Stuart Hazeldine, Director of ‘The Shack,’ Talks God, Visual Storytelling & Adapting the Popular Book (Ep. 5 - Season 2)

June 3rd, 2017

Season 2 of my podcast--which was formerly called "Aslan's Paw" and is now "Stabs of Joy"--came to an abrupt halt when my father passed away unexpectedly and very suddenly in January 2017, after a brief battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. The event wrecked my world, frankly, and everything stopped for awhile--except for the memorial service tribute to my dad that was recorded and that I published on Jan. 17, 2017 on this podcast.


I'm happy to say that things are beginning to come back to life on this podcast, beginning with my first interview since late 2016. Episode 5 of Season 2 brings you Stuart Hazeldine, the director of the new film "The Shack," starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer.


Besides listening to the interview here, you can also read the written version of it, along with some more details and thoughts I had about the interview, here at

My Tribute to My Dad at His Memorial Service

January 17th, 2017

This is a break from the usual programming at Aslan's Paw, and it is something very personal. On Jan. 3, 2017, my awesome, dear dad passed away after battling an aggressive cancer. It was all very sudden and unexpected. The cancer came very quickly and seemingly appeared out of nowhere in late December. The event has put a grinding halt to my work and my podcast, but I wanted to share this tribute--a message I put together to honor my dad--that was recorded at the memorial service on Friday, 1pm, 1/13/17. After my message, the recording also has the rest of the service: stories about my dad told by a few who were in attendance at the service, concluded by a prayer and some of my dad's favorite music, hymns by Dailey & Vincent, that he had enjoyed in recent months before he died. My dad was such an amazing person, and besides providing an easy, practical way to share this recording/tribute with friends and family, I wanted to share the eulogy with the public as well in hopes that it will inspire and bless you in some way. It includes some of my dad's favorite quotes and Scriptures, including quotes from Sir Andrew Barton, Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and verses from 2 Corinthians and John 14. My tribute takes up the first 17 minutes of the recording. The rest of the service, the other anecdotes and the closing prayer, is the last 10 minutes.

Mark Henn, Disney Animator of ‘Moana’ Talks the New Disney Epic, Faith, and What He’s Thankful For This Year (Ep. 4 - Season 2)

December 11th, 2016

Legendary Disney animator Mark Henn, the animator who drew iconic characters such as Belle, Ariel, and Jasmine, talks his new film "Moana"--what went into making the incredible water animation, what's unique about the film--and he also talks faith, what he's thankful for this year, and what Christians might find interesting/edifying about "Moana."


You can read a transcript of the interview here.


Aslan's Paw is hosted by Kevin Ott, author of Shadowlands and Songs of Light: An Epic Journey into Joy and Healing.

Interview with Luke Smallbone from For King and Country on Human Trafficking, His New Film ‘Priceless,’ and How He Got Into the Film Industry (Ep. 3 - Season 2)

December 11th, 2016

Luke Smallbone of For King and Country shares his journey from music to film and the amazing true story behind his new film Priceless


You can read the transcript of the interview here.


Aslan's Paw is hosted by Kevin Ott, author of Shadowlands and Songs of Light: An Epic Journey into Joy and Healing.

From Our Heads to Our Hearts (Ep. 2 - Season 2)

December 11th, 2016

Author Kevin Ott speaks on the subject "From the Head to the Heart," about rediscovering our wonder for God and the Gospel.


This was recorded during one of Kevin's events from his book tour for his book Shadowlands and Songs of Light: An Epic Journey into Joy and Healing.

Todd Komarnicki Screenwriter of New Tom Hanks Film ‘Sully’ Talks Faith, Good News, and Hanging with Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks (Ep. 1, Season 2)

September 9th, 2016

In the first episode of Season Two for Aslan's Paw, Todd Komarnicki, writer of the film "Sully," discusses the film and a range of interesting topics: how his faith in Christ fits into his Hollywood career, how the "Sully" story has inspired him, why the film is timely for our culture, and what it was like working with Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks. (Todd even shared the inside story behind the little piece of paper that Capt. Sully unrolls at a key moment in the film--one of my favorite moments.)

