Big news for Paradise Recovered. The film is now streaming on Netflix!
Here is what one viewer had to say about the movie on Netflix: “This film moved me to tears. In a good way. It is very rare that a film can appeal to everyone, regardless of spirituality. If you are looking for a great film that is prime with wit, heart and spiritual sensibility, you should click “Instant Queue” NOW. I highly recommend.”
Shot at our Alamo Drafthouse screenings in Austin, TX, this short video reveals the heart behind the film. A film that seeks to tell a great story, entertain audiences, but also spread the word about the reality of and damage caused by spiritual abuse. The Alamo Drafthouse screenings benefited two outstanding nonprofit organizations: Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center and Austin’s own Lights. Camera. Help.
Paradise Recovered is officially a New Release. On April 24th, our distributor, Monarch Home Entertainment, launched the film on DVD. It was an exciting day. It was so fun to see the film published on lists of new releases, alongside films like Mark Wahlberg’s latest, Contraband (Here’s a LINK to that article). It was even more fun to watch it sell out on Amazon on that very first day. They have since restocked. If you don’t have a copy yet, you can order it on Amazon HERE.
UPDATE MAY 12th*** Paradise Recovered is now available to rent on iTunes, Amazon Instant and through various cable video on demand outlets. Search for it where you like to watch and stream movies.
You can also add Paradise Recovered to your DVD queue on Netflix. Netflix hasn’t started shipping our DVD to customers yet because we don’t have it saved in enough queues. Once enough people have it added it, Netflix will start sending it out. Even if you have already seen the film, please consider adding it to your Netflix DVD queue (to help get us to the critical number). And please encourage friends and family to add it to their Netflix DVD queues. Here’s a link to Paradise Recovered on Netflix.
The Paradise Recovered Soundtrack is now available in MP3 form on Amazon. We also have some physical CDs that we just got in to sell at screenings and such. If you really want a CD and not MP3s, come out to one of our screenings.
Finally, in conjunction with our DVD release, we launched a brand new Paradise Recovered website. The new site features the trailer, a blog, information on upcoming events, and a Get Help tab for those looking for more information and/or help in matters of spiritual abuse. Thanks to Virginia Rothenflue for designing and implementing our wonderful new site.
Lots of great things happening on the Paradise Recovered front today. First up, Brown (UPS) dropped off a fresh batch of Paradise Recovered DVDs at By the Glass Headquarters in Bedford, IN! This marks the first confirmed sighting of the Paradise Recovered DVD in the wild. Thanks to our wonderful distributor, Monarch Home Entertainment, the discs look and sound fantastic. The new DVD includes a commentary track featuring myself, Writer/Producer Andie Redwine and stars Heather Wallis and Dane Seth Hurlburt. In addition, there is a short documentary on the disc called Beyond Paradise, which features interviews with some of the world’s foremost experts on cults and mind control.
Paradise Recovered is now available on Netflix! For those of you who don’t know, Paradise Recovered is my directorial debut. We couldn’t be more excited to see the DVD on Netflix. It’s really exciting and amazing.
If you have the DVD plan with Netflix, could you do me a huge favor? Please SAVE Paradise Recovered to your Queue. This is how Netflix will gauge the demand for our film so please please please add it to your DVD queue if you have one. I will love you forever. Well, I already love you, but I’ll love you even more. Thanks so much everyone. And if you know anyone who might have the DVD plan at Netflix, please pass this along to them. The more the merrier.
I’m back in Indiana. Back where it all began in the summer of 2009. After hitting seventeen film festivals in the last year and winning numerous awards, Paradise Recovered is ready for it’s official public unveiling. Tomorrow, November 20th, we’re premiering Paradise at the historic Buskirk Chumley Theater in Bloomington, IN. The fact that we shot a scene in the Buskirk makes our premiere there extra special. For more information on the screening, visit our official Facebook Event page here: http://www.facebook.com/events/271219359583929/. To buy tickets to the show, CLICK HERE.
