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Renowned artist Liz Lemon Swindle has agreed to paint a scene of her choice from The Mansion. Various sizes of open and limited prints will be available as part of the rewards. This painting is sure to become a classic and highly collectible. Liz will also be working as a producer on the film.
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Make a pledge and print out the Certificate of Purchase. Find a clever way to wrap it up and put it under the Christmas tree this year. Actual rewards will not be shipped until 2015 (This certificate can be edited in any version of Microsoft Word 2003 or higher.)
John Weightman has always given to his church and to charities, but only as a means of advancing his own reputation on earth. One night he dreams that he goes to heaven and is met by a guide who shows him the mansions built for others.
He is surprised to see that those who were poor on earth often have very fine mansions in heaven. When shown his own heavenly home, it is barely a hovel. The guide says, “We did what we could, but you just didn't send us much material to work with." Because he received rewards on earth, he could not receive rewards in heaven.
Like Scrooge, the John Weightman awakes a changed man, and immediately writes a charitable donation to help a deserving man.
Van Dyke's Christmas story shares a wonderful lesson of serving others with true Christ-like love.
About the Author
Henry Jackson van Dyke (1852-1933) attended Princeton University, then served as pastor of the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City. Seventeen years later, he returned to Princeton as a professor of English literature. Afterward, he held a number of eminent posts: American ambassador to the Netherlands and Luxembourg, moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, Commander of the Legion of Honor, and President of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He is also author of the well-known hymn Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee as well as several others.
Some of Van Dyke’s quotes that have been widely published:
Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.
Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best.
The Mansion Movie
The goal is to stay as true to the book as possible. It is anticipated that the final product will be approximately 30-45 min in length, which is the perfect length for a Christmas film. It will be a period film, set around the early 1900's.
Locations and casts have not yet been determined. Our hope is to hire a well know actor that can carry the picture much like Jimmy Stewart in the production Mr. Krueger's Christmas.
This film will be completed in 2015 just in time for the holiday season. We anticipate that copies of the film and Liz's painting will be shipped late 2015.
Risks and challenges
Film investment is always risky and some of the unique challenges I will face on this production are making a period piece on a limited budget and insuring the best actors are cast. However, I am confident that I can make it work with the knowledge and experience I already have from producing/directing my first feature film, as well as many other film projects I have produced on smaller budgets. I already have interest from a number of distributors for this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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