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20 years after "I Kissed Dating Goodbye," Joshua Harris encounters critics & fans on his quest for new insights into Christian dating.
20 years after "I Kissed Dating Goodbye," Joshua Harris encounters critics & fans on his quest for new insights into Christian dating.
412 backers pledged CA$ 55,437 to help bring this project to life.

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Cross Cultural Stretch Goal

If we exceed our Kickstarter goal by $6K (CAD) we can take this film production truly international! If the campaign funds hit $55K (CAD) we will be able to take Josh, and a small crew to shoot on-location outside North America. Backers and only backers will get to vote between Japan, Brazil and England!

About the film

In 1997, a 21-year-old Christian single released a revolutionary book on dating. The book became an international bestseller and catapulted its unsuspecting author, Joshua Harris, into the Christian spotlight. I Kissed Dating Goodbye effectively "turned the Christian singles scene upside down" and continues to shape the consciousness of how Christians view singleness, dating, and the roadmap to marriage. 

Through the connective platform of social media, Harris has been dealt a battering of online criticism from disenchanted Christians in recent years. Some have lashed out at Harris  directly for I Kissed Dating Goodbye, and a few have set up websites dedicated to his victims.  Many online have called for Harris to apologise for what they believe was hurtful teaching. Meanwhile, others applaud his work and encourage him to stand his ground Some credit their marriage to principles they say they gleaned from his book, and indicate they plan to teach their children the same. Harris has felt pressure from all sides to do or say something. 

In this documentary, we'll see Joshua Harris ready to re-examine I Kissed Dating Goodbye—and its impact— some 20 years later. 

How did this film come about? - Jessica's Story

Like many of you, I read I Kissed Dating Goodbye when I was a teenager. At the time it had a profoundly positive impact on me. While I was still in high school and beginning life as a young adult, its teachings made total sense. I was part of a church culture that was also affected by the influence of the “anti-dating” craze that was sweeping the (evangelical) church at large, thanks to I Kissed Dating Goodbye.

As a single Christian female approaching 30, I began to question the effectiveness of the book's teachings in my own life. I was doing everything right, where was my future husband? Despite having these questions, I stayed connected to church and my Christian friends. Together we’d often vent our frustrations at the church on how it was handling, or not handling, issues facing their growing single demographic.

It was during this time that I began my MA in Theological Studies at Regent College. As a graduate student with a background in filmmaking, I felt compelled to respond to the growing frustrations I saw in my fellow believers who grew up reading books such as I Kissed Dating Goodbye and were now feeling let down by its teachings. 

I wanted to make a documentary so a greater spectrum of Christian voices could be heard on this important topic that affects all of us. 

Thanks to the divine timing of God, Joshua Harris came to Regent College as a new seminary student at precisely the time I was considering making such a film.

After several months as casual acquaintances at school, a conversation Joshua began with fellow students gave me an opportunity to share my vision for this documentary with him. 

I was fascinated to learn that Joshua Harris found himself reflecting on the impact his book had on a generation, and how the ideologies of his book had inadvertently shaped Christian sexuality within the scope of relationships. After several months of consideration, Joshua agreed to help bring this documentary to life.

I could not think of a better conversation partner for the audience than this influential author of the book we all remember from our years as teens and young adults! 

Through following Joshua Harris as he engages his critics, his fans, and various Christian leaders in a new conversation, we get to see the complexities surrounding sexuality, singleness, relationships, and faith finally given expression and attention.

 The Team

Joshua Harris: https://joshharris.com

Iwan Russell-Jones: http://www.regent-college.edu/faculty/full-time/iwan-russell-jones

Asher Graieg-Morrison: https://ashergraiegmorrison.bandcamp.com

Chris Pulsifer: https://soundcloud.com/cjpulsifer

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Budget Breakdown

We are doing all we can to adhere to a modest budget for this production. As you can see, our biggest costs come from equipment, production, and post-production. 

Equipment - Our crew of seminary students have already purchased some of the equipment out of our own pockets to get things started for this documentary. However, in order to produce a film at the high quality expected by today's audiences, we still have to make some further equipment purchases. 

Production - In order to film the interviews necessary for the documentary to be a true representation of a cross-section of the Christian community across North America, we'll have to take a small crew on the road. The various travel costs for this key element of the project have been budgeted under production. 

Post-Production - To bring the finished film to a place of excellence we're going to need to spend generously here. Post-production relates to colour-grading, sound mixing, after-effects and final edits.   

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Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges of this particular project are unique:

Joshua Harris is exposing himself even further to the opinions of the public and the team working on "I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye" are entering that fray too. We will manage these challenges by focusing on the vision set before us, creating a film that is thoughtful, respectful, and being created to serve the church.

Practical challenges for us surround making a feature-length, industry-standard film on such a modest budget. It means that the majority of our team are working on a voluntary basis, so the challenge becomes getting everything completed in an efficient manner when working on this project isn't paying the bills for our guys! Yet we feel confident that we'll be able to deliver the finished film to the public in 2018, with your backing through Kickstarter!

We are planning a staggered release timeline, with advance screenings and insider previews in the spring preceding the official release—at no cost to the public—on or about June 2018. Joshua Harris will not be receiving a penny from this film. Our ultimate goal is to create a free resource that can bless people and serve the church, however, in order to do so, we need your help to cover the costs as outlined above. Will you help us give this topic a voice and amplify this important conversation?

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    Dave Siverns' EP: Longings & Liturgies

    Love music as much as we do? Friend of this film, Dave Siverns, is making his yet to be released EP available to you. We hope the music of Longings & Liturgies will be a positive accompaniment to our film that will bless you.

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    How about another doco? Get a copy of the first documentary Joshua Harris and Jessica Van Der Wyngaard were involved with making together. A stunning glimpse into Christian stewardship of the earth presented by Dr. Loren Wilkinson.

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    Enhanced SURVIVAL KIT

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    Host a Screening - Church/Group Special

    You'll get to host an early screening of the film with a member of the crew on hand to present and facilitate Q&A (travel costs extra outside Vancouver)

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    Associate Producer Credit

    For your generous support, you will be credited as Associate Producer in the ending credits of our film.

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    Filmmakers' screening

    Joshua Harris & Jessica will host a screening at your group or church. Any location in North America (excludes travel costs).

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