UPDATE: WE DID IT!!Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has supported WWJD so far! We are more excited and more grateful than we can say--we could not have done it without each and every one of you. We're still looking to raise an additional $900 to cover our first week of shooting in August, and lots more to pay for the additional scenes we'll be shooting at the end of the year. We'll be continuing to raise money in other ways in the coming months, but if you'd like to donate in the next couple days, Kickstarter will accept donations through Sunday morning at 1:23am.
WWJD is a feature film following a college student named Tom and his three roommates over the course of one memorable day when they receive a visit from an unexpected houseguest--Jesus. He washes their dishes and goes skateboarding and miniature golfing with them--but for some reason, Tom, the only believer in the house, can't see him.
Adapted from an acclaimed play by Anna Lewis, WWJD is a thoughtful, moving, and very, very funny exploration of the question of theodicy: Why does God let bad things happen to good people? And is seeing believing--or is believing really seeing? It's a beautifully written and tremendously entertaining story that deals with faith intelligently without being cynical, playfully without being disrespectful, and optimistically without being dishonest. You can read the complete original play (along with an accompanying essay by the playwright)online--and decide for yourself if you’d like to see it on film.
Here's what people have said about the play, which we produced earlier this year to overwhelmingly enthusiastic response:
"I LOVED [it]. Despite ample opportunities to be irreverent, [WWJD] somehow manages to be reverent in attitude. It addresses the tough philosophical questions that every Christian must face in order to really believe. Short of Dr. Strangelove, it is the most pointed use of comedy to address significant issues that I can think of.”
– Nathan Grout, film editor & audience member
“[WWJD] deals with typical issues that face people who try to negotiate faith with tough realities of life. [Writer Anna Lewis] doesn't attempt to definitively answer anything; instead, she brings these issues to the forefront and allows the audience to come to its own conclusion.”
– Seth Lawrence, original cast member
“WWJD breaks expectations. Although untraditional, it is not irreverent in its approach to what it means to be a Christian. It is at turns hilarious, touching, and spiritual. A strongly written and redemptive piece.”
– Mahonri Stewart, playwright
"What's extraordinary about this play is that Lewis manages to maintain the same comic tone throughout, without, on the other hand, making light of serious issues."
– Eric Samuelsen, playwright
"It was a wonderful show, just funny enough to keep you entertained and interested and just serious enough to give you something to think about and talk about as you left the theatre."
– David Tertipes, blogger
"A clean, poignant, thought-provoking play... I would encourage families, church youth groups, school groups—anyone—to flock to this show."
– Jennifer Leigh, UTBA reviewer
"By far the best film/play/book I have ever enjoyed about the role Jesus takes in our daily lives." – Jason Lunt, audience member
We have an amazing script and we've put together an outstanding crew. We feel confident that we can put together a great movie on a limited budget--but we need your help. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing fundraising platform, which means that if we reach our goal of $5,000 in the next 60 days, the project will be funded and we'll have the money we need to start shooting in August; but, if we don't make it, we get nothing and you lose nothing. (Which means that if you want to see this movie, you've literally got nothing to lose!) The $5,000 we raise on Kickstarter will go directly towards production costs for WWJD--equipment rental, set dressing, craft services, etc. Rewards are available for every level of donation, including film credits, theater tickets, and copies of the finished film.
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You can read more about the recent stage production of WWJD here.
WWJD, by Anna Lewis
Producer: Shannon Fugal
Executive Producer: Bianca Morrison Dillard
Associate Producer: Enos Ledezma
Director: Davey Morrison Dillard
1st Assistant Director: Colten Ashley
Director of Photography: Scott Winn (reel)
Assistant Camera: Chris Nielsen
Super8 Consultants: Torben & Marissa Bernhard
Gaffer: David Liddell Thorpe
Sound: Rhonda Gray & Mike Fugal
Locations: Collin Barkdull & Diana Lewis
Original Music: Russell Ollerton
Featuring the song "Don't Wake Me Now," by Arthur Hatton
JESUS: Jason Jensen
TOM: William McAllister
MAX: Jessamyn Svensson
SETH: Christopher Sherwood Davis
TJ: Wes Tolman
SAMANTHA: Alice Johnson
HOMELESS MAN: Thomas Gray
JACK: Andrew Johnson
BOY: Aiden Beagley
- (60 days)