INTRODUCTORY FILM PROGRESS UPDATE: TITLE CHANGED;
SIMULTANEOUS ENGLISH/SPANISH RELEASE PLANNED
"Who Say You That I Am?" is now the official title for the feature length introduction to The Urantia Book based on the repercussions of Michael's bestowal. The challenge is to produce an introductory film that transforms a great deal of historical and technical information into a compelling and engaging narrative. The solution chosen is to construct the film around the spiritual experience of a number of individuals whose lives have been impacted by the bestowal and who, in turn, have influenced the continuing unfolding of those repercussions. read more
A much appreciated donor will match contributions up to $1,000 for our Giving Tuesday request for help.
Urantia Book Films needs to raise an additional $20,000 by the middle of 2020 to complete film production and continue our ongoing media dissemination effort online and in Latin America. By far our greatest expense is in purchasing rights to archival and other existing footage to supplement our own video and photographic work—but it's far less expensive than fielding a camera crew.
Sufficient funding will allow us to plan for a near simultaneous release in both Spanish and English. It also will enable us to hire professionals for key production tasks.
Beyond film production costs there will be distribution costs. A contribution of two thousand dollars earmarked for distribution has already been received but we will need more by late 2020 or early 2021. Please contribute what you can now--and please consider a two year Auto Debit. You can specify an amount and time period on our contribution page.
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40 COMMERCIAL THEATER SHOWINGS IN LATIN AMERICA
OF RE-IMAGINANDO A JESÚS IN LATIN AMERICA;
8000+ DVDS INTO DISTRIBUTION
Yes, Re-Imaginando has been shown in forty commercial theaters (theater contracts on file) over the past 3 years. Latin America is experiencing more rapid growth in readership, assimilation of the revelation, and aggressive dissemination efforts by readers than any other place on the planet. A network of Latin American revelation workers is emerging with a well-structured approach to media dissemination. After contracting with a theater, local radio/television interviews are arranged and the theater showing is promoted. read more
GROWTH AND DISSEMINATION IN THE SOUTH
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, someone is watching Re-Imagining Jesus on Amazon Prime Video and being exposed to The Urantia Book. The new film will substantially increase this exposure. We can do more if we have your financial support.
SOME ARTICLE OF INTEREST FROM THE UBFILMS ARCHIVE
Proclaiming the Good News: Some Field Notes by David Kantor This article considers the controversial topic of evangelism and attempts to place it in a context more appropriate to sharing the good news of the kingdom from the perspective of The Urantia Book. Some useful resources are noted at the end of the article. read article
Personality Bestowal: Before and After by JJ Johnson. When does mortal life begin? At what point does personalization take place? What about personalization or re-personalization of infants and chidren in cases of early death? One of the most controversial topics in contemporary conversation is explored in depth from the perspective of The Urantia Book by JJ Johnson in this article. read article
The Commission to Minister by Meredith Sprunger. As the premature end of his mission approached, Jesus commissioned his followers to continue his effort to make the planet aware of his kingdom. Have you ever stopped to contemplate the significance of having your Creator Son actually commission you to undertake a very specific task during your mortal sojourn on your sphere of origin? "And then will you go forth to become fishers of men." read article
INTRODUCTORY FILM PROGRESS UPDATE continued from above
Reviewing the spirit-led lives of individuals from the times of Plato and Philo, to Albert Schweitzer and Paula Fredriksen in the 20th century, the film provides an overview of the culture evolving from the fourth epochal revelation--a religious culture providing the conceptual context from which the fifth epochal revelation has been constructed.
If your spiritual life has a focus on the work of the kingdom, this film is about your heritage, your people, your culture--a spiritual culture embracing the personal strivings of countless men and women working over two thousand years to respond to the Master's commission to take the good news about his kingdom and the love of the Father to all the world.
One of the primary purposes of the film is to encourage more engagement on the part of readers with the dissemination imperative. The narrative is intended to foster identity with those who have gone before us in the task of kingdom building and planetary rehabilitation. It is an attempt to highlight the privileges and responsibilities of cosmic citizenship on a primitive planet in a dynamic stage of evolution. In addition it will provide an introduction to The Urantia Book in a context familiar to contemporary religionists.
This introduction to the revelation is being produced following a widely accepted media guideline: If you want to communicate something new to people, make sure that 80% of what you tell them consists of things they already know and which are generally accepted as true. This introductory film may forever change the way in which The Urantia Book is viewed.
Primary resources from The Urantia Book from which the script is being developed include:
Paper 10, The Paradise Trinity
Paper 21, The Paradise Creator Sons
Paper 33, Administration of the Local Universe
Paper 92, The Later Evolution of Religion
Paper 95, The Melchizedek Teachings in the Levant
Paper 96, Yahweh—God of the Hebrews
Paper 97, Evolution of the God Concept Among the Hebrews
Paper 98, The Melchizedek Teachings in the Occident
Paper 99, The Social Problems of Religion
Paper 121, The Times of Michael's Bestowal
Paper 135, section 5, The Kingdom of God
Paper 155, Fleeing Through Northern Galilee
Paper 157, At Caesarea Philippi
Paper 170, The Kingdom of Heaven
Paper 194, Bestowal of the Spirit of Truth
Paper 195, After Pentecost
A near-simultaneous release in both Spanish and English currently is being projected for late in 2020. return
40 COMMERCIAL THEATER SHOWINGS continued from above
Agustin Arellano, through his civil association (equivalent in Mexico of a U.S. non-profit foundation), Grupo Orvontón, puts up contract deposits which range from $300 to $600 in order to guarantee a minimum number of ticket sales. Audiences of up to 400 persons have been reported. Negotiations are currently taking place to secure the Cinemex Plaza Millenium in Guadalajara adjacent to the Guadalajara Book Fair, November 24 through December 2 this year.
Venues which have had showings include San Salvador in El Salvador; Guatemala City; San José, Costa Rica; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Ciudad de México; Culiacán; Mazatlán; Monterrey; Hermosillo; Mérida, Yucatan; Cancun, and more. Copies of El libro de Urantia are raffled after showings.
DVDs are an additional mode of dissemination. They are the go-to choice for video distribution in Latin America because of limited Internet access and bandwidth. There are now some 8,000 DVDs of Re-Imaginando in Spanish with Portuguese subtitles in distribution. There is no copy protection on the DVDs and users are encouraged to make copies and share them, which makes an accurate usage estimate impossible; but it likely is much greater than the actual number of known physical disks distributed.
This is another place where your contributions are essential. We currently need to do another production run of 1,000 DVDs. The cost of production and shipping for one DVD is about $1.75. return
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