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"Bible Storyland" Documentary Announces New York City Premiere at 2012 Crown Heights Film Festival
Film about 1960’s Bible theme park, designed by former Disneyland creatives, to be featured in Brooklyn-Based Film Festival in November
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 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 very excited to hold our New York City Premiere at the Crown Heights Film Festival,” says Jordan, “We expect audiences in Brooklyn will enjoy the film’s eclectic journey. We appreciate the festival’s unique approach to film as curated art and its mission of creating a film-based social forum. 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. For ticket price and more information, visit www.crownheightsfilms.org.
CONTACT: Sheila Huettl (323) 208-2629, Stephanie Hubbard (323) 202-5645, Harvey Jordan (818) 802-0378, Info@BibleStorylandMovie.com
IMAGES: Concept artwork from Bible Storyland available to the media upon request.
About the Crown Heights Film Festival
The 3rd Annual Crown Heights Film Festival (CHFF) will take place October 30th 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/
Each night of the festival is a unique journey through a variety of film genres including feature length and short narratives, documentaries, cross-disciplinary/
In addition to showcasing exceptional local and international films, the festival presents Q&A sessions, workshops, performances, and other opportunities for filmmakers to engage with the wider arts and Brooklyn communities. On closing night, CHFF presents best category awards for each film genre showcased. Each year, a different artist is invited to create the awards as unique artworks. For more information, visit www.crownheightsfilms.org.