Rodrigo Garcia, Director of New Ewan McGregor Film ‘Last Days in the Desert’ Talks Jesus, the Devil, and Making Movies in the Desert (Ep. 9, Season 1)

May 11th, 2016

The new Ewan McGregor film, "Last Days in the Desert," directed by Rodrigo Garcia, releases May 13 in select theaters nationwide. There is also a special event May 12 in select theaters, which includes a conversation with Ewan McGregor and director Rodrigo Garcia. Find out more hereI had the chance to interview Rodrigo for this podcast, and we discussed the making of the film and other themes--everything from Jesus to the Devil to why Christians are strongly relating to this film and finding things to like about it even though it is not strictly a "faith-based" film, but is more of an art house film at its heart. After you listen to the interview, you can read my in-depth review of the film here or read the transcript of this interview in my latest article on here.

Nicholas Sparks Interview: God, Broken Relationships, and Why He Loved How ‘The Choice’ Turned Out (Ep. 8, Season 1)

May 10th, 2016

In my interview with author Nicholas Sparks, he talks about God, broken relationships, and why he loved how 'The Choice' turned out.

Interview: Producer James Younger Talks ‘Story of God’ Starring Morgan Freeman (Ep. 7, Season 1)

March 28th, 2016

The National Geographic Channel’s new mini-series, called The Story of God, starring actor Morgan Freeman, premiers Sunday, April 3, 9/8c.

The mini-series tackles one major God-related topic per episode–i.e. exploring one question per episode, such as “What happens after we die?” or “Who is God?”–the big questions.

Morgan Freeman has a genuine hunger for these big questions (as you’ll see in the trailer above). He and the crew who traveled with him, including producer James Younger, wanted to dive headfirst into the various religions found on earth (including Christianity) and try to put themselves in the shoes of other people.

I had the chance to speak with James about the mini-series, and we had an interesting chat about Jesus and what “The Story of God” is aiming for in its globetrotting exploration of religion.

‘How One Tuskegee Airman Changed My Life’: Producer Bryan Williams Talks New Tuskegee Airman Documentary (Ep. 6, Season 1)

March 27th, 2016

In this podcast episode I speak with Bryan Williams about his new documentary, showing in theaters one night only (Tues. 3/29/16, this week!) about the Tuskegee Airmen.

Here's the intro from my article on about the interview and the film:

If a Tuskegee airman hadn’t walked into a diner on a certain day and time in 2007, the day that producer Bryan Williams was there for an important meeting–and if Bryan had not uttered a certain prayer only seconds before the legendary airman walked through the door and nodded at Bryan–an amazing series of events would not have unfolded. These subsequent events included everything from George Lucas (yes, that George Lucas, the one who made Star Wars) to bizarrely timed phone calls from strangers, to a rather grueling sit-down with Bill Cosby. And all of that is leading to a monumental theatrical release this Tuesday about one of the most inspiring stories to emerge from the twentieth century.

I’m talking about the new documentary “In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen–the 75th Anniversary.” I had a chance to see an advance screening of it, and it is superb. It covers so much ground: tons of interviews with original Tuskegee Airmen, and it tells many fascinating stories, like when Eleanor Roosevelt ditched her Secret Service escort to fly with one of the African-American pilots (who would become a Tuskegee Airmen) to prove to the world that these men were just as good as any other pilots. It also tells the stories of the white pilots who stood up for the Tuskegee Airmen (and paid a heavy price for it).

If you admire the Tuskegee Airmen, the famous African-American pilots who flew in combat during WWII, then you might be excited to know that this year marks their 75th anniversary. And what better way to commemorate their story by seeing this new documentary, which is playing in theaters one night only, Tues. March 29, 7pm local time. (Check the theater listings linked below.)

Here is all the info from a recent press release:

Fathom Events is partnering with Bryton Entertainment to present In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen – The 75th Anniversary in select U.S. cinemas for the first time ever on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. local time. This one-night cinema event features emotional interviews, rare photographs, archival footage and computer-generated recreations. Audiences will also experience an exclusive panel discussion captured at the National Air Force Museum with Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. George Hardy, Former Administrator of NASA Col. Fred Gregory, as well as the producer Bryan Williams and director Denton Adkinson.

Tickets for “In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen – The 75th Anniversary” can be purchased online by visiting or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 200 movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

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