As part of the premiere, we’re also releasing the Official Motion Picture Soundtrack for Paradise Recovered. The soundtrack features fantastic music from Indiana artists like Cara Jean Wahlers, Jookabox, Sardina, The New Old Cavalry, Salaam, newcomer Evan Slusher and more. As part of the big event at the Buskirk, Cara, Evan, Salaam and The New Old Cavalry will be performing live before and after the screening of the film. I’m still amazed at the awesome soundtrack of Indiana artists we were able to assemble for this soundtrack (thanks in large part to the fine folks at Musical Family Tree). We’ll be selling the soundtrack at the premiere and it will be available from retailers like CD Baby , Amazon and iTunes next week!
In conjunction with all this, we’ve been busy editing a DVD extra for our upcoming DVD release. The extra is a short doc that we’re calling Beyond Paradise. The piece features interviews with world renowned thought reform experts like Steve Hassan of freedomofmind.com and counselors from Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center. If you didn’t know, Paradise Recovered has pledged 10% of our profits to Wellspring, a one of a kind facility that counsels victims of spiritual abuse and cults.
So I hope to see some of you at the premiere tomorrow. I’ll post pics and hopefully some video from the event soon. And look for our Paradise Recovered DVD to be released in early 2012!
It’s been a busy couple of months. Here are some of the highlights.
Conversations in Film (July 10th)
I sat on a Conversations In Film panel presented by The Austin Film Festival. The panel was titled Making Your First Feature and I got to participate with some fantastic fellow filmmakers. We talked about our experiences making our first feature films. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed learning from and meeting the other directors on the panel.
Van Wert Independent Film Festival (July 8th-10th)
Paradise Recovered played the first ever Van Wert Independent Film Festival. Writer/Producer Andie Redwine had a great time at the fest and brought home some nice awards. Paradise Recovered won the Audience Award, Best Screenplay and Best Actress (Heather Wallis). So that was very cool.
Lights. Camera. Help. (July 28th-30th)
I was back in Austin representing Paradise Recovered (with Writer/Producer Andie Redwine) at the very awesome Lights. Camera. Help. Film Festival. Lights. Camera. Help. is a nonprofit “dedicated to encouraging other nonprofit and cause-driven organizations to use film and video to tell their stories.” Paradise Recovered was their first ever narrative feature and we were proud to be there championing our favorite charity, the Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center. The Lights. Camera. Help. audience was amazing and I was inspired by all of their films and filmmakers. It was a great festival experience. Here’s a link to a story the Austin CBS affiliate KEYE did on Lights. Camera. Help featuring Paradise Recovered: http://weareaustin.com/entertainment-story?nxd_id=165447&watch=1
Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center’s 25th Anniversary Celebration! (August 5th-7th)
Speaking of Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center, on August 5th-7th Andie Redwine and I journeyed to Athens, Ohio to help Wellspring celebrate their 25th anniversary. On Friday the 5th, we screened Paradise Recovered for a packed house at the lovely Arts West Theater in Athens. Then on Saturday, we volunteered to videotape the internationally renowned cult experts that Wellspring had speaking at their Conference on Cults. Needless to say, I learned a ton (It was a fitting end to a great weekend when we heard that Warren Jeffs was sentenced to life in prison for his crimes against the young girls growing up in the FLDS).
I traveled to Ohio via Indianapolis, where I had the chance to visit with my good friend Alphonso Bailey. Bailey is a former professional boxer who runs a really cool Prison Ministry called Down But Not Out. DBNO teaches character building workshops in prisons and juvenille detention centers. Alphonso has a great life story; a former college athlete, he was arrested for some armed robberies and served two years in a Kentucky prison. On the 4th, I got to visit a prison with him and him in action. I love the way he brings hope to these guys living behind bars. He really believes in them and believes that their lives can change and get better. He is always inspiring and I hope to bring his story to the screen one day.
And finally, while in Indiana I got to shoot a bunch of stuff with the new Canon XF100 camcorder. It’s a pretty amazing camera that shoots 50 mb/s 4:2:2 video with a full set of pro features and it’s the size of a palmcorder. We were shooting test/reel footage for a spec project that we’re keeping under wraps for now. But I highly recommend checking out the XF100 if you shoot doc style run and gun stuff. It’s brilliant.