I don’t like Christian movies.
I know I am not supposed to say that.
I know that if someone puts a Christian label on something I am supposed to love it and support it and pay money for it, but I just can’t. I can’t say that the majority of Christian movies are worth the time or money to watch.
The point of this post is not to ridicule the work of others, but instead to make a change in how we do things. To make our art better.
Which is why I wanted to introduce you to my friends at STORY who are making a movie that will be something that we can all be proud of.
And Ben needs our help.
The producers of Four Stones have chosen to take a different approach to marketing. They want us, the church, to be a part of making it a success.
They want you to be part of the process.
One Thousand Premiers is a campaign to promote the movie through commitments from organizations, churches, and individuals to premier it within our own communities.
Instead of depending on Hollywood to market and present the movie, we get to do it ourselves. We get to be involved. Instead of going to a theater to watch it, we get to screen it in our homes, churches, or anywhere you can put a group of people together. And as you can guess by the title, our hope is to get 1,000 commitments.
To support a screening you can go to the promotional website and purchase a license to premier the film. The funds raised from the fees will go towards making the movie even better.
Still skeptical? Here are a few unique aspects about the movie.
Four Stones will be the first global film to be released through a live stream campaign. Think of it as Netflix, but instead of a movie made in 1992, it will be premier night and you get to join in with people all over the world.
Marketing Your Way
STORY believes that Hollywood isn’t the only entity who can or should leverage the incredible influence of the church-going audience. With 3.7 million known churches in the world, they house more screens than any traditional theater network and could propel the biggest film debut in history.
Making it Global
Like Tom’s shoes, when people buy a license to screen the film, STORY gives away one free. When people book a mid or large size premiere between now and January 31st, STORY will give away a live stream link to a village or community in a developing nation that might not otherwise be able to afford it.
You are a producer
People who value epic stories, like David and Goliath, will pre-purchase licenses to show the film in their churches, community organization or home and in doing so help fund the production. Licenses to host premieres range from $99 for 25 people up to $999 to show it to an unlimited number of people during premiere weekend, October 12-14, 2012.
How can you help? Go the website One Thousand Premiers. Read about the project. Tell others about the project. Purchase a premier license.
We could also rename the campaign to ”Help Jeremy like Christian movies.”
If you have more questions about the project or how to get involved, please feel free to ask in the comment section here.
In this video, listen to Ben described his vision for the movie.
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