I love when filmmakers take risks and try unique approaches to presenting their stories and getting them to their audiences. The producers of Lumo Project are definitely doing that. At first, as I began reading about the project, I wasn’t sure exactly what it was. But the more I read, and then as I watched the first film, the more I appreciated the wisdom of their approach.
The Lumo project is a series of feature films each based on one of the gospels. The project is distinguished both by its production style as well as by its distribution model. The Gospel of John is the first to be released.
The Gospel of John takes the story of Jesus from John’s gospel with its own unique characteristics. This full-length feature film about the life of Jesus takes the actual Gospel text as its script, word for word, unedited. Five years in the making, this epic production has been critically acclaimed by leading religious scholars as a unique and highly authentic telling of the Jesus story. Narrated by leading British actor David Harewood, it is based on the latest theological, historical and archaeological research. With specially constructed sets and the extraordinarily authentic villages and countryside of rural Morocco, it immerses the viewer in the world of first century Palestine.
This unique filmmaking approach really brings to life the words of the Bible. In addition, because there is no distinguishable audio dialogue, the film can be translated into an unlimited number of languages without losing anything. Right now it’s available in English and Spanish in both the NIV and the King James version. Narrations in French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Finish, Danish, Norwegian, Brazilian and Portuguese will be released over the coming months.
In addition, the Lumo Project is approaching distribution from a completely different angle. In order to reach the broadest market, they are releasing it directly to Netflix. On December 1st 2014, The Gospel of John will join the Netflix library and become instantly accessible to the 36 million subscribers of Netflix in North America.
To learn more about The Gospel of John and the other Lumo Project films: