“Bible Storyland” is a fun, offbeat film with elements of retro-Americana, Disneyland, “The Wizard of Oz” and Old Hollywood. It follows Los Angeles art dealer, Harvey Jordan, on his obsessive decade-long quest to uncover the mystery behind concept drawings for a Bible amusement park intended to open in Southern California in the early 1960’s. The more Jordan discovers, the more he is caught up in a web of unanswered questions that ultimately affect his family, his marriage, and his views on his own mortality.
“We’re honored by the determination and spirit of the organizers of the Crown Heights Film Festival to host our New York City Premiere screening during such a challenging and historic week,” says Jordan, “We expect audiences in Brooklyn may welcome a diversion and will enjoy taking the film’s eclectic journey. Based on our experiences with past audiences, “Bible Storyland” is a great starting point for an exciting dialogue.”
The director of the film, Stephanie Hubbard, is a popular author and award-winning documentary film editor and producer whose shows have run on PBS, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel. "People don't usually think of documentaries as fun, weird and uplifting,” she says, “but this film is all that. It's an exploration of the stresses of domestic life, art-making and the strange intersection of theme parks and religion." Hubbard’s quirky sense of fun is apparent in her use of original animation, noir-style comic book images, video clips from “The Simpsons” and Cecile B. DeMille’s epic biblical films from the 1950's to set the tone and provide dramatic effect.
“Bible Storyland” includes interviews with retro pop-culture humorist Charles Phoenix, theme park historian Todd James Pierce, the grandson of Jack Haley (“The Wizard of Oz”’s Tin Man), music and TV producer Buddy Bregman (who recorded with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Judy Garland), clergy and biblical scholars. Also featured is Jordan's wife, Debi Derryberry, a prolific voice actor best known as the voice of Jimmy Neutron. View the trailer and more at www.BibleStorylandMovie.com.
SCREENING: Saturday, November 3, 2:30pm at FiveMyles, 558 St. John’s
Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238. Suggested donation $7. For more information and updates,
CONTACT: Sheila Huettl (323) 208-2629, Stephanie Hubbard (323)
202-5645, Harvey Jordan (818) 802-0378, Info@BibleStorylandMovie.com
York, NY 10012, (212) 995-8139, www.cargofilm-
IMAGES: Concept artwork from Bible Storyland available to the media
About the Crown Heights Film Festival
The 3rd Annual Crown Heights Film Festival (CHFF) will take place October 31st through November 10th, 2012, at creative and performance spaces in Brooklyn, New York. The CHFF’s mission is to provide a voice and opportunities for filmmakers, to foster cross-arts collaboration, and to provide a social forum for filmmakers, Brooklyn residents, and the wider arts community.
CHFF is a collaboration between photographer/