Short films, Events, sequels, and other musings
Wow. Can my life get any busier? It’s been so long since I last blogged about anything I wonder if people will still read this? Well, for the handful of you who really care about what we’re doing at Wanderlust, this one’s for you!
Let’s start at the beginning. Just over a month ago, Furious Love was released on DVD. Sales have been incredible, and we were able to move over 15,000 copies in the first month alone. In fact, things sold so well that we quickly sold out of nearly EVERYTHING (Furious and Finger) and have been scrambling to get new copies made and sent out to the people who are desperate for them. Thank you for your patience!
Word of mouth is even better for Furious than it was for Finger, and I personally thank you for continuing to tell your friends and pastors about this special little film. I’m so excited to see God’s hand upon it and how He is using it for His kingdom. That was always our hope and prayer.
We have recently begun filming our first “television show”, which is basically two short films that we’ll put together to see if anyone is interested. Tentatively titled, “Three Idiots and the Truth”, it involves me and my crew delving a little deeper into the types of things I filmed in Finger of God, checking medical and dental records, and getting a fuller picture of the stories surrounding the miracle occurrences we are filming. The feel will be MUCH different than you might be used to for a Wanderlust Production, as it’s going to be fast paced and very, very funny. Look for those to be finished by the end of the summer, and they will premiere on the 700 Club Interactive.
We are also very close to having Furious Love and Finger of God on iTunes (so you’ll finally get to see Furious in all it’s HD glory!), as well as the Furious Love Soundtrack, which we have remastered and sounds great.
Our first non-profit organization, The Wanderlust Foundation, has gone live and we’re super excited for people to begin to catch the vision for this. Check it out at wanderlustfoundation.org. This is your chance to help out the Children’s home in Bokaro, India, or help Wanderlust continue its goal of bringing to light the true heroes of the faith around the world, and training others to do what we do as well.
I have recently finished the script for our first cartoon, which should be released by the end of the year (fingers crossed). We’re keeping the story under wraps for the time being, but rest assured it will be fun, challenging, and powerful. I wanted to make a cartoon that my kids would love, but would also expose them to the spiritual war that is raging around them.
UPDATE: The cartoon is now available on DVD!
I have finished my first book, which will be released through Destiny Image Publishing next April. Still no title yet…
We begin filming with UFC legend Ken Shamrock for our next film in July. We’ll film with Ken and other fighters in Reno, Australia, Vegas, and the Bahamas (tough life, I know). There is no release date as of yet, but we’re hoping for a Spring ’11 release. The film will most likely come in at around 60 minutes, and we’re hoping for a television premiere.
Our next full length feature film will be the follow up to Furious Love (still no title) which we’ll begin filming in September. We have a number of locations already lined up, and some AMAZING stories and people on deck to film. We know we’ll be filming in Siberia, India, South Africa, China, and Israel, but as of yet, I still don’t even know what the movie is going to be about! The Lord has been pretty quiet on this one, other than commissioning me to “make a movie without an agenda–simply go film and I’ll take care of the rest” is what He told me to do. So that’s what I’m doing. I have a sense this will be my most uncomfortable film yet, but also the film with the biggest message. I’m so excited to start, but realize I have to take care of my other projects first!
At some point next spring, my father and I will film at Bethel Church, in Redding, California, for a one day event on Creativity. We are working on a book/DVD together that will really highlight our creative journeys in the fine arts as well as writing and media. For all you creative folks out there, this is one you won’t want to miss!
Finally, we are planning a HUGE event we are lovingly calling The Furious Love Event, which is set for next April 6-9, 2011, at Redeemer Fellowship in Monroe, Michigan. This event (we’re not calling it a conference) will be a 3 day extravaganza of teaching from 10 of the main people highlighted in Furious Love (with Rolland and Heidi Baker thrown in for good measure). The goal of the event is for Wanderlust Productions to create a teaching supplement for Furious Love for people who want to go deeper into the truths and concepts that were raised in the film. This will be perfect for churches and small groups, as well as individuals who’s hearts have been melted by the love of God as seen in both Finger and Furious. This will be a once in a lifetime event, and we’re so excited to be bringing all of these people together under one roof. Here is the official lineup:
Rolland and Heidi Baker (Mozambique)
Philip Mantofa (Indonesia)
Mattheus van der Steen (Netherlands)
And with all things Wanderlust, there may be a few surprises thrown in for good measure!
So that’s what I’ve been up to lately! Please keep us in your prayers, as this is a lot of ground to cover, a lot of creative energy to unload, and a lot of money to produce! But we know these things are from the Lord, so we’re simply excited to see what He’s got up His sleeve these next two years.
Thanks everyone for your continued support, love, and prayers. We need it, desperately, every day…