Broken Phonebooth Productions is a film production group working under The JESUS Film Project (a ministry of Cru). Its purpose is to reveal biblical truth and create tools for spiritual discussion and growth, primarily through narrative film.
Imagine two main characters, floating out in the middle of the sea, declare their undying love. Then, suddenly, they decide to pray the sinner’s prayer, right before turning to the screen and saying (in unison), “You can pray to receive Jesus too, RIGHT NOW!”
No matter how truthful the message, our media-savvy culture would have rejected it. It seems like the traditional lines of communication are… broken. We need to communicate truth using visual stories in particular.
More than ever, stories have the power to help people form their values and beliefs. The JESUS Film Project, realizing the power of story to communicate decided to create the Film Production department. Broken Phonebooth Productions is the filmmaking team within that department.
We represent many years of professional education and experience in media production, as well as years of direct field ministry both in the U.S. and abroad. Now, armed with state-of-the-art equipment, we’re using our skills and gifts of visual storytelling to communicate biblical truth.
Our mission is two-fold. First, we want to make films that generate thought and discussion, helping move an unbelieving audience closer to accepting the truth of the Gospel. Second, to make discipleship-based films that help Christians learn how to walk with God. Our goal is simple—we want people to hear, consider, and eventually accept the message of Jesus Christ.
Mike graduated with a degree in film production. He’s been involved in film and media work ever since. Mike helped launch Broken Phonebooth Productions in 2008. He and his family reside in Orlando.
Paul leads our team. Before joining us, Paul worked in television production in Waco, Texas. In 2000 he moved to Orlando to do media production then later began working with The Jesus Film Project, helping launch Broken Phonebooth Productions in ’08. He and his family reside in Orlando.
Brent co-leads our team along with Paul. He has authored books, short stories, plays, and several feature and short film scripts. Currently he serves as a producer and lead writer. He and his wife Darcy, reside in Orlando.
Aron previously studied video production and regularly won awards. Just before joining us he worked as Producer/Director documenting humanitarian aid disasters and relief efforts for the NGO, Global Aid Network. Currently his role with Broken Phonebooth encompasses many areas including directing, camera man, lighting and more.
Tez joined our team as a screenwriter and producer with decades of experience in theater directing and journalism. He’s served as Editor-in-Chief for TODAY magazine and in addition to writing countless stage productions, has authored three books. His latest being: The Single Dad Detour (Kregel Publishing 2014). He and his wife Christine reside in Orlando. They have four children.
After 28 years as owner/operator of a film production business in Memphis, Steve joined us in 2009. He has filmed for Steven Spielberg and countless commercials including Nike and Jaguar. Steve has also handled broadcasts for Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight and Food Network as well as ESPN, CNBC, TBN, and CBN. Steve is our Post-Production Editor
A career musician, John took a “crash course” film school in 2007 which revealed a hidden passion for telling visual stories. By the summer of ‘08 he was a filmmaker. Nine films later, John joined Broken Phonebooth as a production designer/art director. He also brings experience in music supervision, producing, screenwriting, directing and acting. He and his wife Pam share their home with felines Franz and Pixie.
David appreciated visual media (still photography, video, and film) for years before realizing he could contribute to the field of filmmaking. Before joining our team he had opportunities to learn camera operation, cinematography, directing, and editing. Dave will serving in many areas of our team as a generalist.