
Nick Olson, film writer for Good Letters

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Tiers
Join the Community
$3 or more per month 2 patrons
Thank you for kicking a little money our way! Giving at this level allows you to participate in our Patreon community. You'll be a part of our page discussions, occasionally vote on which films and TV shows receive a review on the show, and receive access to our bonus episodes.
What Can You Buy for $5?
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
You'll get everything above PLUS you can dedicate an entire episode to a friend or loved one. We'll read both your names on the air, plus a short message provided by you! We'll also send you our brand new Seeing and Believing stickers and a digital copy of Wade's book, Failing Faith.
Order Up the Queue
$8 or more per month 0 patrons
If you're being generous enough to give us the same amount of money that you'd pay for a Netflix subscription, the least we can do is give you pointers on how to use that subscription! Patrons at this level will receive all the previous perks, plus a short questionnaire about their favorite films. Once we get that back from you, we'll respond with a hand-picked suggested-viewing list
An Offer You Can't Refuse
$10 or more per month 1 patron
Democracy is overrated. Sure, you can vote in the periodic Seeing and Believing polls, but serving as a patron at this higher level also invests you with the terrible power to choose one film for us to review, on air, every year! WHAT. This could get weird, but you've already seen our promo video so you know that things are already weird on their own. 
SWAG (Stuff We All Get)
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
In addition to having access to our Patreon community, stickers, books, bonus episodes, recommendations, and review-dictator powers, we'll send you our new Seeing and Believing t-shirt! (Please provide us with shirt size.)
You Are One of the Infinity Stones
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Did you know that we published an entire book of film criticism featuring essays from some of our favorite critics? Well, we did, and becoming a patron at this tier will provide you with a free copy of our book to add to all the other great stuff mentioned above. Plus, you get to help us decide one Top 5 List to feature on the show.
The Citizen Kane of Perks
$25 or more per month 1 of 5 patrons
Wow, you are our hero! If you become a monthly patron at this level, you have a choice between two rewards. (1) Request one film for which we will record a commentary track that you can then sync up with your DVD or Blu-ray. We can't actually hang out on your couch or pop the popcorn, but we'll do the next best thing. Or (2) we can bring you on as a guest for a special segment. Help us review a film or do a top 5 segment!