Production is set to begin this summer on the first evangelistic silent feature film since sound was added to picture. The Good Book is the story of a tiny New Testament that finds its way into the hands of seven strangers and provides hope during their struggles.
The Good Book is being produced by husband/wife filmmakers Fred and Sharon Wilharm . “I’d been toying with the story concept for awhile,” says Sharon, “but I knew something was missing. Fred and I were talking about how important it would be to show not tell and then it hit us. Why not take it to the extreme and make a completely silent film?”
“We immediately realized how much more powerful the message could be if words didn’t get in the way,” says Fred. “From there, it all started falling into place.”
The Good Book is the Wilharm’s fifth faith-based film. Their most recent film, Flowers for Fannie had a limited theatrical release and is being distributed by VCI Entertainment. It will be available in stores October 15, 2013. Their movie, “Class of 91”, released in 2010, and aired on Parables TV and NRB Network. It’s available in Christian bookstores.
“We are very excited to hear about the Wilharm’s next movie project,” says Matt Plunk, worship minister from Destin, Florida. “The unique nature of this film has unlimited potential for sharing the love of Christ literally around the world.”
“What a great way to spread to all the nations not only the word of God, but the love of God without language barriers,” adds Matt’s wife Grace.
The Wilharms are not the first husband and wife team to make an evangelistic silent film. In the 1920’s and 1930’s evangelists James and Eloyce Gist produced short films and screened them at churches and meeting halls. Their most famous film, Hellbound Train, has recently been revived by Howard Professor Steven Torriano Berry and is again screening around the country.
A more recent silent Christian film was Parable, a 20 minute film produced for the Protestant Council of New York for the 1964 New York World’s Fair. It depicted Jesus as a circus clown and was the inspiration for Godspell. In 2012 it was selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
The Good Book will begin filming in late summer with a release date of April 2014. Hollywood leading lady Jenn Gotzon (Doonby, God’s Country) is signed on to play one of the seven strangers.
The silent story will be followed by testimony from individuals whose lives have been changed by the gift of a Bible.
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