Barbara Nicolosi was reading screenplays for a Christian movie production company when she experienced an epiphany: “Somewhere around the 200th dreadful screenplay—most, from nice, godly people—it occurred to me that Christians were not being martyred by Hollywood. We were committing suicide.”

In response, she created Act One, a film school for “orthodox Catholics” and evangelical protestants, and a natural outgrowth of her earlier education, at “Marxist” Northwestern U. film school and with the Daughters of St. Paul, a congregation she describes as dedicated to evangelizing of the media.

Angelo Matera conducts a searching interview with Nicolosi, whose students include Barbara Hall, creator of Joan of Arcadia, for Godspy, a handsomely-produced entry in what The Revealer is calling the alt.Christian category — the expanding world of online Christian magazines with mottos such as Godspy‘s — “Faith at the edge.”

But be forewarned — “faith at the edge” doesn’t mean Godspy isn’t firmly entrenched within some conservative theological positions others call bigotry, particularly with regard to homosexuality. Speaking of a new Showtime program, Simple City, produced by one of her students, Nicolosi says, “You have Queer as Folk followed by Simple City… It’s the Gospel and sin, right up against each other. You have to choose a side.”

But that’s part of what “faith at the edge” is — an embrace of popular culture and aesthetics from a conservative evangelical standpoint. Nicolosi is one of the movement’s most articulate spokespeople. Her words here on Godspy are surely a portent of things to come, not just within certain churches but on the TV and movie screens of our national religion.

On her personal blog, Nicolosi reflects the twin strands of her education — Marxist theory and traditionalist Catholicism — by dubbing that faith Church of the Masses.