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A 2nd Century historical drama...inspired by a true story!
A 2nd Century historical drama...inspired by a true story!
A 2nd Century historical drama...inspired by a true story!
362 backers pledged $28,885 to help bring this project to life.

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Dear Backers,
We reached our minimum Kickstarter goal with a few hours to spare! The Henline family and the Polycarp team are extremely delighted and thankful for your support! Praise be to the Lord!

There is still time to pledge until midnight tonight.  The more we raise now, the bigger the impact this movie will have (read below to see the stretch goals).

Polycarp - The Story

Have you ever wondered what happened to the early Christians after the Book of Acts? What trials did they face and overcome? Polycarp is like a journey to the past, giving us a glimpse of that world. 

It's the story of a young slave girl, Anna, who is rescued and adopted by Christians in 2nd Century Smyrna and befriended by their aged bishop, Polycarp.  With the threat of persecution growing, Polycarp and the Christians must find courage to stand for their faith.  Anna must come to grips with the truth and choose whom she is willing to live—and die—for.

The Purpose

Our number one goal is to make this a God-honoring movie. We have sought to make decisions prayerfully, and with good counsel. We believe the story will communicate an important message of being willing to sacrifice all for the sake of Christ. Our prayer is that the Lord would use Polycarp: Destroyer of Gods to touch many lives around the world!

Learn more at PolycarpMovie.com and check out our Facebook page!

The Cast

Polycarp - Garry Nation (Indescribable)
Anna
- Eliya Hurt
Germanicus
- Rusty Martin (Courageous)

Read the full list of cast members at IMDb.

Where are we in the production process?

Producing a 2nd Century dramatic movie is a major undertaking!  Many hands have contributed time and effort over the last couple of years to bring Polycarp: Destroyer of Gods to this point, and now we're in the final stage called post-production, the time when editing, sound effects, visual effects, and music come together to turn a rough film into a quality movie.

How will the money be used?

We need to hire an editor, visual effects artists, a sound designer, and composer to make the film as good as possible. Also, we are going to bring part of our cast and crew back to the studio to film pickups. Naturally, we also have to plan for various marketing and distribution expenses.

If we don't succeed with this fundraising campaign, it will be much harder to create a quality film and make as great an impact.

Germanicus (Rusty Martin) and Polycarp (Garry Nation)
Germanicus (Rusty Martin) and Polycarp (Garry Nation)

Why support a movie?

The power of movies is the ability to reach a mass audience. Polycarp will challenge and inspire Christians—especially young people—to take their faith seriously and be completely yielded to the Lord.

Your pledges, large or small, can have a significant impact. Not only will each donation bring us closer to our goal, but your support also shows movie distributors that there's a market for this type of family-friendly, God-honoring movie! Please spread the word!

About the rewards

We are offering some great rewards that offer value for your money and show our thanks for your support! There are DVDs of Polycarp, a Backstage Pass with tons of valuable extras, the movie soundtrack, and much, much more!

Who is making this movie?

Joe and Jerica Henline
Joe and Jerica Henline

Polycarp is headed by the brother-sister team of Joe Henline (Director) and Jerica Henline (Screenwriter). Both Joe (age 19) and Jerica (age 21) have worked on multiple feature films, including Acts of God, Ace Wonder, and Beyond the Mask. Their previous short film, The Forgotten Martyr: Lady Jane Grey was the winner of multiple international awards. Polycarp is a giant leap as their first feature film.

Jerry Henline – Executive Producer
As Executive Producer and father of Joe and Jerica, Jerry brings his 30 years of entrepreneurship and business experience to the production team. He enjoys working closely with his family in Christian filmmaking opportunities, believing that God can be glorified in the product and the production process.

Scott Eash – Producer
A documentary film producer for over 10 years, Scott is thrilled to work alongside the Henlines to produce his first feature film. He considers it a privilege to be making films that honor God and promote a biblical worldview. Some of his past films include Act Like Men and IndoctriNation.

The 60+ cast and crew members on the team have combined experience working on dozens of feature films including Courageous, Hero, The Screenwriters, Indescribable, Beyond the Mask, Princess Cut, and Love Covers All.

Stretch Goals

If you help us surpass the $25,000 minimum goal, we can reach a much larger audience!

GOAL 1 – Major Screening Events
If we raise at least $35,000, we will hold 3 public screenings of Polycarp: Destroyer of Gods around the US with at least one member of our core team in attendance!

GOAL 2 – Limited Theatrical Release
If we raise at least $50,000, we will pursue a theatrical release in a select number of movie theaters across the US!

Thank you!

We appreciate you taking the time to learn about Polycarp: Destroyer of Gods, and we hope you will consider helping us make this film succeed!

Links

Be sure to sign up for our newsletter at our official website to keep up to date with all the latest news about the film. Also join in the Polycarp discussion on our Facebook page!

Risks and challenges

As with any film, there are many challenges that could delay the project, and we'll do our best overcome them. We have assembled a crew of professionals with a solid track-record of producing films, so we're confident that the Lord will enable us to complete this project and have the rewards delivered by the estimates shown.

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    Receive a downloadable OFFICIAL POLYCARP POSTER and beautifully-designed desktop wallpaper for your computer.

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    GET THE DVD! A first run POLYCARP DVD will be mailed to you once available + the above reward.

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    ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK + all the above.

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    2 POLYCARP DVDs! Not just one, but two Polycarp DVDs: one for you and one to share with your friends and family + all the above.

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    2 POLYCARP DVDs! Not just one, but two Polycarp DVDs: one for you and one to share with your friends and family, plus a DVD of LADY JANE GREY (our previous film) + all the above.

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    THE BACKSTAGE PASS! Get lots of valuable extras, including exclusive online access to interviews with cast and crew and other great BEHIND THE SCENES content that won't fit on a standard DVD! Be the first to get sneak peeks at trailers, video clips, and news, plus downloadable character posters + all the above!

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    PUBLIC SCREENING LICENSE to show the film in your community, plus 10 more POLYCARP DVDs to give away at your screening + all the above.

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    VIP MOVIE TICKETS! You will receive 4 VIP tickets to the movie premiere in Cincinnati, OH (transportation not included) + all the above.

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    MOVIE CREDIT! Your church, business, or non-profit will be listed as a sponsor in the movie credits and on the official movie website + all the above.

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    SPONSORSHIP AND A PHONE CALL! Your organization's logo will be featured on the front of our website, plus a personal PHONE CALL from the director to talk about the movie + all the above.

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    YOUR LOGO IN THE CREDITS! A special thanks screen with your organization's logo will appear at the end of the movie, plus DINNER FOR TWO with the Henline family at an upscale Cincinnati restaurant, plus 10 VIP tickets to the movie premiere (transportation not included) + all the above.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT! Plus we will bring at least one member of our team and have a public screening in your hometown + all the above.

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Funding period

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