ANDERSON — A full-length feature film based on the true story of Christian singer Rich Mullins has some ties to Anderson University.
Director David Schultz, lead actor Michael Koch and others involved in "Ragamuffin: The True Story of Rich Mullins" are AU alumni.
AU will host a public screening of the film at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in Reardon Auditorium. Tickets for AU students are $3, and tickets for alumni are $5. Students and alumni may purchase tickets online at AU's website. Tickets for the general public can be purchased online at www.itickets.com for $10.
Mullins was many things, Schultz said in an interview. He was known for being a Christian singer-songwriter who got his start writing for Amy Grant. Mullins began recording his own music, and he grew in popularity.
"He was more than just your average Christian musician," Schultz said. "He didn't have a problem ruffling feathers when he would do concerts. He was loyal to Jesus but not to religion. And as a result he oftentimes would tick people off at concerts. He really spoke the truth. He became known for that."
Mullins grew up in Indiana and attended Cincinnati Christian University in Ohio. His life ended tragically in 1997 in an automobile accident.
"He tried to live out the ways of Jesus in a modern way," Schultz said. "Even though he made tons of money, he gave most of that away, and in the last two years of his life we went to live in obscurity on a Native American reservation."
One of Mullins' singing groups was called "A Ragamuffin Band," named after Brennan Manning's book "The Ragamuffin Gospel."
Schultz said in an earlier interview with Aimee Munn about Manning's book: "What helped me get back up and continue to follow Christ after my screw-ups was the idea that is so clearly found in Manning's book: God loves me for who I am, not for who I'm not, because none of us are what we should be."