Children of Faith Assembly (Canceled)
Children of Faith Assembly (Canceled)
They were taught to "walk by faith", to trust God for everything. No doctors. Dozens died. This is the story of the survivors.
They were taught to "walk by faith", to trust God for everything. No doctors. Dozens died. This is the story of the survivors. Read more
Your contributing can help spread this cautionary tale to the world.
Josh Wilson's younger brother never had a chance at life. He died in the womb, moments before birth, an unfortunate casualty of an extreme religious sect.
There were many kids in Indiana in the eighties in the same boat as Josh, because their families all attended one particularly extreme Christian sect called “Faith Assembly”, and they blindly followed the teachings of its leader, Hobart Freeman.
Freeman, although charismatic and apparently compassionate, woefully misled his followers to “walk by faith”, meaning they should trust God for everything, including medical treatment and financial security.
“We all go through our search,” Wilson explains, “What is the meaning of life?…Well, here was the guy that had all the answers.”
People stopped going to the doctor. They stopped saving for the future. They refused to get loans for homes and cars. In some cases, they kept their kids from public school.
“If a kid got sick, you probably didn't have a family doctor anymore, you'd stopped going. All you would do is pray. People would pray, and it wouldn't work”, says Wilson, whose family left the church when he was a teenager.
“That’s neglect. Kids die. I can tell you first hand…”
In November of 2014, I released a short documentary (watch above) featuring Josh and his story as a child in this sect. Your contribution will allow us to go back and capture the stories of the other survivors of Faith Assembly.
With your support, Josh and I will track down and interview as many survivors as I can, to get a wider scope of the damage this religious extremist caused.
This feature length documentary will bring awareness about a little known religious extremist, right in the heartland of America, whose followers are still dealing with the fallout of his teachings today.
Risks and challenges
The risks of this project are minimal. We intend to anticipate as many problems as we can, and avoid as many setbacks as possible up front.
For starters, we're keeping crew and equipment costs as minimal as possible. For many years, I have been producing short web videos with a one-man crew (myself) and will be bringing this skill set to feature production. I can operate camera, run sound, and direct simultaneously, and I will edit the movie myself. It may sound impractical, but I have done it successfully many times, and this process has produced works featured on major blogs such as HooplaHa, Patheos, and The Huffington Post. You can find a list of some of my latest features on my website: http://www.tellchange.com/press
We do plan to bring this film to festivals, but if we cannot secure a distribution company, we already have a plan to distribute the film ourselves. We've lined up DVD publishing, and plan to sell the film through VOD platforms such as Amazon and Google Play.
Our biggest challenge will be finding survivors of FA, scheduling interviews with all of them, and coordinating that schedule with our production. I live in North Carolina, so I will have to fly to Indiana to produce this documentary. Scheduling conflicts may require me to take multiple flights, or find extended accommodation in Indianapolis. We have planned for several contingencies, but scheduling hiccups may set our production back.
Otherwise, we plan to keep it small, run a tight ship, and deliver this movie on time and on budget!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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